Bored of eating the same egg styles and recipes over and over again? Follow this guide to learn how to master egg cooking with 16 different styles (and recipes).

From baked eggs (casseroles, frittatas, and egg cups) to an easy scramble, fried, sunny side up, omelettes, and poached eggs. I’ll break it all down in this easy-to-cook-from guide.

Different Egg Styles
Learn how to cook eggs, 16 different styles

Learning how to cook eggs in a variety of different ways is essential for a healthy, real-food lifestyle. Eggs are the ultimate superfood.

Chicken eggs are inexpensive (compared to other proteins) and play well with many different foods, making them a staple ingredient for home cooks. (You’ll always find a couple dozen eggs from a local farm in my fridge…take a tour!)

The good news is…there are over 16 different egg dishes you can make with a dozen raw eggs. Say good-bye to boredom and hello to fun, nutrient-dense meals that don’t cost a fortune!

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Cooking with fresh eggs (and whole eggs) is best practice, as both the yolk and white are packed with essential nutrients, like healthy fats and protein.

One whole large egg (weighing about 50 grams) contains 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat. Personally, I aim to consume 2-3 eggs at one meal.

White and brown eggs in a brown egg carton.
Brown and white eggs are equally nutritious. Choose your favorite eggs to make a variety of different egg dishes.

PS: Before we talk about egg styles, I know there’s debate about egg type: brown eggs vs. white eggs. Brown, white, and green eggs (yes, some chickens lay green eggs) are all amazing:

  • rich in omega-3 fatty acids
  • a great source of whole-food vitamins (like B12)
  • rich in minerals (like zinc)

The difference in egg color is due to the breed of the chicken laying the egg; nothing more. Eggs are eggs, with all the same amazing nutrients, regardless of the shell color.

Now, let’s get cooking…

What are the different egg styles?

Fried egg with runny yolk in toast on a pink plate with strawberries.
Fried eggs, include: sunny side up eggs, over easy eggs, over medium eggs, hard eggs, and eggs in a basket.

Style 1: Fried Eggs

1. Sunny Side Up

This is one of the easiest methods for cooking eggs very quickly.

One egg or multiple eggs are fried in butter or oil. You’ll never flip the egg with this cooking method, resulting in a visible “sunny” yolk. The end result is a cooked egg white with a bright yellow and visible runny yolk. The yolk appears as a “sun” –> hence the name.

Serve sunny side up eggs topped with salt and pepper. Pairs perfectly with toast (for dipping in the runny yolk).

Sunny Side Up Egg Recipe
How to easily cook the perfect sunny side up eggs without sticking and without a non-stick pan!
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Best and Easiest Way to Cook Sunny side Up Eggs

2. Over Easy Fried Egg

Fried eggs can be cooked over easy (with a runny yolk), over medium (a slightly runny yolk), or over hard (fully cooked yolk) and are flipped half way through cooking. This results in a barely-visible yolk appearance and a golden, crisp “crust” on the egg.

For an “over easy” fried egg, crack an egg in a skillet or frying pan over medium heat, in unsalted butter or oil. Flip the egg once while cooking until the egg whites are set and the yolk is runny.

Over easy= runny yolk.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and/or hot sauce. Pairs perfectly with toast (for dipping in the runny yolk).

How To Make a Perfect Over-Easy Egg
The easiest way to make over-easy eggs with perfectly set whites and runny yolks.
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How To Make a Perfect Over-Easy Egg

3. Over Medium Fried Egg

A cracked egg is cooked in a skillet or frying pan over medium heat, in unsalted butter or oil. The egg is flipped once while cooking using a spatula until the egg whites are set and the yolk is slightly runny, like a custard or jam consistency.

Over medium = a custard-like, jammy yolk

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and/or hot sauce. Pairs perfectly with toast (for dipping in the jammy yolk).

Over Medium Eggs
Here’s how to make over medium eggs, where the yolk is jammy and just barely runny! Cook up this tasty breakfast in a flash.
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4. Over Hard Fried Egg

A cracked egg is cooked in a skillet or frying pan over medium heat, in unsalted butter or oil. The egg is flipped once while cooking using a spatula until the egg whites are set and the yolk is completely firm and cooked.

Over hard= fully cooked yolk

Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and/or hot sauce.

Over Hard Eggs
Here’s how to make over hard eggs, where the yolk perfectly cooked through! It’s easy to master this basic kitchen technique.
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5. Eggs in a Basket

There are many different names for this one dish (over 66), but the way this breakfast recipe is made remains the same: a fried egg is cooked inside a slice of buttery toast.

