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What Is the Difference Between Eggs Over Easy and Sunny-Side Up Eggs?
Both sunny-side up and over easy eggs are fried in fat until their whites (albumen) are set. A sunny-side up egg is cooked undisturbed until the whites are just barely set, and the yolk is still raw and translucent. Over-easy eggs are flipped “over” to lightly sear the top of the egg, containing the still-runny yolk in a package of set whites.
3 Tips for Cooking Sunny-Side Up Eggs
- To make a sunny-side up egg with fully cooked whites, you can gently run a spatula through the whites to spread out the runnier part of the albumen. Cook undisturbed until the white is set, but not rubbery, and the yolk is still runny, 1-2 minutes.
- To help cook the top of the egg you can add a teaspoon of water and a lid to use steam to cook the white, but make sure to keep an eye on your egg otherwise it'll become overcooked.
- Another way to set the egg white is to “baste” it by spooning a little fat over the white during cooking.
Tips for Cooking Over Easy Eggs, Plus Two Variations
- To make an over easy egg, fry the egg until the bottom has set, about 1 minute. Use a spatula to gently flip the egg over and cook until the white is set but the yolk is still fully runny, about 15-30 seconds.
- Over medium eggs are cooked a little longer, about 30-60 seconds after flipping, to yield whites that are firm and yolks that are jammy, like soft-boiled eggs.
Over hard eggs are cooked even longer, about 2 minute after flipping, until egg yolks are firm and fully cooked through with a powdery, crumbly texture like hard-boiled eggs.
Find a quick and easy recipe for over easy eggs here.
How to Serve Fried Eggs
Once you’ve fried perfect eggs, you need a place to put them! Try fried eggs:
- With buttered toast, seasoned with salt and pepper, and topped hot sauce or ketchup.
- On fried potatoes, sweet potatoes, or hash browns.
- In a grain bowl with farro or quinoa and your favorite veggies.
- Over buttered jasmine, basmati, or brown rice.
- On kimchi fried rice.
- In Eggs Benedict, in place of the usual poached eggs
- On a warm corn tortilla with salsa verde, queso fresco, cilantro, and hot sauce.
- In a sandwich, such as a BLT.
- With a side of bacon, ham, or sausage.