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Air Fryer Egg Toast

Air Fryer Egg Toast is the ultimate quick and easy breakfast. Perfect for busy mornings, this is a recipe that you’ll come back to again and again!

If you’re looking for a delicious, super-easy breakfast recipe and you’ve got an air fryer, this one is a must-try. The eggs and bread cook together at the same time, and it’s ready to eat in minutes!

The toast is golden brown and crisp, the egg whites are set, and you can adjust the time so that the yolks are done just how you like them: runny, semi-firm or firm (if you cook them to firm, you can even easily take your egg toast with you on the go).

In our house, this yummy air fryer egg on toast – which is similar to egg in a hole (but without the hole) or egg in a basket – has become our newest breakfast obsession.

We’ve been making it several times a week because it’s fast, simple, no fuss, and we love using the air fryer.

Oh, and also because the 8 little chicks that we got in the spring are now big, grown-up hens that have just started laying lots of eggs for us to enjoy…woo-hoo and finally!!

I say you can never have enough egg recipes (or air fryer recipes), and I’m always amazed at how different eggs can taste simply by changing how you make them.

Toasted bread with egg is a classic go-to breakfast that you can make lots of different ways. And I’m sure that, once you try this method, you’ll be making it all the time too!

2 pieces of air fryer egg toast in an air fryer basket with a white kitchen towel and orange spatula on the side

Ingredients You Need

  • Bread (any kind as long as the slices are large enough to make a well and hold the egg; I used a hearty white bread)
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Note: Ingredient amounts are in the recipe card at the end of the post.

Special Equipment Needed

  • Air Fryer (I use an Instant Vortex 6-quart basket-style air fryer (#notsponsored))

How to Make Air Fryer Egg Toast

1: Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.

2: Gently press down the bottom of a glass into the center of each piece of bread to make a well that will hold the egg.

2 numbered images, number 1 is of an air fryer with text overlay that says 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and number 2 is of 2 pieces of bread on a plate with a glass being used to make a well in each piece of bread

3: Lightly butter the top side of each piece of bread, focusing on the edges around the well.

4: Carefully place the bread slices into the preheated air fryer, buttered side up, and crack one egg into the well of each piece of bread; season with salt and pepper.

2 numbered images, number 3 is of the  2 pieces of bread on the plate being buttered, and number 4 is of the 2 pieces of bread in the air fryer with an egg cracked into the well in each piece of bread and seasoned with salt and pepper

5: Cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until the bread is golden brown, the egg whites are set, and the egg yolks are done to your liking.

6: Serve immediately and enjoy!

2 numbered images, number 5 is of the cook egg toasts in the air fryer basket, and number 6 is of the cooked egg toasts on a white plate with a knife and fork and a text overlay that says enjoy

Note: This is just a brief overview of the steps. For the full printable recipe with ingredient amounts and detailed instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card at the end of the post.

Recipe Tips & Tidbits

  • I recommend making a larger well in the bread so that the eggs spread out more and cook more evenly. I press the glass into my bread 2 times, overlapping the circles slightly (see the step-by-step photos above).
  • When making the wells in the bread, gently press down and be sure not to go all the way through the bread, as the eggs will leak out if you do.
  • I prefer to start with eggs that are not super cold because they tend to cook quicker and a little more evenly. This is optional, of course, and you can use eggs straight from the fridge.
    • To take the chill off the eggs quickly and safely, I place them in a bowl and cover with warm (not hot) water for 5 to 10 minutes, just until they are no longer cold to the touch.
  • All air fryers are different, and so the cooking time can vary. Other factors, such as the size and temperature of the eggs and the thickness of the bread can also affect the time.
    • For this reason, it may take a try or two to figure out the exact time needed to get the eggs cooked just the way you like them using your particular ingredients and air fryer.
    • In the photos below, the eggs with firm yolks were cooked for 9 minutes and the runny for 7.
  • Depending on the capacity of your air fryer and the size of your bread slices, you can cook one egg toast at a time or as many as will fit. Just make sure you can leave some space between the bread slices for proper air flow and so that the egg toasts cook evenly.
2 pieces of air fryer egg toast on a white plate with a fork with one of the toasts cut in half to show that the egg yolks are cooked firm

