Ahhh, you are awake for the morning and you feel like fixing yourself a fried, sunny side up egg. There aren't too many things that taste better than a home cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs or sausage and eggs, or the works bacon, sausage, pancakes, toast, hash browns, grits and eggs. But, what about fixing that egg? Does the bottom always get done before the top? Does it sometimes get too crispy for human consumption? Do you burn the bottom in an effort to finish off the top? If you are having a hard time getting it cooked on both sides at the same time, I have something for you to try. Your egg will cook on both sides, and if done correctly you will have a perfect sunny side up egg when you are finished.
You could try the methods that are common to get your egg finished off on both sides. The first method would be simply cover the egg with the lid to the pan while the egg is cooking. Personally, I am still able to burn the bottom of the egg by using this method. Secondly, you could try cooking your egg in lots of butter and then basting the top while cooking it. This method actually makes for a yummy egg; but who feels like having to baste the eggs? Or, you can cheat and flip the egg over lightly. There is another method that you can try that really works well once you get the knack of it.
Turn your small frying pan on a high setting if cooking with electric or a slightly lower temperature if cooking with gas. Coat the bottom of the pan with margarine or butter like you might normally do. As soon as the butter or margarine is melted, add about an ounce of water to the pan. Immediately, crack your egg open and drop it into a spot where there is both butter and water in the pan. Quickly cover the pan with it's lid. Cook for about thirty to forty-five seconds and check your egg. It may be done. If it isn't finished, cover and cook it just a little while longer. I have found that using the water cuts your cooking time in about half. The bottom of your egg will be fried and buttery and the top of your egg will steam cook. Add salt, pepper, and a little garlic if desired to taste and you will have the perfect sunny side up egg. It should slide right out of the pan for you.
*note: All stoves don't cook at the same temperature. You may have to play with the timing a little bit. Be careful not to uncover your egg too often.
You may also want to consider reading: Cooking, How to Make Yourself a Great Egg Omelet
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