These savory breakfast ideas are the best ways to think beyond sugary pancakes! Try everything from veggie scrambles to savory oatmeal.
Want to opt out of sweet ways to start the day? There are so many delicious savory breakfast ideas to try! Most days you’ll find us starting the day savory, though we love a good stack of pancakes or waffles once in a while. The American breakfast is often sugar heavy, but trends show people are starting to look for more ways to start the day with savory whole grains and vegetables.
Here are all the best savory breakfast ideas! Start with a tasty scramble loaded with colorful veggies, or opt for savory oatmeal topped with an egg. There are also several vegan options for starting the day plant-based. Browse the list and let us know in the comments other ways you start the day, savory style!
And now…the top savory breakfast ideas!
Here's the ultimate savory breakfast idea: a Breakfast Vegetables Scramble! Eating more veggies to start the day is starting to trend. Because let’s face it: the American breakfast is largely based on carbs and sugar. Let’s infuse veggies into the first meal of the day, too. You can make this colorful, vibrant scramble two ways: with eggs or tofu, depending on your diet. It’s full of savory flavor…and loaded with nutrients, too.
Have you tried savory oatmeal? If not, it's high time to start. This savory breakfast idea will surprise you. It makes a pot of chewy toasted oats that are irresistibly tasty, topped with a fried egg and garlicky sautéed kale. The egg yolk makes a creamy sauce that covers everything in goodness. Eating a veggie-filled healthy breakfast just got easier.
Try a make-ahead crustless quiche for breakfast! It’s deliciously savory and hearty, with lots of vegetables protein to keep bellies full all morning. Even better: it’s so easy to whip up! No need to bother with a quiche crust: just whisk together the filling and pop it in the oven.
Here's a seriously easy...and delicious...savory breakfast idea: Breakfast Tacos! These tacos are solidly in Tex Mex, stuffed to the brim with breakfast potatoes, cheesy eggs, cilantro and pickled onions. It’s the perfect fast and easy breakfast idea to jump start your morning.
Also try: Amazing Egg Tacos
Fried eggs are perfect for a savory breakfast meal! There are 4 main ways to make them: sunny side up, over easy, over medium, and over hard. Here are all the methods so you can master these techniques! Add toast, sautéed veggies, or hash browns for a hearty meal.
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Need ideas to start your morning? Try this genius Breakfast Burrito! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a burrito that’s bursting with zesty flavor. Many breakfast burrito recipes call for rice or cooked meat or potatoes: and who has time for that in the morning? You’ll need just 5 minutes to cook two layers of eggs here: one chorizo-spiced and one cheesy. Take a bite and it’s irresistibly savory and delicious, with all the right cozy textures.
Need a low effort, high impact savory breakfast? Salmon toast is just that: a simple toast of artisan bread loaded with fluffy whipped ricotta, smoked salmon, capers and fresh dill. Each bite is a burst of smoky, creamy, rich, briny, salty and fresh!
Want a hearty, savory breakfast idea? Try this Breakfast Skillet! Cheesy hash browns topped with runny egg yolks and salsa? Yes please! Even better, the spices in the potatoes mimic breakfast sausage (hello, fennel!) so the entire vibe is extremely hearty and satisfying.
Here's a savory breakfast trick: Egg Muffins! They’re easy to meal prep and grab as you’re headed out the door. Refrigerate or freeze ’em, and you can eat off them all week. The best part: they’re so tasty! They’re filled with colorful veggies and cottage cheese for added protein and nutrients.
Here’s a deliciously comforting recipe that makes your kitchen smell like a cozy diner: Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole! It’s hearty and delicious, pairing cheesy hash browns with chili powder, garlic powder and cumin for massive savory flavor. Because it’s easy to make ahead, it’s super unfussy and low maintenance.
Savory breakfast ideas don't have to be just eggs! This recipe works for eaters of all kinds. You'll be surprised at how much the texture and flavor mimics a scramble...but it's 100% plant based! It’s hard to find vegan savory breakfast ideas, and this one is perfection. Even better: it takes only 10 minutes to make.
Another great savory breakfast idea: the Breakfast Quesadilla! 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.
Need easy breakfast ideas? Here’s a quick and satisfying way to start the day with veggies and protein: this Healthy Breakfast Sandwich! It’s easy to load up mornings with sugar (granola, muffins, pancakes…you know the heavy hitters). This savory idea always satisfies. The spinach feta filling is full of hearty flavor, and it’s topped off with mashed avocado for more healthy fats.
Also try: Quick Breakfast Sandwich
Here's the ultimate savory breakfast idea: avocado toast! There's nothing better than savory mash on a thick, crunchy slice of bread. There's no egg required, which makes it a vegan savory breakfast. But if you'd like, make a turmeric poached egg and let the savory yolk run all over it!
