Eggs are a breakfast staple (standard). I love having (eating) eggs at any time of day: breakfast, lunch, or dinner. They are so tasty (yummy, delicious) and can be cooked in many different ways. However, if you’re learning English, you may not know how to order eggs in a restaurant. Ways to eat eggs in English is something you may not learn in a regular English class! Bespeaking is here to help.

Check out (read, look at) these different ways to eat eggs in English. Then let us know how you prefer (like) to eat your eggs!

Scrambled

Do you like to eat scrambled eggs? When eggs are scrambled, you crack (break the shell) them into a bowl, and then whip (stir while putting air in) them with a fork. You can add (put) a lot of different things to (in) scrambled eggs. You can add cheese, ham, spinach, mushrooms, or whatever you like in them.

Have you ever had an omelet before? An omelet starts as scrambled eggs, then you add whatever you like on top, and fold the eggs over. There’s nothing better than a big omelet on a Sunday morning!

For example:

  • I didn’t have a lot of time for lunch, so I just made some scrambled eggs. They’re very fast to make.
  • Many kids only like scrambled eggs because you can add cheese to them.

Sunny Side Up

Having eggs sunny side up is another very easy way to eat eggs. Some people don’t like sunny side up eggs, because the yolk (yellow part) stays runny (isn’t cooked all the way through). If eggs are sunny side up, you just fry an egg in a pan until the white part is hard. You don’t have to stir the eggs around at all. Sunny side up eggs are also known as fried eggs. Do you like your eggs sunny side up?

For example:

  • My brother didn’t like sunny side up eggs when he was a kid. He didn’t like runny yolks. But now he loves them!
  • Every Monday, she has sunny side up eggs and toast for breakfast.

Over Easy/Medium/Hard

Some of the many ways to eat eggs are eggs over easy, over medium, or over hard. They’re all similar (almost the same), but have small differences. How you make them are how you like the yolks of your eggs.

If you make eggs over easy, you start (begin) by making sunny side up eggs. Then you flip (turn over) the eggs over. For eggs over easy, the  yolk stays runny. If you eat eggs over medium, the yolk is partially (somewhat, halfway) cooked. Finally, for eggs over hard, the yolk is cooked all the way through.

For example:

  • I don’t like my egg yolks too runny. Could I please get my eggs over medium, instead of over easy?
  • He likes his eggs over hard. His girlfriend likes them scrambled. So they always make eggs in separate pans when they make breakfast.

Hard/Soft Boiled

The difference between hard and soft boiled eggs also is about how runny the yolk is. Boiled eggs are extremely (very) easy to make, though! You start with a pot of water, then place the entire (whole) egg in the pot. From there, bring the water to a boil (as hot as it can go, bubbling) for a few minutes. How long you boil the egg for depends on if you want hard or soft boiled eggs. Hard boiled eggs have a hard yolk, and are cooked for longer. Soft boiled eggs have a runny yolk, and aren’t cooked for as long.

When your hard or soft boiled eggs are finished, crack the shell open and enjoy!

For example:

  • When I was a kid, there would usually be a big bowl of hard boiled eggs in the fridge for people to snack on.
  • The restaurant had many breakfast options: she ordered toast, fruit salad, and two soft boiled eggs.

Poached

My favorite way to eat eggs is to poach them. Poached eggs are delicious (have a very good taste) on so many things. To make poached eggs, boil some water and crack eggs into the water. Cook the eggs until the white is hard, but the yolk is soft. You can then put the poached eggs in grits (a Southern ground corn dish), on a salad, or on toast. Not everyone likes poached eggs, since the yolk is runny, but there are so many ways to eat eggs, that there are plenty of options for people!

For example:

  • I know the menu says poached eggs, but could I please have them scrambled?
  • She thinks the yolks of poached eggs make dishes creamier. She loves having them on all sorts of dishes.

What are your favorite ways to eat eggs? Do you eat eggs often? Share with us in the comments below!


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Erin Duffin lives in Hamburg, is an English teacher, blogger, and yoga instructor whose favorite breakfast involves poached eggs.

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