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Toad in the Hole


Start your kids’ morning off with healthy protein and hearty whole grain toast with fast, fun Toad in the Hole.

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Just like everybody needs good take-along breakfast ideas, everybody needs a handful of healthy, high-protein breakfast ideas in their wheelhouse. Toad in the Hole is a cute, quick, and balanced recipe that gets your kids out the door on time with good food in their bellies.

Serve it with fresh fruit on the side, some yogurt, or even a veggie (because veggies for breakfast are awesome and we’re huge proponents of getting this important food group in first thing in the morning!)

Eggs in a basket on a white plate with a bowl of yogurt and bananas

How to make a Toad in the Hole

If you’ve got three ingredients, a pan, and a drinking glass, you can make a Toad in the Hole in five minutes flat.

Use the drinking glass to cut a hole out of the middle of a slice of whole wheat bread, then drop the bread into a hot buttered skillet. You can toss the round cut-out piece of bread into the pan also, or throw it in the toaster!

Crack the egg directly into the hole in the bread, and let it sizzle. At this point you have a choice. You can continue to cook the Toad in the Hole until the whites have set and the yolk is still runny (like a sunny-side up egg) or you can gently flip the bread and egg to cook both sides of the egg. My kids prefer it to be cooked on both sides.

A note about food safety when cooking for kids: around 1 in 20,000 raw eggs contains salmonella bacteria. It’s a very low number, but you still may not be comfortable serving runny eggs to your kids. That’s OK! Just flip that puppy. If your kids like a runny egg now and then, go ahead and slide it onto the plate without flipping, and dip your extra toast into that gooey goodness.

Someone dipping bread into an egg yolk

Tips for Toad in the Hole

We almost always have homemade whole wheat bread on hand, and it works great for Toad in the Hole because it’s nice and hearty! Sourdough is another delicious choice! Basically, any bread will do. But we have found that heartier breads work a little better.

Make sure your pan is well greased- or use a nonstick pan. You really want to make sure that your egg doesn’t stick when you go to flip it. Make sure your egg is fairly well set before attempting to flip! You’ll also want to make sure your pan isn’t too hot- otherwise your bread will start to get too dark before your egg has a chance to set.

Eggs in a Basket on a plate with a blue placemat

Can I Make Toad in the Hole in the Oven?

If you’re cooking for a crowd (or simply don’t want to stand over the stove!) you can totally make Baked Toad in the Hole! Butter your bread, place on a greased baking sheet, and crack your eggs into your bread. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes or until your eggs are set.

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Toad in the Hole

Start your kids’ morning off with healthy protein and hearty whole grain toast with a fast, fun Toad in the Hole.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 1 egg, 1 slice of bread
Calories: 178kcal



  • Using a drinking glass, cut a hole out of the center of the bread slices.
  • Place the butter in a large skillet and heat over medium until the butter begins to foam. Place bread slices into skillet, however many will fit. Break open an egg into each hole in the slices. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the egg whites have fully set.
  • Carefully remove from skillet with a large spatula. Continue until all have been cooked. Cook the remaining bread circles in hot skillet to toast up and use for dipping.


Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 194mg | Sodium: 239mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g
Keyword : Egg in the Basket


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Natalie Monson

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That’s funny. I’d be curious to hear what other names people have out there for this. Maybe all 5 people that read this blog can weigh in if they have a different one?!?!?

Six people. Just found your website and love it. Funny, I’m in Highland and when I googled peanut butter balls I got your website. Sorry we have to vote for Lone Peak. I will be making the peanut butter balls and granola bars and chicken soup. We call our one eyed monsters, Sunshine Eggs because it looks like the sun in the morning.

I am so excited about this site and wish I had found it sooner! I never stop looking for healthy meals for my family. Thank you for all the wonderful recipes, this is such a find for me! I am going to tell people! We call our bird nests.

I’ve heard them called eggs in a basket. What heat and how long do you cook these? Do you flip them? I’ve made them before and always flip them and it’s a terrible mess. I know I’m doing something wrong.

I’ve done both. They are prettier when you don’t flip them, but they cook faster if you do.
I usually use medium heat, and once the whites of the egg are totally white, I flip.

Good luck!

My family has always called these “Submarine Sandwiches.” Love them. Especially cooked in a good quality grass-fed butter with jam smeared on top.