Learn how to make an Egg In A Basket! Toasted, buttery sourdough bread cradles a fried egg in the middle, in this easy to make breakfast!
Learn how to make an Egg In A Basket! Toasted, buttery sourdough bread cradles a fried egg in the middle, in this easy to make breakfast!

Have you ever heard of making an egg in a basket? It can also be called egg in a nest, and is a fun way to serve an egg and toast in a cute little “package”. Several well-known family restaurants have served this dish over the years (including Cracker Barrel). 

Today I want to show you how to make an egg in a basket for yourself or someone you love. I found the recipe in one of my cookbooks many years ago. Typically I use a thick slice of sourdough bread because it holds up really well, but truthfully, you can use whatever bread you enjoy.

I finally took some photos of the cooking process to share here on the ol’ blog. The “recipe” can be easily doubled, tripled or quadrupled for as many servings as you want! Here’s how to make this fun breakfast dish:

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How To Make An Egg In A Basket

Butter one side of a slice of sourdough bread, (reserving a little bit of butter to add to your skillet later). Use a 2¼” biscuit cutter OR a pint jar lid or jar to carefully cut out a circle from the middle of the buttered side of the bread. Save both pieces of buttered bread.

A jar or jar lid is used to cut out a circle in buttered bread.A hole has been made in the slice of sourdough bread.

Heat a skillet (or a griddle) on medium heat. Place the slice of bread (and the round cut out) BUTTER SIDE DOWN in the hot skillet. Cook them for about 2 minutes, or just until the bottom side begins to turn golden brown. Place the reserved tiny bit of butter into the hole and let it melt.

Buttered bread and circle are cooked butter side down until browned.

Cooking The Egg In A Basket

As soon as the butter has melted, carefully crack an egg into the hole, being careful to not break the yolk. Lightly salt and pepper the egg.

Cook the egg in a basket for 1-2 more minutes (I usually do 2 minutes), until the egg begins to set and solidify in the bread. Carefully turn the bread and egg over to the other side, (trying to not splash egg white all over the place) or break the yolk. Just be gentle and patient and you can do it! Flip over the little toasted bread round at the same time, too!

Butter is added to hole in bread, then an egg is cracked into hole.After cooking for a couple minutes, the egg in a basket is flipped to other side.

Continue to cook the egg for another minute, or until it reaches your desired “done-ness”. Transfer the egg in a basket to a serving plate, and garnish with chopped parsley or chopped chives, if desired.

Serve the little toasted round of bread on the side, and enjoy this scrumptious breakfast with some fresh fruit, and sausage or bacon. YUM!

The finished egg in a basket is sprinkled with parsley and served.

I hope you enjoy this breakfast dish. It’s a cute and different way to serve up a traditional egg and toast breakfast! Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you have a wonderful day. Come back soon!

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Original recipe source: The book “Top Secret Restaurant Recipes”, by Todd Wilbur, pages 111-113. Published in 1997 by The Penguin Group.

Egg In A Basket
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 

Learn how to make an Egg In A Basket! Toasted, buttery sourdough bread cradles a fried egg in the middle, in this easy to make breakfast!

Category: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: egg in a basket
Servings: 1
Calories Per Serving: 175 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 thick slice sourdough bread
  • 1 Tablespoon butter divided use
  • 1 large egg
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • chopped parsley or chives to garnish (OPTIONAL)
Instructions
  1. Butter one side of a slice of sourdough bread, (reserving a little bit of butter for later). Use a 2¼" biscuit cutter OR a pint jar lid or jar to carefully cut out a circle from the middle of the buttered side of the bread. Save both pieces of buttered bread.

  2. Heat a skillet or griddle on medium heat. Place bread (and round cut out) BUTTER SIDE DOWN in hot skillet. Cook for about 2 minutes, or just until the bottom side begins to turn golden brown. Place reserved bit of butter into the hole. Once butter melts, carefully crack an egg into the hole, being careful to not break yolk. Lightly salt and pepper egg. Cook 1-2 minutes (I usually do 2 minutes), until egg begins to set/solidify in the bread. Carefully turn bread to the other side, (trying to not splash egg white all over or break the yolk). Flip over toasted bread round at the same time.

  3. Continue to cook egg for another minute, or until it reaches desired "done-ness". Transfer the egg in a basket and toasted bread round to a serving plate; garnish with chopped parsley or chives, if desired. Serve, and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Egg In A Basket
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 216mg72%
Sodium 176mg8%
Potassium 74mg2%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 620IU12%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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