Over Hard Eggs Recipe (Tips for Perfect Consistency)

Who doesn’t love a good fried egg? If you love eggs, but don’t want a runny yolk, this over hard fried egg recipe will be your next breakfast order. 

Types of Fried Eggs

If you’ve ever gone to a diner and been asked “how would you like your eggs?” then this rundown of fried eggs is what you need: 

  • Sunny side up: Runny, wet yolk that is only fried on one side. The egg whites are also a little wet too. 
  • Over easy: The yolk is still runny, but it’s flipped and has somewhat golden edges. The whites are a little firm, but still soft. 
  • Over medium: The Goldilocks of the fried egg bunch, over-medium eggs are flipped and have a gelatinous yolk. 
  • Over hard: These eggs have a fully cooked yolk throughout and often have their yolk cut on purpose to encourage even and faster cooking. Their edges are golden brown.

Type of Eggs to Use

over hard egg yolks

Organic, pasture-raised large eggs are the way to go for this recipe. It doesn’t just sound fancy, but research has shown that pasture-raised eggs have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E nutrients than caged or other forms of eggs. 

The Pan

pouring oil from a jar

For frying eggs, we love using our carbon steel frying pan because it’s perfectly seasoned so that eggs don’t stick. We also rest easy knowing there aren’t any questionable chemicals on the coating, like other non-stick Teflon coated pans.

If we want to fry up more eggs at the same time, we also love using our seasoned cast iron pan for these eggs too.

The Oil

We like avocado oil for frying anything and that includes over hard eggs. Avocado oil also has a neutral flavor–meaning it won’t overtake the flavor of the eggs. While butter tastes fantastic with eggs, we like avocado oil because it has a higher smoke point and many health benefits (like antioxidants that help eyesight and oleic acids).

Avocado oil has a high smoke point of 500 °F so that means it won’t degrade as quickly while frying these eggs. When oil begins to degrade at high heat, it starts to burn and make your food taste similarly acrid or burnt, no one wants that.

How to Fry an Egg Over Hard

lifting fried egg edges

Here are some tips and tricks to get the best over hard egg:

  1. Use a well-seasoned (or non-stick) pan.
  2. Use an oil with a high smoke point so that your oil and eggs don’t burn too fast. 
  3. Crack the egg over the pan after it is fully heated. You can tell when the oil moves around easily around the pan. 
  4. Use a fish turner to break the yolk immediately. This helps with even and fast cooking.
  5. Once the edges are brown, turn the egg over and cook until the center feels firm, but still tender. 
  6. Don’t trust the name! Remove the eggs before the center becomes hard because eggs will continue to cook on the plate. 

You want to make sure you don’t overcook the eggs because they’ll become rubbery. We’ve found that the perfect timing for large eggs cooked to an over hard texture is around three minutes and 30 seconds from start to finish.

What is a Hard Egg?

eggs over hard cut in half

An over hard egg has a yolk that is fully cooked throughout and has nice golden brown edges. 

Are Eggs Over Hard Healthy?

Studies have shown that fully cooked eggs have more protein in them than their raw counterparts. Like all things, in moderation eggs can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. We like to use a moderate amount of avocado oil to fry the eggs because they also have other nutrients like antioxidants and oleic acid. 

Is a Fried Egg and Over Hard the Same?

An over hard egg is a variety of fried eggs. There are different types of fried egg and it’s important to tell your waiter the next time you order eggs. You can order fried eggs over easy, over medium, and over hard style. These are determined by the doneness of the yolk. Over hard eggs have yolks that are completely cooked through.

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Over Hard Eggs

These savory and tender over hard eggs are easy to make and have a foolproof method of frying, just keep a timer on.
Course Breakfast, Ingredient, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword fried egg
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 133kcal


  • frying pan
  • fish turner


  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tbsp avocado oil add more if necessary
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Preheat the pan to medium heat and add the avocado oil to the pan.
    pouring oil onto pan
  • Crack the egg over the pan.
    cracking egg onto carbon steel pan
  • Immediately take your fish turner and break the yolk in the middle.
    breaking egg yolk
  • Sprinkle it with salt to season.
    seasoning egg with salt
  • Cook for two minutes or until the edges of the egg whites turn golden brown. Lift the egg slightly and see if the bottom is golden brown. If the egg is sticking, add a little more avocado oil to the pan.
    lifting fried egg edges
  • Once the edges are brown, use the fish turner to flip the egg over. Add more salt to the top.
    flipiping over fried egg
  • Cook for another one minute and 30 seconds or until the center of the yolk feels firm when you touch it with the turner. If it’s still too soft, continue to cook for another 30 seconds and check again.
    testing egg yolk doneness
  • Serve immediately.
    plate of eggs over hard


Calories: 133kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 71mg | Potassium: 69mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg