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Sunny Side Up Eggs

How to make sunny side up eggs to enjoy for a protein filled breakfast, add to a salad or top a sandwich! Use this method for a perfectly cooked pan fried egg with a cooked white and runny yolk.

Sunny side up eggs on avocado toast.
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Perfect Eggs Sunny Side Up

If you’re in the mood for a delicious and easy breakfast, sunny side up eggs are a perfect choice. Eat them as is, add one to a rice bowl, make egg salad or even top your avocado toast. Mastering this recipe is not only simple and quick but a classic that is sure to satisfy and start the day off right! 

Learning how to cook eggs sunny side up with a perfectly cooked bottom and intact yellow yolk seems easy but from my experience it can be harder than you think! Often the white can get too crispy while the yolk turns out rubbery,  greasy or worse raw. 

With my easy technique, though, your eggs will turn out with a creamy white and a runny yolk. While you are at it, you should probably learn how to make scrambled eggs, poached eggs and hard boiled eggs, too!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Easy to master: This method of a cooking an egg requires no flipping which makes this kitchen skill relatively easy to master with just a little practice.
  • Breakfast favorite: Serve perfectly cooked eggs at breakfast or brunch and you are sure to impress your family or guests!
  • Good for you: Eggs are a great way to add healthy protein, fat and nutrition to any dish or just enjoy on it’s own!

What are Sunny Side Up Eggs vs. Over Easy? 

It can be confusing because both of these are fried eggs. Over easy eggs are flipped once so that they fry on both sides while a sunny side up egg is fried only on one side. Both methods result in a cooked egg with a runny yolk although an over easy egg will have a thin layer of white over it.

Ingredients

Eggs on a counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Fresh eggs: Fresh eggs work best as older eggs tend to separate and not hold together very well. If you can find farm fresh eggs those work even better as they will have a fresher and brighter yellow egg yolk. 
  • Butter: I prefer butter but oil, lard or even bacon grease would work as well.
  • Salt and pepper: To serve your egg.

Tools You’ll Need

Skillet: To make this recipe you will need a small to medium sized non-stick skillet or well seasoned cast iron skillet. While an aluminum skillet will work, it is more prone to sticking.

Spatula: You will want a thin silicone spatula with a large face to easily transfer your egg from the skillet to the serving plate without breaking the yolk.

How to Make Sunny Side Up Eggs

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  • Prepare eggs. Crack eggs into individual ramekins as this is easier to transfer them to the heated skillet.
  • Melt butter. Add your butter to a large non-stick skillet and let it melt. You may want to turn down the heat slightly after the butter melts so your skillet is not too hot when you add your egg.
  • Cook eggs: Carefully add each egg to either side of the skillet. If you hear it sizzle, this means your skillet was too hot. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny. Do not flip your eggs!
  • Serve: Season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Expert Tips

  • Low heat: You can melt your butter at medium temp, but then lower it to low heat while cooking your eggs. Cooking at a temp too high could overcook or burn your egg whites while not cooking your egg yolk. 
  • Skillet size: You will want to use a small to medium sized skillet so the egg whites do not spread too much or run together. Using this size of skillet you can make 1 to 3 eggs at a time.
  • Fresh eggs: Fresh eggs make perfect sunny side-up eggs. Older eggs do not hold their shape well.
  • Cover your skillet: This helps the egg white steam without burning. If you have a glass lid this is best to use as you can see when the whites are set.
Sunny side up egg on avocado toast.

Recipe FAQs

How do you know when a sunny side up egg is done?

Your egg white will be set, clear and no longer runny. Your egg yolk will also be firm but have a slight give.

Are eggs sunny side up healthy?

If you are including eggs as part of your diet, they are full of healthy benefits! They are a source of lean protein and contain many vitamins and minerals. It really comes down to how you cook your eggs and what you are putting on them. As is an egg sunny side up is healthy and nutritious.

What is the difference between sunny side up and over easy?

While both methods of cooking eggs feature a runny yolk, a sunny side up egg is only cooked on one side while an over easy egg is fried lightly on both sides.

Serving Suggestions

While eggs are usually thought of as a breakfast food they can be served in so many more ways! Here are some of my favorite ways to serve them.

Storing

While you can store these in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, I don’t recommend it as they tend to get rubbery and overcooked when reheating them in the microwave. This recipe is so easy I just usually make them fresh!

Cut open sunny side up egg on toast.

More easy egg recipes to try include Instant Pot eggs, deviled eggs and microwave scrambled eggs!

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Sunny side up egg on avocado toast.

Sunny Side Up Eggs

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
How to make sunny side up eggs to enjoy for a protein filled breakfast, add to a salad or top a sandwich! Use this method for a perfectly cooked pan fried egg with a cooked white and runny yolk.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients 

  • ½ Tablespoon butter , or 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • Kosher salt , to taste
  • Ground black pepper , to taste

Instructions

  • Crack eggs into individual ramekins.
  • In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
  • Gently add each egg to either side of the skillet. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until the whites are set and the yolks are still runny.
  • Season with salt and pepper, and serve immediately.

Notes

Storage: This is best eaten immediately and I wouldn’t recommend keeping leftovers.

Nutrition

Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 402mg | Sodium: 232mg | Potassium: 141mg | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 890IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

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