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PERFECT Sunny-Side Up Eggs

This is how to cook PERFECT sunny-side up eggs like a pro, resulting in soft whites and runny yolks. You'll get them right every single time!
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 2 eggs
Calories123 kcal
Cost $ 0.25 per egg


  • 1 skillet
  • 1 Metal spatula


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil bacon fat, unsalted butter, or clarified butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste


  • Heat a large, non-stick skillet over medium-low heat.
    A large pan would be spacious enough to hold 2-3 eggs at a time with a bit of space between them and thereby prevent generating steam. 
  • Pour about ½ teaspoon of water into the heated frying pan. If water sizzles and evaporates on the pan, it means the pan is hot enough to hold the eggs in the right form.
  • Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with oil of your preference, butter, or bacon fat (about 1 Tablespoon).
    If using butter, let it melt. You don't need a large amount of fat to fry the eggs because the pan is non-stick and you don't want the eggs to turn out greasy.
  • Crack the eggs gently into the pan to keep the yolks intact (remember: do not overcrowd the pan! Rather, keep a space in between the two eggs). Note: An egg ring can be used to keep the eggs round and yolks centered if desired. As the eggs cook, their color will change from clear to opaque white. 
  • Cook until the tops of the whites are set but the yolk is still runny. This will take about 2 to minutes. Meanwhile, if the oil starts to spit it is a sign that the oil is too hot...In this case, please turn the heat down to low.
  • When sunny-side up eggs are ready, remove the pan from the heat. Use a large, metal spatula (not rubber) to remove the eggs from the pan one at a time and place them on a serving plate. The metal spatula blade is thin enough to slide underneath the eggs without tearing them. 
  • The large size of the blade will give more optimal support to keep the soft yolk intact while transferring from the pan to the plate. Some people like to dab them gently with paper towel to soak up any excess oil but I don't dab mine because fat is flavor!
  • Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper -- and also fresh or dried herbs if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

  • If you follow all the cooking tips above, you will obtain perfect sunny side-up eggs every time. 
  • Keep in min that not using the egg ring will cook eggs faster. I prefer to cook mine without the ring! 
  • Love eggs? Learn also how to hard boil eggs
How to Store Leftovers
  • Fridge: If you have leftover sunny-side up eggs, let them cool and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. According to the FDA cooked eggs can be refrigerated for serving later but must be thoroughly reheated to 165° F before serving. 
  • Reheating: Grease and heat a microwave-safe plate for 30 seconds, and then heat your egg in it for another 30 seconds. Reheating sunny-side up eggs may change their texture and flavor.


Calories: 123kcal | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 60mg | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg

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