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over medium eggs served on a plate

Over-Medium Eggs (Foolproof Method)

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Over-Medium Eggs are one of the most delicious ways to fry eggs. These eggs are similar to sunny-side up eggs, but they are flipped to cook the egg yolk just a little bit more. Here is a step-by-step guide.

  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • Nonstick cooking spray or 1/2 teaspoon oil or butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and ground black pepper (optional, for serving)


  1. Spray a medium nonstick or cast iron skillet lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Or, add ½ teaspoon of cooking oil or butter to the skillet.
  2. Place the skillet on the stovetop over medium heat.
  3. While the skillet heats up, gently crack each egg into a separate small bowl.
  4. Then, gently pour each egg into the skillet.
  5. Let the eggs cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the whites of the egg have changed almost completely from clear to solid white.
  6. Reduce the heat on the skillet to low and use a spatula to carefully flip each egg. Let the eggs cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Then, use your spatula to transfer the cooked over-medium eggs to a serving plate.
  8. Serve hot, with salt and pepper.


  1. You may need more oil or butter if you are using a cast iron skillet as opposed to a nonstick skillet.
  2. For dairy allergies, use oil or vegan butter for frying.
  3. Six minutes total is usually about the time it takes to get your egg cooked over-medium. Once you flip the egg and let it cook for 2 minutes, you can touch the yolk through the bottom. It should feel just very slightly firm when it’s ready.
  4. For reference, here are the different ways of frying eggs. Sunny-side up – The egg is fried over medium heat on only one side just until the whites are set and the yolk is runny. Over-easy – The egg is fried until the whites are set and then flipped and cooked shortly so the yolks stay runny. Over-medium – The flipped egg is cooked slightly longer so the yolk is only partially runny. Over-hard – The flipped egg is cooked even longer until the yolk is completely set and has the texture of a hard boiled egg.


  • Serving Size: 2 eggs
  • Calories: 163
  • Sugar: 0.4 g
  • Sodium: 142 mg
  • Fat: 11.8 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.7 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 12.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 372 mg