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How to Cook an Egg-in-a-Hole (Recipes Kids Should Know Before Leaving Home)

By Jane Maynard

Egg-in-a-hole is one of our favorite breakfast recipes. Why simply have a fried egg with a piece of toast when you can combine the two into a deliciously beautiful breakfast?! We love how the egg and toast meld together taste-wise, but we also just love how egg in a hole looks on our plate!

It’s also a super simple recipe and that’s why we think it’s a meal kids should know to cook before they leave home.

Recipes Kids Should Know: How to Make Egg in a Hole with picture of egg in a whole on white plate with side of toast with jam

Making the hole in your bread is super simple. You don’t need a cookie cutter or a biscuit cutter – just find a glass with a 2- to 3-inch diameter at the opening and use that to cut the hole out of your bread before toasting. If you do have a cutter that is that size, of course, feel free to use that instead. We find that 2 to 3 inches is the perfect sized hole – enough space for the egg but without cutting out too much of the bread. Make sure you save that little circle of bread!

Prepping bread with a drinking glass for egg in a hole

Below are pictures of the different stages for cooking the egg in a hole. We will describe each step in detail in the recipe below.

3 stages of cooking egg in a whole in a frying pan on the stove

Get ready to make the tastiest and prettiest breakfast around!

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Egg-in-a-Hole Recipe

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Teach kids how to make an egg-in-a-hole for breakfast.

  • Author: Jane Maynard


  • 1 slice of your favorite bread for toasting
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pinches salt
  • Butter


1. Cut out a 2- to 3-inch hole from the center of the bread, using a glass or biscuit/cookie cutter. Set circle of bread aside for later for toasting.

2. Heat a medium-sized frying pan on the stove over medium heat (on a dial with a scale of 1-10, set to 5). Let the pan heat for about 5 minutes.

3. Add a big pat of butter (about 1 tablespoon or a little less, it doesn’t have to be precise) to the heated pan. Spread butter around until melted.

4. Add the slice of bread to the pan and let it cook on the first side for 3 minutes.

5. Flip the bread, then crack the egg directly into the hole of the bread in the pan. Cook for 2 minutes.

6. Flip the egg and bread over and cook for 1.5 minutes.

7. Flip one more time and cook for 30 more seconds.

8. Slide your egg-in-a-hole onto a plate.

9. Add your little cut out circle of bread onto the frying pan and toast on both sides until browned, a couple of minutes total.

10. Eat alongside the egg-in-a-hole with jam or cinnamon sugar, or just throw it on top of your egg in a hole.

Enjoy immediately!

More Breakfast Recipes to Teach Kids Before Leaving Home:

1. Teach Kids to Make Omelets
2. Teach Kids to Make Pancakes (from scratch, not a box)
3. Teach Kids How to Cook Scrambled Eggs

About the Author

Jane Maynard

Jane Maynard is a mom, wife, graphic designer and blogger living in the San Diego area in sunny Southern California. Jane started her food blog This Week for Dinner 9 years ago and has be...

Jane Maynard is a mom, wife, graphic designer and blogger living in the San Diego area in sunny Southern California. Jane started her food blog This Week for Dinner 9 years ago and has been posting weekly meal plans ever since, in addition to recipes, travel, kitchen tips and more. Jane writes for the food sections of several websites and is always busy cooking up something new! Jane is pretty much obsessed with chocolate chip cookies and does not want to fix that about herself.

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very delicious recipe. thanks for sharing.


yum yum. very nice recipe. thank you so much.