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Fried egg in a basket recipe

Updated on February 3, 2015

Egg in a basket recipe

You know that feeling when you need a hot snack, but you're not after a full blown meal? Well this is a great, quick recipe for filling that hole. Hot, tasty and deliciously decadent; it is a snack that has to be tried. Basically a fried egg in the middle of fried bread, it is very simple to make and can be enjoyed as a breakfast item or as a snack any time of day.

Photo of Egg in a basket courtesy of Scott D. Feldstein - Wikimedia Commons

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: 1


  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice of bread (a thick doorstep is best)
  • a dash of cooking oil


  1. Add the oil to the pan and heat.
  2. Meanwhile, cut a circular hole out of the middle of the bread using a cookie cutter or knife.
  3. Add the bread to the pan and fry on a medium heat until golden brown.
  4. Flip the bread and repeat.
  5. Break the egg into the hole and continue frying for another minute of two.
  6. Flip the bread and fry until the egg is cooked.
  7. Serve with or without ketchup.
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Make sure you allow the egg sufficient time to cook into the bread before flipping it, otherwise you are likely to lose the egg out of the middle.

Alternative names for Egg in the basket

This recipe has many names, largely depending upon which part of the world you are from. Names include egg in toast, Alabama eggs, gas house eggs, Rocky mountain toast and my personal favourite, Humpty Dumtpy's Off the wall toast.

I've only listed a few alternative names above. What do you call this recipe? Do you have any alternative twists on it? Feel free to leave your own ideas below.

T-fal A74009 Specialty Nonstick Giant Family Fry Pan  Cookware, 13-Inch, Black
T-fal A74009 Specialty Nonstick Giant Family Fry Pan Cookware, 13-Inch, Black

First things first; this is a great frying pan at an affordable price. It is dishwasher safe, non-stick and I love the Thermo-spot found on Tefal's pans. It's such a great idea. Basically, your pan should be at the correct temperature before cooking, just like your oven should be. The Thermo-spot helps you to gauge your pan's heat by changing as the pan gets hotter. When the red section in the middle of the pan turns into a solid red, your pan is ready to start,

It's such an easy pan to use. As well as the Thermo-spot helping with the cooking, it has ergonomically designed handles making it very comfortable to lift and hold, and the non-stick exterior makes cleaning the outside of the pan as easy as cleaning the inside.

Basically, the T-fal is a great pan to buy, either for yourself or as a gift.


What do you call Egg in the basket?

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    • PaigSr profile image

      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      A birdsnest

    • David3142 profile image

      David3142 5 years ago

      @Wilfcat: I usually either eat the middles straight off as a mid-cooking snack, or add them to the frying pan for some traditional fried bread.

      I'm afraid I don't know what grey peas are.

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      Wilf Catt 5 years ago from Leicester, England

      Good idea David - what do you do with the middles? Do you have a recipe for "Grey Paes"?

    • dumpstergourmet profile image

      dumpstergourmet 5 years ago

      I think something along the lines of toad-in-a-hole...or a frog...either way, delicious!

    • Mickie Gee profile image

      Mickie Goad 5 years ago

      You know, I cannot remember.