Eggs Over Easy

Egg over easy with fried bacon on a plate

The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

Prep: 1 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 6 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 egg
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
156 Calories
14g Fat
1g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 156
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 386mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 78mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Making eggs over easy at home ensures you get an egg cooked just the way you like it. Over easy eggs are fried eggs that are flipped over to cook the top and envelope the yolk in egg white. The whites should be firm, while the unbroken yolk remains runny. The two most important things in the recipe are the eggs and the pan; whenever possible, choose fresh free-range, pasture-raised, or organic eggs, and make sure to pick a good quality nonstick skillet. Serve over easy eggs on buttered toast or alongside crispy home fries, with a side of bacon and grilled tomato.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for egg over easy recipe gathered

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  2. Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.

    Butter being melted in a nonstick skillet

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  3. Crack the egg into a small bowl or ramekin. When the butter is sizzling, slide the egg into the pan.

    Egg with yolk intact cooking in the skillet

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  4. Cook the egg until the bottom is firm enough to flip easily.

    Egg with most of the white firm in the skillet

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  5. Slide a spatula under the egg and gently turn it over.

    Spatula sliding under the egg in the skillet

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  6. Let the egg cook for about 8 to 10 seconds longer.

    Flipped egg with all the white firm in the the skillet

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  7. Turn the egg back over.

    Egg cooked over easy in the skillet

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  8. Sprinkle the egg with salt and pepper.

  9. Transfer it to a plate and enjoy.

    Egg over easy on a slice toast with the yolk oozing out

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Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.

Recipe Variations

  • Eggs Over Medium: Flip and let the top of the egg cook for 15 to 30 seconds, or until the yolk is thick and "jammy."
  • Eggs Over Hard: Flip the egg and let the top cook for another minute or slightly longer, or until the yolk is fully cooked.


  • Eggs have three grades: AA, A, and B. The grades are a sign of quality. USDA grade A eggs are fine and are the most widely available. Grade AA eggs are of the highest quality, so they will be more expensive and might be challenging to find. Grade B will have defects.
  • Nonstick pans need very little fat, but if you choose to use a well-seasoned cast iron pan, you might need a bit more fat to smooth out the surface.
  • Have a wide, non-metal spatula ready for flipping, and keep a plate nearby to slide the egg onto when it is done.

Is Sunny-Side Up the Same as Over Easy?

Although both fried eggs, sunny-side up and over easy are not the same. Sunny-side up eggs are cooked only on one side, and when finished, the yolk is completely exposed (looking like a sun, hence the name). Over easy eggs are flipped, and result in a yolk that is enveloped in the egg white.