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Frizzled Sunny-Side Up Eggs

Photo: Jennifer Causey
Total time 5 mins

Serves 1

These are really fun to make, if a little messy. A splatter screen would be a worthwhile investment if this is your egg style of choice. We use plenty of oil here. You don't eat it all, but an abundance of hot oil gives the whites those delicious crisp, brown edges. Also, at higher temps, whole butter could scorch. You'll get slightly better results from a cast-iron pan than a nonstick pan, but as long as the pan and oil are hot enough, either will work.  


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 228
  • fat 18.9 g
  • satfat 3.8 g
  • monofat 9.6 g
  • polyfat 4.5 g
  • protein 13 g
  • carbohydrate 1 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 372 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 382 mg
  • calcium 58 mg
  • sugars 0 g

How to Make It

  1. Heat oil in an 8-inch nonstick skillet or small cast-iron skillet over medium-high until oil gives off a few wisps of smoke--only a really hot pan will get you good frizzles. Carefully break eggs into pan. (Careful for two reasons: to keep the yolks intact, and to watch for oil splatter. If you have a splatter screen, now's the time to use it.) Sprinkle with pepper and salt. The eggs will hiss, pop, bubble, and flutter wildly. Let them do just that, without moving them an inch, about 4 minutes or until the edges are crisp and beautifully browned and the rest of the whites are set. Remove eggs from pan, leaving excess oil behind.