Eggs Over Easy

There’s nothing like topping a dish with an egg and using its runny yolk to flavor and sauce the dish.  However, I know from experience that getting that perfect egg over easy every time is not that easy.  One of the things that I’ve learned through the years is that it’s not always the technique.  Sometimes it’s the egg.  The best eggs – for many reasons – are good, quality eggs, like free range eggs.  The shells and yolks are strong and healthy and the yolk and whites slip easily from the shell into the pan.  I have found that if the shell is thin, the yolk’s casing is thin and the yolk breaks easily.

How to cook an egg over easy and sunny side up.

Barbara’s free range eggs


When a friend’s free range hens are laying, she provides me with some of the best eggs I’ve ever had –  thick shells and huge, rich orange yolks.  They are perfect for eggs over easy and sunny side up.   That’s why I save her eggs to top off enchiladas, pileups, and pastas, and for breakfasts like bacon and eggs, and huevos rancheros.

So how do you cook the perfect egg over easy?  First – start with a quality egg.  Next, use a good non-stick, clean pan (no bacon bits stuck to the bottom), a plastic spatula, and a little butter, margarine or oil – your choice.


The yolk will be beautifully runny, but the whites will be cooked through.  A perfect egg over easy.

Once you are able to deal with one egg at a time, then you gave give two eggs a try.  Just break 2 eggs in a small skillet so they fill the skillet and run together. You might want to use a longer spatula to flip with so you can get both yolks on the spatula.

So give it a try because there’s nothing like a fried egg, crispy around the edge and with a runny yolk.  Yummy!

Here are some ideas for testing out your new found skill of frying an egg over easy.

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  2. laura October 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    its so true about the cage free eggs , they really are stronger eggs , and taste alot better

    • mj October 10, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

      Amen to that Laura!

  3. Sally July 5, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Thanks for these instructions. It worked great! The hint about when to flip the egg was extremely helpful.

    • mj July 7, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      I’m glad it work for you Sally!


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