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Sunny side up eggs are fried on only one side, with the yolks intact, golden, and runny. They're a delicious breakfast food that pairs great with a piece of bread for dipping in the yolk! You can easily make sunny side up eggs at home in a frying pan or by cooking them in the oven.
Method 1Method 1 of 2:Frying Eggs in a Pan
- 1Heat 1 tbsp (14.2 g) of butter on low in a cast iron or non-stick skillet. Choose a skillet large enough to fit 2 cracked eggs so that they won't touch in the pan. Place the skillet on the burner with the butter in the pan, and turn on the burner to heat the butter.XResearch source
- If your pan isn't non-stick, such as a carbon steel pan, you may need to spray it lightly with a non-stick spray before adding the butter.
- 2Tilt the pan to distribute the melted butter over the bottom. The butter helps to fry the bottom of the eggs quickly and maintain their shape. Make sure the butter is covering almost as much of the surface of the bottom of the pan as possible.XResearch source
- If you don't have butter, you can use lard, olive oil, or bacon fat to make your eggs, because each will spread to coat the bottom of the pan.
- 3Break 1 egg gently into the pan, keeping the yolk intact. Once the butter is simmering, hold the egg about 1⁄2 inch (1.3 cm) over the frying pan as you break it, and let it gently drop into the bottom of the hot pan. The egg whites will begin to cook immediately.XResearch source
- If you have trouble cracking eggs, crack each one into a bowl, check for shell fragments, and then carefully pour the egg into the pan.
Identifying a Fresh Egg
If you're not sure how old the eggs in your refrigerator are, fill a glass with water and gently place the egg in the water.
If the egg sinks to the bottom, it's very fresh and can be used for all recipes.
If it's submerged at the top of the water with the wide end sticking up, it's slightly older. It's still safe to fry or hard boil older eggs, as long as they're cooked all the way through.
If the egg floats on top of the water, it's expired and should be thrown away.
- 4Crack another egg into the pan so that the whites don't touch. Repeat the process for cracking the egg into the pan. If the whites begin to touch, place one of the flat edges of your spatula in between them to keep them separated.XResearch source
- Alternatively, you can let the whites touch and separate them after they're cooked by slicing through the whites with a spatula or knife.
- 5Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 2-3 minutes. Covering the pan can accelerate the cooking process and make sure the whites are firm while the yolk remains runny. After 2 minutes, open the lid and check the whites to make sure they're cooked on the top. If not, recover the pan, and let them cook for another 30-60 seconds.
- You can check the doneness of the egg by shaking the pan gently to see if the yolk jiggles while the whites stay firm.
- 6Transfer the eggs to a plate and season with salt and pepper. Carefully hold the pan at a 45-degree angle next to the plate, and watch as they slide off of the pan. For more control, slide a spatula under each egg, and lift it onto the plate. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!XResearch source
- You can serve sunny side up eggs with grits, over a piece of toast, or as part of a big breakfast with meat, potatoes, and fruit.
Method 2Method 2 of 2:Cooking Eggs in the Oven
- 1Preheat an oven to 350 °F (177 °C). Use the control panel on your oven to set the heat to the correct level, and begin preparing the food while the oven heats up. This should take about 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven.XResearch source
Did you know? Baking your eggs in the oven helps to keep the temperature steady, which results in more evenly cooked eggs. This is a great way to make sunny side up eggs if you're a beginner chef.
- 2Heat an oven-proof skillet lined with 1 tsp (13.7 g) of olive oil over medium heat. Check the bottom of your skillet for a label that says "oven safe." If it is, pour 1 teaspoon (13.7 g) of olive oil into the pan, and tilt the pan to cover the bottom with oil. Then, leave the pan on the burner until the oil begins to simmer.XResearch source
- In general, most cast iron skillets are oven safe, but many non-stick and carbon steel skillets are not.
- 3Crack 2 eggs into the skillet so that the whites aren't touching. Carefully break the eggs into the skillet on separate sides of the pan. If the whites touch, hold the flat edge of your spatula in between them to keep them apart until you put the pan in the oven. After both eggs are in the pan, remove it from the heat.XResearch source
- Try to crack the eggs into the pan as quickly as possible while keeping the yolks intact.
- 4Transfer the skillet into the oven and bake the eggs for 4 minutes. Lift the pan from the burner and gently slide it onto the center rack of the oven. Leave the pan in the oven until the whites are set, which you can check by gently shaking the pan. If the yolk jiggles and the whites stay in place, the eggs are ready!XResearch source
- With some ovens, this can take 3 and a half minutes, so keep the light on in your oven and watch the whites of each egg to see when they are fully cooked. If the yolk begins to turn white at any point, remove the eggs from the oven immediately to prevent them from cooking further.
- 5Remove the eggs from the oven and slide them onto a plate to season them. Use an oven mitt to pull the pan out of the oven, and tilt it at a 45-degree angle to slide the eggs off of the pan and onto a plate. Add a pinch of salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!XResearch source
- It's best to serve the eggs immediately to keep them from getting cold.
- QuestionCan I use coconut oil?Community AnswerYes, you can. Because of the relatively low cooking temperature, you can use most any oil for this application. Keep in mind that coconut oil has a distinctive flavor that will transfer over to the eggs.
- QuestionHow many table spoons of butter do I need to use?Community AnswerAbout half a tablespoon but you may also consider using olive oil for a healthier choice.
- QuestionHow high do I put the heat?Community AnswerYou can cook them on medium heat, as to ensure that you do not burn the eggs.
- If you have trouble keeping the yolk centered, try separating the egg whites from the yolk. Then, put the whites into the pan and add the yolk to the center of the whites.
- Eating undercooked eggs can result in food poisoning. Be sure to cook your eggs thoroughly to lessen the risk of food poisoning.
Things You'll Need
- Cast iron, non-stick, or carbon steel pan
- Butter or olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Serving plates
About This Article
To make sunny side up eggs, start by heating about 1 tablespoon of butter in a skillet over low heat. Then, break a couple eggs into the pan, keeping the yolks intact and whites separated. Next, cover the pan and cook the eggs for 2-3 minutes or until the whites are firm and cooked on the top. Finally, use a spatula to transfer the eggs to a plate before serving. To learn how to make sunny side up eggs in the oven, scroll down!