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Eggs are easily one of the most versatile ingredients, yet we more often than not whip up the same scrambled eggs or make the same omelet. If you’re tired of the same ol’ egg dishes, we’ve put together 101 recipes that aren't just breakfast. We’ve covered basics like egg salad and devilled eggs, more daunting things like quiche and shakshuka, and there's even a meringue or two worth trying. Just as a perfect hard-boiled egg always hits the spot, these recipes will do the same.
Asparagus may not be the first vegetable you reach for when cooking with eggs, but this skillet could change that. When you shave asparagus, it becomes tender and even easier to cook, and the strips of green make a scrumptious nest for eggs — cooked however you like.
This churro french toast has a crispy outside and pillowy inside, much like the texture of churros. Thick slices of french bread are coated in eggs, milk and vanilla extract, fried to golden-brown perfection and then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and topped with a homemade Mexican chocolate sauce. This is right up there with the best brunch recipes of all time.
Pavlovas are a show-stopping dessert with a crisp exterior and soft, airy inside, usually topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream. Once you nail down the base, feel free to pair it with any combination of fruits and toppings.
These mini herb omelets make fantastic snacks or brunchtime appetizers. Just crack the eggs into a large bowl, add flour and spices and whisk until it’s all foamy. Then add the herbs and extra dash of spices, mix and fry into mini patties.
If you’re looking for how to use biscuit mix beyond basic biscuits, try these hard-boiled egg-stuffed biscuits. Flatten out a biscuit round and top it with a boiled egg, thinly sliced ham and shredded cheese and bake it in a muffin tin. When you bite into it, the inside is very impressive.
One-pan dishes are always a hit and this hash is no different. Vibrant sweet potatoes, baked eggs, bright red peppers and fresh cilantro give this dish color and tons of flavor.
This recipe pairs light-as-air angel food cake with a cloud-like lemon meringue — if that isn’t divine, we don’t know what is. The cake calls for 10 eggs, so be sure to have plenty on hand before you begin baking.
Next time you're at the grocery store, grab a couple boxes of frozen puff pastry sheets. You can make just about anything with them, including this impressive egg tart, garnished with prosciutto, asparagus and fontina cheese.
Apple and cheddar are a natural pair, and the sharp fennel plays well with both. This particular quiche will remind you of cozy fall flavors and it’s so satisfying for a savory brunch or dinner.
Layer crisp sweet potato fries, scrambled eggs, a baked chicken cutlet, salsa and shredded cheese in individual casserole dishes. Simply bake them and serve for an easy meal for four.
This waffle recipe calls for two eggs and some creativity. Why you ask? Well, because the waffle is so versatile your options are nearly endless.
Cloud eggs are bright yellow egg yolks nestled in a fluffy bed of egg whites and they’re just as delicious as they are pretty. To achieve the pillowy texture, you have to separate the whites and yolks and beat the whites into a stiff foam. Then you scoop the foam into a cloud-like form on a baking sheet covered with parchment, leaving a hollow in the middle for the yolk.
Red flannel hash is a traditional New England breakfast dish made using leftovers from a boiled dinner the night before. It’s usually made with beets, potatoes and corned beef, and needs only a fried or poached egg on top to make it a meal.
To make easy homemade ravioli, use lasagna noodles and cut out rounds. The filling of ricotta cheese and an egg yolk is elegant and fancy but still simple enough to make any day of the week. If you can, get good quality pecorino cheese to grate on top.
If whipping up actual eggs Benedict requires way more time than you have on hand, consider this make-ahead version instead. It’s one of the best casseroles for any time of day, made better by an easy hollandaise sauce made from lemon juice, egg yolks, heavy cream and Dijon mustard.
Nothing says brunch like a classic eggs Benedict — perfectly poached eggs over a buttered toasted English muffin and a slice of Canadian bacon topped with hollandaise sauce and chives. It’s a luxurious dish that requires some careful technique, but it’s a lot easier than it looks.
One of the best Instant Pot breakfast recipes, this egg bake with cheddar cheese, hash browns and crispy bacon means you’ll never go back to stovetop scrambled eggs again.
If you’re not sure about seafood and eggs, this recipe will convert you. The marinade for this salmon is made with ginger, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil. The salmon, packed with healthy fats and protein, along with the poached egg is a terrific option for a healthy dinner.
With just-right poached eggs and sauteed spinach, this comforting dish makes for a great afternoon brunch. It's heart-healthy, wholesome and comes together easily in an Instant Pot.
Shakshuka is a popular dish in the Middle East and North Africa with bold flavors. The simple combination of cooked tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices and herbs with gently poached eggs nestled between divots in the sauce is a truly spectacular take on simple ingredients.
