recipe for sunny-side up egg

Beautiful Sunny-Side Up Egg Recipe

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Vadim Rachok
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What could be better than perfectly fried eggs for breakfast? It is a simple and delicious dish. But if you want to get the best fried eggs, you have to follow some simple rules. It is necessary to fry them for the right amount of time to get perfect golden yolks and tender, just set whites. To help you make the best fried eggs, I have prepared a beautiful sunny-side up egg recipe for you. Follow step-by-step instructions to make an easy and delicious breakfast.

What is a Sunny-side Up Egg?

A sunny-side-up egg is a type of fried egg in which the egg is cooked on one side only until the white of the egg is set, while the yolk remains runny and liquid. The bright yellow yolk, which resembles the sun, is what makes it “sunny-side up”. The egg is cooked in a way that allows the crispy edges of the white to stand out against the smooth, rich yolk.

Origin of Sunny-side Up Eggs

There is no specific documentation of the origin of the sunny-side up egg, but it has been part of traditional breakfast cuisine in many cultures around the world. It is likely that as long as people have been frying eggs, the technique of frying an egg on one side has been around. Sunny-side-up eggs were especially popular in the 19th and 20th centuries when diners began to appear and the American breakfast became an icon. It has cemented its place in global breakfast traditions for its simplicity and effectiveness.

Ingredients for Sunny-side Up Egg

quick recipe for sunny-side up egg

It’s pretty simple: Just grab your favorite frying pan, salt, butter, and an egg! This recipe is easily modified to make as many eggs as you need. Just be careful not to put too many eggs in the pan at once. They will run together. It will also cause the eggs to cook unevenly. So stick to no more than 3 eggs in the pan at a time. 

  • Eggs: Eggs are the main ingredient in fried eggs, providing the main flavor and consistency. Eggs are also a rich source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. Eggs are a versatile and satisfying meal because of their natural richness and simplicity.
  • Butter: Butter is used to fry eggs, giving them a rich, creamy flavor and preventing them from sticking. The fat in butter also helps to create a slightly crispy edge to the egg white, which improves the overall texture of the egg. In addition, butter can impart a slightly nutty flavor as it browns, adding depth to the dish.
  • Salt: To enhance the natural flavor of eggs, salt is essential for seasoning. A pinch of salt will bring out the subtle flavors of the eggs and help to balance out the richness of the butter. It also makes the whole dish savory and filling.

How to Make Sunny-side Up Egg

  1. First, separate the egg yolk from the white to prevent the yolk from spreading.
  2. Put the frying pan on the stove at the lowest temperature.
  3. Then, add butter and salt.
  4. Next, pour the egg whites into the pan and cook for 1.5 minutes.
  5. Add the egg yolks carefully and nicely. Then, fry for another 1.5 minutes at the lowest temperature with the lid closed. It is important that the white is set and the yolk is runny.

Chef Recipe Tips:

  • Separating the yolks from the whites gives the dish a more aesthetic appearance and allows you to fry both whites and yolks perfectly. 
  • You can substitute olive oil for butter.
  • For a spicier taste, you can add a mixture of peppers.

Why Sunny-side Up Egg is the Perfect Breakfast

easy recipe for sunny-side up egg

There are several reasons why sunny-side up eggs are the perfect breakfast choice:

  • Quick and Easy: Sunny-side up eggs are quick and easy to prepare, making them ideal for a busy morning. They require minimal ingredients and can be cooked in just a few minutes.
  • Rich in nutrients: Eggs are packed with high-quality protein, essential vitamins (such as B12 and D), and minerals (such as iron and zinc). Eating eggs for breakfast will keep you full all day long.
  • Versatile: Sunny-side-up eggs can be served with a variety of foods, including toast, avocado, bacon, or fresh vegetables. Its versatility makes it possible to create endless breakfast combinations to suit individual tastes and nutritional needs.
  • Aesthetically pleasing: The bright yellow yolk and crispy, lacy white edges make Sunny-Side Up eggs visually appealing. They add a cheerful touch to your breakfast plate.

Storing leftovers

Eggs that are sunny-side up do not keep very well. They are difficult to reheat without changing the egg’s texture. In the microwave, the white of the egg will get rubbery and the yolk will get hard. So, in my opinion, you should just make them fresh! But if you do have leftovers, here are some storage options.

In the refrigerator: You can store your leftover sunny-side-up eggs in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two days.

What to serve Sunny-side Up Eggs

how to make sunny-side up egg

  • Toast: A classic pairing, toast is a great way to dip into the runny egg yolk. For added flavor and nutrition, consider whole grain, sourdough, or even a slice of avocado toast.
  • Bacon or sausage: These protein-rich accompaniments pair perfectly with eggs, providing a savory, salty contrast to the creamy yolk.
  • Hash browns or home fries: A traditional breakfast side, crispy potatoes pair well with sunny-side eggs. The textural contrast is appealing, and they can be seasoned to taste.
  • Fresh Vegetables: Add a healthy and colorful touch to your plate with sautéed spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, or bell peppers. Just cook them quickly in the same pan as the eggs. This makes them more convenient.
  • Avocado: A creamy, nutritious complement to eggs is sliced avocado or guacamole. It is a satisfying addition because of the healthy fats in avocados.
  • Breakfast sandwich: Add cheese, bacon, or sausage to a sunny-side up egg on a bagel, English muffin, or croissant for a hearty breakfast sandwich.
  • Salad: A refreshing side dish that balances the richness of eggs is a light, fresh salad with greens, cherry tomatoes, and a simple vinaigrette.
  • Beans: Baked or refried beans can add a hearty, salty element to your breakfast plate, making it more filling and satisfying.
  • Grains: For a more substantial meal, serve your eggs over a bed of cooked grains such as quinoa, farro, or rice. This is a great option if you’re looking for a more balanced meal that includes complex carbohydrates.
  • Fruit: Fresh fruit can provide a sweet and refreshing contrast to savory eggs, such as berries, melon, or sliced citrus.

Beautiful Sunny-Side Up Egg Recipe
Author:Vadim Rachok
This recipe produces a delicious, simple egg with satisfying, set whites and a creamy, runny yolk. It's similar to a poached egg, but more flavorful and less fussy.
recipe for sunny-side up egg
Prep Time:
1 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
6 mins
The ingredients you need:
3 eggs
0,5 ounces (15 g) butter
0,04 ounces (1 g) salt
Let’s start !

Separate the egg yolk from the white to prevent the yolk from spreading.


Put the frying pan on the stove at the lowest temperature.


Add butter and salt.


Pour the egg whites into the pan and cook for 1.5 minutes.


Add the egg yolks carefully and nicely. Fry for another 1.5 minutes at the lowest temperature with the lid closed. It is important that the white is set and the yolk is runny.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 1 Calories: 280
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g35%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 418mg139%
Sodium 583mg25%
Total Carbohydrate 1g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Protein 13g26%
Potassium 145mg3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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