Craving something new to shake up your breakfast routine? Love runny yolks? Then this fast and easy fried cheese egg toast recipe is for you. Be careful though, since it won't be easy going back to that bowl of oatmeal after this. While pan-frying cheese may not sound particularly healthy, as it caramelizes, it gives up a fair amount of butter fat, which stays behind in the pan. This might just be the new way to breakfast!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 serving
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Sprinkle Cheddar cheese into a nonstick skillet over medium heat, forming a circular shape. Fry until cheese is bubbling and starts to brown around the edges, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle red pepper flakes over the cheese.

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  • Crack egg over the center. Poke the tip of your spatula through the egg white until some of it runs out and flattens over the pan. Cook until cheese is browned to your liking and egg white starts to set, 3 to 5 minutes more. Scrape up the sides using your spatula and fold them over the yolk. Continue cooking for a few seconds until egg is securely encased but still runny.

  • Transfer onto toast and top with green onions. Break open the yolk and sprinkle salt on top.

Chef's Note:

For best results, rub your pan with a few drops of olive oil.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; protein 15.4g 31% DV; carbohydrates 14.1g 5% DV; fat 15.4g 24% DV; cholesterol 215.8mg 72% DV; sodium 572mg 23% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2018
Oh, Chef John, you made my morning! I put butter on the toast but it wasn't necessary. Don't change a thing! Ooey, gooey, crunchy, spicy....... just perfect. I was going to do two eggs at once as I had a big piece of toast, but I wasn't sure I'd be able to manipulate the extra egg. No need though; plenty of yolk to cover the whole toast. (The last time I tried to manipulate my eggs, they accused me of emotional blackmail, so there's that!) Triple yummm! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2019
It turned out okay but not exciting. The cheese starts to harden quickly after removing it from the pan. Nothing very special about it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/10/2018
Oh, Chef John, you made my morning! I put butter on the toast but it wasn't necessary. Don't change a thing! Ooey, gooey, crunchy, spicy....... just perfect. I was going to do two eggs at once as I had a big piece of toast, but I wasn't sure I'd be able to manipulate the extra egg. No need though; plenty of yolk to cover the whole toast. (The last time I tried to manipulate my eggs, they accused me of emotional blackmail, so there's that!) Triple yummm! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2018
Excellent! I added a bit of sliced ham and some sliced black olives, which added to the flavour nicely. Surprising, after having tasting a few "stray pieces" I didn't reach for the salt shaker I do so automatically. Which I shouldn't do. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2018
I used Gruyere cheese. Very easy and yummy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/14/2019
I made this two days in a row and did not make any changes the first time, the second time I added a bit of smoked paprika, delicious! This would be a great quick supper. I love this and will make it again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2018
I came upon this accidently and the title intrigued me. Wow. Such a simple recipe but oh so good. Thank you for creating this Ooey gooey crunchy wonderful treat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2018
Really good! Watch the video for the best advice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2018
A perfect combination of my favorite ingredients and quick to make. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2019
The only change I made was add thin sliced mushrooms to the close to being done fried cheese. I would recomend shredding the cheese small for quicker melt. Short strokes instead of long strokes. Like Chef John says. Make this your own. I agree. I didn't count or set a timer. Just watched waited and flipped when I felt it was time. Make your eggs like you prefer them cooked. Only differnce really is you cook the cheese first instead of putting it on top of the cooked egg Read More
Rating: 4 stars
09/17/2019
This fit perfectly on a toasted buttered English muffin. Without the red pepper this breakfast would have been too bland for us. The cheese hardens quickly as soon as the egg is released from the pan resulting in a cheesy crunchy texture. I think I would have preferred crumbled bacon on top to just give it a little more complexity. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2019
It turned out okay but not exciting. The cheese starts to harden quickly after removing it from the pan. Nothing very special about it. Read More