How to Cook Perfect Sunny-Side Up Eggs

Easy method for how to cook PERFECT sunny-side up eggs, resulting in soft whites and runny yolks. Learn how to cook them like a pro!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword eggs, how to cook, method, sunny side up
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 123 kcal


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil bacon fat, or butter
  • 2 large eggs


  1. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan 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. 
  2. Pour about 1/2 teaspoon of water into the heated pan. If water sizzles and evaporates on the pan, it means that pan is hot enough to hold the eggs in the right form.

  3. Lightly coat the bottom of the pan with oil of your preference, butter, or bacon fat (approximately 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. Cook until the tops of the whites are set but the yolk is still runny. This will take about 2 to 2-1/2 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.

  6. 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 on a serving plate. The metal spatula blade is thin enough to slide underneath the eggs without tearing them. 
  7. And 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!!! ;)

  8. Sprinkle salt and freshly ground black pepper -- and also fresh or dried herbs if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
How to Cook Perfect Sunny-Side Up Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 60mg2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.