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Sunny Side Up Fried ‘Egg’ [Vegan]

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Apparently this infamous recipe has been plagiarized and copied all over the web and even in a few big name books, but make no mistake, this creation is completely my own!

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. I think I’ve cracked it! Sorry for the pun – I couldn’t resist . . .

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 Tbsp 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 Tbsp  (105 mL) hot water (may need a tiny bit more)
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ¼ tsp kala namak salt, otherwise known as black salt – it has a sulphuric “egg” flavor, so is essential for this recipe
  • ¾ tsp egg replacer
  • 1 tsp vegan margarine
  • 1 tsp sunflower or canola oil (not olive oil, as that would alter the taste)

For the ‘Egg White’:

  • 12.3 oz pack of firm silken tofu
  • 2 Tbsp vegan mayonnaise

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 (mine 2¾”), cut through the center of the tofu block, so you should be left with a cylinder around 2” 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 (1¼”), press out the centre 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. I use this to make the egg mayonnaise/salad the next day – I just put together some more yolk (it only takes a couple of minutes), and then just add the mayo, as per the recipe (see link above).
  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 centre 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 on 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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3 Months 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!

1 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.

Kat J
1 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
2 Years Ago

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

Carol Corley
2 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.

Lynne Walker
2 Years Ago

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

Lynne Walker
2 Years Ago

Because some people miss those things and better to have a substitute than the original!

Sharon Nelson Miller
2 Years Ago

Why a vegan egg or any fake processed MeAt alternative?

14 Apr 2015

Because I didn\'t stop eating animals and their by products because I didn\'t like the way they tasted! I miss eggs and if this tastes like eggs without bringing harm to any animals that would be GREAT!!

Karen Arscott
2 Years Ago

Dehydrated potato powder, egg replacement and vegan margerine??? I've nothing at all against veganism, but that sounds like an awful lot of processed nonsense.

Karen Tysver
2 Years Ago

It might be simpler to make the yolk using The Vegg.


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