10 minutes

Eggs in a Nest

Whether you call this eggs in a nest, eggs in a hole, or eggs on a raft, it all means one thing: a delicious breakfast that is oh-so-easy.

My family and I love camping. I went camping for weeks each year when I was little, and my husband, boys and I still go every summer. There is just something about being out in nature that helps push away all those pesky daily distractions, and makes camping memories some of the absolute best.

This eggs in a nest recipe is one of our favorite camping meals. It’s super simple to cook up and a delightful way to start the day. It works great in a cast iron skillet over the fire if you are heading out to the woods this weekend (I’m jealous).

Serve this easy breakfast with some fresh fruit and the whole family will be full of happy campers. If you are at home, add some air fryer hash browns and a green smoothie for an instant breakfast classic!

Ingredients

Ingredients for eggs in a nest on a marble background.

Gather up your ingredients. For this simple recipe you will need:

  • Butter
  • Bread slices: You can use any type of bread you like. I prefer whole wheat or sourdough bread. I can also totally get on board with cinnamon raisin bread.
  • Eggs
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Step One: Use a cookie cutter to cut a hole in the center of each slice of bread to make the nest. I love using cookie cutters to make this fun for my kids. Heart on Valentines’ Day! Evergreen tree on Christmas morning! Bunny on Easter morning! The possibilities are just endless… If you are less enamored with cookie cutters, or perhaps an adult, a biscuit cutter, rim of a glass or a butter knife will also work.

Step Two: Butter both sides of each slice of bread.

A grey skillet on a marble background. The skillet contains a slice of buttered bread with a star cut from the middle.

Step Three: Add a little bit of butter, olive oil, or cooking spray to a large skillet over medium heat. Put the bread in the pan, and toast lightly on one side. (Tip: Don’t skip the extra butter in the pan – the bread is already buttered, but you still need something to keep the eggs from sticking).

A grey skillet on a marble background. The skillet contains a slice of buttered bread with a star cut from the middle with the top side toasted.

Step Four: Flip the bread over and crack the egg into the center of the nest. Cook a couple of minutes, until the egg white begins to set and the bread is a toasty golden brown.

A grey skillet on a marble background. The skillet contains a slice of toasted bread with a star cut from the middle with an egg in the star shaped hole.

Step Five: Flip the bread over again and cook until the egg yolk is done to your preference. I like runny yolks, so for me this is only another minute or so.

Hint: Don’t forget about the center of the bread (that cute shape you cut out). Toast that up in the skillet, and use it to dip into the egg yolk. Honestly, the best part of this easy recipe in my opinion!

A grey skillet on a marble background. The skillet contains a slice of toasted bread with a cooked egg in a star shaped hole.

A white plate on a marble background. The plate contains a piece of toast with a cooked egg in a star shaped hole. A toasted star shaped bread is to the side, dipped into the egg yolk.

Eggs in a Nest

Whether you call this eggs in a nest, eggs in a hole, or eggs on a raft, it all means one thing: a delicious breakfast that is oh-so-easy.
 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 260 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 egg
  • 1 piece bread
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Use a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to cut a hole in the center of each slice of bread to make the nest.
  • Butter both sides of each slice of bread.
  • Add a little bit of butter, olive oil, or cooking spray to a large skillet over medium heat. Put the bread in the pan, and toast lightly on one side.
  • Flip the bread over and crack the egg into the center of the nest. Cook a couple of minutes, until the egg white begins to set and the bread is a toasty golden brown.
  • Flip the bread over again and cook until the egg yolk is done to your preference.

Notes

Substitutions: You can use any type of bread you like in this recipe. I prefer whole wheat or sourdough bread. Try cinnamon raisin bread for a delicious sweet treat!
Perfect for the holidays! Use your favorite holiday-shaped cookie cutter for an easy themed breakfast your kids will love. 

Nutrition

Calories: 260kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 9gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0.5gCholesterol: 194mgSodium: 286mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 588IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 2mg
Keyword egg in a basket, egg in a hole, egg on a raft, fried eggs
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