Melt a tablespoon of butter in a skillet, make a hole in the center of a slice of bread, add the bread to the skillet and cook for 2 minutes.

Then add the egg to the hole in the bread, cover and cook until over easy (a runny yolk) or well done (your choice). Then serve, sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Eggs in a Basket Recipe
A fancy, quick, and fun way to make eggs and toast at the same time. And if you have kids, bonus: they’ll love eating an egg cooked inside bread!
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Eggs in a Basket cut with a fork on a pink plate with strawberries.
Soft scrambled eggs on a pink plate with strawberries.
Scrambled eggs, another style of cooking eggs, includes: hard scrambled eggs and soft scrambled eggs.

Style 2: Scrambled Eggs

6. Hard Scrambled Eggs

This is a popular and super easy way to cook eggs. 2 or more cracked eggs are whisked in a bowl before cooking, then cooked in butter or oil (like extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil) over medium heat.

The eggs are cooked as a scramble, appearing like large curds, by constantly moving the eggs from the sides of the pan toward the center. Once cooked, sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the scrambled eggs and enjoy.

Hard scrambled eggs are cooked until firm and dry.

Serve alone or add to breakfast burritos, breakfast tacos, on top of toast, or an egg sandwich.

This is the type of scrambled eggs you’ll find in most restaurants, and the most common egg style.

7. Soft Scrambled Eggs

2 or more cracked eggs are whisked in a bowl before cooking, then cooked in a tablespoon of cooking fat (butter or oil) over low heat, until fluffy and in the shape of large “curds.” Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the scrambled eggs and enjoy.

Soft scrambled eggs are cooked just until “damp” and still glossy. This is my preferred method for making scrambled eggs.

Serve alone or add to breakfast burritos, breakfast tacos, on top of toast, or an egg sandwich.

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scrambled eggs
Poached egg, cut in half, with a runny yolk on toast with avocado slices on the side on blue plate.
Boiled eggs, include: hard boiled eggs, soft boiled eggs, deviled eggs, and poached eggs.

Style 3: Boiled Eggs

8. Hard Boiled Egg

The entire egg, still in the shell, is cooked in boiling water (over medium-high heat) until the egg white and yolk are completely firm and cooked. Once the cooking time is complete, the eggs are removed from the cooking pot and placed in cold water (with ice cubes) to stop the cooking process.

The egg is peeled after cooking.

Hard boiled eggs are cooked for a longer time, resulting in a fully cooked yolk, versus soft boiled eggs which have a jammy yolk.

Hard boiled eggs can be made on the stove-top or in the Instant Pot.

Hard boiled eggs are a popular choice for serving on top of salads or making egg salad. This type of egg is a great option to prep ahead for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack.

9. Soft Boiled Egg

The entire egg, still in the shell, is cooked in boiling water (over medium-high heat) until the egg white is completely cooked (firm) and the yolk is jammy and slightly runny. Once the cooking time is complete, the eggs are removed from the cooking pot and placed in cold water (with ice cubes) to stop the cooking process.

Soft boiled eggs can be made on the stove-top or in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Soft and Hard Boiled Eggs
How to make the best soft and hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot (or electric pressure cooker of your choice). A method that takes less than 10 minutes total, and most of that time is completely hands-off. 
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Instant Pot Eggs

10. Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a delicious way to use hard boiled eggs.

After cooking hard boiled eggs (the egg white and yolk are firm), scoop the cooked egg yolks into a bowl. Add mustard, mayonnaise, salt, and black pepper. Combine the ingredients, then spoon back into the egg whites.

Herbs and cooked bacon may also be added to the deviled egg mixture, as well as green onions.

Easy Deviled Eggs With Bacon
Turn hard boiled eggs into deviled eggs with this easy-to-make recipe. Made with fresh herbs and bacon for a fresh, delicious take on classic deviled eggs.
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Easy Bacon Deviled Eggs: Only 6 ingredients are required to make the BEST deviled eggs!

11. Poached Egg

An egg is removed from the shell and cracked directly into simmered water (near a boil), sometimes with a splash of vinegar, for about 5 minutes.

The egg white is fully cooked, appearing like a soft pillow, with a runny egg yolk inside. Once cooked, the egg is carefully removed from the water with a slotted spoon (to avoid transferring too much liquid to the serving plate).

Multiple poached eggs may cooked at one time in the same pot of water. After cooking, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Serve on top of avocado toast, on the side of plain toast, or on top of potato and egg hash.

Poached eggs are not ideal to prep in advance and should be made just before eating.

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Hands holding a casserole dish with baked egg casserole inside.
Baked eggs, include: shirred eggs, egg muffin cups, egg casseroles, and quiche.

