Dippy Egg Topper

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Blue skies overheard, a breeze in the air… seems like like a perfect Saturday morning to me!


So, I was going to follow up the Scrambled Egg Tutorial Recommendation and Omelet Tutorial with a step-by-step guide to making my very favorite ‘dippy eggs,’ but after some Googling, I realized that I’m exposing myself to bacteria risk by eating undercooked eggs.  Whoops.  But they taste so good!


I’ll risk it. 


Anyway, although I’m going to continue eating dippy eggs, I’m not going to share my bacteria-laden ways with you all.  This e-how article describes hwo to minimize bacteria risks, if you’re interested.  Instead, I’ll share a little technique that I use to steam dippy eggs from the top down, which results in really yummy sunnyside-up egg.


The trick is to use a pot top to steam the eggs as they cook.  I usually add the top towards the end of the frying process and leave it on for about 2 minutes.  I think the pot top creates a great, chewy texture while maintaining the dippiness of the eggs.


All together now:


With a side of blueberries and bananas:


Off to seize the day.  Have a good one!


“Be who you want to be, not what other people think you should be.”



  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate April 30, 2011, 9:14 am

    Hmm, interesting. I think I’ll still try your dippy eggs anyway. I’ll take the risk–they look too good not to! 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 30, 2011, 9:14 am

    I had never heard of calling them dippy eggs until I started reading blogs. They have always been over-easy eggs to me! Either way I love them. The yolk is the best part!

    • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 30, 2011, 11:33 am

      The yolk is def the best part!! This is my favorite way to eat eggs!!

      Caitlin, have you (or your hubs) ever had soldiers and eggs? I had them for the first time in England last month, I think you would like it!

      • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:37 pm

        Yes I made them for the Husband two years ago on his birthday!

  • Freya April 30, 2011, 9:16 am

    When I’ve eaten eggs in the past, they’ve always always been dippy, and my sister has nothing but (we used to eat alot of ‘eggy soldiers’ :p) – never, ever been ill from them! We’re talking hundreds and hundreds of eggs here, since we were little…so I think you’ll be safe 🙂
    [Oh, and I LOVE that quote]

  • Fawn April 30, 2011, 9:17 am

    It’s also a lovely morning here in Philly!

    Dippy eggs to me are the perfect over medium cooked, fried eggs. Even the slightest watery white part freaks me out so I have to find a fine balance of cooking the white on both sides while maintaining my yolk runniness.

    I admit even while cooking for a restaurant though when someone ordered sunny side up I would steam cook the tops because I was nervous for them!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews April 30, 2011, 9:26 am

    That’s exactly what I had for breakfast today also! My hubby surprised me with breakfast which was awesome.

  • Marina April 30, 2011, 9:27 am

    Being a veterinary student, and a daughter of a doctor specialised in infectology, salmonella in eggs freaks me out, but I do adore a bit runny eggs 🙂 I just make sure they are fresh!

  • kelly April 30, 2011, 9:30 am

    Oh I say you still do the tutorial.. Just add a disclaimer so people know the risks 🙂 Although, I’m kind of glad you didn’t post it, since I am pregnant and am not allowed to eat undercooked eggs… and I’ve been CRAVING them! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) April 30, 2011, 9:31 am

    Amen to that! I am totally living that quote now! I’m so tired of being afraid of judgement! I do the lid on my eggs too, but they get cooked like if you had turned them over. I love the yolk on salads too! Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Lisa Fine April 30, 2011, 9:33 am

    Happy Saturday!

    I have to really crave runny eggs, and generally only crave them when I have eggs for dinner. [Strange, I know.] Otherwise, I like my eggs pretty well done.

  • Rachel Rabidoux April 30, 2011, 9:43 am

    If you buy pasteurized eggs, I bet you’d reduce the bacteria risk. That’s what your supposed to do when making meringue. I always use a lid to cook my eggs! I like a runny yolk, but hate that semi-raw state in “sunny side up”. I learned from a waitress yearsbago that it’s called “basted”. If you order it at a restaurant they’ll knownwhat you mean 🙂

  • maya @ finding balance in tokyo April 30, 2011, 9:44 am

    One of the best things about living in Japan is that there is almost no fear of salmonella from eggs. I think the Japanese love undercooked eggs too much for it to ever be tolerated.

    Actually, it’s common for 100% raw eggs to be consumed with no hesitation at all by all ages, and there are no government recommendations cautioning against doing so.

    When my boyfriend lived at a college dorm 5 years back, one of the standard breakfasts he was served came with a raw egg in shell and a bowl of warm rice. You are supposed to eat it by cracking the egg over the rice and mixing it together, but he usually just microwaved the egg a bit and had it on the side. ;D

    I eat dippy eggs unabashedly and with no fear several times per week. 🙂

  • Beth @ 990 Square April 30, 2011, 9:46 am

    I say just keep eating your dippy eggs! And I’ll keep eating my raw cookie dough and meringue icing. And we’ll all be okay!

