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Eggs Sunny Side Up

March 18, 2010

I remember asking my dad when I was a teenager what the secret was to cooking eggs. His response was, “low heat and plenty of butter.” Simple and true. This is the best way that I have found to make sunny side up eggs at home. Start by preheating the oven broiler.  Set a pan on the stove at a low/medium heat. Add enough butter to coat the bottom of the entire pan. When the butter has melted tilt it around so there is a thin layer of butter across the entire bottom. IPhotobucketf the butter sizzles or splatters the heat should be turned down a touch.  To crack the egg give it a firm tap on the side of the pan and drop it in gently. If you are afraid of breaking the yolk (it happens) or chipping the shell you can crack the egg(s) into a shallow bowl first then add them to the pan. Again, if the eggs sizzle or pop the pan is a little to hot and should be turned down a touch. When making eggs like this I only salt the yolks. They have the most flavor and it carries out to the white when the yolk breaks. Add a decent dusting of salt to get a good flavor. The eggs will take a minute or two to cook at this low temperature. Don’t try to rush them or they will over cook and turn rubbery. Once the whites are set and fully cooked on the bottom you can slide the whole pan into your oven broiler. this will add heat from above and cook the whites at the top. Note that the broiler is VERY HOT. PhotobucketThe eggs will finish in the broiler in only 5 to 15 seconds. Just slide them in and don’t take your eye off them. Pull them out when they whites are set and the yolk are still basically uncooked. You can leave them in a little longer if you prefer a slightly firmer white or yolk. Finish them with a touch of black pepper. They should be served pretty quickly after removed from the broiler because the pan is still hot and they will continue to cook. Do not stress too much. There is a good chance that they will not be perfect on your first try, but they will still be pretty good. Eggs are wonderful for breakfast, lunch or dinner and also as a quick late night snack. Have them with a simple salad and toast or any way your mind can imagine.

Most restaurants employ a similar cooking method when making eggs like this but they often use even more butter and sometimes oil. At the stage where I put the eggs in the broiler a chef will instead spoon the hot butter over the whites and thus finish cooking them that way. This is a great method, but I found it to be a bit more labor intensive and also made my home eggs feel a little greasy.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Leil permalink
    March 18, 2010 3:00 pm

    My brother is awesome.

  2. Spooka permalink
    April 8, 2010 9:36 am

    I never thought of doing eggs this way but I’m definitely going to try it out though. My ghetto way of sunny side up is a lot of butter and low heat like your dad said, but then I cover the pan with a glass lid so the steam cooks the top and I can see when they are ready.

  3. Eric permalink
    November 15, 2010 12:38 am

    Make sure your eggs come from chickens that get to see the sun.

    http://www.cornucopia.org/organic-egg-scorecard/

    • learning life from scratch permalink*
      November 15, 2010 11:41 pm

      Thanks for the link Eric.

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