Eggs in a skillet for our tutorial on How to Fry an Egg

How to Cook an Egg (Runny Yolk!)

Step-by-step tutorial on how to cook an egg runny-yolk style! 8 minutes, simple methods, PERFECT eggs every time!

Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings: 1 (Two-Egg Serving)
Category: Breakfast, Helpful How-to, Protein
Cuisine: American, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? No


  • 1/2 tsp avocado oil (or other neutral oil with high smoke point)
  • 2 large eggs (farm fresh, organic, pasture-raised whenever possible)
  • Seasonings to taste (e.g. sea salt + black pepper // optional)


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add just enough oil to coat the pan, then carefully wipe with a paper towel to remove excess. You want the pan oiled but no oil sitting in the pan (this makes the eggs bubble).

  2. Crack egg(s) in pan and cook for 3 minutes uncovered (add seasonings — optional — at this time). This allows the whites to partially cook and the yolk to begin cooking slightly.

  3. Then cover with a lid in the last 1-2 minutes to help the whites cook while the yolk stays soft for a “sunny side up” with cooked whites.
  4. Serve immediately! Best when fresh. See serving options linked above!


*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 1 two-egg serving)