Learn how to make sunny side up eggs in just a few simple steps. Eggs are fried while covered to get the whites cooked through while the yolk remains runny.
Similar to eggs over easy, sunny side up eggs have a runny center with firm edges. The key difference being that sunny side up eggs are not flipped! It can be a fun way to serve eggs to kickstart the morning.
Looking for more egg breakfast ideas? Check out Sweet Potato Egg Cups, Dairy Free Breakfast Casserole, and Breakfast Burritos.
Types of Eggs
If the thought of flipping over easy eggs is overwhelming, sunny side up eggs are for you. You don’t have to worry about how to flip or when to flip when making this type of egg.
By covering the pan with a lid to finish cooking, you eliminate the flipping step.
It can also be a great type of egg to make for kids that are looking to expand their kitchen skills. Start with a sunny side up egg then gradually they will gain the confidence to make an egg over easy.
For more recipes that are great for young chefs, explore Watermelon Ice Cream, Apple Bread Recipe, Mango Slushie and Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes.
To get started, gather the equipment and ingredients then follow the written instructions or printable recipe card. Enjoy!
- skillet with lid
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 large eggs
- salt and pepper
Gluten-Free Guide: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten.
How To Make
Melt the butter in a skillet (non-stick, cast iron, or stainless steel) over medium heat. Crack the eggs carefully into the pan once the butter is melted.
Season with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet with the lid.
Cook the eggs covered for 2.5 – 3.5 minutes or until the white is set. The yolk will be runny.
Ways To Serve Sunny Side Up Eggs
- Serve seasoned with salt and pepper, shredded cheese, or Everything Bagel Seasoning.
- Add a hint of spice by drizzling with hot sauce, sprinkling with red pepper flakes or adding a dash of chili powder,
- This egg recipe is delicious paired with Gluten-Free Toast to soak up the yolk alongside fruit salad and turkey bacon, for a complete meal.
- Layer on a skillet with sautéed veggies such as onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli and bell peppers. It is especially tasty on a gluten-free bagel, English muffin or avocado toast.
- Add as a delicious topping on a savory breakfast sandwich by placing on gluten-free bread or a bagel and topping it with your favorite ingredients.
- Pair with a bowl of oatmeal or overnight oats such as Banana Overnight Oats or Peanut Butter Overnight Oats.
- Feature these eggs at lunch or dinner by using as a topping on our Broiled Burgers, Baked Chicken Burgers or Turkey Burgers in the Oven or adding to Low-Sodium Ramen Noodles or Salmon Buddha Bowl.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fresh eggs are best. The longer eggs are stored, the more likely they are to spread in the pan. For best results, use eggs that have recently been purchased.
You’ll know the eggs are done when the egg whites have turned opaque and the center of the egg wiggles when gently pressed.
A non-stick skillet is the best choice and makes flipping the eggs super simple. You can also use a cast iron pan or stainless skillet but these two require extra attention to prevent overcooking the eggs. You can gently pick up the edges of the egg whites with the spatula to ensure they aren’t sticking to the pan/skillet.
Use a wide spatula to gently scoop under the egg to remove or carefully tilt the skillet to the side to pour the egg onto a plate.
Eggs can be cooked in butter, oil or grease. Our go-to is butter but we have also been successful cooking over medium eggs in bacon grease, vegetable oil, canola oil and olive oil.
If you enjoy crispy egg white edges, we do recommend selecting an oil for cooking. You may find that olive oil gives the eggs a bitter taste so opt for vegetable or canola oil. All three of these oils are a great option if looking for a dairy free way to cook eggs.
If looking to make multiple batches for use later in the week, store in the fridge in a covered container for up to 3 days then reheat as desired.
Microwave: Grease a plate then cook the eggs in 20-30 second intervals until hot.
Skillet: Add back to a preheated skillet with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and heat for 3 minutes or until heated through.
Note that when reheated, the center of the eggs will be less runny or not at all; however, the flavor of cooked eggs is still delicious.
More Ways To Cook Eggs
Try any of these cooking methods along with sunny side-up eggs to add variety to your week and recipes.
Over Hard Eggs
Eggs over hard are those that are fried in a skillet where the whites are crispy, and yolk is hard.
Over Medium Eggs
Eggs that are fried in a skillet for a shorter time making the yolks somewhat runny.
Over Easy Eggs
Eggs that are fried for the least amount of time where the yolk is completely runny.
Eggs that are beaten in a bowl then poured into a heated and greased pan, left to cook then folded in half in the skillet. Kids also get a kick out of making Homemade Boil In the Bag Omelets.
Whole eggs that are boiled with the shell on either on the stovetop or in the Microwave to cook both the white and yolk of the egg.
Hard-boiled eggs that are sliced in half once cooked, yolks removed and mashed with ingredients to create a creamy mixture that is added back to the egg white halves. Make dairy free with our Dairy Free Deviled Eggs.
Kids In The Kitchen
Cooking tips and suggestions for kids making this recipe.
- Wait to crack the egg into the skillet until all of the butter has melted.
- Opaque means the eggs will turn a solid white in color – you will no longer be able to see through the whites of the egg.
- Be careful not to pierce the egg when removing from the pan. Using butter, oil or grease in the pan to cook can help prevent this.
- Gently pull up on the edges while cooking to make sure the egg isn’t sticking to the pan.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Dairy Free Waffles
- Almond Milk Pancakes
- Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes
- Gluten Free Cinnamon Roll Recipe
- Gluten Free Breakfast Muffins
- Dairy Free Breakfast Casserole
- Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich
- Homemade Sage Sausage Patties
- Camping Breakfast Ideas
- Homemade Protein Bars
- Air Fryer French Toast Sticks
CKC Features both Gluten-Free Guidance and Kids Cooking Instructions: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten or cross-contamination.
The ⭐️ symbol in the recipe below denotes the steps in which kid cooks may need a helper (depending on age). If there is no ⭐️ symbol, that step (or recipe) doesn’t require a helper.
How To Make Sunny Side Up Egg
- skillet with lid
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 large eggs
- salt and pepper
- ⭐️Melt the butter. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Crack the eggs carefully into the pan once the butter is melted. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the skillet with the lid.1 tablespoon butter, 2 large eggs, salt and pepper
- ⭐️Cook. Cook the eggs covered for 2.5 – 3.5 minutes or until the white is set. The yolk will be runny.
- Serve. Serve hot.
- Serve plain, seasoned with salt and pepper or hot sauce.
- Turn into a cheesy egg by topping with shredded cheese once flipped.
- Add to skillets, breakfast sandwiches, burgers or serve with berries and toast for a complete meal.
- Store cooked eggs in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Use a non-stick skillet for cooking.
- Use butter, oil or grease to cook.
- Cook low and slow to prevent overcooking.
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