Decadent Fried Egg Sandwich

By • May 30, 2012 • 14 Comments

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Author Notes: Many years ago, I read an article about how to properly fry an egg (on low heat) and it described this egg sandwich. The decadence is due to the amount of butter used for 1 egg. I love the complex salty flavor from the anchovy; this is an occasional treat for those times I feel like indulging myself.HalfPint

Food52 Review: WHO: HalfPint is a financial analyst — and a killer cook — who calls San Francisco home.
WHAT: Your favorite breakfast sandwich, but better.
HOW: Slow-cook a fried egg, then melt an anchovy in the same butter and drag your toast through it. Pour coffee. Dig in.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Egg sandwiches are classic, but HalfPint builds on that with an unapologetic knob of butter, anchovy, and a new method for frying your egg. You’ll wonder why you haven’t been doing it this way all along.

Serves 1

  • 1 extra large or jumbo egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, and more as needed
  • 2 bread slices, lightly toasted
  • 1/2 anchovy fillet or 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
  1. In a medium to large fry pan, melt the butter on low heat. Crack in the egg and gently cook until the white is firm. This could take about 15 minutes. Gently turn over the egg and cook another 5 minutes or longer depending on how cooked you like the yolk. Transfer egg to a warm plate, cover to keep warm.
  2. There should be a small puddle melted butter left in the fry pan. Add more if it looks dry -- you will want at least a thin coating of butter in the pan. Add anchovy and stir it into the butter, breaking it up. Cook about 1 minute.
  3. Increase the heat to medium high. Place bread slices on top of the anchovy butter and fry for about 1 minute or until golden. Fry one side only (you could fry both sides, but it makes a messy sandwich to eat).
  4. Place the egg in between the fried bread (with fried side facing inward). Add a sprinkling of ground black pepper if you like. Serve immediately.

Comments (14) Questions (0)


about 1 month ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I've had my eye on this one. Can't wait to give it a try! Congrats on being a finalist!


30 days ago HalfPint

Thanks, fiveandspice!


about 1 month ago EmilyC

Congrats HalfPint! It's nice being in the finalist circle with you! I LOVE fried egg sandwiches (we have them often during the harried work week) and I can't wait to try this version. Yum!


about 1 month ago HalfPint

Thank you, EmilyC! I feel I'm in good company too. Can't wait to try your recipe.


about 1 month ago AntoniaJames

AntoniaJames is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

Sounds divine -- totally my kind of food -- so I'm adding it to my must-try-posthaste collection. Congratulations!! ;o)


about 1 month ago HalfPint

Thanks, AJ! This sandwich is my type of food too. Like vrunka wrote: simple, straightford and so tasty.


about 1 month ago vrunka

woo-wee! this sounds fabulous!


about 1 month ago vrunka

I just made this as a (unusually decadent) late night snack. wow! Simple, straightforward and so tasty!


about 1 month ago HalfPint

@vrunka, isn't it so good?! Definitely not just breakfast food. I've made this for lunch, dinner and midnight munchies too ;)


about 1 month ago healthierkitchen

congrats, half pint. Eggs and anchovies are a great combo!


about 1 month ago HalfPint

Thank you, healthierkitchen!


about 1 month ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations Half Pint, there is nothing better than a fried egg sandwich and you have raised the bar with your sandwich, congratulations.


about 1 month ago HalfPint

Awww, Suzanne, you always have such kind words for my recipes. Thank you!


about 1 month ago cheesypennies

Wow, does this sound amazing.