Frittatas are incredibly easy to make without even using a recipe. Once you’ve nailed down the base of eggs, dairy, veggies, cheese, salt and pepper, you can add just about anything you’d like before popping it in the oven.
This chicken breakfast skillet is perfect for fall when sage and apples are the seasonal flavors. The breakfast skillet has an almost stuffing-like quality, but with sunnyside eggs cracked on top.
Making these breakfast tacos requires an additional 30 minutes to slowly (and properly) caramelize the onions. With sweet and spicy onions, fluffy scrambled eggs, black beans and some tortillas, you’ve got a filling and flavor-packed meal.
Whether you grab them from your favorite fast-food spot or make them yourself, there’s no denying that breakfast sandwiches are one of the morning’s finest options. This recipe also scores extra points for being gluten free.
This is a classic French toast recipe with a tropical twist. Take some good ol’ Texas toast and dredge it in the typical mixture of eggs and milk — but also add a dash of coconut extract and dip it into shredded coconut.
If you’re looking for one of the best ways to use leftover chicken, this brunch bake is exactly what you need. And if you have a jar of roasted red peppers in your pantry, here is the place to use them.
If you happen to have a few vegetables lying around, and maybe some cheese and leftover potatoes from dinner, go ahead and make yourself a delicious frittata. This recipe calls for turnip greens, but you can use spinach, kale, collard greens or any leafy vegetable you like.
These deviled eggs are like you’ve never had before. Once you take the time to pickle the beets, you’ll be surprised to see how fast the boiled and peeled eggs take on a gorgeous, deep-pink hue.
This super accessible frittata recipe can be made in just 10 minutes using an Instant Pot. Frittatas are one of the best ways to use leftovers like spinach that will otherwise wilt in the produce drawer.
Try this low-carb and keto-friendly frittata for a quick breakfast or a light brunch that still feels gourmet. Thanks to an Instant Pot, you can serve a fluffy and flavorful frittata packed with ham, melted cheese and broccoli in under an hour.
Instead of laboring away dipping and flipping, this recipe builds all the flavors and warm gooeyness of French toast in one pan and is a great recipe for revamping a vintage casserole.
These poppable egg cups are baked right in a muffin tin — mini or regular — and they are packed with Southwestern flavors and ingredients, such as beans, corn, bell pepper and cheddar cheese.
It’s difficult to beat a bowl of egg potato salad for a backyard barbeque or a lawn picnic. Buttery diced potatoes and perfectly hard-boiled eggs are tossed in mayonnaise, sour cream and mustard and sprinkled with fresh dill, chopped celery and red onion.
One bite into this and you’ll be transported back to your childhood days of drive-thru breakfasts. This easy and nostalgic recipe for homemade Egg McMuffins is as good as it gets. And if you can't find Canadian bacon, you can swap it with ham, bacon or any breakfast meat of your choice.
Chicken and waffles is a classic soul food dish, and it’s transformed into an easy casserole in this recipe. To get this on the table faster, use a bag of frozen popcorn chicken.
Here’s a delicious twist on the typical bacon, egg and cheese: sandwich them between a Red Lobster Cheddar Bay biscuit. Next time you head to this favorite chain restaurant, be sure to order extra for breakfast the next day.
The filling in these breakfast stuffed peppers is a combination of Mexican chorizo, onion, mushroom and mozzarella cheese. Best of all? The whole thing is topped with an egg and garnished with cilantro and thinly sliced radishes.
The healthy part of this egg salad comes from using 2% milkfat Greek yogurt instead of mayo or sour cream. It’s just as creamy but is packed with protein and goes great in a sourdough sandwich with leafy greens and a squirt of mustard.
Chilaquiles is a traditional Mexican dish that consists of wedges of fried corn tortillas simmered in a brothy salsa and served with cheese, eggs and beans. This restaurant-quality one has all the fixin’s and more.
This is avocado toast with the volume turned way up. It’s topped with spiced poached eggs, cured salmon and an arugula salsa verde. And if that wasn’t enough, the whole thing is sprinkled with an everything bagel spice mixture.
Try this fun breakfast recipe that combines two breakfast staples into one: lox and cream cheese and a classic scrambled egg. This is a delectable choice for brunch.
Forget a classic crust — a quiche is one of those things you didn’t know you could make with biscuit mix. Just add Bisquik into your eggs, milk and veggies and the crust will float to the bottom.
This is a fun twist on a frittata with chicken, salty kalamata olives, goat cheese and dill. Every component is made in the same skillet and then tossed together before it’s baked.
