By Elly Leavitt

Published on April 8, 2017

Pin It
Photography by TED CAVANAUGH

Considering they’re inexpensive and take approximately .5 seconds to make, fried eggs are a great no-fuss breakfast. But if you’re limiting your fried egg consumption to a simple sunny-side up, you’re seriously missing out. We rounded up a few ingenious ways to take your fried egg game to the next level- and they’re not all just for breakfast.

Fried Egg Flatbreads with Nduja and Mustard Greens

As the old proverb goes: when in doubt, put it on a pizza. Coupled with a spicy salami base, the addition of eggs gives you double the protein and flavor.

Pin It
Photography by PEDEN + MUNK

Stir-Fried Black Rice with Fried Egg and Roasted Broccoli

Something about this dish makes it look super impressive and kind of intimidating to make (probably the black rice), but in reality this healthy meal takes under half an hour to complete.

Pin It
Photography by LORINDABREEZE.COM

Fried Egg and Harissa Toast

We see your avo toast and raise you this beautiful creation that puts all other toast ‘grams to shame. The harissa and bell pepper combo makes this dish as flavorful as it is photogenic.

Pin It
Photography by KALE AND CARAMEL

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffles

If you’ve never tried savory waffles, here’s your chance. These aromatic waffles are infused with cumin, cilantro, and sautéed jalapeño peppers then topped with black beans, a fried egg, sour cream, and avocado for the perfect Mexican-inspired brunch food.

Pin It
Photography by HEALTHY NIBBLES AND BITS

Savory Oatmeal with Cheddar and Fried Egg

Speaking of other traditionally-sweet-turned-savory breakfast items, you need to try this salty take on oatmeal. It’s deliciously cheesy and a great way to switch up your morning routine (or, act as a quick fix for a weeknight dinner).

Pin It
Photography by JAR OF LEMONS

Vegetarian Spicy Korean Bibimbap Bowls

Spicy, easy, and packed with nutritious veggies, this bibimbap bowl is a healthy take on more traditional grain bowls. It’s both the ideal comfort food and great for warmer temperatures, thanks to the fresh ingredients, so you’ll want to make this year-round.

Pin It
Photography by ALEX KRISTOFCAK

Cilbir with Fried Eggs, Spiced Butter, and Fresh Dill

Cilbir is a Turkish breakfast dish typically prepared with poached egg in a tzatziki-like sauce, but this recipe puts a spin on the classic by replacing those eggs with a fried variety. Swimming in garlicky yogurt, all you need is a warm piece of rustic bread for dipping and you’ve got perfection in a plate.

Pin It
Photography by HALF BAKED HARVEST

Turkey, Smashed Avocado, Cranberry, Brie, and Mashed Potato Waffle Melts

These sandwiches are what Thanksgiving leftover dreams are made of. The waffle melts utilize every component of your big meal, thrown together with bacon, eggs, and a not-so-healthy portion of melted brie for something that can only be described as the decadent lovechild of a breakfast sandwich and Thanksgiving dinner.

Pin It
Photography by TED CAVANAUGH

Chorizo Breakfast Tacos with Potato Hash and Fried Eggs

These are technically called breakfast tacos, but you can (and should!) make them at all hours of the day. The spicy chorizo and crunchy potato hash are only made more delicious when topped with a fried egg.

Pin It
Photography by KENDRA VACULIN

Red Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs

Chilaquiles, a Mexican dish of eggs, cheese, tortillas, and sauce (AKA your new favorite dish) are easy to prepare and customize. If you want more protein, toss in some shredded chicken. Don’t forget to have all your favorite nacho toppings prepped for garnish! 

Pin It
Photography by JAMES RANSOM

Canal House’s Pimentón Fried Eggs

An easy way to spice up —literally— your standard fried egg: infuse it with smoked paprika whilst you cook it. This unique way to prep a fried egg will become a go-to.

Pin It
Photography by MICHAEL GRAYDON + NIKOLE HERRIOTT

Fried Egg on Toast with Herb Butter and Radishes

It may look like conventional avocado toast, but the green spread under the egg-and-radish combo is actually a herb butter that’s pretty simple to DIY at home.

Pin It
Photography by DISHING UP THE DIRT

Polenta Bowls with Roasted Brussel Sprouts & Mushrooms

This creamy vegetarian bowl is the ultimate comfort food. Enjoy with a cup of coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening- it’s the perfect meal at any time.

Pin It
Photography by FOOD FAITH FITNESS

Zucchini Noodles with Everything Pesto and Fried Eggs

This healthy dish is paleo, meat-less, and an all-over great weeknight dinner. It uses ingredients you probably already have in your fridge and is equal parts refreshing and decadent. Plus, since it uses zoodles instead of pasta, it fills you up without filling you with carb-related guilt.

Pin It
Photography by KEVIN LYNCH

Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Sandwich

There are few things better than a really good breakfast sandwich, and this fried egg option is going to become a permanent fixture in your weekend brunch rotation, guaranteed. Stuffed with eggs, guacamole, salsa, bacon, and refried beans, it’s a delicious take on huevos rancheros.

Pin It
Photography by NEIGHBORFOODBLOG.COM

Breakfast Burger with Bourbon Bacon Jam

Burgers for breakfast? Yes, please! Topped with a fried egg, sharp cheddar, and bourbon bacon jam (yes, that is a real thing that exists), this burger is anything but ordinary.