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Are chive flowers edible? Yes, and they’re tasty too! These 5-ingredient eggs with chive flowers make a simple breakfast, brunch, lunch, or light dinner.

Eggs with Chive Flowers
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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. As you simplify life the laws of the universe will be simpler.” –Henry David Thoreau

Are you craving simple? As daily life gets more and more complex, there’s been a reverse pull toward simplicity. As a modern American woman, I’ve been trained to crave professional success, community engagement, and social fulfillment. So for most of my life, I’ve been living for those things. But the older I get, the more I crave the simple. Last week the simple act of walking to the bank and grocery store wearing our 3-month old son made me feel a giddy sense of contentment. There’s nothing I love more than eating a simple dinner with our family of three, and then sitting in the sun on the patio with a glass of wine— no social media, no work email, and no distractions.

So a simple 5-minute eggs recipe fits the bill. We happened to have chive flowers in our garden, and Alex whipped up this simple chive flowers recipe with eggs. So good, so simple. Keep reading for the recipe.

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Making simple eggs with chive flowers

I’ve been reading a book called Simplicity Parenting, which is where I found the quote above. The premise is that the complexities of our modern world are seeping into our kids’ lives, making them anxious and a whole lot less kid-like. We need to draw boundaries to allow kids the creative expression, spontaneity, and risk-taking that are a natural part of childhood! And let’s translate that to our adult lives, too. I contend that pursuing simple can just be a reframing of our current reality. We don’t need to make technology or media consumption into the enemy. We can simply be creative with the time and resources we have, and draw boundaries where appropriate.

So! These eggs with chive flowers are the simplest of the simple: a 5-minute meal that works for breakfast, lunch, or even a light dinner. Alex made it on a whim the other night using chives and chive flowers from our garden. Though it looks stunning, it takes only 5 ingredients and takes 5 minutes. And the flavors together are a little bit of heaven.

Case in point: simplicity in food doesn’t have to be tasteless, nor does it need to take hours of time to achieve great flavor. A busy day doesn’t force you into not cooking—it just requires creative, simple solutions.

Chive flowers

How to grow chives

Chives are incredibly simple to grow: simply plant them in a pot on a sunny ledge and you’ll have instant flavor for eggs, salads, and soups. You can even make this recipe with store-bought chives: the chive flower aren’t required, but make for a lovely touch. If you’re not growing chives, you can often find chives with chive flowers at your local farmers market.

How to grow chives in pots? Head over to our instructions at How to Grow Herbs for more specifics!

Are chive flowers edible?

You might be wondering: Are chive flowers edible? Yes! These purple flowers that grow on the chive plant are not only beautiful, they can be eaten too. Chive flowers have a light onion-y flavor. They can be eaten with eggs, as a garnish for soups, and thrown into salads. This pea soup with chive flowers is a great example!

Looking for chive recipes?

Outside of this eggs with chive flowers recipe, here are a few more chives recipes to try:

This eggs with chive flowers recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free toast.

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Eggs with Chive Flowers

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Cook Time: 4 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
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Are chive flowers edible? Yes, and they’re tasty too! These 5-ingredient eggs with chive flowers make a simple breakfast, brunch, lunch, or light dinner.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 chive stems with chive flowers
  • 2 eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 multigrain English muffin


  1. In a small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium low heat. Roughly tear the chives and blossoms into 2 to 3-inch pieces and place them in the olive oil to heat for 30 seconds. Crack the eggs into the skillet, add a sprinkle of kosher salt, and continue cooking over medium low heat until the egg whites are cooked but the yolk is still runny, about 2 to 3 minutes (at 1 minute, shake the pan gently to distribute the eggs).
  2. Meanwhile, toast the English muffin. When the eggs are done, slide them onto the English muffin halves and eat with a knife and fork.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Verla D says:

    The only thing to remember is that chive flowers usually have lots of almost small enough to be invisible bugs.. so wash them pat dry in paper towels and then bang them onto the towels and you may still see teeeny bugs fall out.

  2. Stefanie says:

    Just made this – so yummy. I love the crispy blossoms. A definate repeat. Thanks!

  3. Chris says:

    Simplicity leads to relaxation, a sense of calm, which is so critical in this nonstop world. Even a simple supper like this can bring a sense of peace, slowing things down. Good for all! And very tasty!

  4. Kelli Shallal says:

    Those eggs – give me all the runny yolk!

  5. Lauren Grant | Zestful Kitchen says:

    I’ve been wanting to use chive blossoms in the kitchen lately and haven’t found any inspiration, until now! I’ll have to snip some for my morning breakfast tomorrow! Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Maggie says:

    What a great idea to incorporate chive blossoms! Congrats on official adoption day!!

  7. Allyson (Considering The Radish) says:

    Yes to all of this- simplicity, chive blossoms, and eggs.