Eggs are some of the most nutritious and inexpensive ways to get dinner on the table. Here are the best egg recipes for dinner!
Eggs for dinner? Absolutely. Eggs aren’t just for breakfast: they’re a fantastic healthy and inexpensive way to eat dinner! Around here, Alex and I eat breakfasts that are mainly plant based (vegan) so that we can save our eggs for dinner. With so many delicious egg recipes to choose from, we prefer to eat our eggs for dinner (aka, brinner). Here are our best egg recipes for dinner!
Want a hearty, savory breakfast that doubles as a tasty simple dinner? Try this Cheesy Egg Skillet! It works for mornings…but why not eat it for brinner? We often go the breakfast for dinner route over here, and this one is a solid part of our repertoire. Cheesy hash browns topped with runny egg yolks and salsa? Yes please!
Next up in these egg recipes for dinner: Nicoise salad! This classic French main dish salad is out of this world, and one of our go to’s when we think of egg recipes for dinner. Hard boiled eggs, green beans, Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and tangy French potato salad sit on crunchy lettuce with a zesty lemon dressing that makes you want to keep eating it for days. You can channel the south of France with this filling main dish, and it’s got the best summery vibe (just add frose?!).
When it comes to a eggs for dinner…this one might be our new favorite. Try this epic Egg Tacos recipe! These tacos are solidly in Tex Mex, stuffed to the brim with breakfast potatoes, cheesy eggs, cilantro and pickled onions.
This shakshuka recipe is a seriously tasty egg recipe for dinner! Shakshuka has become quite the popular trend; it's a dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce that originates from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. This one features white beans and bell peppers, and is sprinkled with feta cheese. There's so much flavor packed into this skillet! Serve with crusty artisan bread, pita bread, naan, or rice.
There’s something so satisfying about an egg salad sandwich! On busy weeknights if you have a few hard boiled eggs in the fridge, it’s a perfect quick way to dinner. This egg salad has a healthy spin, with Greek yogurt with a touch of mayo!. Layered on artisan bread with fresh herbs, it makes a gooey, satisfyingly messy egg salad sandwich.
For the quickest and easiest egg recipes for dinner: this simple scrambled eggs and black beans is the perfect no-fuss dinner. The black beans are our favorite simple method: simmered with some of their can liquid and a bit of cumin and cilantro. They’re served alongside our soft scrambled eggs, melty soft folds of goodness with a bit of sharp cheese for some flair. You can crank this one out in 20 minutes or less, and it's great for weeknight dinners in a pinch.
What’s a list of egg recipes for dinner without the Italian classic pasta carbonara? The concept of carbonara is that whole egg yolks are stirred into the pasta at the table to make a creamy sauce. Here the combination of mozzarella and Parmesan plus the creamy, complex flavor of the egg yolk stirred in as an instant sauce makes the pasta taste both springy and light and supremely satisfying. Add fresh peas and spinach for a nutritional punch.
Here’s a classic egg technique every home cook should master: how to make an omelette! Omelettes work for any meal, but with bread and a salad, you can call it dinner! This recipe? It makes for the most delicious omelette you’ve ever had: classic French style, with a golden exterior, soft interior, and loads of savory flavor. Fill it with extra savory fillings when making it for dinner.
Next in our egg recipes for dinner: the frittata! Frittatas are a fabulous way to have a simple dinner and use up odds and ends in the fridge. This frittata feels a little fancy, but it uses only a few ingredients. To capitalize on the fresh spring flavor of asparagus, we’ve shaved it into long ribbons. Not only is the flavor lighter than cooked asparagus, the ribbons look lovely and bright green as they decorate the asparagus frittata. Top it off with roasty cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling confetti of feta cheese.
Of course, there’s a whole category of egg recipes for dinner starring hard boiled eggs! This vegetarian Cobb salad uses coconut bacon instead of bacon: it’s smoky, crispy and rich, and tastes reminiscent of bacon! It’s perfect against the bite of the blue cheese crumbles and the juicy tomatoes. Then add hard boiled eggs for a hearty, protein packed bowl meal. It hardly tastes like a salad; the flavors are so bold and bright!
