We all love eggs. Even if you don’t like eggs, you like eggs, because eggs are an integral ingredient to many of our favorite foods. But besides that, we love eggs because there are so many different ways to prepare them. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Well, lucky for you, here’s a complete guide to ordering eggs!

Traditionally, breakfast-style eggs are ordered in one of six different ways: fried, scrambled, sunny side up, poached, boiled and in omelettes.

Fried Eggs

The Best Way to Fry an Egg

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Fried eggs are basically just eggs you drop into the pan and flip after the whites are cooked. They’re what we end up ordering when we order eggs over easy. We’ve all heard of over easy, but what about over medium or over hard?

Eggs over easy, or “dippy eggs,” are what you should order when you want a very soft, runny yolk that you can then dip your toast into.

Eggs over medium is an intermediate between easy and hard, a slightly harder yolk that doesn’t run as easily.

And finally, eggs over hard is what you order when you want a yolk that isn’t runny at all and is fully cooked.

What one person considers over medium might be over easy to another, so you might have to be a little specific when ordering these.

Sunny Side Up

This is an easy one. Eggs sunny side up are just fried eggs that you don’t flip over!


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Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are amazing because you can completely and utterly mess up what you were trying to make originally and they will still be edible. You basically break the egg into a pan and, as it cooks, stir it up and smush it together until it becomes fluffy yellow clouds of deliciousness. Ask them to add milk to your scrambled eggs if you want them extra fluffy.


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Poached eggs are eggs that you crack, put into boiling water and leave to cook. Poached eggs are used in dishes such as Eggs Benedict, which is an egg on a slice of ham on an English muffin and topped with Hollandaise sauce, and eggs Florentine, which is the same dish that just substitutes spinach for ham.

Boiled Eggs

Next, we have boiled eggs, which is an egg you drop into boiling water, shell and all, and leave to cook all the way through. Once it’s done, you can chip the shell away and enjoy!


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An omelette is an egg that’s beaten, quickly cooked with oil in a frying pan, and then folded over some sort of filling like cheese, meat or veggies.

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Next time you go out for breakfast, use this guide to make sure you get eggs-actly what you want, or maybe even try something new! That’s all, yolks

Does your love for eggs surpass breakfast?