Fried eggFried egg
is one of the ways of cooking eggs
. They are typically fried in butter
and can be cooked in a variety of manners.
Types of fried egg:
- Over hard, also called Hard - cooked on both sides until yolk is hard
- Over easy, also called Runny - cooked on both sides but yolk is still liquid. This is occasionally called "Sunny side down", especially by children.
- Sunny side up - cooked only on one side, yolk is liquid
- Scrambled - eggs are beaten and mixed with milk, then fried
When dining in the United States
and ordering fried eggs, one is invariably asked "how would you like your eggs?" to which one of the above responses is expected. In Britain
, the terms "over easy" and "over hard" are virtually unknown and such a question is almost never posed. Unless you specifically ask for scrambled eggs, fried eggs are almost always served sunny side up.
The 1918 Fannie Farmer cookbook describes fried eggs as cooked on one side and then molten fat spooned over the tops.
Egg alternatives made mostly from pasteurized egg white to lower the calories, fat and cholesterol are commercially available products for making scrambled eggs.
Omelets are fried eggs mixed with various fillings and spices.
Some restaurants have added legal disclaimers to their menus, including one warning against eating undercooked eggs.