Sunny-Side-Up Eggs

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Start your day right with a classic breakfast like these sunny-side-up eggs. Crispy whites and gooey yolks are truly the best way to enjoy fresh eggs.

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When it comes to the most important meal of the day, you simply cannot go wrong with a couple of sunny-side-up eggs. They look beautiful and, when done correctly, yield a delicious runny yolk. I was not always confident when it came to cooking eggs, and I can imagine the same goes for some of you. But I promise, once you nail the cooking time, you will achieve perfect eggs every time.

The key to a sunny-side-up egg is leaving it be. Once the egg is in your pan, all it needs to do is cook until the whites have firmed and the yolk is still runny. Disturbing the egg can crack open the yolk and your sunny-side-up eggs will become over-hard. This might be your preference, so feel free to try a couple of methods to see how you like your eggs best.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

  • Sunny-side-up eggs are a great source of protein and essential nutrients.
  • This recipe takes only a few minutes, making it perfect for busy mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to spare. 
  • For those who love a runny yolk — this is the recipe for you.
  • These eggs are versatile and can be enjoyed on their own or as a side with toast, steak, or even a breakfast sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 1 large fresh egg
  • 1 tbsp butter
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How to Make Sunny-Side-Up Eggs – The Steps

Step 1: Heat your cast-iron skillet on medium heat for a few minutes until it is hot. Add the butter and swirl it around to evenly coat the surface.

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Step 2: Crack the egg into the skillet, being careful not to break the yolk. Cook the eggs on medium heat until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, about 2-3 minutes.

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Variations

  • Replace the butter with olive oil for a healthier, dairy-free option.
  • Make them cheesy: once the egg is cooked, sprinkle shredded cheese over the top and let it melt for 1-2 minutes. 
  • Fry them on high heat and make the bottom even crispier.
  • Sprinkle the tops with your favorite seasoning and serve them with the condiment of your choice to add a nice burst of flavor.

Serving Suggestions

I mean it when I say that these eggs go with so many dishes. Feel free to keep it simple with a side of bacon, toast, or tomato, but below are my top recipes I would serve these sunny side up eggs alongside.

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FAQs

How do I prevent the egg whites from spreading out too much in the skillet?

Using fresh eggs helps to keep the whites together. Another way is to make sure your pan is hot, so the bottom cooks fast and stays where it is.

How do I know when the sunny-side-up eggs are done?

The whites should be fully set, while the yolk should be runny or firm. It completely depends on how you like your eggs. If you are having trouble getting the tops of the whites to cook completely, you can place a lid over the top of your pan for a minute. Be careful not to overcook your yolks.

How do I prevent the eggs from sticking to the skillet?

The key to preventing the eggs from sticking is to use enough butter or oil to coat the skillet. Additionally, be sure to use a nonstick skillet and make sure it is hot enough before adding the eggs.

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How to Store Sunny-Side-Up Eggs

If I know I have a busy couple of mornings ahead of me, I like to make a few extra eggs for later. But remember that sunny-side-up eggs are tastiest immediately after cooking.

Let your leftover eggs cool before sealing them in an airtight container. You can keep them in the fridge for up to 3 days. When you are ready to reheat your eggs, carefully place them into a hot, buttered skillet. Heat them for just 1-2 minutes.

Sunny-Side-Up Eggs

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Start your day right with a classic breakfast like these sunny-side-up eggs. Crispy whites and gooey yolks are truly the best way to enjoy fresh eggs.
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Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course breakfast and brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 173 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large fresh egg
  • 1 tbsp butter

Instructions
 

  • Heat your cast iron skillet on medium heat for a few minutes until it is hot. Add the butter and swirl it around to evenly coat the surface.
  • Crack the egg into the skillet, being careful not to break the yolk. Cook the eggs on medium heat until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, about 2-3 minutes.

Notes

Crack your eggs into a bowl before transferring them into the skillet if you are worried about any egg shells. This way, you can easily pick them out before cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 173kcalProtein: 6gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 217mgSodium: 162mg
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