How to Cook a Sunny Side Up Egg

How to Cook a Sunny Side Up Egg

A sunny side up egg makes me happy. It’s so visually appealing. It makes a dish look more polished.But cooking a sunny side up egg can be a big challenge. A success sunny side up egg has no gross runny egg white, but the yolk is still soft and brilliant yellow. This isn’t always easy to achieve.It took me quite a while to find a method for cooking a sunny side up egg that I felt was trusty. Along the way, I study tricks that help me to get a well-cooked egg consistently.Today I’d like to show you all different methods for how to cook a sunny side up egg, and let you know which one is my very like ,good and very  favorite!


Start by melting a very good amount of butter (at least a tablespoon) over normal heat.

Add the egg. Once the white starts to turn opaque, start to spoon the very hot butter over the egg. Make sure to avoid getting the butter on top of the yolk,  it will turn white.

This method works fairly well, but it results in a greasy egg. Now, I’m not one to shy away from grease, but the egg isn’t as pretty this way.


Melt a bit of butter over normal heat. Crack in the egg. Once the white starts to become opaque, pour in about 2 tablespoons.

Immediately cover the pan to trap the steam.

Cook until the white is no longer runny.

This method makes a well-cooked egg, but it’s hard to avoid the yolk becoming white, which kind of ruins the whole point of a sunny side up egg. Not the very-best for presentation.

Low and slow

This method is very easy. Simply melt some butter over normal- heat, crack in the egg, turn the heat down to normal-low, and wait for the white to cook through.

This method works very pretty well, but it takes a very long time for the white to become completely cooked through.


This is the method that I use often. It’s a combination of the “ too slow” and steam methods.
Melt some butter over normal heat. Crack in the egg, turn the heat down to normal-low, and wait for the white to become opaque. Using a sharp knife, scrape some of the egg white nearest the yolk out toward the edge. The white nearest the center takes the longest to cook for some cause.

If needed, you can also cover the pan for 2 minutes or 3 to make sure the white isn’t runny at all. You don’t need to add any water.

I like this method because it’s quick, the yolk stays bright yellow / and you can control how much the white gets cooked.


Pour about 3 teaspoons of avocado oil into a cold pan. Crack in an egg. Bake in a 400ºF oven for about 10 minutes, or until the white is fully completely cooked.

Boom. Perfectly cooked sunny side up egg.

Now, the reason I don’t use this methodology as often is that it requires you to preheat the oven first (it takes my oven about 20minutes to get up to 400ºF). But if you’re already cooking bacon in the oven, or you baked some muffins,  etc., this method is fully perfect! Your oven will already be hot, and it will only take you 10 minutes to cook your egg! Great for weekends or when you have a very slow start to your day.

The thing to remember is that the white doesn’t get crispy with the baking method. This might be ideal for some people, but others like those crispy edges.

Learning how to cook a sunny side up egg is a fun best skill to master. I hope this guidebook will lend you the confidence to give it a try!

If you’re already a sunny side up wizard, make sure to share your best favorite tips with us in the comments!


I used an iron pan to cook all of these eggs.

I best learned the baking method from Angela Roberts of the blog Spinach Tiger.

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