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Egg in a Basket

Egg in a Basket is a simple, yet delicious breakfast dish that you can have on the table in less than 10 minutes. A variation of the classic British dish - toad in the hole - this one features just toast and a runny fried egg.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy egg recipe, egg in a basket, egg in a hole, frog eyes, runny eggs, skillet egg recipe, toad in the hole
Servings: 4
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Barbara


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 eggs or however many you want to make
  • 4 slices bread or however many you want to make
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat griddle or skillet over medium/high heat.
  • Add butter and olive oil; heat until butter is melted, and it starts to sizzle.
  • Use a cookie cutter (glass or mason jar band works too) to cut a hole in the bread.
  • Put the outer bread pieces on the griddle. Crack an egg in the center, ensuring the yolk doesn't break. Butter the bread cirlces and add to the griddle. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for approximately 1 minute or until bottom of bread gets toasted.
  • Before flipping, you can drizzle the top with additional olive oil if desired.
  • Flip and cook for 30 seconds to a minute of until the desired doneness.
  • To eat, dip the toasted bread circles into the runny eggs.


  • If you're making several of these, consider using an electric gridle
  • I love the combination of butter and olive oil but you can stick to using one or the other. 
  • If you want a sunny side up egg instead of an over easy egg, toast one side of the bread in the oil, flip and then add the egg and let it cook to your preference.
  • Have an abundance of eggs? Try Sausage and Egg Casserole or Ham and Cheese Quiche


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 2mg