How to Make Sunny Side Up Eggs Recipe

Sunny-Side Up Eggs make a beautiful, classic addition to any breakfast. Get this easy recipe for the perfect sunny-side up egg every time.

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Learning how to make sunny side eggs is one of those essential cooking tips that once you learn it, you are golden! Ya know, Sunny Side Up Eggs are like little smiley faces on a plate in the mornings, I think. Their bright yellow faces just perk up the morning.

Sunny Side Up Eggs

For many years, my sunny side up eggs weren’t as pretty and bright as I liked until I started cooking them with a bit of water in my skillet. I know a lot of people use this same technique for their sunny side up egg, but use vegetable oil. While that works perfectly, I thought you all might be interested in knowing about how I prepare mine without using oil.

I use water instead!

 

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How to Make Sunny Side Up Eggs

I fill a non-stick skillet with a bit of water over medium heat. You’ll want the water to cover the egg white and reach just to the egg yolk. You don’t want the water to cover the egg yolk at all.

When the water begins to bubble slightly, then carefully break the egg and add to the skillet. Use eggs that are straight from the refrigerator as they work a bit better, in my opinion, than a room temperature egg.

Using a large spoon, ladle water atop the egg white if the water begins to reduce while cooking.

Cook until the egg white is perfectly opaque and the egg is firm as you shake the skillet slightly.

Use a slotted spatula and carefully lift the egg from the skillet, allowing any of the water to drain from the egg before plating.

 

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Here’s my recipe for Sunny-Side Up Eggs. Hope the perk up your mornings!

Sunny-Side Up Eggs Recipe

Sunny-Side Up Eggs make a beautiful, classic addition to any breakfast. Get this easy recipe for the perfect sunny-side up egg every time.
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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • water
  • 4 eggs cold

Instructions

  • Add water to a non-stick skillet until it reaches about 1/4 - inch deep. Heat skillet over medium heat. You'll want the water to cover the egg white and reach just to the egg yolk. You don't want the water to cover the egg yolk at all.
  • Break the egg and add to the skillet, when the water begins to bubble slightly.
  • Using a large spoon, ladle water atop the egg white if the water begins to reduce while cooking.
  • Cook until the egg white is perfectly opaque and the egg is firm as you shake the skillet slightly.
  • Use a slotted spatula and carefully lift the egg from the skillet, allowing any of the water to drain from the egg before plating.
Tried this recipe?Be sure to share and tag me @addapinch and #addapinch!

 

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

15 comments on “How to Make Sunny Side Up Eggs Recipe”

  1. I’ve cooked a bunch of sunny side up eggs, but never like this! So smart!

  2. Thank you! I cannot wait to try this! I have been on the search for how to cook a perfect looking sunny side up egg and think I finally found. Mine always turn out with bubbles and just look rubbery and awful. This looks like it will be perfect for photographs!

  3. This is how you make poached eggs!

    • Hi Bonnie,
      yes, to poach a whole egg is very similar except you cover the entire egg and add a bit of vinegar to the water. For these, you only cover the egg whites and do not add any vinegar. The result gives you a perfectly cooked sunny-side up egg without it being rubbery or with bubbles, etc.

      Thanks!

  4. What an interesting method for cooking beautiful sunny side up eggs! Almost like a shallow poaching technique. Love it.

  5. I actually do a decent job on sunny side up eggs by covering the skillet with a lid, but this is going to make them look even better now! Thanks for sharing this, I would’ve never thought of doing this.

  6. Great idea….thanks so much!

  7. Thank you for this! I always have a hard time with my sunny side up eggs. They are never this pretty. Definitely trying this next time!

  8. I’ve been always reluctant to my boyfriend cos of fear of damaging the he yolk but following your recipe made this a true successful andand can’t wait to make it again.
    Thanks for a healthy and simple option for newbies like me…

  9. Interesting! Pinning!!

  10. That’s impressive! I’ve never made sunny side eggs with water but mostly oil or nothing. I’m really curious how it will be with the water, cannot wait to try it for my next breakfast!
    – Natalie Ellis

  11. Cool trick. I usually spoon melted butter over the egg but this way might help me live longer. Thanks for the tip!

  12. My mother used to make these for me when I was sick as a child. She called them Poached eggs and would put one on a piece of toast. I am 63 years old now and make them frequently. I had no idea they were considered sunny side up eggs also! They are delicious on a piece of 12 grain toast!

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