My Favorite Egg Recipe: Egg in a Nest

My favorite egg recipe is egg in a nest: I've given it a healthy lower carb makeover with sprouted bread. This is a THM S Helper recipe! But mostly it's easy and it ROCKS!

This egg recipe is such a treat! Egg in a nest is a recipe that I discovered years ago as a young bride, and my man and I both fell in love with the crunchy, buttery bread with the just right dippy egg nestled inside. But [bctt tweet=”Since I’ve been watching my carbs, bread has been absent from my egg meals. And toast. But no more! “]

Egg Recipe THM Notes

If you’re a Trim Healthy Mama, and you’re missing your toast with your egg meals, you HAVE to try this. I promise you’ll love it! (If you’re not a Trim Healthy Mama, this next part will sound like Greek. Just keep scrolling…you’ll love the recipe!)

*EDITED* This recipe fits into the Trim Healthy Mama plan as an S Helper: it’s got filling S fuels like egg and cheese, but it also has just enough carb to give you a bit of extra energy boost without pushing you into Crossover (maintain/gain) territory.

Please Note: I originally wrote that it could be enjoyed as an S, since the numbers can fit, but it’s the author’s preference that we keep the idea of the fuels in mind over the numbers alone. So technically adding a slice of sprouted bread to an S meal forms an S helper. *end of edit*

If you’re a nursing Mama, or if you work out hard and just need a little extra carb in your life, you can add a little boost of carb to this S helper by adding in half a Kiwi. If you’re ready for crossovers, dive in, Mama! Add a piece of fruit on the side and go for it.

Let’s Make this Egg Recipe!

This is what you’ll need:

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A slice of Ezekiel bread- the Sesame is my favorite. A couple of teaspoons of butter, a Tablespoon of shredded parmesan cheese (or try cheddar!), salt, pepper, and an egg. And a small cookie cutter or knife for the hole in your nest.

Let’s talk a second about Ezekiel Bread. It’s made from sprouted grains, so it’s very nutrient dense and lower glycemic than other whole grain products. And that also means that it’s very filling. Since this bread has no preservatives it’s sold in the freezer section at my store, and it can be pricey. To keep it fresh to the last slice, I just toss it into my freezer and take out one slice at a time as I need it.

If you’re not watching your carbs, any bread will do ‘ya. :)

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MMMk. Back to the recipe. Turn on your broiler. Melt your pat of butter in your ovenproof pan over medium heat on the stove. I’m using this little cast iron skillet. While you’re warming up the buttah, put your slice of bread into the toaster and give it a light toast to crisp it up a bit.

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Once your bread is slightly toasted, cut hole in the center that’s slightly larger than the egg yolk.
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NOW, if you’re wanting to stay under 10 grams of net carbs, pay attention: don’t eat that circle!
The whole slice of bread contains 11 carbs. So give that little circle to a roommate, a dog, or a kid of your choice and lose the extra carbs. Amen.

Your butter should be melted now, so salt & pepper the skillet and then toss in about a tablespoon of shredded parmesan, and put your bread in on top of it all. Let it pan fry over medium heat until the cheesy bits around the edges are golden brown. At that point you should be able to get a fork or turner under the edge and flip it.
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Now we’re going to put our egg in the nest! I cut a hole in the cheese that covers the hole so that the whites could roll underneath. Drop the yolk right into the hole. egg recipe (12 of 24)

Salt and pepper, please.

I like to lift the toast a bit to encourage most of the white to run down under. It will all cook to perfection. I added another little sprinkle of parm at this point around the edges, and popped it into the broiler. Watch it carefully and get the whites set fully and the yolk cooked to your preferred level of done-ness.
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I like mine a little dippy. egg recipe (15 of 24)


My favorite egg recipe is egg in a nest. I've given it a low carb makeover- you've gotta try this recipe!

[bctt tweet=”There is really not much in this world that I love more than bread fried in butter.”] This is just beyond good. In fact, while I was editing the photos for this post, I got sort of peckish and had to go make one to eat. Right. Now. My favorite egg recipe is egg in a nest. I've given it a low carb makeover- you've gotta try this recipe!

If you can’t make it right now, you may want to pin it later for inspiration:

To Pin!My favorite egg recipe is egg in a nest: I've given it a healthy lower carb makeover with sprouted bread. This is a THM S Helper recipe!  But mostly it's easy and it ROCKS!

Here’s your printable egg recipe!

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Egg in a Nest
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This egg recipe is my very favorite way to enjoy eggs and toast together, and bonus: it's low carb! And healthy! Nothing beats buttery fried bread.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 serving
  • 1 slice of sprouted wheat bread (THM), or any bread of your choice (non-THM)
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 egg
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon shredded parmesan or cheddar cheese
  1. Toast bread and preheat broiler
  2. Melt butter in an oven proof skillet over medium heat on the stove.
  3. When toast is ready, cut out a hole just larger than the yolk. About 1½ inches. I like to use a cookie cutter, but a knife works too. If you're wanting to remain in S territory, don't eat the cut out!
  4. Over the melted butter, add salt and pepper, your tablespoon of shredded cheese, and the bread.
  5. Pan fry until the cheese is brown around the edges, and flip.
  6. Add your egg to the center hole in the nest. I cut the crispy cheese away to get it all the way in there. I also like to slightly lift the toast a bit to get most of the white underneath.
  7. Add a few more shreds of cheese around the egg, and salt & pepper.
  8. Slide under the broiler to finish cooking your egg until the white is set and the yolk is how you like it.
Nutrition Notes/THM: For my sprouted bread and ingredients, I figured 10 grams of net carbs (if you don't eat the cut out piece!) and 22 grams of fat.
If you do eat the whole slice of bread, I figured it at around net 11.5 carbs
*edited* Consider this a THM S helper meal *end of edit*

To enjoy as a crossover, add a piece of fruit or another slice of toast to your meal.
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  1. says

    I think I would cut off one crust, and eat the hole (which i would cut after I’d fried it in the butter) Or maybe I would shave off 2 crusts very close…. Yum :-)

  2. cathryn says

    My husband calls this “egg in a hole” and its pretty much the same, except he leaves the crust on, and eats the hole too 😉 your pictures are perfect!!

  3. Susan says

    I make this for my daughter almost everyday with our eggs from pet chicken. I leave the hole open but now I think I will put cheese there. She uses white bread but now I can make some for me with my Ezekiel bread. Thanks Gwen. Love all of your nests!

  4. says

    I’m so excited to find this site! This recipe looks delicious.. I’m waiting for my THM book to ship from Amazon and will be using this site as my guide until then! Thank you so much!

  5. says

    I have made the egg in a nest recipe twice for my picky husband and he loved it. Today he wanted two and I got so excited that I forgot to turn over the toast before adding the egg & he still loved it!

    I have followed your original THM beginners guide & many of your recipes. I even made the whole wheat bread recipe & made two pizzas but he would not eat the whole wheat crust so I have two slices each day. Next I am going to try it with white flour

  6. Beth says

    This was awesome! Everyone loved it. The only change I made was to just do it all in the oven. And I threw the cut-outs in the pan and made crispy cheesey rounds for the 5yo. Easy peasey and oh so yummy! Thank you!!