From Low and Slow to Sunny-Side Up: Egg Orders Explained

Cooking How-To, How-To
on October 15, 2015
This article from Pure Wow was republished with permission. It originally appeared as Every Kind of Order Finally Explained.

“How do you like your eggs?” It’s the question asked by brunch servers (and lovers) the whole world over.

Never fear, here are 11 different ways to answer that question, so you can feel like a total eggs-pert. (Come on, we had to.)

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

Goop

SCRAMBLED

We’ll start easy. This is when egg whites and yolks are whisked together to create soft and fluffy goodness, best served with a dash of salt and pepper and a side of toast.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

Pure Wow

HARD-BOILED

These guys are cooked with the shell on for 9 to 12 minutes until the whites and yolk solidify.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

The Kitchn

SOFT-BOILED

It’s the same as hard-boiled, except you only cook the egg for only five to seven minutes so that the whites are solid, but the yolk stays drippy. (Bread dipping required.)

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

Top with Cinnamon

SUNNY-SIDE UP

This un-flipped egg is delicious and Pinterest-worthy. What to expect: Whites that are cooked all the way through, but a yolk that stays runny and shiny and bright.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

Food Network

OVER EASY

The big difference here is that the egg gets flipped, but only for a few seconds–long enough to set the whites but keep the yolk runny.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

Plancks Constant

OVER MEDIUM

More flipping—for a solid two minutes—resulting in whites that are cooked and a yolk that’s creamy but not runny.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

Lucy’s English

OVER HARD

And…even more flipping, this time until the yolk is fully cooked and basically the consistency of a hard-boiled egg.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

I Am a Food Blog

POACHED

Meet the star of your eggs Benedict. Here, the egg gets tossed in boiling water for three to five minutes, resulting in a lovely, little egg blob that typically sits atop your toast and runs yolky when you pierce it with a fork.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

Pure Wow

BAKED

As the name suggests, these guys get cooked in the oven (typically with extra ingredients like avocado and tomato sauce) and come out runny and piping hot—ready to be swirled around on your plate and consumed pronto.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

Half Baked Harvest

OMELET

OK, fine. You know what an omelet is.

Every Kind of Egg Order Finally Explained

1 Cup Awesome

LOW AND SLOW

Basically scrambled eggs, except you cook them on the stovetop on low heat for 20 to 30 minutes. The result? A cheese-like texture that pairs perfectly with asparagus…or bacon.

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