These Delicious, Nourishing Egg Recipes Are Great Any Time of Day
From peekaboo avocado toast and quiche with a crispy potato crust to a vegetable-packed sheet pan entrée, these recipes show how easy it is to make a satisfying meal that start with the humble egg.
Crack open an egg and all sorts of magic can happen. Since they're so versatile, these protein-packed ingredients conjures up satisfying meals any time of the day. What's more, an egg is the type of ingredient that can be the centerpiece to a meal or one that ties multiple parts together. And they're a great option for any household, as eggs are as easy to cook for one as they are for a crowd depending on your recipe selection.
With endless innovative preparations, it's hard to get bored of eggs. Sure, the classics, like omelets, fried eggs, and such, never fail, but the key to turning eggs into a crave-worthy meal is to look just beyond the basics, updating these preparations with tasty twists. A thin omelet becomes an extraordinary meal when sliced into fettuccini-style noodles in our Egg "Noodle," Broccolini, and Mushroom Stir-Fry recipe. Adding a small handful of Parmesan to the skillet before frying an egg transforms this basic preparation into an extra crispy frico-crusted main once paired with a green salad in our recipe for Parmesan Fried Eggs with Bitter Greens.
Quiches and frittatas are synonymous with serving crowds, but these filling preparations also play particularly well for meal prep or prepared breakfasts on the go. A particularly fun way to enjoy a frittata is to sandwich it between two slices of bread for the ultimate egg sandwich, just like we do in our Frittata-Hash Sandwich. Other spins included tossing in grains, like rye in our Swiss-Chard Frittata with Rye Berries recipe, or updating a quiche crust by using potatoes as the crust for a tasty gluten-free option, as we do in our Potato-Crusted Herb Quiche.
From individual meals to crowd-pleasing recipes, eggs can do it all. Don't believe us? Read on for our most nourishing dishes.
Spinach-and-Cheddar Slab Quiche
As if puff pastry doesn't already make the most delightful crust, this recipe upgrades all butter puff with a sesame seed studded finish. Then, this cheesy spinach-filled quiche is assembled in a large rimmed baking sheet, resulting in a meal that serves a crowd.
Chilaquiles Egg Bake
Egg "Noodle," Broccolini, and Mushroom Stir-Fry
Peekaboo Avocado Toast
Bull's-eye eggs, the classic childhood breakfast, meet avocado toast, the classic adult one. Cut out a round from a slice of bread. Place the holed-out bread (and the "hole") in a buttered pan, drop in an egg, cover, and cook for a minute or two. The lightly mashed avocado adds fiber and good fats (how adult of you), as well as extra fuel for your day.
Poached Eggs with Yogurt and Spicy Butter
This is our take on the traditional Turkish breakfast called cilbir. It's no wonder the dish has endured: It's a luscious combination of a gently poached egg, garlicky strained yogurt, and smoky-hot infused butter. (This recipe usually gets its heat from the Aleppo chile pepper, but we used cayenne and paprika.) Garnish with chive blossoms, and serve with crusty bread to sop up every last bit.
Swiss-Chard Frittata with Rye Berries
Paired with garlicky greens and a generous scattering of fresh herbs, rye berries lend a chewy texture and nutty note to this one-skillet egg dish. Made all the more irresistible with dollops of ricotta, this recipe almost takes on pizza vibes, adding pockets of creamy texture.
Potato-Crusted Herb Quiche
If you're looking for a stunning new brunch centerpiece, we've got you. This herb-showered quiche comes with a scalloped (and gluten-free) potato crust—use a mandoline for speedy slicing. Served room temperature or chilled, this picture perfect-quiche isn't just ideal for make ahead entertaining, it's something you can prepare and have on hand for fast breakfasts, lunches, or dinners.
Blistered Green-Bean and Corn Frittata
Late-summer produce finds the perfect showcase in this tomato salad-topped frittata that's filled with blistered green beans and sweet in-season corn. Finishing the frittata under the broiler rather than just baking it in the oven only takes two minutes and creates a nice golden top.
Sheet-Pan Vegetable Hash with Eggs
Nutritious and colorful, vegetable hash with broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper, and spinach pair with egg in this easy as can be sheet-pan meal. The key is to bake the eggs just until the whites are set, leaving the yolks a bit runny to add creamy texture to the dish. Of course, if you prefer your eggs over easy or cooked more, this dish is still enjoyable—just leave it in the oven a minute or two more.
Parmesan Fried Eggs with Bitter Greens
Here's a match made in instant meal heaven: a simple fried egg cooked atop a salty, lacy Parmesan-cheese crisp. The how-to is almost too easy to be true. Sprinkle some grated cheese directly onto a hot nonstick skillet, wait for it to sizzle, crack an egg on top, and bon appétit. Serve with a salad of baby-greens.
Cilantro Rice Bowl with Poached Eggs and Greens
Pretty much any meal can be improved by topping it with a poached egg; the perfect runny yolk and delicate white almost act as a sauce in addition to a being a protein finish. If poaching eggs is intimidating to you, opt for a soft boiled egg instead which is just as decadent and delicious in this rice bowl.
For an elevated yet easy individualized breakfast, butter small ramekins, then crack in eggs and a spoonful of cream. Top with cooked greens (spinach, chard, kale, you name it), crumbled bacon, cheese, or piquant and sweet peppadew peppers®. Bake for around 12 minutes, and grab some utensils and crispy toast.
Soft Scrambled Eggs and Toasted-Rye Tartlets
While there are many techniques for super creamy and fluffy scrambled eggs, we say that it's best to take your time and to not be afraid of butter. Once your eggs are ready, pile them into tartlets made from rye bread that's been flattened slightly, brushed with (more) butter, and baked. Serve with a toppings bar of crumbled bacon and radish sprouts.
Egg Noodles with Asparagus and Grated Egg Yolks
Move aside, BEC (bacon, egg, and cheese) sandwiches! This frittata hash sandwich is prepared with sausage and potatoes, and it's a technique prime for breakfast sandwiches for a crowd. Place slices of this frittata between your favorite bread with crisp lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise. If you're feeling like you want a bit more, add a slice of cheese or thinly sliced avocado.
Fried Omelet with Shrimp and Snap Peas
This is a fun dish to make: When you drop beaten eggs into hot oil, they instantly puff up like a life raft and become crispy, fluffy, and ready to eat in less than a minute. To make the recipe hearty enough for dinner, we added snap peas and shrimp to the batter, and served the dish with white rice, plus scallions and spicy chili sauce on top.