A staple of many a-hot breakfast, sunny side-up eggs can be perfected to attain that crispy edge and runny yolk, to be nestled alongside bacon, hash browns, or atop buttered toast.
When I wake up in the morning and can smell bacon being cooked, I’m in heaven — not just because of the bacon but because I know that sunny side up eggs will be paired with it.
I like eggs done any number of ways — poached, scrambled, over easy — but fried eggs sunny side up just seems like a classic, you know? Like, when you watch old movies and there’s a scene in a diner, everyone has these eggs on their plates. That bright yellow circle amid the bed of white is almost like a default setting. I almost don’t want to eat them because if I did, I wouldn’t have them to look at. Weird, I know.
When cooking eggs in any style, timing is crucial, which is why I have included this “recipe” on FFF. Look it over and soon, you’ll be doing them up diner-style in no time.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- This recipe is cooked with olive oil, which is a healthier alternative to butter.
- Sunny side up eggs are a great source of protein and essential nutrients.
- This recipe takes only a few minutes to prepare and cook, making it perfect for busy mornings when you don’t have a lot of time to spare.
- These eggs can be enjoyed on their own or as a topping for toast, steak, or even a breakfast sandwich.
Are Sunny-Side-Up Eggs Healthy?
Yes, eggs are a good source of high-quality protein, vitamins B12 and D, and minerals like selenium and choline. They also contain healthy fats. Speaking of fats, as we are preparing these eggs in olive oil, you benefit from consuming monounsaturated fats, which improve cholesterol levels and combat heart disease. It also provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- 1 large fresh egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Heat your cast iron skillet on medium heat for a few minutes until it is hot. Add the olive oil and swirl it around to evenly coat the surface.
Crack the egg into the skillet, being careful not to break the yolk. Cook the eggs on medium heat until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, about 2-3 minutes.
- Replace the olive oil with coconut oil for a healthier option or butter for a more decadent flavor.
- Make them cheesy: once the egg is cooked, sprinkle shredded cheese over the top and let it melt for 1-2 minutes.
- Fry them on high heat to make the bottom crispy.
This is a no-brainer. I’m just gonna list some breakfast foods I can find on FFF and let you figure out which ones you want on your plate.
Blueberry Oatmeal with Cheesecake Swirl: A healthy way to start the day. It’s low-fat, gluten-free and a creamy addition to any breakfast.
Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes: Don’t like cottage cheese? You will after trying this recipe out. These flapjacks are fluffy and go with any breakfast food.
Protein Waffles: Naturally gluten-free, these waffles are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and pack a whole lot of protein. A great one for those whose diets don’t permit many protein options.
Easy Vegan Cinnamon Rolls: Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast? Seriously though, these are easy to make, vegan, and contain only 200 calories!
Using fresh eggs helps to keep the whites together. Another way is to make sure your pan is hot so that the bottom cooks fast and stays where it is when it touches the pan.
The whites should be fully set while the yolk should be runny or firm, depending on how you like it.
The key to preventing the eggs from sticking is to use enough oil to coat the skillet. Additionally, make sure the skillet is hot enough before adding the oil and eggs. It can also help to use a non-stick pan.
How to Store Sunny-Side-Up Eggs
Eggs are always best when consumed fresh but if you need to store them, let them cool completely. Put them in an airtight container or leave on a plate and cover them with plastic. Store them in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bear in mind, the yolk will more than likely solidify, so if you like a runny egg, I suggest you eat them promptly. What I like to do is use those eggs I’ve stored in a sandwich, when a runny yolk may not be desired.
Perfect Sunny Side Up Eggs
- 1 fresh large egg
- 1 tbsp olive oil
Heat your cast iron skillet on MEDIUM heat for a few minutes until it is hot. Add the olive oil and swirl it around to evenly coat the surface.
Crack the egg into the skillet. Be careful not to break the yolk. Cook the eggs on MEDIUM heat until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny, about 2-3 minutes.
- The key to preventing the eggs from sticking to the pan is to use enough oil to coat the skillet. Additionally, make sure the skillet is hot enough before adding the oil and eggs.
- Using fresh eggs helps to keep the whites together. Another way to prevent the eggs from running all over the pan is to make sure your pan is hot so that the bottom cooks fast and stays where it is when it touches the pan.