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.
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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 your meals. We love these egg white muffins for the same reason!
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.
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- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Your egg white will be set, clear and no longer runny. Your egg yolk will also be firm but have a slight give.
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.
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.
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.
- Breakfast side: With biscuits and gravy, breakfast meatballs or oven cooked bacon and a slice of toast.
- Toast: My favorite way is avocado toast with egg!
- Tostada: Make this huevos rancheros recipe at home, it rivals any brunch spot.
- With potatoes: Try it with homemade hashbrowns or steak and potatoes.
- Salad: On top of a Caesar salad.
- Rice bowls: Serve with a Korean ground beef bowl or egg roll in a bowl.
- Top a burger: Make your hamburgers gourmet by topping it with an egg!
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!
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Sunny Side Up Eggs
- ½ Tablespoon butter , or 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 large eggs
- Kosher salt , to taste
- Ground black pepper , to taste
- 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.
Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.
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