Egg in a Bagel Hole

November 4, 2015

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: Better than the sum of its parts because 1. the bagel gets griddled 2. one bagel feeds two people 3. it's a toad in a hole.Ali Slagle

Makes: 2
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min


  • 1 bagel
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
In This Recipe


  1. Cut the bagel in half. If the hole isn't very big—ie, you can't imagine a yolk fitting in it—tear out some of the bagel around it. You could also use a biscuit cutter or cup to cut out a perfectly round center.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 1/2 tablespoon of butter. Place the bagel, inside down, on the skillet.
  3. Crack one egg into a little bowl (or a container with a spout) and gently transfer the egg to the middle of the bagel. It might run out a bit; that's okay. Season the egg with salt and pepper.
  4. Cover the skillet and let the toad cook for about 3 minutes, or until the egg is done to your liking. Using a spatula, transfer it to a plate and repeat with the other bagel half.

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Reviews (33) Questions (0)

33 Reviews

Annette L. February 21, 2017
That was delicious. Thank you very much!
Steve T. January 29, 2017
Definitely gonna try this tomorrow morning
Kimberly B. March 8, 2016
Does anyone proof anymore????!!!!
Jane February 15, 2016
Do you cut it in half through the width (cutting the hole in half and making two halves) or lengthwise (how you would cut it if you were making a sandwich)? Please make that more clear in the recipe. Overall, a great recipe and a lovely breakfast!
susan G. February 15, 2016
Make a horizontal cut so there's a hole for the egg. The photo is worth a thousand words.
Hayley January 24, 2016
You definitely have to flip the bagel with the egg inside half way through the 3 minutes, or the egg will not cook thoroughly.
Phishstyx March 6, 2016
Maybe your stove and/or pan is unusually efficient: If the bagel is burning before the egg is done, please try a lower heat. Covering the pan as instructed, is sufficient to cook the top of the egg, even if you like the yolk cooked to powder.
Judeth January 3, 2016
This is so yummy!
Liz C. December 31, 2015
I see this recipe is on your 2015 Razzies. This is a really great recipe, I'm sorry I didn't comment! I did have to flip it to cook it properly and I cracked the egg right into the pan to reduce dirty dishes. This works particularly well with Montreal bagels because they have big holes.
Judeth December 1, 2015
Oh yeah!!<br />Definitely need more bagels and eggs!<br />I think hitting it under the <br />broiler next time <br />But oh, so good!
Katie S. December 1, 2015
One of my breakfast favorites with one minor change: I cut thebagel into three slices instead of in half, like this I prefer the bread-to-bagel ratio a bit better. Either way, though delicious!
Lori S. November 30, 2015
I tried it this morning and after about 5 minutes the top was not even close to being set. I ended up having to flip it to cook the top, which worked OK except that the point was to not have to flip it. Maybe I just underestimated the volume of the egg and should have cut out a bigger hole for it. It tasted great so I'll definitely try it again!
Author Comment
Ali S. November 30, 2015
Hi Lori: Another solution is to stick the pan under the broiler. I've had to do that from time to time when volume is a problem. Hope next time fares better!
Lori S. December 1, 2015
I probably would have thought of the broiler if I hadn't been trying it so early in the morning! Next time I'll finish my coffee before I start cooking :)
Andrew December 7, 2015
I agree, it just doesn't work. The top ends up being raw egg whites, gross. I had to flip it and allow it to cook another minute or so. I also tried expanding the hole, etc.
William D. November 30, 2015
Thanks Ali. I miss Oakland.
Dinah November 29, 2015
My mom always likes the middle completely taken out of the bagel. Perhaps a different take on it to try...
Gerard K. November 29, 2015
How do you eat it?
Author Comment
Ali S. November 30, 2015
You'll need a fork and knife for this one.
Steve P. November 29, 2015
This is a great idea. I do basically the same thing with hash browns and call it "egg in a nest."
Craig H. November 22, 2015
I made this recipe this morning and you are right. Egg & bagel is better than eggs with a bagel. Very tasty.
Author Comment
Ali S. November 30, 2015
Glad you liked it!
Daniel M. November 17, 2015
I did this exact recipe like a year ago on youtube:<br />
Edmond November 17, 2015
gofinsc November 17, 2015
Haven't you seen a toad peeking out from a flower pot or from leaves? Looks a lot like this.
Barry B. November 29, 2015
Slightly obtuse reference to a British mainstay, Toad in the Hole, which are roasted bangers (English sausages) cooked in Yorkshire pudding.<br />
gofinsc November 17, 2015
If it's okay if the egg runs out of the bagel, why not just drop it out of the shell onto the bagel? Should be a big enough target. Also, you should be able to do both halves at the same time. But if somebody likes cooked yolks, like at my house, putting the first one in the oven to say warm and finish might be okay.
Mike M. November 16, 2015
Dinner? Cinnamon raisin pepperoni pizza bagel. Pepperoni in the middle (bagel cut-side up) to hold pizza sauce on top. Cheese and more toppings of your choice. Cheese melted, dinner is ready.
Richard November 11, 2015
This is similar to our one -eyed egg recipe. Cut out hole in bread with cup and fry in butter. Drop egg in middle. Also fry the cut out. Easy and yummy
frank March 16, 2016
It is mandatory to fry the cut out so you can dip it in the yolk! That's the best part!! This was a staple (and a specialty) when I was learning to cook as a kid. I would wake up early on Saturdays and make them for the whole family. Except we called it an egg-in-a-hole.