Eggs Done Right! E-Z Over Or Sunnyside Up

What’s the Difference Between Eggs Over Easy and Sunny-Side Up?

In a much-loved episode of Reading Rainbow, LeVar Burton visits a diner and gets completely bamboozled by the colorful and confusing line cook lingo. I think of this scene almost every time I make fried eggs — but I still can’t keep straight which is which!

What Are Over-Easy Eggs?
An egg cooked “over easy” means that it gets fried on both sides, but it’s not cooked for very long on the second side, so the yolk doesn’t get cooked through and stays runny. To make one, you cook the raw egg just until the whites are set on the bottom, then you quickly flip it over to cook the other side. “Over” refers to flipping the egg, and “easy” refers to the doneness of the yolk. You can also cook eggs “over medium” and “over hard,” depending on how cooked you prefer the yolk.

What Are Sunny-Side-Up Eggs?
An egg cooked “sunny-side up” means that it is fried just on one side and never flipped. The yolk is still completely liquid and the whites on the surface are barely set. You can cover the pan briefly to make sure the whites are cooked or baste them with butter. I have always assumed that the name refers to the way this egg looks like the morning sun. The source


56 thoughts on “Eggs Done Right! E-Z Over Or Sunnyside Up

  1. There is a great skill in getting them done just right. Breakfast cooks are prized cooks. But it starts with the egg. The pan is next, then the skill.
    AA means pointy & firm, where A is less pointy. Much of the bulk eggs are B (flat or old). That’s not “grade” as in ABCDF but in how they sit after opening.

    1. The grade of eggs, “No” one talks about. Thank you for your informative feedback. 🥚🍳

    1. Scrambled is too convenient for all kinds of hurried morning temperaments. A poised state of mind makes for a better morning choice.

    1. You are welcome. Your choice is a good choice. But the little animated eggs do not appear to pleased about their shortcomings… 😳

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