Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs Every Time

Ok, I know fried eggs are literally one of the easiest things to cook. I also know there are people who are just learning how to cook who might not know. Plus, maybe there’s a trick in here to make perfect sunny side up eggs that you don’t know.

You might think this recipe has just one ingredient, but you’d be mistaken. There’s actually TWO! Ok, three if you count water. And I guess five if you count salt and pepper. You know what, let’s just dive in.

What Are Sunny Side Up Eggs?

Sunny side up eggs are simply fried eggs that are not flipped in the pan. Other fried eggs, like over easy/medium/hard are flipped once to cook the yolk just a bit more. Interestingly, true sunny side up eggs need an unbroken yolk. Some people actually have difficulty here, so my trick should come in use.

How To Fry An Egg

Choose a small pan. You can use a larger pan or even a skillet, but I find a small one works best at home. Place it on a medium-high flame.

To check if your pan is hot enough just sprinkle a few drops of water right on the pan. If they hiss and bubble up right away, it’s time to begin.

Next add a glug (about a tablespoon) of oil to the pan. You can use any oil you like, but I like to use olive oil as I feel it adds a nice nuttiness to the fried eggs. Swirl the oil around until the pan is coated.

Gently crack your eggs into a bowl. Yes, you could crack directly into the pan, but the goal is no broken yolks. Using a bowl prior ensures you only add perfect eggs to the pan. Some people like to use individual ramekins for each egg as well. This insures a later broken egg doesn’t ruin the bowl of two perfect ones.

Slowly tip the eggs into the hot pan. Let the eggs slide in one at a time – move the bowl around so they don’t fall on top of each other.

Once the white begins to set, sprinkle over some salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Always add salt while it is cooking instead of only at the end. How much pepper you add is up to you, as you can see above I like to add quite a lot. The eggs are finished once the whites are set.

Here’s a neat trick for when the eggs stick to the pan. Tip just a little bit of water into the pan down the edge. It should bubble up all around the edge of the sunny side up eggs and help dislodge them from the pan. I prefer this method to using a spatula since the latter has a greater probability of breaking a yolk.

What you do next is up to you! My idea of perfect sunny side up eggs means dripped heavily with hot sauce. Some people do nothing at all, while others might add paprika, parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, chili crisp, or anything they want.

What To Serve With Sunny Side Up Eggs

While a well made sunny side up egg is a delight in itself, it is often a side dish or part of a larger breakfast. Here are a few of my favorite things to eat with fried eggs.

Chicken Fried Steak With Sausage Gravy

Avocado Toast With Fried Egg And Chili Crisp

Challah French Toast

Breakfast Skillet Potatoes

Sunny Side Up Eggs

Here is a short but detailed guide on how to make perfect sunny side up eggs every time.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Global, Worldwide
Servings 3 eggs
Calories 104 kcal


  • 1 Pan I prefer small, but you can make fried eggs on any type of flat pan or griddle
  • 1 Bowl


  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil can use any oil you like
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 pinch Salt or to taste
  • Black Pepper freshly cracked, to taste


  • Put your pan on the burner at medium high heat.
  • While waiting for the pan to get hot, crack your eggs into a bowl. You can use two bowls if you want so one broken egg doesn't ruin the whole batch.
  • Sprinkle some water on the pan. If it hisses and bubbles your pan is ready.
  • Drizzle the oil onto the pan. Swirl it around so the whole bottom is coated.
  • Slowly tilt the eggs into the pan, taking care not to break any yolks. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  • Fry eggs without adjusting or moving the pan for about one minute.
  • When ready to remove, pour some water down the edge of the pan (around the eggs) to dislodge the eggs from the pan. This is optional, if your eggs didn't stick to the bottom then you can just slide them right onto a plate.
  • Add other seasonings or garnish to the eggs like hot sauce, cheese, green onion etc…
Keyword Eggs, Fried Egg, Sunny Side Up

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