The Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs

Learning how to make sunny side up eggs is easy. Here is a quick and easy way to end up with a runny yolk every time. Serve your sunny side up eggs on their own, on toast, a breakfast sandwich, or in a breakfast bowl.

A sunny side up egg on a plate with salt and pepper.

Easy Sunny Side Up Eggs

The art of making sunny side up eggs is easy when you master it just once. There is no need to eat an overcooked egg. You can prepare your eggs for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even as a quick protein snack. Let’s get frying.

before you start

Reasons why you’ll love it.

Be sure you have a non-stick s killet or a high-quality cast iron pan (and are familiar with cast iron). We prefer a non-stick skillet.

Fresh eggs always cook better than eggs that have been sitting in your fridge for a while.

Find yourself a spatula that is thin and has a sturdy handle.

Have whatever you are serving your egg with ready before you fry. No need to eat a cold egg once you’ve cooked it perfectly.

A cooked egg in a pan.

Featured Ingredients

Large eggs- you can honestly use any size egg you would like for this recipe, but we used large eggs so the timing for the recipe will be for a large egg. If you use a medium-sized egg be sure to lower the cooking time.

Butter- butter is used when you are looking for an egg white that isn’t going to brown or fry. If you like crispy edges on your sunny side up eggs, feel free to use oil in place of butter.

How to Make a Sunny Side Up Eggs

  1. Heat an 8-inch skillet over medium/low heat. Add butter. 
  2. When the butter is melted, but not sizzling or too hot, crack the egg into the skillet. 
  3. Let the egg cook for 3-4 minutes. If the butter starts to sizzle, turn the heat down.  Remember that the time will vary depending on what size egg you use.
  4. The sunny side up egg is done when the white is cooked. The white is undercooked if the membrane is still runny and overcooked if the white is bubbly or brown. 
  5. Remove the egg from the skillet and season with salt and pepper.

Top Tips

Add more butter. If you notice that your eggs are really sticking to the pan, add more butter and gently lift the edges of the egg white to be sure the white unsticks.

Be patient. It is easy to want to rush the process of frying an egg, but the more patient you are the better your egg will turn out.

Don’t forget to season.  Always sprinkle some salt and pepper on your fried eggs.  It elevates all the flavors in your dish.

How to Fry an Egg


How to Fry an Egg

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Make It


Do you flip eggs when making sunny side up?

No, you do not flip a sunny side up egg. You want the egg to have “sun” on top and if you flip the egg it will cook the film on the outside of the yolk encasing the egg yolk.

What is the difference between a sunny side and over easy egg?

An over easy egg is flipped and momentarily cooked on the flip side encasing the yolk.

How long should you cook sunny side up eggs?

A sunny side up egg is cooked for 3-4 minutes. There are many variables that will affect the length of time an egg is cooked like the type of stove used, what pan you use, and what type of oil or butter you use.

Do I have to use an 8-inch pan for this recipe or can I use a larger pan?

You can also use a 10-inch pan for this recipe.


If you have extra sunny side up eggs you can let the cool and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can eat them cold or make them into a yummy egg salad.

Sunny side up egg on a plate with toast.


  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Tips & Notes

  • The middle of this sunny side up egg is runny. If you would like the yolk cooked more, cover the skillet for the last minute or two of the cooking time.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 163kcal Carbohydrates: 0.3g Protein: 6g Fat: 16g Sugar: 0.2g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Ashley McGlaughlin from The Edible Perspective.

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