Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs Every Time: {Cooking Tip}

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Here’s a tip I came across pasted inside one of my recipe scrapbooks–it’s a tried-and-true for me and works every time!

Become A Master At Cooking Sunnyside Up Eggs With This Neat-To-Know Tip

Become A Master At Cooking Sunnyside Up Eggs With This Neat-To-Know Tip

Here’s the trick to fried eggs with the yolks cooked just right—

  • Use just enough butter, margarine, or fat to coat skillet; heat till hot enough to sizzle a drop of water.
  • Slip eggs into skillet and lower heat.
  • When white is set and edges cooked, add 1/2 teaspoon water per egg.
  • Cover skillet and cook till done the way you like.

Up until I came across this tip, my egg whites were always too crispy or yolks overcooked (trying to get that stubborn egg white fully cooked), this is the only way I can get perfect sunnyside ups. I’ve also used an ice cube or two (instead of water) and that works great as well.

Although my grandmother was a whiz at making perfectly cooked fried eggs (no matter how you wanted them), and I grew up watching her countless times cooking eggs to order for each person at the table (regardless of how many family members were home), sunnyside eggs was one tricky feat for me to master. Her must-dos (for any type of fried egg):

  • Use a heavy cast iron skillet
  • Use bacon fat only (no butter or margarine)
  • Watch the heat and cook the eggs slow

Another tip: Enjoy your perfectly cooked eggs with perfectly cooked bacon (they’re made in the oven!).

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Published: September 28, 2010

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5 Comments to “Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs Every Time: {Cooking Tip}”
  1. Jessica says:

    Awesome! I’ve never dared try to make this type of egg even though I love them. I always made my sister do it but now I think I’m going to try. Thanks!

  2. Debbie says:

    These are not sunny side up eggs these are based eggs

  3. Mary P. says:

    My mom would cook ‘sunnyside up’ eggs by tipping the skillet to one side AFTER the egg white was firm and then use the grease, butter or oil to baste the yolk. She taught me to do this, too, and my ‘sunnyside up’ eggs are dippy and yummy!

  4. Deb Eck says:

    Sunnyside up eggs are when the whites are cooked completely but the yolk is still yellow, untouched by grease or oil splashed over them, or basted over them. I like your tutorial. I have always loved the look of sunnyside up but have never done them till recently. your advise is spot on!!! Thanks for your tip!

  5. Jenny says:

    I tried both this and the bacon tips the other day when I hosted Christmas brunch. I am really happy with how the eggs turned out, best sunny side ups I have ever made. I struggled with getting them just right too but this tip does work. Best bacon and eggs I ever had the joy of cooking for my family!


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