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Eggs in a Basket (Egg in a Hole)

Eggs in a Basket (AKA Egg in a Hole) is such a fun twist on breakfast. Crack your egg right into a piece of toast for an open-face breakfast sandwich!

What is Eggs in a Basket?

Good morning Eggs in a Basket. You will forever be my favorite savory breakfast because you’re simple and easy to make!

What is eggs in a basket? Egg in a basket is a fried egg that is situated a hole in a slice of bread. It’s basically eggs and toast but made all in one pan (no toaster involved).

Whether you call this breakfast Eggs in a Basket, Egg in a Hole, or Egg in a Frame, it really is such a fun way to eat eggs in toast.

We took to Instagram to see what the internet called this famous breakfast and these were the top answers:

  • Egg in a frame (what I call it!)
  • Egg in a basket
  • Toad in a hole
  • Hen in a nest
  • Egg in a nest
  • Egg in a hat
  • Eggs in a blanket
  • Frog in a hole
  • Twin sun toast
  • Surprise egg
  • Popeye
  • Eggie in the middle
  • Bullseye
  • Ships egg 
  • Campfire egg
  • Miami egg
white bread with centers cut out from a cookie cutter

What you Need for Eggs in a Basket


Like I mentioned earlier, eggs in a basket is basically an open face egg sandwich, but it’s all made in the same pan. Score! Here’s what you need:

  • Bread – really any kind of bread works when making egg in a hole. You’ll notice that we used white bread, but whole wheat works too.
  • Butter – Toast isn’t toast without a little bit of butter!
  • Olive oil – olive oil is used to make sure the egg doesnt’ stick to your pan.
  • Egg – this recipe calls for large eggs. You need 2.
  • Salt and pepper – shake, shake, shake.
egg in a frame in cast iron pan

How to Make Eggs in a Basket

  1. Butter Bread: butter both sides of your bread with softened butter.
  2. Make the Hole: use a cookie cutter to remove the center of your bread, creating a perfect hole. Don’t discard your holes. You’ll cook these too!
  3. Toast Bread: heat olive oil in a nonstick (or cast iron) pan over low/medium heat. Toast bread for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Then, flip the bread over.
  4. Fry Egg: crack the eggs in the center of the holes and then cover the pan. Let cook for 3-5 minutes depending on how runny you like your eggs.
  5. Enjoy!

The easiest kitchen tool to use to remove the “hole” of your bread is a circular cookie cutter. A little secret we want to share with you – we couldn’t find ours, so we actually just used the top of a glass and that worked great!

Whatever you do, do not throw them out! I LOVE using the centers of my egg in a basket as my breakfast sweet treat. Try topping it with peanut butter or jam or my favorite is cinnamon sugar!

eggs in a basket with bite taken out of it on plate

Serving Suggestions

Complete your healthy breakfast with a few of our favorites sides below!

egg in a hole on plate with bacon
egg in a frame on plate

Eggs in a Basket (Egg in a Hole)

Eggs in a Basket (or Egg in a Hole) is a fun take on eggs and toast! All you need is bread, butter, eggs, and a little olive oil!

Prep: 10 minutesCook: 10 minutesTotal: 20 minutes

Fat 22

Carbs 22

Protein 9

Yield 2 1x


  • 2 slices bread (any kind)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter (olive oil works too)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Rub both sides of the bread with softened butter.
  2. Then, use a small round object such as a Mason jar cover, round cookie cutter, the top of a glass, etc. to cut a round circle out of the center of each piece of bread.
  3. Heat a large skillet over low/medium heat and add about a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. When the olive oil is fragrant, add the bread and circle cutouts to the pan. Cook bread on the pan for about 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Flip.
  4. Crack an egg in the middle of each circular cutout. Then, cover the pan and let cook for 3 to 5 minutes depending on how runny you like your yolk.
  5. Remove your egg in a hole from the heat and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Serving Size: 1/2
Calories: 321
Sugar: 2
Fat: 22
Carbohydrates: 22
Fiber: 2
Protein: 9

Author: Category: BreakfastMethod: StovetopCuisine: American

Keywords: eggs in a basket, egg in a hole

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