2012-10-03 09.03.05

How to Make a Perfect Sunnyside Up Egg

To make an American breakfast, all you need are:

  • Eggs
  • Potatoes
  • Sausage
  • Toast

And if you want to make it extra special, add some spinach.

However, we are on a quest to get a perfect Sunnyside-Up Egg.  And yes, the above photo is not a sunnyside-up egg.  It’s over-easy.

So, what is a perfect sunnyside?  According to Masterchef season 3 episode that features the top 8, a perfect sunnyside up egg looks like “sunshine” and “happy”.  These seem to be devoid of pepper, which is a shame, but I digress.

The real trick, though, is the runny yolk.  Some on Instagram don’t like runny yolks, but that’s ok because they have cute newborns.  A runny yolk, however, is what makes a sunnyside up egg a sunnyside up egg.


So, what did I do for this?


Heat [amazon_link id=”B00004S4TO” target=”_blank” ]a pan[/amazon_link] to medium heat.  Low and slow, baby.  I use olive oil in the pan because I’ve convinced myself that it’s healthier than butter.  I wait for the olive oil to get up to temperature.  While this is warming up, grab [amazon_link id=”B000GWG14Q” target=”_blank” ]another pan[/amazon_link] and set it next to your stove top.


Well, this is also about taste, so you’ll need:

  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Now that you’ve got your pan up to temp throw a dash of salt on the olive oil.  Crack an egg in there.  It should sizzle and turn white immediately at the edges.  Take your [amazon_link id=”B000GWG14Q” target=”_blank” ]extra pan[/amazon_link] and place it over the egg.  The steam from the egg will cook the top of the sunnyside egg while the bottom is getting a nice brown color.

Your total cook time is about 2 minutes.


– Ambient temperature.  If you’re living in a hot-as-hell NYC apartment, you might need less time. Conversely, if you’re living in a turn of the century creamery and you can see your breath in the morning, you might need more time.

– Type of stove.  “Medium” means different things on electric and gas.  You’re going to practice before this to see where you stand.

Tools we use.

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