3 different styles of fried eggs each on spatula

How to Fry an Egg

Publish Date March 29, 2024
Author MyMagazine Staff

Frying an egg is easier than you think with these simple steps. Whether you prefer sunny-side up, over easy or over hard, we’ve broken down the steps to make it easy to enjoy a perfectly cooked egg whenever the mood strikes.

What You’ll Need:

  • Nonstick skillet
  • Butter, cooking oil (i.e. olive oil) or cooking spray
  • Egg
  • Spatula
  • Salt and black pepper

Getting Started

Warm a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Melt butter, or heat cooking oil or spray 2–3 minutes. Next, decide how you want your egg. The type of egg helps determine cooking time.

Tip: Don’t forget to add a dash of salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

Sunny-side up fried egg on spatula

Sunny-Side Up

If you’re looking for an ooey-gooey yolk, this style is your best bet. And you don’t need to flip it! Crack the egg and cook 2–3 minutes. Once the egg white is set, slide the sunny-side-up egg onto a plate.

Over Easy

Over Easy

This style requires a flip, but still keeps the yolk runny. Crack the egg and cook 2–3 minutes on the first side until the egg white is set. Then, flip and cook about 30 seconds more before transferring to a plate.

Over hard fried egg on spatula

Over Hard

No runny yolks? No problem. For this style, the egg is cooked on both sides until the egg white and yolk are set. Crack the egg and cook 2–3 minutes on the first side, then flip and cook 2 minutes more. Remove to a plate.

Egg-Tastic Bites Anytime of Day

Waffle Taco with Fried Egg - Deli Sandwich with Fried Egg - Protein Bowl with Fried

Enjoy a freshly cooked egg at any time of the day with these three tasty meals.

  1. In a Waffle Taco for Breakfast
  2. On a Deli Sandwich for Lunch
  3. Atop a Protein Bowl for Dinner

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