Egg in a Hole

You can cook an egg into almost any food, especially if there’s a hole in it! Bagels, leftover pizza, waffles, bell peppers – the list goes on. Here’s the general process I follow when I throw together an egg in a hole using the stove. This works best for foods that would burn or overcook if you baked them in the oven. See examples of my favorite egg-hole combos below the recipe!


  • Your chosen food item. Possible ideas (more examples pictured below):
    • Bagel cut in half (one half for each egg)
    • Leftover pizza (one large slice or a full self-serve pizza – w/e you have)
    • 2 croissants
    • 2 frozen waffles (lightly pre-toasted)
    • 2 pieces of toasted bread
  • 2 eggs
  • Butter or cooking spray
  • Seasoning as desired

Estim. Prep & Cooking Time: 25 mins.


  • Choose a pan that best fits whatever you’re cooking the egg into. Most of what I’ve tried (bagels, croissants, a piece of toast) fit into small or medium pans.
  • Make a small hole in our chosen food. You can use a small cup or a shot glass. The hole will need to give the egg enough surface area to cook in the pan. This becomes more difficult with thicker foods like a big bagel – so you can make the hole a little larger in that case. For flatter objects like toast or a waffle, you can use a cookie cutter to make cute-shaped holes.
  • Spray pan or melt a little butter in it. Place food object in pan and heat on medium-low for a minute or so.
  • Carefully crack an egg into the hole. Sometimes the egg white will overflow out of the hole a little. To avoid this, you can crack the egg into a small container and then use a spoon to transfer the yolk and only some of the white into the hole you made. I don’t always do this because it takes extra time, can be messy, and often I’m okay with the white overflowing as it cooks. Try it and see what you like best.
  • Keep heat on medium-low, moving your bagel/pizza/etc around a bit so the bottom doesn’t burn. The bottom of the egg will cook quickly, the top will take some time. You can cover the pan with a lid to speed it up. I let mine stay a little runny because the yolk looks nicer if you don’t let the top of the egg white cook over.
  • When cooked to your preference, remove from heat and season as desired.
  • Admire your work, take a pic, tag me, and enjoy!







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