Egg in the Hole is a family favorite no matter what your age and it’s great any day of the week!


How do you make an inexpensive, balanced and fast meal in minutes? Easy! All you need are some eggs, bread, a pat of butter (maybe a sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese if you’re feeling crazy), and a glass or your favorite cookie cutter. The result is a breakfast that seems extra special even though it couldn’t be simpler to make.

As a cook, I get bored making the same thing day after day. I need to constantly change it up or being in the kitchen just isn’t fun for me. Recently, Kenya has been asking for omelets EVERY morning for breakfast. So after the first few days of “crack eggs, whisk eggs, cook eggs”, I decided to see how he’d respond to a bit of a change.

“Egg in the Hole” was one of my favorite breakfasts from childhood. This dish is especially great because there’s lots of fun stuff the little ones can do to help you prepare it — getting to make the holes in the bread is probably the most fun. When I was a kid, a simple drinking glass did the trick. But here at Weelicious, we believe things can always be MORE fun. Well, cookie cutters aren’t JUST for making cookies, you know. While you’re getting everything ready to prepare the “Egg in the Hole”, your little ones can rummage through your cookie cutters and pick the shape they want their egg to be. Say hello to “Egg in the Witch”, “Egg in the Gingerbread Man”, “Egg in the Star”, and more! In no time flat you’ll have a delicious high protein and carbohydrate meal that’s the perfect start to a day….and never boring!

Photo by Maren Caruso


Egg in the Hole

Egg in the Hole is a family favorite no matter what your age and it's great any day of the week!
2.50 from 2 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes



  • Using a cookie cutter, press out the center of the pieces of bread reserving the cut out.
  • Heat a large saute pan over medium heat and melt the butter.
  • Add the pieces of bread and the center cut outs to the pan.
  • Break 1 egg into each cutout, sprinkle with salt to taste and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip the bread gently and cook to desired doneness (2-3 minutes total for runny eggs and 5 minutes total for firm eggs).
  • Serve each piece of bread with the cut out.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 200mg | Sodium: 200mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. […] result is a breakfast that seems extra special even though it couldn’t be simpler to make. Egg in the Hole is a family favorite no matter what your age and it’s great any day of the […]

  2. My daughter really loved this idea! We made it yesterday w/ christmas tree shapes. 🙂 We also added some maple syrup! Yum.

  3. My teens still love this! While growing up, my mom called it egg in a frame. @ Kelly, that could be the time period it became popular – my mom was born in 1930 and had it as a kid, too!

  4. That’s a great idea! Should work fine. Scramble it, pour it in. I just might try that myself! Ooh, and maybe a little cheese…

  5. I don’t think my 5 yr old would eat the fried egg. Could this be made with a “scrambled” egg instead?

  6. g2 gingerbread…

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  7. One of my faves from childhood too! Smothered with real Canadian maple syrup…mmmm!

  8. […] you want to get really cute with your cooking, cut the hole in the shape of a heart with a cookie cutter or your knife. For later variations, the same egg-in-the-hole principle can […]

  9. I used to make this when I was 12-13, it was in my American Girl cookbook. I want to say it was popular in the 30s/40s since the girl featured was Kit Kitteridge. I’m washing a couple pieces down with a glass of organic milk right now! =)

  10. This recipe is one of my fondest memories of Grandma’s House. I LOVE eating it and especially love my memories of my Grandma.

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