20 Wallet-Friendly Ways Eggs Get You Halfway to Dinner

July 16, 2018

There's lots of talk about ingredients saving dinners. Sardines. Beans. Hot sauce, lemon, Parmesan. That's great and all, but let's get real here: eggs are the real saviors of Ye Olde Stress-ed, Tired Weeknight. They're warm, they're runny, they're anything we want them to be—and they're finished cooking in mere minutes. Here are our favorite ways to eat eggs for dinner—what are yours?

Breakfast Tacos for Dinner by Leanne Brown

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Saued Kale, Roasted Sweet Potato and Poached Egg Holiday Toast by cristinasciarra 

Kale toast from Food52


Thai-Style Omelet With Pork and Greens by Lynne Curry


Wylie Dufresne's Soft-Scrambled Egg Grilled Cheese by Genius Recipes


Chickpea, Spinach, and Chorizo Frittata by Hadyourtea?

Chickpea frittata from Food52


Avocado y Huevos Caliente by Angela @ the well-worn apron

Avocado y huevos from Food52 


Strata with Sausage and Greens by Merrill Stubbs 

Strata from Food52


Spanish Tortilla by Amanda Hesser

Tortilla from Food52


Eggs in Spicy Minted Tomato Sauce by ieatthepeach 

Eggs in tomato sauce from Food52


Not Exactly Grandma's Migas by lastnightsdinner

Migas from Food52


Shirred Eggs by Grant Melton


Toast with Squash, Prosciutto, and an Egg by fiveandspice

Squash toast from FOod52


Spaghetti Carbonara by brette warshaw

Carbonara from Food52


Poached Egg & Bacon Sandwich by pipsplate

Poached egg sandwich from Food52 


Slow-Cooked Tuscan Kale with Pancetta, Breadcrumbs, and a Poached Egg by Alexandra Stafford

Kale from Food52


Fan Qie Chao Dan (Tomato and Eggs over Rice) by Joy Huang | The Cooking of Joy


Andhra Egg Curry by Dhanya Samuel


Tomato-y, Yogurt-y Shakshuka by Nicholas

Shakshuka from Food52


Celery Salad with Soft Boiled Egg and Shaved Bottarga by Nickanderer

Celery salad from Food52


Farro Frittata by EmilyC


We originally shared this story in February 2014. But eggs are always great for dinner, so we added a few more dishes for you!

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Brette Warshaw

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BerryBaby July 17, 2018
Recently came up with a Scrambled Egg Salad recipe (posted recipe). It's super quick and no waiting for eggs to boil.
Hector L. April 23, 2015
Easy, healthful, and quick recipes for busy people and egg lovers. And again, what gorgeous photographs! With compliments to the Chef(s), and the Photographer.
Noelle P. April 23, 2015
Broccoli (or whatever veg we have on hand) gribiche, from Swanson's "super natural every day" is our weekly staple. http://www.happyolks.com/broccoli-gribiche/
Ananymous P. January 6, 2015
mmmmm so yummy, especially poached egg & bacon sandwich looking so delicious. Thanks for sharing this article
kirstjen March 2, 2014
just about anything worth eating is even better when topped with a poached egg...
lizabeth March 1, 2014
Asparagus, pine nuts, oven-roasted tomatoes from the jar, heated with a fruity olive oil and an over-medium egg on top - yum. Heavily reliant upon Cheesecake Factory 's Warm Asparagus Salad. So easy and so satisfying. Vegetarian. Not a great photo, but I'm not a photographer:http://food52.com/recipes/26926-asparagus-egg-and-roasted-tomato-salad-with-pine-nuts
liz February 27, 2014
I'm sorry, but a fried egg sandwich on lightly toasted bread with a good mayo, fresh pepper & kosher salt, the egg perfectly cooked with crisp edges and a soft cooked yolk… many days I've needed nothing more.
magdance February 27, 2014
Surprised you left out Rhonda's Spaghetti with Fried Eggs and Pangritata for One. That's been my go-to for last minute dinner alone ever since it came out on food52 4 years ago.
tenuta M. February 26, 2014
Roger Vergé's Fried Eggs with Wine Vinegar
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No need to say more. I make them with a French vinegar a la noix. Amazing.
AndreaLenore February 25, 2014
Egg salad! But I'm weird and I only like my own, other people's egg salad repulses me; lots of apple cider vinegar, a little mayo, diced onion, sea salt, a little smoked paprika, and a few chopped herbs if the flavor matches (parsley, cilantro). Top some buttered toast and so delicious!
Dan February 25, 2014
Kedgeree, yo!
Quin February 25, 2014
Love the recipes here, nothing like farm fresh eggs incorporated into a meal!
Jennifer A. February 24, 2014
Cozy in the morning, and gorgeous after five - egg dishes are perfect! Such lovely recipes; thank you for the reminder!
kim February 24, 2014
Eggs are the new black. I love all of these recipes and for me a very slightly hard boiled egg in a salad - it's almost soft but not quite and adds this lovely creamy quality.
Vinaya February 24, 2014
Dinner/Lunch egg recipe: Egg curry! Hard boil some eggs and cut them length-wise into quarters. Saute some garlic, onions and tomatoes in vegetable oil until soft and gravy like. Add curry powder, salt, chillies and turmeric (optional) - cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add boiled egg quartets and some water, cook until the curry thickens and reduces. Serve with boiled basmati rice.
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Brette W. February 24, 2014
Sounds awesome.
Marian B. February 24, 2014
Love this idea!
Marian B. February 24, 2014
Eggs are my favorite dinner ever! I like them soft boiled (7 minutes), and on top of anything, really -- like sautéed greens, or an enormous bowl of rice, or extra-cheesy cacio e pepe.
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Brette W. February 24, 2014
Same, to all of that.
boulangere February 24, 2014
One of my favorite comfort dinners continues to be Use the Good China Eggs: http://food52.com/recipes/11848-use-the-good-china-eggs-homage-to-richard-olney Although, with temperatures hovering around 5 degrees (mercifully, above zero), and a fresh foot of snow on the ground, I'm not taking it outside much these days. Though I look forward to those when I can.
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Brette W. February 24, 2014
Aw man, me too!