5 Ingredients or Fewer

Egg in a Cup

March 24, 2014
1 Ratings
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

This is hardly a recipe at all, though I have known someone in my life who literally was stumped at boiling water, so a few guidelines never hurt. It's as simple as soft boiled eggs and toast mixed to order in the mug of your choice or zooped up a bit with some ham, sausage or salmon or bits of leftover veggies. My mother made Egg in a Cup for my breakfast throughout my childhood and I have fond memories of mixing it all together in my favorite mug and watching the egg yolk coat the bread with its own sauce. I now make it for my husband and daughter on crazed mornings, sometimes sending them both out the door mugs in hand to eat in the car or at school or work.

Because there are so few ingredients, using the best you can find will obviously make for a better meal. My most recent combination involved seedy bread, a slice each of rosemary ham and prosciutto (who leaves one slice of prosciutto in the fridge?) and lots of cracked pepper.

What You'll Need
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 thick slice very good bread
  • optional additions: ham, bacon, sausage, smoked salmon, cooked greens, asparagus
  1. Heat 1/2" water in a small pot and bring to a boil. Gently lower eggs into water, cover and simmer 6.5 minutes. Rinse under cold water. Meanwhile, toast bread and heat any optional ingredients. Tear bread into small pieces into mug or bowl. Whap eggs across middle with a knife, break in two over bowl (in case yolk runs out) and scoop egg into cup (adding any optional additions). Season with salt and pepper, mix.

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9 Reviews

Lisa April 11, 2014
When I went to visit my grandmother as young child she would always make my eggs like this. Every time I have made this for my kids over the years, I think of that sweet grandmother! Just something homey and delicious!
Cheryl B. April 10, 2014
My very favorite way to eat eggs! My mom used to serve them this way when I was small and had an aversion to egg "snot." The chunks of toast took care of that. :-)
gingerroot March 26, 2014
Love this. Adding to my morning repertoire - although I know my son won't eat it (does not like eggs...yet), I know my daughter will love it. Simple is the best...especially when you are trying to get out the door!
emcsull March 25, 2014
this is great, we eat this all the time. Have to admit I put a knob of butter into it, to make it a bit more liquid.
savorthis March 25, 2014
I usually find that the yolk is enough but I have to admit I have sometimes put a small whap of mayo in there :o!
Belle R. March 25, 2014
I just ate this and it will become my next go to breakfast. I am a student who is always looking for a quick, simple breakfast I can make while I put on make-up and this fits the bill!
savorthis March 25, 2014
That's great! Glad you liked it.
luvcookbooks March 25, 2014
This is a great looking recipe!!
savorthis March 25, 2014
Thanks Meg!