    • Beth @ 990 Square April 30, 2011, 10:05 am

      I mean, I could die in a car accident or while running, and I’m still going to do both of those things, right?!

      • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:36 pm

        true that. true that.

  • Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 30, 2011, 9:59 am

    I love using the lid trick then you don’t have to worry about flipping! 🙂

    Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • Melanie @ Trial By Trail April 30, 2011, 10:00 am

    I eat dippy eggs too! I scramble them up for my kiddos though. 🙂 What a great quote too, thanks for sharing!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 30, 2011, 10:03 am

    I normally don’t like egg yolks, but when they’re runny they’re soooo good!

  • Parita @ myinnershakti April 30, 2011, 10:23 am

    The quote at the end reminds me of another one I heard and loved – “You will be treated as you allow others to treat you.” Pretty deep stuff! 🙂

  • Andie (canyoustayfordinner.com) April 30, 2011, 10:28 am

    Caitlin, your photos are gorgeous in this post. Bright, colorful, clear, and artistic 🙂 Love them!

  • Jenn April 30, 2011, 10:40 am

    I love the quote at the end! In fact, I have a WHOLE website I created based on that quote. I have always had a passion to advocate others to be themselves.

  • Dani April 30, 2011, 10:52 am

    My sister is a pastry chef and she always has to taste batters and stuff before she puts them in the oven. I questioned her once about the raw egg stuff and she said that these days the risk of salmonella is virtually ZERO.

    • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:36 pm

      Nice. Good to know!

  • Amber K April 30, 2011, 10:57 am

    I love dip-dip eggs. Although I prefer my over-medium. A little longer cooking, still dipable goodness 🙂

  • Judy April 30, 2011, 11:01 am

    Gosh, I’ve been eating bacteria laden eggs for 60 years! I do like the tip of putting a lid on the top of the skillet. Never thought of that. I’m definitely going to make this my new way to make my “dippy” eggs. No more flipping for me. Yeah less grease!

  • Selena April 30, 2011, 11:08 am

    Just wanted to share that you and a few other bloggers have inspired me to start running. I tried to start a few years back and I was loving it but I ended up getting pregnant (surprise baby #3!). So, now, 2 years later I’m ready to start again and your site was a big motivation for that. So, just wanted to say HI and thanks!

    • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:35 pm

      I hope you really enjoy running! Try out the Couch to 5K plan, it’s great.

      • Selena April 30, 2011, 11:38 pm

        That’s what I’m using. Today was week 1 day 1 and it was great. Time is at a premium with working full time and having 3 kids but I have to make the time!

        I love your Girls on the Run posts. My oldest is 7 so she can’t join yet but her school does have a team. I LOVE the premise of the program (and Operational Beautiful). My 3 are all girls so it is especially important to me.

        • Caitlin May 1, 2011, 10:10 am

          You are so lucky to have three girls!

        • Selena May 1, 2011, 10:46 pm

          Very nice of you to say that, I totally agree. I usually get a comment about how horrible it will be when they are teenagers. I rarely have anyone say that I’m lucky, or anything else positive. Sad…

        • Caitlin May 2, 2011, 9:55 am

          People are so weird and negative sometimes about children. 🙁 It’s sad!!!

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition April 30, 2011, 11:25 am

    That breakfast looks divine. I may just have to make some eggs once I get back from my run.

    Anyways, I just wanted to say thanks for posting my race recap. The response has been wonderful! 🙂

    • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:35 pm

      🙂 I am so glad!

  • Amy April 30, 2011, 11:25 am

    Eh. Bacteria. I’ll risk it. 🙂

  • Emily April 30, 2011, 11:37 am

    To me that is a fried egg (which I love also). Dippy eggs here (England) are part-boiled eggs where the yolk is still runny. To be eaten with soldiers (buttered bread/toast cut into strips). Childhood favourite.

    I’m not worried about undercooked eggs. Aren’t chickens vaccinated against salmonella anyway? We have the ‘lion’ mark on eggs here to show that? Do they not vaccinate in America??

    • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:34 pm

      I have no idea, really… I should investigate! I wonder if organic chickens are vaccinated.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 30, 2011, 11:56 am

    We learned about all that foodborne illness stuff in my nutrition class this year! But I still eat my egg yolks runny too. 😛 I figure my immune system can probably handle it!

  • Katherine: Unemployed April 30, 2011, 12:09 pm

    so few bananas in that bowl 🙂 I have been getting all into eggs lately

    • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:34 pm

      They were under all those nommy blueberries!

  • Charlie April 30, 2011, 12:12 pm

    I use a pot top when I make omelets, never thought of doing it with dippy eggs though!

  • Becca@ Start Over From Scratch April 30, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I love dippy eggs! I used to eat my eggs overhard and just the past year or so I really started to enjoy runny yolks! I love them with home fries!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) April 30, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I used to LOVE sunny-side up eggs, but I’ve developed an allergy to undercooked/uncooked eggs. I can only eat them if cooked through, or my mouth breaks out in blisters. I have to be careful when baking cookies, too – if I get cookie dough on my hands I have to wash them really well or I get hives!

