How To Make Sunny Side Up Eggs

Sunny side up eggs are a delicious and straightforward breakfast dish that anyone can make. They are also known as “up eggs” is a classic dish people love to have on their breakfast menu. With a little bit of practice and patience, you can master the art of making sunny side up eggs and have them come out perfectly every time.

In this article, I will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make the perfect sunny side up eggs and answer some frequently asked questions about this breakfast favorite.


– Eggs
– Salt
– Pepper
– Butter or Oil


1. Heat up the pan: The first step to making sunny side up eggs is to heat up the pan. You want to use a non-stick pan, small or medium, over low heat. Add a tablespoon of butter or oil to the pan and let it melt, making sure it coats the entire surface.

2. Crack the eggs: Crack the eggs into a small bowl or glass. It’s important to check the egg’s freshness, so you don’t get any shells, and the whites aren’t watery. This step will help ensure that your eggs will cook evenly.

3. Add the eggs to the pan: Once the butter is melted and hot, pour the eggs into the pan. Hold the bowl close to the surface of the pan and pour gently so that the yolk remains intact. You can add salt and pepper to taste at this point.

4. Let the eggs cook: Allow the eggs to cook slowly over low heat. This will help the whites to set gradually without burning them. Cover the pan with a lid to trap the steam, which will help cook the yolks evenly. It should take around 2-3 minutes to cook the eggs to a sunny side up.

5. Test the eggs: Using a spatula, gently lift up one edge of the egg and check to see if the whites are set. If you see any clear or runny part of the egg whites, let it continue cooking for another 30 seconds or so. At this point, you can also adjust the seasoning if you feel that your eggs need more salt and pepper.

6. Plate the eggs: Once the eggs are cooked to your liking, remove them from the heat and use a spatula to slide them onto a plate. You can use toast, bacon, or any other sides that you prefer to serve with your sunny side up eggs.

FAQs about Sunny Side Up Eggs:

1. How do I keep the yolks runny while cooking the whites?

The key to keeping the yolks runny is to cook the eggs slowly over low heat, and to not flip them over. The heat from the pan will slowly cook the whites while keeping the yolks warm and runny.

2. Can I use oil instead of butter?

Yes, you can use oil instead of butter. However, butter gives your sunny side up eggs a rich and satisfying flavor that oil does not provide.

3. Can I cook sunny side up eggs in the microwave?

You can, but the result will not be the same. Microwave cooking doesn’t allow the heat to be evenly distributed, so the eggs may cook unevenly. Additionally, the yolk may explode in the microwave, making a mess.

4. How do I tell if an egg is fresh when making sunny side up eggs?

The easiest way to check if an egg is fresh is to put it in a bowl of water. If it sinks to the bottom and lays on its side, it’s fresh. If it sinks but tilts upwards or floats to the top, it’s not fresh.

In conclusion, sunny side up eggs are a simple but delicious breakfast dish that anyone can make. With these step-by-step instructions and some patience, you can enjoy a perfect sunny side up egg breakfast every time. Don’t forget to experiment with seasoning and sides to make your eggs extra special, and always remember to use fresh eggs for the best results.

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