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How To Make Over Medium Eggs

by Capri Lilly
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Over medium eggs are an easy, healthy, tasty addition to breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. Learn how to make the perfect over medium eggs with this helpful step-by-step guide and video. We’ve got the timing down to a science to give you delicious jammy over medium eggs each and every time you make them! (This recipe is naturally gluten-free and dairy-free.)

If you’re craving egg dishes, try our Short Rib Hash and this Easy Strata recipe next! Want to perfect over easy eggs, next? Check out our step-by-step guide to making the best Over-Easy Eggs!

over medium eggs with a fork holding a pice of the egg and avocado bacon toast and a small salad on the plate

I love over-medium eggs because they are the perfect midpoint between over-easy and over-hard. The egg yolk has a jammy, not super runny consistency and the whites are a little hard but not rubbery. When you order them at restaurants, they’re just right. Now learn how to make the perfect over medium eggs at home!

Reasons This Over Medium Eggs Recipe Works

  • Quick and Easy! You’re just a few simple instructions away from making the best over medium eggs. It only takes a few minutes and two simple ingredients.
  • Healthy! One large egg is packed with over 6 grams of protein and can improve cholesterol levels.
  • Versatile! Add these easy eggs to a variety of meals for a delicious, nutritious addition. It goes perfectly with everything from breakfast bowls, to sandwiches, pizza, and more!
close up of two over medium eggs

What are Over Medium Eggs?

Over medium eggs are flipped once and cooked until the yolk is just slightly runny. The eggs are characterized by jammy insides with a jiggly yolk and firm, fully cooked egg whites.

Four Types of Fried Eggs

  • Sunny Side Up: The egg is fried without flipping with the yolk up and the yolk is runny with the whites barely set.
  • Over-Easy Eggs: The egg is flipped and the yolk remains runny.
  • Over-Medium Eggs: The egg is flipped and the yolk is slightly runny.
  • Over-Hard Eggs: The egg is flipped and the yolk is fully cooked.
a plate of three eggs prepared three different ways

The Best Eggs to Purchase to Make Over Medium Eggs

The best-tasting eggs are local, organic, or cage-free. If you’re cooking on a budget, just make sure the eggs are fresh. Fresh eggs (eggs that are less than a week old) look and taste better.

close up of an over medium egg with toast

Best Pan To Cook Over Medium Eggs In

While you can use whichever pan you prefer, some are better options than others. (Listed from best option to worst)

  • Non-stick pan: This is the best pan for frying over medium eggs. The eggs will slide right off the pan and onto your plate with just a little butter or oil.
  • Cast iron pan: This works too. But a cast iron skillet gets hot quickly and retains heat so use enough butter to prevent the eggs from sticking or burning.
  • Stainless steel pan: Closely monitor the heat of the pan so the eggs do not burn. The pan may have very hot spots and cook unevenly so keep the heat low. Also, make sure to use enough butter so the eggs do not stick to the pan.

Using Butter vs Cooking Oil 

You can make over medium eggs using butter or cooking oil. However, the taste and appearance of the eggs will vary.

  • Butter: This is the best so that the eggs do not stick. It also provides a delicious nutty, savory flavor to the eggs.
  • Oil: Avocado oil is best to cook with as it has a higher smoking point than olive oil. Using any oil works, but will alter the texture of the eggs slightly and result in crispier egg whites.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Egg: Use eggs that are as fresh as possible.
  • Butter: Use salted or unsalted, depending on your preference.
  • Salt and Pepper: Seasoning elevates the flavor of the eggs. Add according to your taste.
butter pepper salt fresh eggs and a non stick pan to show ingredients to make over medium eggs

How to Make The Best Over Medium Eggs

HEAT THE SKILLET TO MEDIUM LOW HEAT: Low heat is best to avoid overcooking the eggs

ADD BUTTER TO THE SKILLET: This gives the eggs more flavor and helps them from sticking

ADD THE EGGS: Once the butter has melted, crack 1 or 2 eggs into the pan. Optional: season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.

two eggs cracked in a small skillet to make over medium eggs

COOK THE EGGS: Let the egg cook for 2 minutes, no more than 3 minutes, over medium-low heat. (Large eggs may take 3 minutes.) You want the egg whites to be firm, but the yolk is still runny.

The second step in the process of frying over medium eggs.

FLIP AND COOK: Gently flip the eggs and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

TRANSFER: Gently slide the eggs out of the pan and place them on toast or a plate. The yolk should be jammy and slightly runny with fully cooked egg whites.

two cooked over medium eggs in a small non stick skillet

Tips To Making The Best Over Medium Eggs

  • Use fresh eggs. The fresher the better. Older eggs tend to spread drastically when cracked. 
  • Use low heat. Low and slow is the best way to cook your eggs to avoid them being overcooked. 
  • Grease the pan using butter (preferred) or cooking oil.
  • Use a non-stick skillet. This is essential to help flip the egg so it doesn’t stick to the pan, and for sliding the egg out of the pan. 
  • Cook 1-2 eggs at a time to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  • Gently flip the egg using a rubber non-stick spatula. As the eggs fry, use the spatula to pull up the edges so they don’t stick to the pan.

Ways to Serve Over Medium Eggs

You can always enjoy over medium eggs as a quick breakfast but it tastes even better when paired with one of the following:

Storage and Reheating

Over medium eggs are best enjoyed immediately. If you happen to have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you want to reheat it, cover it on a plate and warm it up on a low setting in the microwave so that it doesn’t overcook.

plate of bacon, one egg, and salad

FAQs

How long does it take to cook an over medium egg?

It takes about 3-4 minutes to cook an over medium egg.

How can you tell when over medium eggs are done?

Gently tap the center of the egg. If the yolk feels jiggly, fry for about another minute. It should have slight give but not be too hard.

Are over medium eggs safe to eat?

Yes. However, runny yolks are not recommended for pregnant people or children due to their weaker/developing immune systems. So if you like over-medium eggs on the runnier side, take caution.

a plate of breakfast items

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Perfect Over Medium Eggs (Video and Guide)

Over medium eggs are an easy, healthy, tasty addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Learn how to make the perfect over medium eggs every time with this helpful step-by-step guide. (This recipe is naturally gluten-free.)
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Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 egg
Calories: 114kcal
Author: Capri

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • ½ tbsp Butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, crack 1 or 2 eggs into the pan. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Let the egg cook for 2-3 minutes. (Large eggs may take 3 minutes) You want the egg whites to be firm, but the yolk is still runny.
  • Use a spatula to gently flip the eggs and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Gently slide the eggs out of the pan and place them on toast or a plate. The yolk should be jammy and slightly runny with fully cooked egg whites.

Notes

Tips To Making The Best Over Medium Eggs

  • Use fresh eggs. The fresher the better. Older eggs tend to spread drastically when cracked. 
  • Use low heat. Low and slow is the best way to cook your eggs to avoid them being overcooked. 
  • Grease the pan using butter (preferred) or cooking oil.
  • Use a non-stick skillet. This is essential to help flip the egg so it doesn’t stick to the pan, and for sliding the egg out of the pan. 
  • Cook 1-2 eggs at a time to avoid overcrowding the pan.
  • Gently flip the egg using a rubber non-stick spatula. As the eggs fry, use the spatula to pull up the edges so they don’t stick to the pan.
 
 
 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 114kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 5.6g | Fat: 10.1g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 0.3g | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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