How to Make Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs

Sunny side up eggs are those that are fried only on one side, with the yolk golden and completely liquid and the whites barely set. They are very popular for breakfast and their preparation is as easy as pie. Pasteurized eggs are the best for sunny side up eggs, since the process of preparing them does not involve cooking the eggs through. Here is a simple recipe for perfect sunny side up eggs.

Preparation Time

About 13 minutes


  1. Choose the best skillet for the task. It should be non-stick, ovenproof and heavy iron cast skillet. You should also spray the skillet with cooking spray before setting the wheels of preparation into motion.
  2. Add cooking oil of your choice into the frying pan. Bacon fat is the best choice in this case, and it should be just enough to cover the pan. Water can also be used instead of oil, for those you are keen on cutting down their fat consumption.
  3. Place the pan over the oven or your preferred source of heat, and heat the fat over medium heat. Do not overheat the pan, since if the pan is too hot, the eggs will not cook well. To ascertain that the oil is hot enough, see to it that it can sizzle a drop of cold water. If you are using water instead of oil, ensure that the water begins to form bubbles before you add the eggs.
  4. Once the oil is mildly hot, crack the eggs one by one, ensuring that you keep all shell pieces at bay. Hold the eggs over the skillet as you break them, and drop them gently on the hot fat. To ensure that no shell fragments remain in the egg, you can break the eggs into a bowl and remove the pieces of shells if any, then pour the eggs into the pan one by one. If your skillet is large enough, you can add several eggs and cook them simultaneously.
  5. If you are preparing several eggs at once, ensure that the whites are well spaced and each of the whites enclose its yolk. It is advisable to keep the whites apart, but if they mingle, a spatula or a knife can separate them after cooking.
  6. To rev up the taste and texture of the eggs, gently splash the hot cooking oil on the sunny side of the eggs. This is called basting, and it is an optional step. Salt and pepper can also be added at this point, or they can be added at the end of the cooking period.
  7. After about two minutes, ensure that the egg whites are set, and that they are not lose. At this juncture, you can consider covering the pan to accentuate the cooking process, but care should be taken to avoid overcooking the yolks. If it is possible, use a transparent lid so that you can monitor the progress closely. You can also add a teaspoonful of water to the eggs before covering the pan, in order to steam cook the eggs.
  8. After about three minutes, uncover the pan and check the progress of the eggs. At this point, you should monitor the eggs until they attain your desired state. For instance, the whites should be completely opaque but having the yolk runny or set is purely a personal preference.
  9. Once the eggs are in the desired state, season salt and pepper if you did not do so earlier. After that, remove the pan from the heat and serve immediately. Before serving, you may consider drawing the eggs briefly on a paper towel. Serving the eggs on warm plates is a step in the right direction, as it keeps the eggs warm. Sunny side up eggs can be served with a variety of accompaniments, including beans, cooked tomato, toast, sausages and bacon.