Also try: Almond Butter Toast
Here's an over the top savory breakfast idea: biscuits and gravy! This one's of a special breakfast than a healthy option: but it's very, very tasty. The creamy, savory mushroom gravy is every bit as comforting and cozy as a sausage country gravy. And the vegan biscuits are impossibly flaky.
Pizza for breakfast? You bet. This savory breakfast pizza is loaded with crunchy veggies, easy pizza sauce, and topped with crumbles of scrambled eggs. The secret ingredient? A sprinkle of fennel seeds evokes the flavor of breakfast sausage. For a quicker and easier spin, make this as a naan pizza or flatbread pizza.
These fluffy scrambled eggs with goat cheese come together quickly and tangy goat cheese adds an elevated flair. They’re perfect for a special breakfast or brunch with a side of roasted asparagus or sauteed asparagus. Or for vegan or plant-based, try a tofu scramble!
Another classic savory breakfast? The omelette! This recipe makes the most delicious omelette you’ve ever had: classic French style, with a golden exterior, soft interior, and loads of savory flavor. Here’s our adaptation of Julia’s Child's classic technique, and it really does make the best omelette recipe imaginable.
There’s really nothing better than a great fried egg sandwich, is there? This one is our ultimate: gooey, messy, requiring lots of napkins, and slathered with smoky mayo. Here we’ll show you a tutorial on how to make this thing of glory. It’s the best easy savory breakfast idea around.
These tender baked eggs are a delightful savory breakfast idea! It’s an easy way to make a special breakfast out of everyday ingredients. Here you’ll throw the eggs into small baking dishes, then load them up with toppings of your choice. Go simple like Parmesan and herbs, or fancy like sautéed spinach and mushrooms.
There's really nothing like eggs and crispy hash browns, warm from the skillet! Homemade hash browns are incredibly delicious, and here’s the thing: they’re not much harder than cracking open a bag of frozen ones. These hash browns come out browned and crispy, with flecks of tender moist shreds that combine into a texture that tastes like a cozy hug. Salt them to perfection with lots of black pepper, and you might not be able to put down your fork.
Also try: Oven Hash Browns or Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Last up in our savory breakfast ideas: tacos rancheros! With the oozing egg yolk, spicy tomato sauce, crunchy vegetables, and queso crumbles, these tacos rancheros are next level delicious. They're based on huevos rancheros, with a few slight differences. You'll be amazed at the beautiful flavor and they're not too hard to put together (though we suggest saving them for lazy weekends).
Other breakfast inspiration
Want more ideas for starting the day? We’ve got you covered. Browse from some of the following:
- 50 Breakfast Recipes to Power Your Morning All the best concepts for the first meal of the day!
- Easy Breakfast Ideas The easiest ways to get food on the table…or in hand for on-the-go!
- Healthy Breakfast Recipes Looking for healthy options? These vibrant and wholesome recipes always satisfy.
- Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas The best ways to start the day…sans gluten!
- Plant Based & Vegan Breakfast Ideas Vegan ideas to power your mornings.
Savory Breakfast Ideas: Veggie Scramble & More!
- Prep Time: 8 minutes
- Cook Time: 7 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
Looking for savory breakfast ideas? Make this veggie scramble! It’s got lots of colorful veggies to start the day right (and a vegan option).
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 red bell pepper (or 1/2 red and 1/2 orange)
- 4 cups baby kale or spinach
- 1 tablespoon chopped chives or other fresh herbs
- 4 eggs or this Tofu Scramble
- ¼ cup shredded Colby cheese or crumbled goat cheese (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Avocado slices, for serving
- Prep the vegetables: Thinly slice the red onion. Large dice the bell pepper.
- Prep the eggs or tofu: In a medium bowl, crack the eggs and whisk them together until well-beaten. Stir in the shredded cheese, fresh herbs, kosher salt, and plenty of fresh ground pepper. Or, complete Step 1 of the Tofu Scramble.
- Cook the vegetables: Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. When hot, add the onion and peppers. Cook 3 to 4 minutes until tender and just starting to brown, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low. Add a pinch of salt and the baby greens. Cook for 30 seconds until wilted. Remove and set aside.
- Cook the eggs or tofu: Keep heat on low. Pour in the eggs. Cook for 20 to 30 seconds. When the eggs just start to set, use a flat spatula to scrape sections of eggs, gently stirring constantly until cooked but still soft, about 1 minute. Or, complete Step 2 of the Tofu Scramble.
- Add the vegetables and serve: Add the veggies back to the pan with the eggs or tofu. Stir for a few seconds until combined and warmed. Serve immediately.
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Breakfast
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Savory breakfast ideas, savory breakfast