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Here are all the best vegetarian breakfast ideas, from savory to sweet! These healthy meatless recipes start your morning off right.

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Looking to start your morning off right…and keep it meatless? There are loads of filling ways to start the day that deliver on flavor and nutrients, without the need for sausage or bacon! From breakfast skillets and scrambles to overnight oats and smoothie bowls, they’ve got one thing in common: they’re all colorful and pure delicious.

As authors of a vegetarian cookbook and recipe experts, here are all our best vegetarian breakfast ideas to start the day! Many of the recipes below are also vegan (plant-based), and they range in effort level to customize based on your level of morning energy. You can also reference our 20 Mediterranean Diet Breakfast Recipes for more ideas.

And now, our top vegetarian breakfast ideas!

Looking for more?

Outside of these vegetarian breakfast recipes, we’ve got lots more ideas! Here are some collections to browse:

And a few other non-traditional breakfast ideas for on the go:

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Breakfast Skillet

25 Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas: Breakfast Skillet & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This breakfast skillet recipe is a hearty way to start the day! Cook up cheesy eggs and potatoes in a cast iron skillet or any large pan.


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 5 cups (1 pound) frozen shredded hash browns (or 2 medium russet potatoes — see below*)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus a sprinkle more
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 eggs
  • For the garnish: Salsa, fresh cilantro (optional)


  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. Cook the eggs on the stovetop: Increase the heat to medium low and cook for 3 minutes on the stove. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve: Garnish with salsa, the reserved green onions, and fresh cilantro. Serve warm. 
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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 for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Egg is a veg item? :'(

  2. celtic says:

    Eggs are NOT vegetarian.

    1. Lori says:

      Some do. Everyone research B4 u decide to freak out.

  3. Sanjana Vijayabaskar says:

    Vegetarians don’t eat eggs. Their animal product consumption is limited to dairy. Vegetarians who eat eggs do it by choice and are the exception, not the norm.

  4. Kirti Singh says:

    Plzz suggest any pure india vegetarian breakfast recipes…..