11 of the Easiest-Ever Egg Recipes Built for Any Meal
Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse (protein! iron! choline!), but the best part about them is their outstanding versatility. You can prepare eggs in endless ways, they're easy to make, and they cost almost nothing. We could rant about our egg adoration for ages, but instead we thought it would be better to compile some of our favorite easy-to-make egg dishes the whole family will love.
This roundup includes traditional egg recipes (like chard and cheddar quiche or egg-in-a-hole with smoked salmon), plus smart spins on delicious dishes like soufflé, smørrebrød, or bacon-stuffed hand pies. Whether you like your eggs sunny side up or cooked until crisp, these speedy, protein-packed meals will help you beat the weeknight scramble.
Spinach, Bacon, and Fried Egg Salad
Think of this salad as a deconstructed bacon and egg breakfast sandwich. It's savory, it's satisfying, and it's topped with a creamy acidic dressing. Both the homemade croutons and the fried eggs are cooked in the rendered bacon fat, giving every bite of the dish extra bacon-y flavor. And don't be intimidated by homemade croutons. Simply tear your bread into pieces, toss with oil (or in this case, bacon fat), season with salt and pepper and spread onto a rimmed baking sheet. By the time you're ready with the rest of the dish, the croutons will be perfectly golden.
Get the recipe: Spinach, Bacon, and Fried Egg Salad
Poached Eggs With Chile Butter and Yogurt
This recipe is guaranteed to hit the spot, thanks to a satisfying combination of warm pita bread, garlicky herbed yogurt, perfectly poached eggs and a spicy, seedy chile butter. Not only is it supremely delicious (not to mention beautiful), but it will be on the table in just 20 minutes. You've officially got no excuse not to make it tonight.
Get the recipe: Poached Eggs With Chile Butter & Yogurt
Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs
Smørrebrød is an open-faced sandwich from Denmark, where densely seeded bread is slathered with butter and piled with artfully arranged toppings like pickled herring, cheese, eggs, and herbs. The variations are endless! In this lighter version, yogurt swaps in for the butter, and a fresh marinated beet salad adds fresh tang. Top it off with jammy soft-cooked eggs and briny capers for an especially exciting way to serve your mom her breakfast. If guests are coming, double the recipe and cutt into bite-sized slices.
Get the recipe: Smørrebrød With Yogurt, Beets, and Eggs
Red and Green Chilaquiles
Chilaquiles are excellent for breakfast and just as good for dinner. Oven-baked tortilla chips get smothered in a cumin and coriander spiced red sauce, and rotisserie chicken comes in to save you time. Finishing with salsa verde adds tanginess, and fried eggs deliver crispy white edges and a runny yolk.
Get the recipe: Red and Green Chilaquiles
Soufflé Pancake With Miso Mushrooms
This is likely unlike anything you've made before—and that's exactly why we love it. Folding whipped egg whites into a savory pancake batter makes it puff up as it cooks, resulting in a buttery, crispy crust and a tender, fluffy center. The mushroom-bok choy mixture served overtop is just as delightful.
Get the recipe: Soufflé Pancake With Miso Mushrooms
Bacon, Egg and Beef Hand Pies
These pies are a little bigger than your palm and are filled with flavorful ground beef dotted with green olives and golden raisins. The boiled egg with a runny yolk is a sweet and welcomed surprise as you cut thorough the buttery, flaky dough. Did we mention there's bacon in there, too?
Get the recipe: Bacon, Egg & Beef Hand Pies
Crispy Potato Omelet With Smoky Aioli
If you've ever had patatas bravas, you know how addictive they can be. So why only enjoy them as an occasional side dish or appetizer? We stuffed them into an omelet as an excuse to enjoy them for dinner. It's topped with a homemade smoky aioli, of course.
Get the recipe: Crispy Potato Omelet With Smoky Aioli
Chard & Herb Frittata With Cherry Tomatoes
Inspired by kuku sabzi, the Persian herb frittata, this egg dish is bursting with herbs such as parsley and cilantro. We mixed in Swiss chard for added nutrition. The tomato salad bursts in your mouth with freshness as you bite into this herb-forward dish.
Get the recipe: Chard & Herb Frittata With Cherry Tomatoes
Sunny-side-up eggs get the Mexican treatment with black beans, salsa, queso fresco, and crisp corn tortillas. If you aren't particularly partial to runny eggs, no problem—just cook them a few minutes longer until the white no longer looks translucent and the edges start to crisp up.
Get the recipe: Huevos Rancheros
Egg in a Hole With Smoked Salmon
This tasty breakfast looks gourmet, but takes just 10 minutes from start to finish. Use a cookie cutter to cut a 3-inch hole in the center of each slice of bread, place the bread slices in a buttered skillet, crack an egg into the center of each, and cook until the bread is golden and the whites are set. Top with the smoked salmon, crème fraîche, capers, and sliced red onions.
Get the recipe: Egg in a Hole with Smoked Salmon
Swiss Chard and Cheddar Quiche
This anything-but-basic quiche—filled with cheese, Swiss chard, and onions—makes a great light dinner when served with a green salad.
Get the recipe: Swiss Chard and Cheddar Quiche