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How to Make the Perfect Sunny Side Up Egg

How to Make the Perfect Sunny Side Up Egg

Last Updated on 10th March 2022 by

One of my favorite ways to cook eggs is sunny side up, which creates a perfectly round yellow bulb in the middle of a sea of white.

The two components of the egg are separated as they cook, crafting a visually appealing food that also lets you choose which flavors and textures you want to take in for each bite.

If you’ve never learned how to cook a sunny side up egg, you may feel slightly intimidated by thinking about trying to cook one yourself. I want to share with you my method for making the perfect sunny side up egg every single time.

If you tried this dish and failed before, there may be something you’re missing, and the step-by-step instructions I’ll provide for you below can help you to do it the right way every time.

What Is a Sunny Side Up Egg?

Cooking your eggs this way is a nice change of pace from hard boiled eggs or scrambled eggs. It can take a little skill to make sunny side up eggs, but with practice, you’ll soon be able to make them flawlessly.

The most important component to making eggs like this is that you use oil. Some people try to be a little healthier when cooking their eggs by using water as a liquid base in the frying pan.

This slightly boils the eggs rather than frying them, cutting down the cholesterol and fat content considerably.

That’s especially true if you’re switching out a fatty, unhealthy oil for water. That won’t work too well with sunny side up eggs, however. In order to pull off a perfect looking sunny side up egg, you’ll need to use oil to fry it in.

How to Fry an Egg Sunny Side Up

Warm up a frying pan on the stove on medium heat and coat the bottom of the pan lightly with olive oil or another cooking oil of your choice. Nonstick pans work best, but you can use one that isn’t non stick.

Take one to two eggs and crack them open in the pan. If you’re using one egg, it’s best to crack it open in the middle of the pan. If you are using two eggs, you want to space them out from each other and from the sides of the pan in order to get perfectly formed sunny side up eggs.

You can crack the eggs by tapping them on the edge of the frying pan just hard enough to break the shell. Then, grab the two sides of the break with your two thumbs and pull in separate directions, allowing the insides of the egg to drop into the pan neatly.

When the oil begins heat up, the cracked eggs will start to change color. Keep cooking the eggs until the white part is solid but the interior yellow yolk remains runny.

When the eggs are done cooking, you can slide a spatula underneath them and pull them out onto a plate. You may want to dab away extra oil with a paper towel. These eggs can be served with a little pinch of black pepper and table salt.

If your oil starts to spatter while you cook the eggs, you have the heat turned up too high.

Now that you know how to make a sunny side up egg, you can make it up for breakfast with a side of toast and breakfast sausage for a winning meal.

How to Make an Easy Over Egg

Once you’ve mastered how to make a sunny side up egg, you may be ready to try something a little more advanced and difficult. The easy over egg is an egg that’s been cooked on both sides.

The advantage to this is that the yolk cooks more, so if you don’t want a runny yolk or you want the yolk to be a little less runny, cooking the eggs easy over is the way to accomplish that.

So, how to cook an egg sunny side up and then make it easy over? Once you’ve gone through the steps to make the sunny side up egg, you carefully take a spatula and slide it under your egg. Make sure you have the whole egg on the center of your spatula.

Then, flip the egg over, turning it upside down in the pan, all in one smooth motion. If you’ve done it properly, the egg will be suspended on the yolk, with the egg white dangling down the sides into the pan. This creates a crispy edge around the egg whites and cooks the yolk to make it less runny.

The egg only needs to cook for a short while this way. If you just want to brown and crisp the edges, you can cook it easy over for about 20 seconds.

If you want to cook the yolk all the way through, you’ll need to cook the egg for about 40 seconds.

Why Eat Eggs?

Eggs are an excellent source of protein. That’s the building blocks your cells need in order to grow, and if you’re trying to bulk up and build muscle, adding a lot of eggs to your diet is one of the best ways to do that.

Eggs contain some excellent nutrients that are very good at fighting off diseases and infections. They also contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, giving you a lot of the nutrients your body needs so that you won’t have to supplement as much with multivitamins to ensure a healthy diet.

If you’re wanting to make dietary changes that minimize the need for supplements and pills, incorporating more eggs into your diet can be a great way to do that.

While eggs can be high in cholesterol, especially if you’re cooking them in oil, the egg whites have practically no cholesterol at all. If you want to eat more of that part, you won’t have to worry so much about your cholesterol shooting up.

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Pauline Loughlin
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I'm Pauline, a mother of four grown children, my passion for cooking stemmed from the joy i get cooking for my family. I love to try new dishes, especially when dining out but creating and sharing my own recipes is my favourite thing to do!