A form of fried egg, the sunny side up is one of common breakfast options across the globe. In the United States, there are several different terms used to describe their preparation like ‘over medium’ (where the egg is cooked on both sides; the yolk is cooked too, but soft and near liquid at the centre) and the ‘over hard’ (where the egg is fried on both the sides, with the yolk broken, until it hardens and sets). However, the sunny side up is cooked on only one side, until the egg white is set but the yolk remains liquid.

In the southern part of India, fried eggs are also referred to as the ‘bulls-eye’, ‘half boil’ or ‘egg half fry’. In the central and northern regions, they are also known as ‘single-fried’ or ‘half fry bina palti‘ (without turning).

On our favourite cooking show, they always get it right each time they crack open an egg over the pan. But why don’t we too? It’s the same egg in hand cracked in the same way, but the yolk just refuses to stay firm in place.

Here are a few tricks to perfect the sunny side up with the crisp white and yolk right.



1 table spoon olive oil

Half a tablespoon butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt

Black pepper and oregano to taste


  1. Heat your frying pan on medium to low heat and add oil and butter to coat the bottom of a large non-stick pan.
  2. Crack the egg into the pan. Make sure the temperature is low. If the oil starts to spit, it means that the pan is too hot, so turn the heat down. Let the egg cook until the whites are set. Make sure that the yolk is still runny. A longer cook time can harden the yolk.
  3. Once it is ready, remove the pan from the heat and take the egg out with the help of a spatula. Place it on a plate, sprinkle some black pepper, salt and oregano.
  4. Serve it with toast, or add your own accompaniments like bacon and sausages.


The sunny side up can be enjoyed alone or with herbs and pepper. It can also be served as an accompaniment with a variety of dishes like noodles.

The BC Garden Café serves a wonderful array of nourishing, healthy and absolutely delicious breakfast dishes. Please log on to www.bcgardencafe.com/menu to order and check out our appetizing menu.


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