Marbleized Eggs with Salsa Verde

March 16, 2015
4 Ratings
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

I used to think I was being lazy when I made eggs that were sort of half-scrambled and half-fried, but then I discovered that they are called marbleized and suddenly I was fancy. Marbleized eggs give you some of the good things of both scrambling and frying and their texture and shape is great for putting on toast or into a breakfast sandwich. They also happen to be my toddler son's favorite way to eat eggs. He doesn't like any toppings on his eggs, but I do, and I've recently discovered how nicely a piquant fresh herb sauce like salsa verde livens up your eggs. —fiveandspice

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon capers
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt to taste
  1. First, make your salsa verde. On a large cutting board, pile together the parsley, mint, and chopped garlic. Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the pile, then start chopping it all together with a large knife. Keep mounding it all back into a pile and continuing to chop until everything is finely minced together.
  2. Combine the chopped herb mixture with the lemon juice, olive oil, and capers in a small bowl, and whisk together well. Taste and add more salt or lemon to taste.
  3. To prepare the eggs, melt the butter in a small frying pan over medium-high heat until the butter is starting to foam. Crack the eggs into the pan. (If you get a stray piece of eggshell in the pan, use one of the empty half eggshells to scoop it out. This works much better than trying to fish it out with your fingers.) Sprinkle with a bit of salt, then use a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula to swirl the yolks and whites together, making sure not to scramble them. Let this sit until the bottom has set (you can give it another swirl with the spoon as you wait, if you want it a bit more mixed), then flip the eggs over in chunks and let them continue to cook just until set, another couple seconds.
  4. Transfer your eggs to a plate (or a piece of toast) and spoon some salsa verde over the top.

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3 Reviews

Steven June 10, 2015
Marbleizing the eggs is a wonderful idea. My wife loved them! But with all due respect, being from Texas, I would have to call the green adornment "pesto verde". MANY good recipes for Salsa Verde available online with tomatillos as main ingredient. Add mild or hot green chilies, garlic, cumin...endless varieties. Seek out and explore for spicier salsa!
susielou May 6, 2015
If something is marbleized, it is as hard as marble. When a color, or ingredient, is swirled through another color or ingredient, that's called marbling. Thus, the eggs should be called "marbled." (I do paper marbling. Different colors of paint are laid on top of thickened water, and manipulated into patterns, such as a peacock's tail.)
Lesley April 19, 2015
We used to call these Grandpa's eggs. Grandpa would go around the table asking all the grand kids how we wanted our eggs. One would say scrambled, another would say over easy, poached, sunny side up. He would break all the eggs into a big pan and let them cook a minute, then swirl them around with the spatula. I still make Grandpa's eggs.