A box of white cake mix is taken to completely new heights in this tres leches recipe. The use of four eggs gives the crumb the body to absorb both the sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk along with regular milk. Top it with a mound of whipped cream for gorgeous little cakes.
Homemade quiche Lorraine may sound daunting, but if you make it in an Instant Pot, it’s not too much effort. This quiche is stuffed with fluffy eggs, melted cheese, vegetables and meat.
Boiling eggs isn’t particularly difficult, but if you have a shortcut, you might as well use it. These are done with an added convenience of an Instant Pot.
This is a fantastic option for when you want to eat more veggies but still want a substantial meal. The robust mushrooms add lots of meaty texture and the spinach complements all the flavors nicely. Top the filling onto some corn tortillas and sprinkle on a handful of cheese.
If you're in need of a healthy, quick and portable breakfast, look no further. This Instant Pot frittata recipe is packed with vegetables and protein, and it requires minimal effort.
No need to buy breakfast to-go cups from the store ever again when you can make them at home. Simply combine ham, cheddar cheese and an egg in a microwavable mug with seasonings of your choice and microwave for 90 seconds. That’s all it is.
Springtime snap peas add a sweetness and crunch to this quiche, which is a welcome change to the classic creamy textures. It’s so easy and so satisfying, you might consider making it for dinner instead of breakfast.
This Southern-inspired spicy omelet is bursting with pimento cheese, red pepper jelly and crumbled crispy bacon. The few ingredients are packed with flavor so you don’t need much else to go inside the eggs.
It’s easy to forget how good egg salad is until you take that first bite into a sandwich. Creamy mayo, crunchy green onions and a kick from the dill add just the right amount of texture.
You can swap the zucchini with squash or any other vegetable you have on hand, but try not to replace the feta or sun-dried tomatoes. The salty ingredients are essential in this hearty frittata.
The best part about spaghetti carbonara is that you probably already have everything on hand. It requires only six ingredients: eggs, spaghetti, bacon, Parmesan cheese, olive oil and pepper.
This homemade ramen recipe uses pantry staple ingredients like chicken stock, packages of instant ramen noodles, garlic and lemon. Leeks and garlic cooked in olive oil round out the broth nicely.
This Instant Pot casserole is packed with bacon, sweet potatoes, onions and peppers. It’s a whole meal in one dish and is one of the best dishes that take an hour or less to cook.
Both avocado toast and grilled cheese are spectacular on their own, and they only get better together with a sunnyside egg on the side. This avocado toast grilled cheese is just one of the best ways to take your grilled cheese to the next level.
These taquitos feature classic Mexican-inspired breakfast ingredients such as potatoes, jalapenos, ham and Monterey Jack cheese, all nestled inside tortillas. You can customize the recipe to your liking by swapping in other unexpected ingredients that go well with eggs.
This casserole takes less than one hour to make, but you can also make it the night before and bake it in the morning. The golden-brown crust over a combination of cheese, sausage and eggs is delightful.
This cauliflower alternative to potato salad is a great keto-friendly option for a picnic or barbecue side. It still has eggs and all the richness of the classic, but with fewer carbs.
For a fast and filling way to start the morning, try these hearty breakfast tacos. For extra flavor, cook the eggs with roasted garlic seasoning and fill the warm tortilla shells with sausage, avocado and cheese.
Try this miniature version of a quiche for a fantastic morning snack or a grab-and-go option on a busy weekday. They're shareable, comforting and an easy recipe you can make with your kids.
The color on this frittata is reason alone to make it a breakfast or brunch centerpiece. The finely chopped tomatoes add specks of red throughout the golden-brown egg base and the garlic, herbs and sea salt add just the right notes.
If you like cornbread, you will love this comforting egg dish, straight from a Southern breakfast table. Whipped egg whites are gently folded into cooked cornmeal, egg yolks, sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream and scallions.
You can turn many meals into breakfast by adding an egg on top — or, in this case, in the middle. American cheese, a slightly runny yolk plus toasted bread equals the most delicious breakfast grilled cheese.
This chicken and avocado dish isn’t a classic weeknight pizza recipe, but it’s layered just like one so we’ll roll with it. Eggs, crispy chicken and creamy avocado are topped on pita bread rounds for a family-friendly flavor combo.
If you want to make smaller bites for dessert, try your hand at these meringue bites. You can always buy jarred lemon curd from the grocery store, but simple sweets like these are a great way to use fresh lemons.
Quiche Lorraine is a French bistro classic traditionally made with lots of eggs, bacon, Gruyère and onion. You can always make a shortcut version with store-bought crust, but you should at least once try to make it the old-fashioned way for the sake of authenticity.
