Sunnyside Lace Eggs

sunnyside lace eggs

There’s an art to frying eggs, especially sunnyside eggs. And, there’s even more technique needed to make what I’m calling ‘sunnyside lace eggs’!

Sunnyside Lace Eggs

There’s an art to frying eggs, especially sunnyside eggs. And, there’s even more technique needed to make what I’m calling ‘sunnyside lace eggs’! Now growing up in the Appalachian Mountains of Southern West Virginia, we saved bacon drippings. I mean bacon drippings were ‘liquid gold’. And, when it came to frying an egg in a hot cast-iron skillet, you always used bacon drippings.

Sunny-Side Up Eggs

Sunny-side-up eggs are a perfect way to start the day and just take a smidgen of practice to get right. You’ll love how fast, easy, and perfectly simple they can be.

Crispy Fried Eggs

If you Google ‘lace eggs’, you’ll get mostly something vastly different from what I’m talking about here with frying sunnyside lace eggs. So, in order to help with understanding the technique in frying, I made a quick little video. Nothing fancy about it. Just me talking as I’m making these lace eggs one morning for breakfast.

Fried Eggs

Some things to remember about frying eggs from the Incredible Egg:

  • Fresh eggs produce the perfect, best-looking fried-eggs – a compact oval with a thick white and a high-centered yolk.
  • For neater shape, break eggs into custard cups first, rather than directly into the pan. Hold cup close to surface of pan and slip egg from cup into pan.
  • Heat matters. If heat is too high, eggs will become tough and rubbery. Gentle heat preserves nutrients and allows for even cooking.

Sunnyside Lace Eggs Recipe

Now what makes these eggs lace eggs is the heat. You’re gonna start with a higher heat when you put the eggs in the hot skillet. And, for best results, have a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet and a large skillet at that. These skillets just make the best lace eggs. You’re gonna wanna hear the eggs cooking, the crackling, sparkling, popping, and frying, especially around the edges of the whites that ooze around the skillet.

Then you just regulate your heat, a little up and a little down, in finishing out the cooking. What you want to achieve is an egg where the yolks are somewhat sunnyside and the bottoms of the eggs have a crispy golden brown bottom.

Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are a simple and tasty dish that is perfect for breakfast or a snack. Scrambled eggs are prepared for no more than five minutes, from the minimum amount of ingredients. People usually love scrambled eggs because they’re delicate with a creamy creamy taste. You can add your favorite spices or herbs if desired.

Fried Eggs Recipe

A few more fried eggs recipes is always good. Well, eggs in general. 

Brussels Sprouts & Eggs

Sausage Links and Eggs

Bacon Dripping Skillet Steak Eggs

Za’atar Sausage Skewers and Sunnyside Egg

Good luck. May the force be with you. And, if at first you don’t succeed, try try again!


xoxo ~ally

sunnyside lace eggs

sunnyside lace eggs

Sunnyside Lace Eggs

Yield: One Hungry Brekkie Lover!

There's an art to frying eggs, especially sunnyside eggs. And, there's even more technique needed to make what I'm calling 'sunnyside lace eggs'!


  • 2 pasture raised eggs
  • 2 Tbl. bacon drippings
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to Taste


Put a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Let it get hot. Add the bacon drippings. Coat the skillet. Let the drippings get hot.

Crack the eggs into a small bowl. Pour into the hot skillet. Let the whites spread around very thinly. This can happen naturally or you can nudge the spreading of the whites with a spatula. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, your taste.

Reduce heat to medium. Cover with a lid for about a minute or two just to steam the yolk, but not fully cook it. Regulate heat up and down to achieve more/less crackling/cooking.

The egg whites will crackle, bubble and pop turning golden brown around the edges and 'lacey' like holes and patterns forming, sometimes a lot, sometimes not. The underneath of the egg whites will be crispy and golden brown.

Do not flip the eggs. When the yolk is to your desired temperature, remove to a plate and serve.

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  1. Karen Knight says:

    My Grandpa Johnson liked “Lace Curtain Eggs.” Of course he used bacon grease and an iron skillet to cook them! He lived in northwestern Pennsylvania.
    He died when I was very young, over 50 years ago, but I still remember this.
    Thank you for helping me relive the memory.
    Thank you for the video!

    1. Karen, what a beautiful memory. Yes, these kinds of eggs, bacon grease, cast iron skillets were part of so many lives, especially those in coal country and certainly states like WV, PA, KY, TN, NC.You were fortunate to have had this experience w/your Grandpa Johnson. He had great taste! Food has a way of bringing to light, hopefully, many pleasant and special memories. I’m so glad you’re here xoxx ally

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