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Pesto Eggs Recipe

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This fantastic recipe for pesto eggs is wildly flavorful. Up your breakfast game with sunny side up eggs fried in a layer of pesto sauce and served with a spread of goat cheese on some crusty toast.

This recipe is easy to make, resulting in a wonderful breakfast or brunch! The best part is that this easy meal is ready in minutes.

Two pieces of toast with pesto eggs on them.
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Pesto adds a massive flavor boost to traditional fried eggs. Instead of using oil or butter to cook your eggs, spread a thin layer of pesto in a frying pan and cook the eggs slowly until they have nice crispy edges but a still runny center.

They're delicious served on bread (or on their own!) with cheese or avocado toast. You can top them with seasoning blends like dukkah or everything but the bagel seasoning or some fresh herbs.

Ingredients

This recipe is super easy to make. All you really need are two eggs and two tablespoons of pesto.

If you'd like to serve the eggs on a piece of toast, we recommend two slices of sourdough, 2 ounces of herby goat's cheese, some salt, ground pepper, and red pepper chili flakes.

Two slices of sourdough bread, a bowl of goat cheese, two eggs, pesto, and seasonings on a wood cutting board.

Instructions

Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat. Spread the pesto in a thin layer across the hot pan.

When the pesto is warm, crack the eggs into the pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook the eggs for 4 to 5 minutes or until the egg whites are set and no longer translucent.

Meanwhile, toast the bread and spread the goat cheese on it.

Remove the eggs from the pan and place them on the toast.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

Four shots of pesto eggs being prepared.

Optional toppings - chopped fresh herbs, microgreens, a squeeze of lime or lemon juice.

Homemade Basil Pesto

You can make your own homemade pesto!

You'll need 1 cup of basil, ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, ⅓ cup grated Pecorino Romano, 1 tablespoon pine nuts, 1 tablespoon pistachios, 2 garlic cloves, and 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Heat the nuts in a small non-stick frying pan for 1 to 2 minutes until toasted, then combine all the ingredients in a food processor and blend till pureed.

Leftover pesto can be stored for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container or frozen for up to 6 months.

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Pesto eggs on toast on a white plate with a fork.

Tips for this Recipe

Cooking Tips - Make sure to cook your eggs on medium heat. Too hot and the white will burn before the yolk sets and too low heat will result in a rubbery egg white.

Recommended Tools - We recommend cooking this in a non-stick pan that's at least 9 inches across.

Storing Tips - This recipe is best served fresh, but the cooked egg will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days. Reheat it in a frying pan (not the microwave).

Diet/Allergy Alternatives - You can sub out the cheese for mashed avocado if you'd like to keep this dairy-free.

Yield: 2 servings

Pesto Eggs

Two pieces of toast with pesto eggs on them.

These pesto eggs are a savory and delicious recipe.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 2 pieces sourdough bread
  • 2 ounces herbed goat's cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, spread the pesto in a thin layer across the pan.
  2. When the pesto is warm, crack the eggs into the pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook the eggs for 4 to 5 minutes or until the whites are set and no longer translucent.
  3. Meanwhile, toast the bread and spread the goat cheese on it.
  4. Remove the eggs from the pan and place them on the toast.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 365Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 196mgSodium: 640mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 18g

Roberta

Thursday 18th of January 2024

this recipe is so good and tasty!!

Michal

Friday 22nd of December 2023

This was delicious! My pan was too hot when I added the pesto and it browned and crisped, but the flavor and crunch was declicious. I added extra un-heated pesto on top of the goat cheese to compensate and my family LOVED the dish.

Bridget

Monday 31st of July 2023

this definitely will be a go to whenever I have pesto to use up. I kept the recipe the same, but I added sriracha for an extra kick and it was to die for.

CyBa

Sunday 11th of June 2023

Oh my gosh. The crispy bits of pesto on the edges of the eggs are truly amazing.

Great recipe.

I make eggs fried in crunchy garlic and ginger oil. I cannot believe I never thought to use pesto.

Alichia

Wednesday 24th of May 2023

OMG soooo good!! I added some broccoli, sprouts and cherry tomatoes with artichoke hearts

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