Your Egg Ordering Guide

If you've ever been unsure how to order eggs at a restaurant, we're here to help. Here's your guide to the meanings of sunny-side up, over-easy, over-medium, and over-hard. Plus you'll see just how easy it is to cook eggs to each of these stages at home.

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How to Order Your Eggs

Learn what each egg cooking method means so you know how to order the next time you're out for breakfast.

When preparing eggs at home, no matter the doneness you're going for always start with a nonstick skillet coated with nonstick spray, butter, or oil preheated to medium-low to medium heat.

Sunny-Side Up Eggs

The first egg cooking phase you'll pass through after you've cracked your egg into the prepared and preheated skillet is sunny-side up. Simply let the egg cook 1 to 2 minutes without touching. The white should be opaque and the yolk still soft so when you cut into it the yolk will run freely.

Over-Easy Eggs

Phase two of egg cooking is over-easy. Cook 1-2 minutes or until the white is set and the yolk starts to thicken, then gently turn the egg over (it helps to have a thin spatula for this delicate task) and cook 30 seconds more. When you cut into the egg, the yolk will still be quite runny.

Over-Medium Eggs

Phase three of egg cooking is over-medium. Cook 1-2 minutes or until the white is set and the yolk starts to thicken, then gently turn the egg over (it helps to have a thin spatula for this delicate task) and cook 1-2 minutes more. When you cut into the egg, the yolk will run just a bit.

Over-Hard Eggs

Phase four of egg cooking is over-hard. Cook 1-2 minutes or until the white is set and the yolk starts to thicken, then gently turn the egg over (it helps to have a thin spatula for this delicate task) and cook 2-4 minutes more. When you cut into the egg, the yolk will be entirely firm with no running yolk.

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