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How to Make a Yummy Egg-in-a-Hole Brekfast Like a Chef

Egg in a hole (also known as Toad in a Basket or Egg in a Basket) is an easy breakfast classic made with pan-fried bread and an egg, and is ready in minutes!

Egg in a Hole

Egg and a Dipper

Egg in a basket.

Egg with a hat.

Birdie in a basket.

Toad in a basket.

Whatever you call it, an egg fried inside a cut-out hole in a piece of bread is a breakfast classic.

It’s as classic as poached eggs or bagels and lox.

Also, it’s a pretty clever breakfast idea.  

Your egg and toast are ready at exactly the same time, and you only need one pan to make it.  No toaster needed.

Do you have another name for this classic breakfast?


  • 1 ¾-inch-thick slice country bread, whole wheat or white
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  •  Salt and pepper


  1. Use a 2-inch cookie cutter to cut a hole in the middle of bread. Reserve the removed portion to toast, if desired. Break egg into a teacup.
  2. Heat a heavy cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, or over a medium-hot grill, for about 2 minutes. Add butter. When butter stops foaming, place bread in pan and reduce heat to medium. Cook 3 minutes and flip over. Gently tip egg into hole.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper over egg and cook 3 minutes. Carefully flip egg and bread over, and cook for another 30 to 40 seconds, until egg is cooked just over-easy. Transfer to a plate and serve.

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