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If you’ve been to a diner and ordered fried eggs, you know the server’s next question is, “How’d you like them, hon?”

October 25, 2016

If you know the jargon, you’ll save your busy server time, and yourself a lot of unnecessarily detailed explaining.

You have four options. Sunny-side up, as you probably know, is an unflipped fried egg, with the yolk still runny, shiny and yellow, and the whites, fully cooked but just barely, still have a sheen to them.

The other three options involved flipped eggs, but what distinguishes them is the degree of doneness.

Over easy: The egg is flipped and cooked for just a few seconds longer, enough to fully set the whites but leave the yolk completely runny. Watch our how to cook an over easy egg video below.

Over medium: This time, the flipped egg cooks for a minute or two, long enough to partly set the yolk but still leave it a little creamy (yet not thin and runny). If you know what your yolk is like from a 7-minute soft-boiled egg, you know what you get with over-medium.

Over hard: The flipped egg cooks long enough to fully set the yolk, which has the same consistency as a fully hard-boiled egg.