“I’d like my eggs over easy but not runny…” While most people know in their minds how they want their eggs to arrive on their plate, for those less familiar with the kitchen it can be hard to navigate the correct words needed to communicate exactly how those eggs should be cooked when ordering at a restaurant. Here’s a look at the 10 more popular ways to order your eggs and what exactly it is that you are ordering when you say “sunny side up”.
1. Sunny Side Up
A fried egg with the yellow of the yolk runny and showing – the name is pretty descriptive in this instance. This has only been fried on one side (the bottom).
2. Over Easy
A fried egg that has been flipped and so one side is fully cooked while the other is lightly cooked. This results in a yolk that is runny and the egg whites can also be a little runny.
3. Over Medium
A fried egg that has been flipped and one side is just a little less cooked than the other. The yolk is a little runny and the whites are cooked through.
4. Over Hard
A fried egg that has been flipped and both sides are cooked equally. The yolk and whites are cooked through.
5. Hard Boiled
Eggs that are cooked in its shell in boiling water. The yolk is fully cooked through.
6. Soft boiled
Eggs that are cooked in the same manner as hard boiled, but not as long leaving the egg white cooked but the yolk runny.
Cooked out of the shell in simmering water or other liquid. Kind of like a soft boiled egg without the shell.
Crack eggs in a mixing bowl and “scramble” together with a fork. Add milk – the more the fluffier and pour into a pan with butter to cook using a spatula to push the eggs into the center of the pan.
9. Omelets & Frittatas
Take your scrambled egg and add some lagniappe! Our favorite combo is Louisiana crabmeat, mushrooms, onions and gruyere cheese – can’t beat it. Fold it over you have an omelet – leave it open faced you can call it a frittata.
In general basted means liquid or steam is used to cook the egg white without flipping. So you crack an egg in your pan and use your spatula to spoon some of the butter/grease on the top to cook the top of the egg without flipping.
So how do you like your eggs?