Easy Eggs in a Basket

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Eggs in a basket is a quick way to make fried eggs and crispy toast at the same time!

Eggs are fried inside a slice of bread for an easy breakfast recipe that is ready in 15 minutes!

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  • They are easy to make, fast to prepare, and only use 3 ingredients.
  • You can cook several at once making them great for busy mornings.
  • It’s a crispy all-in-one breakfast that kids and grownups both love.
  • Cook the eggs to your preferred doneness for the perfect bite.
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Ingredients for Eggs in a Basket

This easy breakfast recipe goes by many different names: eggs-in-a-frame, one-eyed jack, bird’s nest, or toad in a hole.

Bread: I love sandwich bread for this recipe, but any bread will work. Pick bread that is about 1-inch thick and sturdy enough to cut a hole in the center. French bread, sourdough, or whole wheat bread work well.

Eggs: Use any size of egg you have. You can also replace the eggs with egg whites or boxed eggs.

Butter: Butter, ghee, or leftover bacon grease add flavor to this recipe and make the toast golden brown and crispy.


  • Add a slice of cheese on top, turn off the heat, and cover to let it melt.
  • Sprinkle the egg with bacon bits before cooking.
  • Add fresh herbs like chives, dill, or parsley to the eggs.
  • Serve topped with sliced avocado or tomatoes.

How to Make Eggs in a Basket

  1. Butter the bread and cut a circle in the center.
  2. Fry one side of the bread until golden brown.
  3. Flip the bread and crack an egg into the center. Cover and cook until it reaches your desired doneness (recipe below).

Eggs will need 2 to 3 minutes for a soft yolk, 4 to 5 minutes for a medium yolk, and 6 to 7 minutes for a hard yolk.

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Tips for the Perfect Egg in a Basket

  • To create perfect circles, use the rim of a glass, a mason jar ring, or a circular cookie cutter (2 ½-inches).
  • To prevent the eggs from sticking use a nonstick skillet and use melted butter or cooking spray before adding the egg.

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Eggs in a Basket

Eggs in a basket are the perfect breakfast or snack. With just 3 ingredients and a couple of minutes, they’re ready to enjoy!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Servings 2

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  • Butter both sides of each piece of bread with 1 tablespoon of butter.

  • Using a round cookie cutter (about 2½-inches) or mason jar lid, cut a circle in the center of each piece of bread.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bread and the centers to the pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden.

  • Flip the bread over and add the remaining butter into the center of each slice of bread.

  • Gently crack an egg into the center of each piece of bread and season with salt and black pepper. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the egg reaches desired doneness.

Cook the eggs to your desired doneness:

  • soft yolk: 2-3 minutes
  • medium yolk: 4-5 minutes
  • hard yolk: 6-7 minutes

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Calories: 215 | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 128mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 493IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
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