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Breakfast Eggs in 20 Minutes or Less

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Breakfast Eggs in 20 Minutes or Less

‘Tis the season for heading back to school, and you know what that means: waking up early, taking turns in the bathroom, and last-minute “Mom, where are my shoes? I’ll be late!” panicked pleas. The last thing you want to do is spend too much time making the kind of breakfast that’ll see them through the day into lunch time.

If you’ve got 20 minutes, which is just about the amount of time it will take for the kids to get out of bed, clean up, get dressed (and, in some cases, try on two or three different outfits before finally being happy with how they look) and head to the table for breakfast, then we’ve got a collection of breakfast recipes for you that all take 20 minutes or less to make. And if you’re aiming for hearty, healthy, and satisfying, you can’t go wrong with eggs.

Eggs are packed with nutrients and protein that will keep their tummies happy until lunch time rolls in. Egg whites are about as pure a protein form as you can get, beating out even milk, fish, and beef in terms on how much of it is absorbed by the body and then used to rebuild tissue. That’s pretty awesome, and it’s one reason bodybuilders add eggs to their diet.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to go all Rocky on you and tell you to fix a morning smoothie using raw eggs. Why would we, when we have such wonderful and delicious other ways to enjoy eggs? Like omelets, for instance. You can fill them with your favorite vegetables or even leftovers from last night’s dinner. Don’t have time to sit down and eat it? Wrap it up in foil like a burrito (or in an actual tortilla wrap), and take it to go.


Tasty Kitchen Blog: Breakfast Eggs in 20 Minutes or Less (Omelet)Clockwise from top left: Vegetarian Omelet from steamykitchen, Zucchini Goat Cheese Omelet from Foodologie, and Mexican Omelette from rebeccamanor.

You can also skip filling an omelet and instead just mix everything up and cook it in the pan as a frittata. Or make them in muffin pans like whatsgabycooking did below. Again, like omelets, you can add whatever you want to a frittata. You can even top it with some cheese, let that melt, and then make a quick breakfast sandwich of it. Not only are your kids getting a yummy breakfast but they’ll also be getting a nice boost of nutrients to start off their day. Hiding inside that egg shell is a big vitamin and mineral party—Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, D (it’s one of the very few food sources of naturally-occuring vitamin D), E, calcium, iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc. Imagine a Volkswagen Beetle and all the clowns that can fit in it.

Wait. Did I just call vitamins and minerals clowns?


Tasty Kitchen Blog: Breakfast Eggs in 20 Minutes or Less (Frittata)Clockwise from top left: Mini Vegetable Frittatas from whatsgabycooking, Seven Herb Frittata from georgiapellegrini, Caprese Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella & Basil from cookincanuck, and Asparagus Frittata from The Italian Dish.

Or maybe you don’t want to add anything to the egg. Maybe you just want it fried, or fried and then topped with something unexpected and delicious. Maybe … maybe the fried egg is for you because you need it after getting four kids out the door in time for school, packing their lunches, helping them find three lost shoes, two missing pencils, and a partridge in a pear tree. So yes, you have our permission to go make yourself some fried eggs and go ahead and have some smoked salmon with it.


Tasty Kitchen Blog: Breakfast Eggs in 20 Minutes or Less (Fried)Clockwise from top left: Perfect Fried Egg Sandwich from Laurie, Egg-in-a-Hole from Ree, Fried Egg with Smoked Salmon and Lemon-Chive Cream and Fried Eggs with Southwest Cabbage Slaw, both from from Natalie (Perry’s Plate).

If you want a change from the same old fried egg, you can switch things up by going international. It’s a budget-friendly way to explore other cuisines, from Mexican to Italian to Turkish. As varied as the preparation methods are, it’s clear that eggs are quite the popular universal breakfast food.


Tasty Kitchen Blog: Breakfast Eggs in 20 Minutes or Less (International)Clockwise from top left: Eggs with Tomato on Toast from A Cozy Kitchen, Huevos Rancheros from hailskitchen, Breakfast Fajitas from Mariel Emory, Turkish Eggs from ioh10, and Huevos Ree-os from Ree-o.

The great thing about eggs is that despite all the different creative and even fancy ways of preparing them, sometimes simple works just as well. A quick scramble with some cheese or a touch of herbs is just downright comfort food, and often, there’s nothing better than dipping some toast into the soft yolk of a baked or poached egg.


