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Sunny Side Up Fried ‘Egg’ [Vegan]

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This vegan fried egg is very simple to make once you see how. Like all genius things, they are simple after they have been conceptualized, made, and served – so often is the case with the benefit of hindsight! So exciting! So, you want eggs? Now you can eat your heart out without the cholesterol or the cruelty, but with all the good taste. The white of the egg works perfectly, the yolk, well, taste for yourself, MMMMmmmmmm!!! Now, you can prepare vegan fried eggs in minutes. Once you have made these once, you will only need to look at the recipe for quantities in the future – yes, it’s that easy!

The Perfect Vegan Fried Egg . . . Sunny Side Up

This Recipe is :

Dairy Free Vegan




For the ‘Egg Yolk’:

  • 2 heaped tablespoons vegan dried instant mashed potatoes, dehydrated flakes or powder. The ratio of water/liquid versus the potato flakes or powder that you find may differ depending on the brands and textures differ in the dried potatoes, some need less water, so you may need to slightly adjust this.
  • 7 tablespoons hot water (may need a tiny bit more)
  • 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon kala namak salt, otherwise known as black salt – it has a sulphuric “egg” flavor, so it is  essential for this recipe
  • 3/4 teaspoon egg replacer
  • 1 teaspoon vegan margarine
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower or canola oil (not olive oil, as that would alter the taste)

For the ‘Egg White’:

For Garnish:

  • A sprinkle of fresh chopped chives (optional)
  • Freshly ground pepper (optional)


To Make the ‘Egg Yolk’:

  1. Make up your mashed potato mix with the water, add margarine and the other ingredients including the oil, and mash using a fork until consistency resembles hard-boiled egg yolk,  but it should be thick in consistency (there is a reason for this).
  2. Then spoon out half of the mixture into a separate bowl, and set aside.

To Make the ‘Egg White’:

  1. No secret or frills, it’s firm silken tofu. Using a round cutter, cut through the center of the tofu block, so you should be left with a cylinder around 2-inches thick – this will yield around 4 egg whites.  All you have to do is cut this into 4 equal slices with a very sharp knife (don’t use a serrated one).
  2. Next, with a smaller round cutter (1 1/4-inches), press out the center of the first ‘egg white,’ which will leave space for your ‘yolk.’ Do this carefully, as the tofu will be very fragile, and repeat the same with each ‘egg white.’
  3. In the meantime, you will have extra tofu left – place this in a covered container and refrigerate. You can use this to make the egg mayonnaise/salad the next day – just put together some more yolk (it only takes a couple of minutes), and then just add the mayo, as per the recipe.
  4. Now heat up some oil in a non-stick pan. Meanwhile, take 1 teaspoon of the egg yolk (make sure it has cooled down), roll it in your palms, then flatten it slightly. Then, using the smaller cutter, cut out the ‘yolk’ circle, which will fit inside the center of the ‘egg white’ perfectly. But don’t place it in there yet at this stage.
  5. Gently place your egg white in the hot oil, one at a time, in and shallow fry it until golden around the edges on both sides. Now flip it, and place your egg yolk in the middle to fit the puzzle so to speak, and press down a little with a teaspoon.
  6. Meanwhile, add some hot water to the mix in your 2nd ‘egg yolk’ bowl, and stir all the time until you reach a smooth egg yolk consistency.  Using a small teaspoon, pour a tiny amount of this in the center of the egg yolk, but don’t agitate it. Then spoon some of the oil it is frying in over the top of the yolk, to seal the top, and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  7. Gently bring it out from the pan onto your toast, or your plate, and enjoy alone, or with your favorite sauce.
  8. That’s it, you’ve homemade delicious vegan eggs FOR LIFE.


1. You may wish to get the packet of tofu and place it in the freezer for half an hour prior to opening it and cutting it up – makes for a firmer cut.
2. You will also need extra oil for frying your egg.
3. If you wish to make ‘hard-boiled eggs,' use hen egg molds – cut a piece of tofu to fit a half-egg mold, level it with a knife, and, using a spoon, carefully scoop out an oval shape. Then fill this cavity with your ‘egg yolk’ mix. Place in the fridge for a few hours until set, before serving. Cock-a-doodle-Doo!




Miriam is the creator of Mouthwatering Vegan, the enormously popular vegan food blog, and winner of the 2012 UK Vegan Awards "Best Online Recipe Guide." Her innovative food is all about enticing the senses, taking taste to another dimension, and helping more people make the transition to a plant-based diet. Miriam currently resides in Malta with her seven-year-old daughter, her husband, and her two cats.



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177 comments on “Sunny Side Up Fried ‘Egg’ [Vegan]”

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1 Years Ago

Thanks for the recipe! I love the way this looks! I am transitioning to plant based diet and I think having food that looks familiar to help with that is great. BUT, I would also like to go low(er) carb, soy free. So here is what I am going to try: using a cauliflower puree instead of the tofu using golden flax seed meal as the egg replace for the yolk. I am very exited to try this, thanks so much!

