Learn how to make perfect sunny side up eggs every time! Enjoy them for breakfast, or top them onto bowls, burgers, avocado toast, and more.
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How to Make Sunny Side Up Eggs
Making a flawless sunny side up egg is easy! Just follow these simple tips:
- Use a good nonstick pan. Eggs that stick to a frying pan might be bad, but cleaning said pan is even worse. To avoid mangled eggs and a messy pan, cook sunny side up eggs in a nontoxic, nonstick skillet with a lid. I almost always use my GreenPan skillets for cooking eggs.
- Or a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet. If you don’t have a nonstick pan, a well-seasoned cast iron skillet will work here too. Use more oil than you would with a nonstick skillet – enough to generously coat the bottom of the pan. To prevent sticking, make sure the oil is hot before you add the eggs.
- Crack each egg into an individual bowl or ramekin. To avoid breaking the yolks before you add the eggs to the pan, crack each one into an individual bowl or ramekin. When you’re ready to cook, heat a pan over low heat, and brush it with olive oil. Then, carefully pour each egg into the pan.
- Cook them low and slow. If you cook the eggs at too high a temperature, the bottoms will burn before the whites are cooked through. Low heat is essential for evenly cooking the whites and still getting a perfect runny egg yolk.
- Cover the pan. Covering the pan is key for cooking the eggs until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny. If you can, use a pan with a glass lid so that you can keep an eye on the eggs without uncovering them.
Use a spatula to transfer the cooked eggs to plates, being careful not to break the yolks. Season with salt and pepper, and enjoy!
What to Serve with Sunny Side Up Eggs
Sunny-side up eggs are a fantastic healthy breakfast! Make them a full meal by pairing them with avocado slices, tempeh bacon, and/or fresh fruit, and don’t forget the toast to sop up any yolk that gets left behind on your plate. For a bigger brunch, serve the eggs alongside banana pancakes, gluten-free pancakes, or French toast with mimosas, orange juice, or a smoothie to drink.
But sunny-side up eggs aren’t just breakfast food. Top one onto avocado toast for lunch, or add one to a bowl of creamy polenta and sautéed mushrooms for extra protein. They’re also a key ingredient in bibimbap, a spicy Korean rice bowl. Look for my recipe on Sunday!
More Favorite Breakfast Recipes
If you love these sunny side up eggs, try one of these healthy breakfast recipes next:
- Steel-Cut Oatmeal
- Whole Oat Porridge
- Best Shakshuka
- Easy Veggie Frittata
- Homemade Granola
Then, check out this post for 60+ healthy breakfast ideas and this post for my top brunch recipes!