Tasty Kitchen Blog: Breakfast Eggs in 20 Minutes or Less (Simple)Clockwise from top left: Basic Baked Eggs from missamy, Fatty’s Grandma’s Cheez Eggs from, well, Fatty’s Grandma, Sour Cream and Chive Scrambled Eggs from A Cozy Kitchen, and Perfect Poached Eggs from Chez Us.

And there you have it! Breakfast eggs in 20 minutes or less, for the new season of rushed mornings and sometimes cranky early-risers. Eggs are a quick and easy way to start the day right. Nutrition-wise, that is. I’m not sure it can help you with those lost shoes.

How about you? Do you have any quick breakfast options for those mornings when you just don’t have the time? I’m sure many of us would love some new ideas!



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Monkey on 8.27.2010

I would love to see some great souffle recipes.

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KaraInOz on 8.25.2010

Fatty’s eggs are phenomenal. They’re my go-to comfort dinner for one!

Donna Norris on 8.22.2010

We fixed this for dinner tonight….it was fantastic!!! Husband loved it.

Cindy on 8.22.2010

The egg recall is not affecting my part of the country, at least, not yet. However, cooking them until fully done, I believe it’s 140 degrees, will kill the salmonella. I am not being flippant about it; my brother nearly died from salmonella a few years ago, so we are very careful about cooking foods properly.

That said, I love eggs for any meal. Breakfast for supper is one of my favorites, especially frittatas. When I was little, my mom used to make us a breakfast of a poached or over easy egg on toast. Still love it.

Carol on 8.19.2010

With a husband who found out last year that he has heart disease at 35 years of age (non-smoker, not overweight, no family history–go figure), we have to watch how many eggs we use, but we’ve found that Egg Beaters work pretty well and, as long as you incorporate other ingredients, are a great substitute. You get all the protein and none of the cholesterol.
Many of these recipes could be adapted well for them, so I might have to start printing out some recipes!

McAnne on 8.19.2010

My youngest is allergic to eggs so I don’t make them often for the rest of us. This has inspired me to incorporate them into breakfast more often especially now that her sister is starting kindergarten!

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Wenderly on 8.19.2010

I could just frame that asparagus frittata and then I’d get to look at it all the time. It’s too pretty to eat.

Amy on 8.18.2010

So sad – we are having an egg recall in CA.

[email protected] on 8.18.2010

What an awesome egg recipe round-up. Eggs are such a healthy, filling and nutritious breakfast. Thanks for all the new ideas on how to eat them :D

Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen on 8.18.2010

Yum! I love eggs so much. I’ll easily eat any of these for dinner. I love Brinner (breakfast for dinner)! And nothing beats eggs in a hole!

Sudha on 8.18.2010

Egg is such a versatile and wholesome food. It can be scrambled, made into an omelette, fried, sunny side up, boiled or eaten raw (*gulp*), used in custards, puddings, cookies, biscuits, cakes, and paired with other foods to create endless combinations.

In our family, we have tried our eggs almost every way, except raw. Will have to try some of these very creative egg recipes on today’s post.

Great post on eggs Erika; you crack me up ( no pun intended).

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liljean on 8.18.2010

I love eggs!!! My boys do also. These recipes are very doable in the a.m. Thanks!!

Christy on 8.18.2010

not to be a total Debbie Downer.. but there is a major recall on eggs going on right now.. perhaps holding out on these egg recipes might be the ticket… I’m just sayin’

Kelly on 8.18.2010

Great receipes. As a kid growing up and having to catch the school bus early in the a.m., my mom would make breakfast tacos. She made fresh tortillas every morning. Then she would saute a cut up tomato and garlic until they were dry. Pour in some scrambled eggs, cook and wrap in tortilla. I usually got on the bus with my shoes in one hand and my breakfast in the other. We lived so far out that I could finish dressing and eat breakfast before we ever picked anyone else up.

About the egg recall, there are approximately 38 Billon eggs produced annually in the US. The recall of eggs is less than 1 %. Not that deminishes anyone’s problems with the tainted eggs, but don’t stop using eggs because of it. We still have the safest food supply.

Mary Connealy on 8.18.2010

My current raving delicious breakfast is a grilled cheese sandwich which, after it’s done, I tear open and put in a slice of raw tomato, fresh from my garden. Unbelievably delicious.

