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!
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.
Here's a savory breakfast trick: mini frittatas! Basically a muffin made of egg, 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 crunchy pecans for added protein and nutrients.
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.
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.
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.
Does this breakfast sandwich really take 5 minutes? You bet it does. (A BuzzFeed writer actually tried it, timed it, and wrote about what she thought!) Here we’ve got a fried egg, purchased pesto, and quick sauteed arugula, topped on a toasted English muffin. It’s simple, but the combination of flavors is perfection. It’s one of our favorite savory breakfast ideas when we have a few extra minutes. (5, in fact!)
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!
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 herby baked eggs are a delightful savory breakfast idea. While these don't take long to put together in the morning, we typically save them as a special breakfast (and make ahead mini frittatas for weekdays -- see above). Remove them from the oven when the egg whites are just set, but the yolk is still runny. Spread on some crunchy toast, it’s quite the treat!
There's really nothing like eggs and crispy hash browns, warm from the skillet! Homemade hash brownsare 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.
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).
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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.
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.