Over easy eggs are a popular way of preparing fried eggs in which the egg is cooked on both sides, with the yolk remaining runny.
To make over easy eggs:
- The cook starts by heating a non-stick pan over medium heat and adding a small amount of butter or oil.
- Once the pan is hot, the egg is cracked gently into the pan, and then the white is allowed to set for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on the desired level of doneness.
- Then, the cook flips the egg over and lets it cook for another 10-20 seconds until the white is set, but the yolk is still runny.
- The eggs can then be served immediately, often with toast or other breakfast items.
what do over easy eggs look like
Over easy eggs typically have a white, cooked exterior and a yolk that is still runny. The white part of the egg will be fully cooked and set, while the yolk will still be liquid and runny. When the eggs are served on a plate, the yolk will often break and run out, mixing with other breakfast items.
Visually, over easy eggs look similar to sunny-side-up eggs, but the difference is that over easy eggs are flipped over during the cooking process to cook both sides of the egg.
Are over easy eggs safe
Over easy eggs are generally safe to eat, but they do carry a slightly higher risk of foodborne illness than fully cooked eggs.
This is because the yolk of an over easy egg remains runny and is not fully cooked, which means that any bacteria that may be present on the surface of the egg could potentially survive and cause foodborne illness.
The risk of foodborne illness can be minimized by using fresh, properly stored eggs, cooking the eggs thoroughly, and following safe food handling practices such as washing hands and cooking surfaces before and after handling raw eggs.
Individuals who are at higher risk for foodborne illness, such as pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems, may choose to avoid runny yolks and opt for fully cooked eggs instead.