Cathy on 8.18.2010

You do realize that fully cooking eggs to 140 degrees F will kill salmonella bacteria…..

Bethany on 8.18.2010


And thanks for all these yummy recipes-they look quick, too. I’m going to have to try some of them soon!

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missamandarose on 8.18.2010

There’s a restaurant near my office called West Egg and they have the BEST black bean cakes and scrambled eggs! I need to replicate those black bean cakes so I can make a batch at the weekend and then just zap them in the microwave or toaster oven in the mornings.

I make a version of breakfast egg cups like the ones in the post, a dozen at a time so I have them for at least a couple weeks (I usually freeze about half of them)… eggs, spinach, ricotta cheese, crumbled cooked bacon or sausage and thin slices of cooked new potatoes. I re-heat those for about 45 seconds, and then sandwich in an English Muffin.

But the super fast stand-by is vanilla yogurt, granola and berries. :)

TinaFromTexas on 8.18.2010

How gorgeous is the fritatta with whole asparagus spears in it?! Wow! There are some fancy chefs here on TK!

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jenncihla on 8.18.2010

I love eggs! Eat them almost every morning…love how they keep me energized until lunch! I was eating my morning eggs while reading this….and also while hearing about a huge egg recall…

Maureen on 8.18.2010

Dip Double Fiber bread into 2 eggs beaten with a small amount of milk and cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Fry in a skillet. The BEST French toast and it will stick with you ’til lunch.

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the country cook on 8.18.2010

My favorite is my Bird’s Nest Breakfast – it’s so fast, easy, and filling that I have it quite often! –

Brandy on 8.18.2010

THis might be an appropriate time to talk about the egg recall they just issued.

Diana on 8.18.2010

For us late risers who get up just in time to get dressed and run out the door I make a triple batch of muffins twice a month and stick them all in the freezer in a plastic container. After 10secs in the microwave they’re just out of the oven good and easy to eat in the car or on foot… I know exactly what’s in them and we get to try a new flavor everytime, although lemon is frequently requested. You can hide all sorts of good for you things in muffins too and make the base recipe healtheir by subbing yogurt or applesauce for some of the fat (oil or butter). The Joy of Cooking has a great recipe to start tweaking from!

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 8.18.2010

i LOVE eggs, and the asparagus dish at the top sounds perfect! what’s better than eggs and asparagus? nothing, i tell you :)

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Natalie | Perry's Plate on 8.18.2010

Delicious!! Thanks for rounding up such great looking recipes! (And thanks for including mine!)

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carolinagirl on 8.18.2010

All the recipes look awesome, can’t wait to try them out on my family! I made PW’s Make-Ahead Muffin Melts over the weekend and have been eating them for breakfast this week and the recipe makes a bunch more than just 12 halves, perfect to make over the weekend and heat up during the school week!

Quinn on 8.18.2010

Oooh… with 228 Million eggs just recalled, I think the timing on this post was a little off ;)

Be sure to get your eggs fresh from the farm (or better yet your own backyard!) instead of a factory and you won’t need to worry about this!

My 3yo daughters favorite breakfast is the egg in a hole (which we call a toad in a hole) made with a little bantam “baby egg”. I need to use a pineapple corer to make the hole- so cute!

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marynola on 8.18.2010

Yum, eggs are a fave in my house. I was actually going to post an egg recipe here today.

Judi on 8.18.2010

Take a crepe, put some whipped cream cheese on it and fill with fresh fruit. yum!

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maryfrancesellison on 8.18.2010

My daughter loves cereal in the morning, but my son (nearly 13 years old) loves savoury things in the morning for breakfast (bacon and tomato sandwiches, leftover pizza, chicken and rice, even sushi sometimes!) – so I’m always encouraging him to cook some eggs. I’ll show him this blog entry to see if we can come up with some quick and tasty options that he can do himself (and, following Miss Amy’s lead, I’ll see if he’ll make breakfast for me, too!)

Jessica @ How Sweet on 8.18.2010

I am such a egg lover so this is perfect for me. I don’t do anything too quick with my eggs besides just fry them sunny side up!

Amy from She Wears Many Hats (missamy) on 8.18.2010

Yummy stuff! Our favorite around here are egg sandwiches. Our 12 year old son can already make the perfect fried egg sandwich. (I paid him once to make me one.)

Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks on 8.18.2010

Love eggs for breakfast! I make a spicy breakfast sandwich that’s filling and delicious.