Style 4: Baked Eggs

12. Shirred Eggs

Cracked eggs baked in a small bowl, ramekin, or skillet, in the oven, with cream or milk and (sometimes) breadcrumbs.

This is a decadent and easy way to bake eggs (there’s no whisking or scrambling involved). Essentially, you’re making sunny side up eggs with this method, in baked form with cream. What’s not to love?

Creamy Swiss Chard & Eggs
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Creamy Swiss Chard and Eggs

13. Egg Cup

Whisk multiple eggs with sautéed veggies, cooked and chopped meat (like bacon, ham, or sausage), and/or cheese. Line a muffin tray with silicone muffin liners or paper muffin liners. Pour the egg mixture into each muffin tin. Bake until firm.

Muffin cups are an easy way to prep eggs in advance. Store the muffin cups for up to 4-5 days in the fridge and enjoy cold or reheated.

Make-Ahead Egg (Omelet) Cups
Baked eggs in a muffins cups with bacon and vegetables make for the best grab and go breakfast. Prep this breakfast in advance for an easy weekday meal.
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Make-Ahead Grab-n-Go Omelet Cups

14. Egg Casserole

An egg casserole is made by whisking multiple cracked eggs, then baking the eggs with veggies, meats, and/or cheese in a casserole dish.

Egg casseroles may be prepped in advance, and stored in the fridge for 4-5 days, making this a great food prep meal.

Easy Egg and Sausage Casserole
An easy-to-make baked egg casserole made with sausage, potatoes, and veggies. Bake this in advance for an easy weekday breakfast meal.
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Easy Egg and Sausage Casserole

15. Quiche

A quiche is made by whisking multiple cracked eggs with cream (or milk) and baking the eggs in a pie crust and pie dish. Cheese, veggies, or meats (like cooked ham, bacon, or sausage) are added to the egg mixture before baking the quiche.

Popular quiche varieties include Quiche Lorraine (cheese and bacon) and Broccoli Cheese.

Bacon, Feta, & Herb Quiche
Eggs baked with bacon, feta cheese, and spinach in a flaky pie crust. Make your own homemade pie crust or save time with a store-bought crust.
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Spinach omelette with tomatoes and raspberries and bananas on the side.
Another egg cooking style: omelettes and frittatas (an open-faced, baked omelette)

Style 5: Omelettes & Frittatas

16. Omelette

A classic omelet is made by whisking 2-3 cracked eggs with a pinch of salt, then melting 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet and cooking the egg mixture over medium-low heat. Once the eggs are set, cheese, favorite veggies (tomato, spinach, mushrooms, etc.), and/or cooked meats (ham, bacon, sausage, etc.) are added. The egg mixture is folded over the filling.

An omelette is the French spelling of this egg dish. Omelet is the American version.

A classic French omelette (usually) includes just cheese and herbs. An American omelet may include lots of different fillings: peppers, cheese, meats, mushrooms, onions, etc.

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Egg Cheese Omelette on a turquoise plate, cutting into the omelette with a gold fork.

17. Frittata

A frittata is similar to an egg casserole, crust-less quiche, or open-faced omelette. It’s made with multiple whisked eggs that are baked with veggies, meat (cooked sausage, ham, bacon), or cheese.

Make this egg dish on a slow weekend morning. Or, make a frittata in advance for an easy reheated breakfast on busy weekday mornings.

Bacon, Vegetable, Kale Frittata
An easy-to-make open-faced omelette with baked eggs, bacon, kale (or use spinach instead) and topped with cheese. Serve for a weekend brunch or make this dish ahead of busy weekday mornings.
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Bacon, Vegetable, and Kale Frittata
Egg (sunny side up) and potato hash with toast on the side on a blue and white floral plate.
Egg hash, another cooking style, nestles cooked eggs in the chopped potatoes and/or meats (like sausage).

Style 6: Hash

18. Egg Hash

A hash is made with chopped potatoes and/or meats and either baked in the oven or sautéed on the stove-top until the potatoes (and meat) are cooked through.

For an egg addition, make small holes (or wells) in the hash, when the cooking is nearly complete, and crack an egg in the center of each hole. The result is an egg-style hash with sunny side up eggs nestled in the potatoes (and meat).

This is a great way to make a hash meal complete with healthy complex carbs, fat, and protein.

Sheet Pan Potato and Eggs Hash
Cook potatoes on a sheet pan with sunny side up eggs and spinach. An easy, all-in-one sheet pan recipe. Can be made with white potatoes or sweet potatoes.
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Sheet Pan Potato and Eggs Hash
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