The buttery scent of this recipe in the oven will win over everyone! This crowd-pleasing Asparagus Quiche is packed with savory, cozy flavor. It’s a total crowd pleaser and you can serve it either warm or room temperature. It takes a bit of time to prepare, so it’s best for entertaining or a weekend dinner. We served it as a simple dinner for a few friends, accompanied by a green salad. The verdict from everyone around the table: wow.
There’s really nothing better than a great fried egg sandwich. This one is our ultimate: gooey, messy, requiring lots of napkins, and slathered with smoky mayo. It makes the breakfast, easy lunch, or fast dinner around.
Egg on a pizza? Yes please! Pizza is a fantastic way to eat egg recipes for dinner, since eggs traditionally show up on all sorts of Italian pizzas. The result is incredibly satisfying: the yolk forms a gooey sauce that covers the entire pizza. Instead of tomato sauce, this pizza is brushed with olive oil, covered in cheese, and topped with seared scallion greens (that is, the tops of green onions). The egg makes for a creamy, gooey mess of an egg pizza.
Another in the hard boiled egg recipes for dinner: grilled cheese! Ever had a grilled cheese stuffed with hard boiled eggs? It’s time to try it! Instead of using butter on the outside of the bread in a grilled cheese, this grilled cheese uses mayo as a substitute. Add in a chopped hard boiled egg, sharp cheddar cheese and sliced green onion, and it tastes rich and almost meaty.
Last up in our egg recipes for dinner: this tasty Scrambled Egg Quesadilla! This is in no way an authentic Mexican recipe. It’s solidly American-style, and the only thing that earns its title is that it’s filled with scrambled eggs. But wow, is it satisfying! Scrambled eggs, black beans and melty cheddar cheese sandwiched between toasted tortillas and dipped into in guacamole? It’s basic in all the right ways, and at the same time a revelation in each bite.
Egg nutrition: are eggs healthy?
You might not know it, but eggs are some of the most nutritious foods on the planet. At 75 calories each, they’re packed with nutrients and 7 grams of protein. Recent research has found that instead of avoiding boiled eggs for cholesterol reasons, eggs actually increase the good cholesterol the body needs. They’re recommended as an affordable and easy-to-eat source of high quality protein. Eggs are also especially helpful for vegetarian diets as a natural source of B12.
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus a sprinkle more
1 tablespoon butter
For the garnish: Salsa, fresh cilantro (optional)
Cook the hash browns: Heat the olive oil in a large oven-proof or cast iron skillet and add the hash browns, flipping occasionally until browned. At 6 minutes, add the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, fennel seeds, and kosher salt. Cook another about 6 minutes until browned, continuing to flip so they don’t stick.
Add the cheese and eggs: Reduce the heat to low. Add the green onions (reserving a handful for the garnish) and cheese and mix it in. Make divots for the eggs (all the way down to the bare pan) and add ¼ tablespoon butter into each well. Crack 1 egg into each well, and top each with a pinch of kosher salt. Add a sprinkle of additional shredded cheese on top.
Cook the eggs on the stovetop: Increase the heat to medium low and cook for 3 minutes on the stove. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler.
Finish in the broiler: Transfer the skillet to the broiler and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the whites of the eggs are set.
Serve: Garnish with salsa, the reserved green onions, and fresh cilantro. Serve warm.
*To use russet potatoes, use our Homemade Hash Browns method: Wash the potatoes, leaving the skins on. Use the large side of a box grater or a food processor large grating blade to grate the potatoes. Place the grated potatoes into a large bowl and fill it with cold water. Tip the bowl to drain off starchy water, then fill it again. Stir the potatoes to release starches soak them for 2 minutes. Drain the grated potatoes and squeeze out any excess water. Transfer them to a clean, dry towel. Wring the potatoes in the towel to remove as much liquid as possible. Then cook starting at Step 1 of this recipe.
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