  • Natalia - a side of simple April 30, 2011, 12:52 pm

    When I compare to the health risks of driving on the road every day to enjoying runny/dippy eggs, I always get that extra boost to just go with it and eat my eggs the way I like them 🙂 How’s that for seizing the day?..or at least justifying… 😉

  • Errign April 30, 2011, 1:05 pm

    I love overeasy eggs. For some reason sunny side up freaks me out a little, but that’s just the look of them haha

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 30, 2011, 1:24 pm

    Those eggs look perfect! I need to practice my egg making skills.

  • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment April 30, 2011, 1:43 pm

    I’ve never been a huge fan of runny eggs, but the rest of my family loves them! My dad is the only other one who cooks his eggs through- but that’s because he actually did contract salmonella from an undercooked sunny-side up egg and nearly died of internal bleeding awhile back…but that doesn’t stop my brothers and sister! I think it’s totally one of those things where as long as you know there’s a risk and are up front about it, you should definitely post the tutorial and enjoy eating your eggs however you want without anyone judging you. 🙂 We all take risks in some way or another!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 30, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I just had a lunch very similiar to yuor breakfast. Eggs and toast- perfect!

  • Sarah for Real April 30, 2011, 2:00 pm

    The people who tell you not to eat dippy eggs because of bacteria are the same who tell you to cook a steak to death and never to eat sushi.

    Meh. Life is full of risks. I’m not worried about soft yolks. Just make sure the white part is cooked!

  • Khushboo April 30, 2011, 2:22 pm

    I’m normally an egg whites girl but I am so trying your method! Never made a dippy egg purely because of lack of know-how…I have no excuse now 🙂

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy April 30, 2011, 2:47 pm

    dippy eggs are the BEST! .. just had them for breakfast too 🙂

  • Ellen April 30, 2011, 2:53 pm

    don’t worry about bacteria in your eggs! raw egg yolks are actually super nutritious. i buy my eggs from a 10 year old girl who raises about 50 chickens and a few dozen ducks (with the supervision of her father farmer). the yolks are SO bright and vibrant, my omelets are orange. just think of all the natural vitamin A, omega 3s, choline, etc. In many culture raw egg yolks mixed with honey or sugar is one of the first foods given to children after breast milk 🙂 certainly better than cheerios.

    • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:33 pm

      I want to buy my eggs from her, too!

  • Abby April 30, 2011, 3:31 pm

    I love the quote that you ended this post with! 🙂

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 30, 2011, 4:58 pm

    I too love that quote you put at the end–I TOO am going to seize the day. Esp since it is our FIRST year wedding anniversary! (I posted about it too–fun wedding pics) 🙂 YAH for APRIL!!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) April 30, 2011, 5:25 pm

    Eh, sometimes the best things in life are worth the risk. 😉

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 30, 2011, 6:17 pm

    i looooove eggs! This is making me want some real ones! I’ve been living out of hostels the past two weeks and microwaving them. It does the job, but there is no comparison!

  • kristin April 30, 2011, 8:51 pm

    ha! my husband calls them EXPLODING EGGS! haha

  • Jesse April 30, 2011, 8:55 pm

    thanks for sharing this awesome tip! i tried it this morning and it worked sooooo good 🙂

    • Caitlin April 30, 2011, 10:32 pm

      Yay glad you liked it 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 30, 2011, 10:59 pm

    I love poached eggs. I know it’s not really healthy but I love them. I definitely want to try out your dippy eggs. Looks tasty!

    • Marianne May 1, 2011, 3:30 am

      I think poached eggs are pretty darn healthy… No added fat, and eggs have a solid amount of protein, and the fat in the yolk keeps you full.

  • natalie @ http://healthybalancingact.blogspot.com/ May 1, 2011, 8:19 am

    i know its so wasteful but when iovercook my eggs and they arnt dippy, i consider throwing them out..non dippy eggs just make me so disapointed

  • Kristen May 1, 2011, 10:57 am

    I LOVE dippy/drippy eggs! Yes, they are a risk for salmonella, but they taste so good! Now that I am pregnant, I have been craving eggs non-stop, but can’t eat my beloved poached eggs due to the salmonella risk. However, I did ask my uncle (an OBGYN) who said he had never heard about not eating drippy eggs. He said that your gastric system should be able to fend off any harmful bacteria. Hopefully that makes you feel better!

  • Charise May 2, 2011, 10:18 am

    I love my eggs overeasy/fried! I get my eggs from a local “happy” chicken farm at the farmer’s market, so I don’t worry about bacteria. I agree with Sarah for Real that it’s the same people who also freak about meat that isn’t cooked to gross grey rubber texture – I’ll take mine medium-rare, please. Just know where your food comes from and decide if you trust the source and are willing to take the risk!

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