Here’s how to make over hard eggs, where the yolk perfectly cooked through! It’s easy to master this basic kitchen technique.

Over hard eggs

Want eggs for breakfast and none of those runny yolks? Try these perfect Over Hard Eggs! Over hard eggs have a completely cooked yolk, similar to a hard boiled egg. They’re not as sophisticated as their cousin sunny side up with the beautiful, bright yellow yolk. But done correctly, these are just as tasty! They’re great for who’s not a fan of the bright yellow yolk spilling over the plate, especially kids: and they’re perfect for fried egg sandwiches! Here’s how to master this easy cooking technique.

Pick the right pan and eggs

The perfect over hard eggs start with great ingredients and the right pan. Here’s what to know before you start:

  • Fresh eggs are best. When you’re making over hard eggs, you’re typically not too worried about beauty. At the same time, it’s nice to work with the best ingredients. Fresh is best because the whites of older eggs can tend to spread when they hit the pan. You can simply move them back to the center with the spatula, but overall fresh is easier to work with.
  • Use a non-stick or cast iron skillet. The surface of the pan is important for sliding out after cooking. Opt for a non-stick pan or seasoned cast iron skillet for easiest cooking.
How to make over hard eggs

How to make over hard eggs

Ready to get cooking? Here’s one thing to know: the trick is to go low and slow. Now, this is less of an issue with over hard eggs than other ways to cook them, because you don’t have to worry about over cooking the yolk. But it’s always better to err on the lower side of the heat. Here’s how to make over hard eggs:

  • Heat the butter: Heat ½ tablespoon butter over medium low heat.
  • Add the eggs: Crack 1 or 2 into the pan, then sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds black pepper. 
  • Cook: Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the whites are firm but the yolk is still runny.
  • Flip: Flip and cook about 2 more minutes. About 1 minute in, gently press the yolk with a spatula to make sure it’s broken. The yolk should be fully cooked through.

The best spatula to use? Try a fish spatula for a cast iron pan, or a nylon spatula for a non-stick pan.

Should you cook eggs in butter or oil?

This is an ongoing debate in the food community: and there’s no strict answer. But here’s what we think about how to cook eggs:

  • Butter is best. Butter has the best flavor hands down: it lends an ultra savory, almost nutty flavor that’s irresistible.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil works too, but it can lend a slightly bitter finish to the flavor.
  • Neutral oil: If you prefer using oil, an organic canola oil or vegetable oil doesn’t impart any flavor. This option is also dairy free.
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All the ways to fry an egg: sunny side up, over easy, over medium, and over hard

How to serve over hard eggs

Over hard eggs are great for breakfast, brunch: or any meal in between! There’s really not much that this treat doesn’t make better: we especially love them on sandwiches! Here are a few ways to serve it for breakfast, and then some dinner ideas as well:

How do you like serving your eggs? Let us know in the comments below!

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This over hard eggs recipe is…

Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Over hard eggs

*Perfect* Over Hard Eggs

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Here’s how to make over hard eggs, where the yolk perfectly cooked through! It’s easy to master this basic kitchen technique. 


  • ½ tablespoon butter (or neutral oil for dairy free)
  • 2 fresh eggs (fresh is best*)


  1. In a large cast iron or non-stick skillet, melt ½ tablespoon butter over medium low heat until starting to foam (eggs are best on low to medium low heat**).
  2. Add the eggs and sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt and a few grinds black pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the white is firm but the yolk is still runny. Flip and cook 2 more minutes until the yolk is fully cooked through. About 1 minute in, gently press the yolk with a spatula to make sure it’s broken.


*Fresh eggs are best for frying because the whites hold their shape. The whites on older eggs tend to spread: simply use a spatula to pull back the egg whites towards the middle (it just won’t look as pretty!). 

**The slower the better with eggs: they can easily get overcooked. Note that if you’re cooking a second batch, you may need to lower the heat to avoid overcooking the egg since the skillet is already hot.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Eggs
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Over hard eggs, How to make over hard eggs

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. I love this recipe! I love my over hard eggs with cheese between bagels. A bagel egg sandwich!

  2. Thank you so much for this recipe! I don’t like runny yolks but i can only eat so many hard boiled and scrambled eggs before I need variety and this came out perfect and delicious!