How To Make Perfect Over Medium Eggs

breakfast plate with over medium eggs

Jammy, gelatinous, and rich over medium eggs should be your next go-to order at home or at the diner. These are the lesser-known sibling of over-easy or sunny-side-up eggs, but they’re just as delicious and my favorite option of the three.

Different Ways to Fry an Egg

seasoning a fried egg

Whenever you’re at a diner or restaurant and order eggs, they will often ask you how you want your eggs. Here’s a breakdown of what options you can choose from:

  • Sunny side up: This version is fried on one side of the egg while the top is left raw. It typically has crispy edges and when the yolk is broken oozes out. 
  • Over easy: This egg is cooked on both sides, but still has a runny yolk when you cut it in half. The whites are slightly firm. 
  • Over medium: This is the Goldilocks of eggs because it’s cooked on both sides with firm whites, but jammy or gelatinous eggs. The white are completely cooked and the edges are nice and crisp.  
  • Over hard: Just like the name implies, over hard eggs are very firm egg yolks that are completely cooked through. 

What’s the Difference Between Over Easy and Over Medium Eggs?

over medium egg yolk texture

Don’t let anyone tell you different because there is definitely a difference between over easy and over medium eggs. And the truth is in the yolk! Over easy eggs are fried much more quickly than over medium eggs because you want to keep that runny and rich yolk when you cut into it. 

On the other hand, over medium eggs are cooked until the center is slightly firm to the touch, but still, feel soft in the center. When you cut open an over medium egg, the center should be gelatinous and jammy. 

How Many Calories are in an Over Medium Egg?

Depending on what you cook an over medium egg with (like oil or butter), the amount of calories one cooked egg can be is anywhere between 85-120 calories. If you want a healthier meal, use avocado oil, which is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits

Try making some over medium eggs for your next breakfast with some turkey bacon, protein coffee, and banana protein pancakes! For other variations of eggs for breakfast, you can also make baked eggs and over hard eggs.

over medium eggs with sausage and bacon
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How To Make Perfect Over Medium Eggs

Making over medium eggs are just as simple as any other fried egg, but it’s important to watch over the firmness of the yolks. Learn how to get the best gelatinous over medium egg with this recipe.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Ingredient, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword fried egg
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 187kcal


  • cast-iron pan
  • metal turner


  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Heat your pan over medium-low heat, then add avocado or a neutral oil.
    cooking oil in carbon steel pan
  • Tap the egg on a flat surface like the counter and open it over the cast-iron pan.
    cracking egg into frying pan
  • Sprinkle salt over the egg to season.
    seasoning a fried egg
  • Continue to cook for about 2 minutes or until the edges of the egg are crisp.
    detail of crispy fried egg edge
  • Use a slotted turner underneath the egg to gently lift the egg and carefully turn it over without breaking the yolk.
    flipping fried egg over
  • Continue to cook the egg for about 2 minutes or until the center feels slightly firm, but not hard. The amount of time can vary greatly depending on your stove and cookware. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
    over medium egg yolk texture


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg