Eggs are the quintessential breakfast food and there are few things I love more in the morning than a fried egg. This recipe is the way to go for the most perfect sunny side up eggs.
If you like runny eggs, you’ll love these dippable beauties. The bright sphere of yolk sits on the just-set whites with their tasty, slightly crispy edges.
The next time you’re looking to whip out the frying pan to fry up some eggs, take a look at this recipe for the tips and tricks to make the best sunny side eggs.
Common Questions about Sunny Side Eggs
What is the difference between sunny side up eggs and over easy eggs?
While both styles of eggs sport a runny yolk, over easy eggs need to be flipped. This forms a thin white coating over the top of the yolk — sunny side up eggs still have their bright yellow yolk on top.
Is sunny side up healthier than scrambled?
There is no nutritional difference between the two types of eggs unless you change the type of fat (eg, butter, oil, animal fat) that you use when cooking them.
What pan is best for sunny side up eggs?
Using either a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or a nonstick pan will get the best results.
Simple Tips For The Best Sunny Side Eggs
- Cook the eggs more quickly by putting a lid over the top.
- To avoid overcooking eggs and to keep the oil from spitting, keep the heat on low once you add them to the pan.
- Fresh eggs are the most flavorful.
- Bring eggs to room temperature before cracking and cooking.
- Crack eggs into a small bowl before adding to the pan to make it easier to retrieve any eggshell pieces.
- While you needn’t do anything to the eggs while they are cooking, if you want to ensure that you have a perfectly runny yolk you’ll need to watch them closely so that they don’t wind up overdone.
This morning mainstay only requires a few simple ingredients.
- Butter (unsalted)
- Large or medium eggs (fresh if available)
- Black pepper
Kitchen Supplies You’ll Need
We recommend using a well-seasoned cast iron skillet for the perfect eggs but you can also use a nonstick skillet or a stainless steel skillet.
How to Make Sunny Side Up Eggs
These eggs are super easy — no flipping necessary!
- Once the eggs have come to room temperature, add the butter to the heated skillet.
- After the butter has melted, adjust the heat.
- Add each egg to the hot pan and cook until the egg white is firm and has formed lacy edges. The egg yolk should still be runny.
- Transfer the eggs to a plate and sprinkle with salt and pepper before serving.
What to Serve With Sunny Side Eggs
There are few savory foods that don’t pair well with an egg!
- Starches – Toast is a natural pairing as are any variety of breakfast potatoes.
- Meat – Crispy bacon is definitely a winning combination with eggs but you can also try Canadian bacon, country ham, or sausage links or patties.
- Avocado toast – Pair that heart-healthy avocado with these eggs or put them right on top of the toast.
- Soup – A warm bowl of chicken soup is made even better with the addition of an egg.
- Rice bowls – After you’ve piled rice, veggies, and protein into a bowl, top it with one of these eggs.
- Shrimp and grits – Dress up your shrimp and grits with an egg on top.
- Biscuits and gravy – Serve the eggs alongside or place them on top of the biscuits.
- Hamburgers – Creamy, runny yolks are the perfect companion to a sizzling burger just off the grill.
- Sandwich – Make an egg sandwich with cheese, breakfast meats, and the spread of your choice or just try adding it to another sandwich.
Why You Should Make These Eggs
We can’t think of many reasons not to make these delicious eggs.
- Healthy – Eggs are the best friend of someone trying to lead a low-carb or keto lifestyle but they’re also a nutrient powerhouse that’s great for any diet.
- Versatile – You can enjoy these eggs any time of day. Plus, they can be a simple meal all on their own or customized for a special occasion meal.
- Quick – The hands-on time for this easy dish is only 3-4 minutes.
- Easy – With only a few steps, these eggs are super easy. Also, since there’s no flipping involved you don’t have to worry about broken yolks.
Variations and Add-ins
You can kick up the flavor in these eggs in lots of different ways.
- Spices and herbs– If you like spicy eggs, try adding cayenne pepper or chili powder. You can also shake on any of your other favorite flavors from tarragon or dill to basil or garlic powder.
- Sauce – Sauce your eggs with hot sauce, gochujang, hollandaise, or pesto.
- Cheese – Add some cheesiness to your meal by sprinkling parmesan, cheddar cheese, or pepper jack on top of the egg once cooked.
- Grease – Use bacon fat instead of butter to impart bacon flavor into your eggs.
- Oils – Instead of butter you can use neutral-flavored oils like olive oil, canola oil, avocado oil, or vegetable oil.
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Sunny Side Eggs
- 1 tablespoon butter unsalted
- 2 eggs fresh if available
- Set the eggs out on the counter and allow them to come to room temperature for about 20 minutes before starting.
- In a large non-stick skillet over medium heat, add the butter and allow it to melt.
- Turn the heat down to low.
- Crack the eggs into the heated skillet and cook them for 2-4 minutes or until the white of the egg is firm but the yolk is still runny.
- Remove the eggs from the pan and season them with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper before serving.
Nutritional information for the recipe is provided as a courtesy and is approximate. Please double-check with your own dietary calculator for the best accuracy. We at Taste of the Frontier cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts as it has been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.