Pesto Fried Eggs are a breakfast game changer! Eggs are cooked in a simple homemade basil pesto, giving them a delicious garlicky and herbaceous flavor. Super simple and easy to prepare!

Pesto Fried Eggs

Fun Fact! I have eggs (just about) every morning for breakfast.

And it’s been like this for the last 3 years. Don’t get me wrong, on occasion I do have oatmeal, but it’s rare. I prefer eggs because the protein keeps me full for longer. So when I first heard of pesto fried eggs, I was on it. Anything to switch up my usual fried egg recipe. Lucky for me, I had last summers homemade basil pesto frozen in cubes in the freezer, so I thawed one out overnight and whipped up what might possibly be the most delicious breakfast.

Pesto Fried Eggs

What is pesto fried eggs? Basically you are swapping out the butter or oil you would normally use to fry your eggs in… for pesto. And it adds incredible flavor! It’s absolutely delicious and I’m starting thinking this is how I will eat my eggs for the rest of time.

ingredients for pesto fried eggs

To Make Pesto Fried Eggs You Will Need:

  • nonstick (olive oil) spray
  • pesto – store bought or homemade
  • eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)

lightly spray a nonstick skilet

First I spray my nonstick pan with olive oil spray and preheat my pan on medium to medium-low heat. This is just an extra insurance policy to help keep the eggs from sticking. There is oil in pesto (obvi) but I do this to play it safe.

bowl of homemade basil pesto

For two eggs, I use 2 tablespoon of pesto. Feel free to use more if you prefer.

pesto into skillet

Add the pesto to your heated pan.

heat over medium to medium-high

Bring it to a bubble.

add in two eggs

Then crack in your eggs. See how then kind of sink to the bottom under the pesto?  That’s why I spray my skillet.

cooking until just set.

Cook until the eggs are just set.

cover and steam

For sunny side up, cover ad cook until the whites are set.

use a spatula to remove eggs from skillet.

Once set, use a spatula to remove.

Pesto Fried Eggs

Top with a sprinkle of parmean, salt, pepper and chili flakes for some heat. I served them with leftover crispy potato wedges (no regrets) and with a slice of buttered sourdough bread.

utterly. delicious.

Your morning needs these pesto eggs asap.

Pesto Fried Eggs

Enjoy! And if you give this Pesto Fried Eggs recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

Pesto Fried Eggs

Pesto Fried Eggs
Yield: 2 servings

Pesto Fried Eggs

Pesto Fried Eggs are a breakfast game changer! Eggs are cooked in a simple homemade basil pesto, giving them a delicious garlicky and herbaceous flavor. Super simple and easy to prepare!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes

Ingredients

  • nonstick spray (olive oil or avocado oil)
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • 2 eggs
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese, for serving
  • pinch red pepper flakes, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Lightly spray a 10-inch skillet with nonstick spray and heat on medium to medium-low.
  2. Add the pesto and wait for it to start bubbling.
  3. Crack the eggs into the pesto and cook until just about set.
  4. For sunny side up, cover with a lid and cook until the whites are set.
  5. Use a spatula to transfer eggs to a plate. Top with a sprinkle of parmean, salt, pepper and chili flakes for some heat.

Notes

I served these pesto eggs with leftover crispy potato wedges and with a slice of buttered sourdough bread.