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How to Cook an Over-Easy Egg

The over-easy egg is the most popular way to cook an egg. The yolk should be entirely runny and the whites cooked through. You can easily master it with some practice and these three things:

  1. Start with and maintain a low heat.
  2. Flip the egg when the bottom layer of whites is set and the top layer is still jelly-like.
  3. The egg is done when the whites surrounding the yolk feel soft, but firm and the yolk still feels tender.

What You’ll Need:

  • Non-stick pan
  • Plastic Spatula (Optional)
  • Plate
  • Oil 
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Eggs!



  1. Place your pan on medium-low heat.
  2. Drizzle enough oil in to lightly coat the bottom.
  3. Crack an egg onto the pan and season to taste with salt and pepper (This should all happen before the pan gets hot).
  4. Make sure the egg is centered over the heat and wait for approximately 1 ½ minutes.
  5. Gently feel the whites around the yolk, when the bottom layer of whites is cooked but the top layer is still jiggly carefully flip the egg, then season the other side. 
  6. Allow the egg to cook for about 15 seconds and then feel around the yolk again. The egg is done when the area around the yolk feels soft, but firm and the yolk itself still feels tender.

Savannah Says...

  1. I can’t seem to get the yolk runny and the whites cooked through.

    1. It's ok, just cool down...

      Try lowering your heat and letting the egg cook longer before flipping it. The whites should be nearly set by the time you flip the egg.

    1. I have trouble breaking my egg yolks when I flip them.

      1. It won't take 10,000 hours but...

        Practice, my friend. You must go confidently, and gently.

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