Sunny Side Up Eggs

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Sunny Side Up Eggs are one of the most classic ways to cook eggs. They are super easy to make and taste delicious. All you need is a non-stick pan, some butter, and of course, eggs.

First things first, let’s talk about the name. “Sunny side up” refers to how the eggs are cooked. Instead of flipping them over like you would with an over-easy or over-hard egg, sunny side up eggs are cooked only on one side, with the yolk intact and beautifully showcased, resembling a bright, sunny-side-up morning.

2 eggs cooked sunny side up.
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Sunny Side Up Egg

One of the best things about sunny side up eggs is that they’re incredibly easy to make. Heat up the pan, add a dab of butter or a drizzle of oil, and crack the eggs directly into the pan. Cook them on low to medium heat until the whites are fully set, but the yolk is still runny. The result? A picture-perfect sunny side up egg ready to be enjoyed!

Now, let’s talk about that gorgeous golden yolk. The yolk is the star of the show in a sunny side up egg. When you cut into it, the yolk oozes out and adds a luscious, velvety texture to your plate. It’s like a natural sauce that complements anything you pair it with, be it toast, bacon, or even a pile of crispy hash browns. It’s a little burst of sunshine that adds a whole lot of flavor to your breakfast.

2 eggs cooking in a skillet.


  • Eggs
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Butter

Recipe Instructions

  1. Preheat a medium non-stick skillet or frying pan with a lid over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and let it melt, coating the pan.
  2. Crack one large egg into a small bowl or ramekin.
  3. Gently slide the egg into the skillet, being careful not to break the yolk. Sprinkle the egg with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  4. Cook the egg with the lid on for 2-3 minutes, until the whites are fully set and the yolk is still runny.
  5. Using a spatula, carefully transfer the cooked egg to a plate. Repeat the process with the remaining eggs, adding more butter to the pan as needed.
Ingredients for making sunny side up eggs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prevent the egg from spreading in the pan?

To prevent the egg from spreading too much, make sure the pan is preheated and the butter is evenly distributed. Gently slide the cracked egg into the skillet and cook them one at a time. If the edges start to spread, you can use a spatula to push them back towards the center.

How long should I cook sunny side up eggs?

Cook the eggs for about 2-3 minutes with the lid on, or until the whites are fully set. This will ensure that the whites are cooked while the yolk remains runny.

What can I serve with sunny side up eggs?

Sunny side up eggs can be served with a variety of side dishes. They pair well with toast, bacon, sausage, hash browns, avocado, or even fruit. You can get creative and add your favorite ingredients to complete your breakfast or brunch.

Egg cooking in a skillet.

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2 eggs cooked sunny side up
5 from 2 votes

Sunny Side Up Eggs

Sunny Side Up Eggs are super easy to make and taste delicious. All you need is a non-stick pan, some butter, and of course, eggs.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 6 large eggs
  • salt,, to taste
  • black pepper,, to taste
  • 1-6 tablespoons Butter for greasing,, 1 per egg


  • Preheat a medium non-stick skillet or frying pan with a lid over medium heat.
  • In a small bowl or ramekin, crack one large egg carefully into the dish.
  • Add one tablespoon of butter to the heated skillet. Swirling around to coat the pan.
  • Gently slide each cracked egg into the skillet, and cook them one at a time to avoid spreading into each other. They should sizzle as they hit the pan.
  • Use a heatproof spatula to help push the edges back in to the center if they start to spread too much.
  • Sprinkle each egg with a pinch of salt and black pepper while it cooks.
  • Place the lid on the pan and allow the eggs to cook undisturbed for 2-3 minutes or until the whites are set.
  • Carefully transfer the cooked egg to a plate using the spatula. Repeat with remaining eggs, adding additional butter as needed to keep the pan well greased.
  • Serve the sunny-side-up eggs immediately while they’re warm and the yolks are runny.


  • Sunny-side-up eggs are great on their own or as a topping for toast.
  • Be cautious when handling the eggs to avoid breaking the yolks prematurely.
  • Adjust the cooking time according to your preference for runny or firm yolks.
  • Cracking the eggs into a dish before putting them into the pan helps the ensure that the yolks don’t break going into the pan.


Serving: 1egg, Calories: 80kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.3g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 169mg, Sodium: 77mg, Potassium: 61mg, Sugar: 0.2g, Vitamin A: 296IU, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg
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Sunny side up eggs are a simple and tasty breakfast option that brings a burst of sunshine to your plate with their runny yolks and endless serving possibilities.

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