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How to Cook an Egg Over Hard

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Cooking an egg "over" refers to frying it on both sides. Whether the yolk is kept runny or cooked to firmness is what is meant by the terms "over easy" and "over hard." A solid cooked egg yolk is cooked to the hard state. The technique for cooking an egg over hard to perfection is to adjust the temperature so it cooks at an even rate. Cooking it too quickly will burn the edges and give it a rubbery texture.

Step 1

How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Set the skillet on the stove top burner set to medium-high heat.

Step 2

How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Melt butter in a skillet or coat it lightly with extra-virgin olive oil.

Step 3

How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Move the pan around so the butter or oil completely coats the skillet.

Step 4

How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Crack an egg into the middle of the skillet once the skillet is hot enough to sizzle a drop of water.

Step 5

How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Reduce the burner heat to low.

Step 6

How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Sprinkle some salt and pepper, to taste, on the egg as it cooks.

Step 7

How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Flip the egg over gently with a spatula when the white part of the egg is opaque and firm and the yolk starts to thicken.

Step 8

How to Cook an Egg Over Hard
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Continue cooking the egg until the yolk is completely firm. It should have no runny parts. You can usually tell the consistency of the yolk from the bottom of the egg, but you may have to lift it up slightly with the spatula to determine the consistency.

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