Substitutions & Variations

  • Use any kind of bread you like as long as the slices are large enough to make a well and hold the egg without it overflowing. I used a hearty white bread to make this recipe, but I also love using rye, multigrain or my Easy Homemade Half Whole Wheat Bread.
  • Love cheese? Top your egg toast with your favorite shredded cheese (mine is cheddar; I use 1 to 2 tablespoons per egg toast). Sprinkle the cheese on when there is 1 to 2 minutes of cooking time left so it melts nicely and doesn’t get too brown or burn.
  • Try seasoning your eggs with different herbs and spices. I sometimes add a little bit of onion powder and/or paprika or use everything bagel seasoning instead of salt and pepper. A few chili flakes can spice things up a bit.

Storage & Reheating

This is one of those recipes that should always be made and enjoyed fresh, and you should just make enough so that there won’t be any leftovers.

It won’t be anywhere close to the same if you don’t eat it right away, mostly because the texture of the bread will change (it can get soft and a bit soggy) and the eggs will cook more when you reheat it, so they may end up more cooked than you’d like.

That being said, if you do happen to end up with leftovers, you can store them wrapped in plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Unwrap and reheat in the air fryer at 325°F for a few minutes just until heated through.

2 air fryer egg toasts on a white plate with a fork with one of the toasts cut in half allowing the runny yolk to spill out

What to Serve With Air Fryer Egg Toast

These egg toasts are awesome as-is with a cup of coffee, tea, juice, milk, or even a smoothie.

They also go great with a side of bacon, sausage, ham, hash browns, home fries, or some fresh fruit and/or yogurt. Or you could even top it with avocado or tomatoes.

And if you like some hot sauce or ketchup on your eggs, go ahead and drizzle some on!

I hope you try this Air Fryer Egg Toast recipe and love it as much as I do. Thanks for visiting today!

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More Air Fryer Recipes to Try

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2 pieces of air fryer egg toast on a white plate with a knife and fork

Air Fryer Egg Toast

Air Fryer Egg Toast is the ultimate quick and easy breakfast. Perfect for busy mornings, this is a recipe that you'll come back to again and again!
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Author: Michelle / Now Cook This!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Estimated Calories: 217

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 teaspoon softened butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Special Equipment

  • air fryer (I use an Instant Vortex 6-quart basket-style air fryer)

Instructions

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
    To make the most efficient use of your time, move on to the next step and prepare your bread while the air fryer preheats.
  • Gently press the bottom of a glass into the center of each piece of bread to make a well that will hold the egg (be sure not to go through the bread, as the egg will leak out). If needed, press down any high spots in the well with your fingers or the back of a spoon.
    I prefer to press the glass into each piece of bread two times, right next to each other and overlapping a little, to make a larger well (see the step-by-step photos in the post). This helps the egg spread out more so that it will cook more evenly.
  • Lightly butter the top side of each piece of bread with ½ teaspoon of softened butter, focusing on the edges around the well.
  • Carefully place the two slices of bread into the preheated air fryer, buttered side up, leaving some space between them so that the air circulates properly. Crack one egg into the well of each slice of bread; season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until the bread is golden brown, the egg whites are set, and the yolks are done to your liking.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use any kind of bread you like as long as the slices are large enough to make a well and hold the egg without it overflowing.
  • I prefer to start with eggs that are not super cold because they tend to cook quicker and a little more evenly. This is optional, of course, and you can use eggs straight from the fridge.
    • To take the chill off the eggs quickly and safely, I place them in a bowl and cover with warm (not hot) water for 5 to 10 minutes, just until they are no longer cold to the touch.
  • All air fryers are different, and so the cooking time can vary. Other factors, such as the size and temperature of the eggs and the thickness of the bread can also affect the time.
    • For this reason, it may take a try or two to figure out the exact time needed to get the eggs cooked just the way you like them using your particular ingredients and air fryer.
    • In my air fryer, 7 minutes gave me a runny yolk and 9 minutes gave me a firm yolk.
  • Depending on the capacity of your air fryer and the size of your bread slices, you can cook one egg toast at a time or as many as will fit. Just make sure you can leave some space between the bread slices for proper air flow and so that the egg toasts cook evenly.
 
*Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.
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