1 Years Ago

I prefer an egg. Btw I have wild chickens. I feed them and they feed me. We love
each other. Peace.

Pin KT
1 Years Ago

Is the ref to 372 g of sodium correct? In the UK the RDA for sodium is 2.4 g so this would be an epic amount of sodium for one meal if correct. I\'m hoping it is a typo as the recipe sounds good. Does anyone know?

Paola Dm
1 Years Ago

having just discovered the chickpea water froth as egg substitute, wonder if it d work as the white in this recipe

1 Years Ago

Hi Miriam,
I received your Mouthwatering Vegan recipe book for Christmas! Looking forward to trying some of the recipes.
I\'m sorry to see so many comments from vegan zealots up on their soapboxes,, rather than commenting on your recipe. I find that kind of thing truly annoying!!!
Can\'t wait to try this recipe!

3 Years Ago

I do not say this to hate on your choices but to educate. While you are running around sourcing all of these processed products and chemicals, you could be doing far more to help the treatment of animals by sourcing humane product. You like eggs. No animal needs to die for an egg to be produced. Family farms and small holistic and sustainable farms struggle to stand up against factory farming. Places that do not cull, have free range chickens and unfertilized eggs. Giving them your money instead of all of those companies that supply your heavily processed goods will actually harm factory farming. In many countries, humane practices are the norm because consumers demanded it. They didn\'t just stop eating meat, they DEMANDED humane practices in the meat they ate. Factory farms, which includes produce btw, could care less. You taking yourself out of the customer pool is a drop in the bucket to them. In many cases, that money you spend on vegan products traces back to companies like Monsanto, Genetech, and corporate giants who also have factory farming holdings. They have their bases covered. Family farms. Sustainable farming. Those operations getting the capitol to compete... now that hurts them. They do all they can to lobby, to make regulations weighted in their favour, to make sure that sustainable agri-business can\'t get a toe hold. Their worst nightmare is the consumer putting their money where their mouth is. No longer shopping at the market, but shopping at the co-op. Forcing humane practices. Because that is the only way chance will take place. There will never be enough vegans, enough vegetarians, to do it. It is the meat eaters that will force the market to change by what they buy and what they consume.

April Ruth
16 Jul 2015

There are no such things as egg farms that do not cull. If you buy eggs you are participating in the death of chickens. That is how that system works sustainably. Eggs are produced by living animals that must go somewhere when they are done producing eggs.
The same goes for dairy. There is no such thing as a commercially available dairy product that is not part of the meat industry- dairy cows end up as meat cows (be they organic, sustainable, etc).

I agree with your comments about processed foods.
Insisting that meat eaters are the most important consumers is disrespectful to vegans who strive to look at their own personal choices as the most important ones they will make.

17 May 2017

Humane practices with meat aka murdered animal? Seriously think about what you are writing here. There is no humane way to take a life that wanted to live. All dairy farms kill baby male cows. All dairy farm cows end up meat on your plate. Nothing humane about it. We have no right to take a baby\'s milk. What if we did this to humans? Think. Nothing humane or natural about drinking stealing a baby\'s food we were never ever meant to have.

Kat J
3 Years Ago

Looks Delicious! And NO baby male chicks had to be ground-up alive, NO females chicks had their beaks seared off and spent miserable lives crammed together laying eggs before having their throats slit and hung upside down to bleed out while their hearts are still circulating blood keep the meat white. : ) Thank you!

Stefani A McDade
4 Years Ago

Why does it say '"vegan" eggs', don't they mean 'vegan "eggs"'?

Carol Corley
4 Years Ago

I never could understand vegans simulating meat in their foods. Either eat meat, or enjoy vegan meals. Pretend meat meals seem silly.

09 Dec 2014

There is not that much vegans that stopped eating meat or eggs for their taste but bacause how the animals are treated. I don\'t understand why some people have problem with making the same delicious meal without hurting anyone.

17 May 2017

I make these foods for nonvegans to help them change. What difference does it make as long as it is not harming animals or the planet?

06 Jun 2017

Late, late comment but....many of us became vegetarian/vegan not because we disliked the taste of meat. For me it was the seige of Leningrad in WW2, or more accurately a book about it. Some of the residents resorted to eating human meat when all other non traditional animal sources of meat (Horse, dog, cat , rat) had been exhausted. Either eat the dead, or become the dead. Since I never ate Horse, dog, cat or rat, and really only ate cows and pigs, I decided it really wouldn\'t be that hard to not eat two more species. It eased my transition greatly to be living in a town with lots of seventh day adventists as all of their fake meat products were in my local grocery store. I may even go back to eating tissue cell grown meat, although frankly that all seems a little frankensteinish to me.

Lynne Walker
4 Years Ago

The Vegg is s good product. Basically nutritional yeast, and it comes with a cookbook too!


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