Eggs are an obvious choice for breakfast, but a lot of people forget that eggs are the star of some of the most beloved desserts. This Key lime pie with fresh key lime juice gets topped with a luscious and fluffy meringue. It’s tart and sweet all in one bite.
These Chinese egg tarts have a custard base flavored with honey, vanilla and freshly squeezed orange juice. Use frozen puff pastry sheets for a quick and super flaky crust.
These protein-packed breakfast cups are seasoned with a smoky chipotle powder. The grated sweet potato and cheese hold everything in place, making these a terrific bite-sized option for breakfast on the go.
No need to knead and roll out your own dough, for this fluffy quiche you can use a store-bought deep-dish pie shell. Instead of pan-frying the chicken, in this recipe, you poach the chicken breasts in water, parsley, thyme, celery, carrot and onion for a simple, layered flavor.
This is a solid option for brunch when you’re really just in the mood for something savory. The eggs are cracked over a warm, fluffy dough and then baked until the yolks are set before the whole thing is topped with herbs and dollops of creamy, sharp goat cheese.
The yolk in jammy eggs is firmer than that of a poached egg (which is runny), but looser than a hard-boiled egg. It’s thickly set and has a spreadable consistency, like jam. And it works surprisingly well with roasted Brussels sprouts.
This flatbread is made with a store-bought pizza dough and the toppings are easily swappable with whatever you like. The buffalo mozzarella adds a smokiness to the eggs and mushrooms, while the cotija cheese adds a salty speck.
Think you can only get a good egg drop soup at a restaurant? Think again. This Italian take on egg drop soup even takes less than 30 minutes to make.
This fun twist on one of the best party foods, jalapeno poppers, includes smashed avocado, bacon and egg whites on crusty Italian bread. For an added crunch, sprinkle on some panko breadcrumbs.
Burgers always have room to be improved. In this case, a fried egg does the trick to take something already great to even greater.
This stunning cake is made with seven eggs, a box of fudge cake mix, Mexican caramel sauce and a can of condensed milk. And you know anything that starts with these ingredients is going to be out of this world.
To switch up the usual toast and egg breakfast, crack the eggs right inside a hollowed-out bread shell. It’s super impressive and such a cozy way to get some protein in.
For this spin on twice-baked potatoes, after you spoon the potato mixture back into the potato halves, create an indentation in the center to hold the eggs. Just pop the potatoes in the oven for 20 minutes and you’ll have a filling dish for lunch or dinner.
This is a filling bake with diced asparagus, mushrooms and two full cups of Swiss cheese, as if you needed an excuse to eat more cheese. It makes for a tasty dinner with a light side salad.
These broccoli, ham and cheese muffins are so simple. Just mix everything together and bake in muffin tins. The broccoli gives a nice fresh element while the honey ham adds a slight sweetness to these egg and cheese muffins.
This dish is similar to shakshuka, but instead of Middle Eastern or African flavors, it’s a mix of both Mexican and Italian ingredients with basil and chorizo. The combination of parmesan cheese and pepper jack also offers an interesting fusion to the base of marinara sauce.
This strata is like a frittata and bread pudding in one. You whisk the eggs and milk with the cubed bacon, chives and cheese and then pour the whole thing over the cubed bread in the baking dish.
You may not think of breakfast when it comes to the best grilling recipes, but you can grill a classic toad in the hole breakfast on a cedar plank using thick brioche or challah bread.
These dessert bars taste like summer and sunshine. The Greek yogurt in combination with softened cream cheese gives them a silky consistency, which is fantastic with the snappy lemon shortbread crust and sweet strawberry preserve filling.
Spread some horseradish onto toasted Italian bread for a zing and top with sliced plum tomatoes, steak and a sunny-side-up egg for a new twist on bruschetta.
For this Chinese-inspired egg dish, use fresh bean sprouts, diced shrimp, ham and sweet potatoes in the eggs and make a sauce using chicken broth, orange marmalade, sugar and vinegar.
Croque Madame is essentially a French ham sandwich that’s drizzled with a bechamel sauce and topped with fried eggs. The egg on top makes it look like a lady’s top hat, hence “madame.”
Instead of rolling a breakfast wrap in a tortilla, try this version using pancakes. Pancakes are thin and fluffy and much more delicate, which allows the chicken, chorizo and eggs to be the star of the show.
This muffin recipe is full of traditional breakfast flavors with bacon, quick-cooking oats and eggs of course. Smear some softened butter on them before digging in. These muffins, along with each of the above recipes, are perfect to make if you’re trying to finish off a carton of eggs.
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