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! Here are our best egg recipes for dinner.
Egg nutrition: are eggs healthy?
But first: are eggs healthy? 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.
And now: our best egg recipes for dinner!
First 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?!).
This vegetarian quiche is incredibly tasty, featuring a gluten-free quiche crust made of almond flour, olive oil, garlic, and some fresh thyme. It’s crunchy and WOWZA is it good! In fact, we prefer this gluten-free quiche crust to a normal quiche crust. The spinach quiche filling is flavored with shallots, white wine, and Gruyere cheese, along with sauteed greens. 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.
What's stracciatella? It's essentially an Italian Egg Drop Soup that makes for a fancy-sounding egg recipe for dinner. Leave it to the Italians to have beautiful words for even the most unglamorous of concepts. “Stracciatella” (strah-chi-ah-tay-lah) literally means “rags” in Italian. In this case, the rags are eggs. The Pecorino or Parmesan cheese along with the eggs, spinach and some white beans make for a delightful savoriness.
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. We can crank this one out in 20 minutes or less and mostly without thinking, which makes it a perfect meal for weeknight dinners in a pinch. The eggs look lovely served alongside sliced tomatoes and avocado and sprinkled with cilantro.
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. This vegetarian carbonara recipe replaces the smokiness of the bacon with a smoked mozzarella. 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. To accessorize, we’ve used fresh peas and spinach for a nutritional punch.
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.
To contrast the fresh green asparagus, we’ve roasted cherry tomatoes, which develops their robust flavor into something even more complex. The bites of roasty tomatoes inside the frittata remind us of the savory goodness of pizza! To top it off, a sprinkling confetti of feta cheese adds a salty element.
Another in our quick and easy egg recipes for dinner: fried eggs! Accessorize fried eggs with sauteed spinach, white beans and a whole grain and you’ve got a quick dinner! Bulgur wheat has been a favorite of ours lately because it cooks so quickly – just pour boiling water over the grains and let them sit for 25 to 30 minutes. While the bulgur cooks, simply saute some vegetables, adding some beans for protein, and top with a fried egg. You could substitute other greens or grains in this recipe to fit your tastes and time constraints. What really makes the dish is the smoked paprika; it adds a smoky flavor that makes it irresistible.
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!
This burrito bowl stars something our readers can’t get enough of: chorizo eggs! What are chorizo eggs? These eggs mimic meat in flavor, texture, and appearance, and come together in just 5 minutes with a few simple spices. They’re the start of this healthy dinner recipe, which is Whole 30 vegetarian friendly and customizable for just about any diet. Add in cauliflower rice, a veggie substitute for rice, fajita-style bell peppers and onions, and crispy roasted shredded sweet potato. The overall effect is a bowl of colors, flavors and textures that’s incredibly satisfying.
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 Pecorino Romano cheese here is key: try to find it at your nearest grocery since the taste is not quite like anything else! And the egg — it’s irresistible, and makes for a creamy, gooey mess of an egg pizza. Sometimes people eat this as a breakfast pizza: but we always eat it for dinner!
Here’s a standard in the repertoire of egg recipes for dinner: fried rice! The egg in fried rice adds that savory goodness to each bite. This recipe is a healthy take on fried rice featuring quinoa to pack in the plant-based protein. And along with the normal cast of vegetable characters, it’s got a new spin: baby greens! We throw handfuls of greens into just about anything, from soups and curries, to sandwiches and pizzas. So why not throw a few huge handfuls of greens into quinoa fried rice? We used a mix of baby spinach, kale, and chard here.
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. When I first served this grilled cheese with mayo to Alex, he swore there was ham in it. Then he said, “This is the best grilled cheese you’ve ever made.”
How to make anything a meal? Put an egg on it! These healthy rice bowls are made into a meal by topping them with a fried egg, perfect for making a natural gooey yellow sauce for the bowl. Our rice bowls are filled with brown rice and nutrient-filled Tuscan kale, red pepper, portabello mushrooms, garlic, and ginger! Add a squeeze of lime and it’s one of our favorite satisfying egg recipes for dinner.
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 instead of mayo! Thinly sliced radishes add a refreshing crunch. Layered on artisan bread with sprouts, it makes a gooey, satisfyingly messy egg salad sandwich.
Eggs aren’t just for breakfast! These egg tacos might seem breakfast worthy, but this one’s also one of our favorite egg recipes for dinner. Asparagus and egg tacos sound a bit unusual, but it’s a spring take on the Mexican standard that works well. The fluffy ricotta and scrambled eggs balance out the asparagus flavor, and the creamy chive yogurt sauce makes it worthy of messy taco goodness. Even without traditional Mexican flavors like cumin and cilantro it can hold its own.
Looking for more dinner recipes?
Outside of these healthy dinner recipes, here are a few more collections of dinner recipes:
- 10 Romantic Dinner Recipes
- Easy Dinner Recipes for Busy Lives
- Easy Healthy Dinner Recipes
- Best Healthy Dinner Recipes
- Best Vegan Dinner Recipes
- Easy Dinner Recipes for Family
- Easy Dinner Recipes for Two
- 10 Filling Plant Based Recipes Perfect for Dinner
- Easy Dinner Recipes for Beginners
- What Should I Make for Dinner?
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.