Avocado egg is the perfect breakfast. The avocado becomes so creamy in the oven! This dish is also substantial enough to be served as a meatless dinner.
I love having eggs for breakfast. I find that they keep me full for much longer than any other type of breakfast. Add avocado, and it's not just delicious, but also extra satiating! 🥑
That's why I consider baked avocado egg as the perfect breakfast. It is very flavorful and so wonderfully filling. It's also a gorgeous looking dish. I like to serve it when we host for brunch - everyone raves about it!
Is it OK to bake avocado?
Yes! You can cook avocado, and baked avocado is delicious. The idea might sound unappealing - it certainly sounded questionable to me at first. But baking an avocado makes it exceptionally soft and creamy. It also enhances its flavor. These avocado fries, for example, are wonderful.
The ingredients you'll need
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make this tasty keto breakfast. I just love recipes with a short ingredients list! The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
Avocado: I prefer Haas avocadoes which are creamier and less watery than other varieties.
Eggs: I normally use large eggs, but in this case, the smaller the better, so that it can fit inside the avocado cavity.
To season: Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and red pepper flakes.
For garnish: Fresh chopped parsley.
How to bake eggs inside avocados
Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. The idea is simple:
1. You start by cutting an avocado in half.
2. Remove the pit and some of the flesh, making a cavity big enough to accommodate an egg.
3. Pour an egg into each cavity.
4. Then bake until the egg whites are set.
It's a good idea to line your baking dish with parchment paper. This will prevent sticking and will also make cleanup easier in case some of the egg spills over to the pan.
Tips for making this recipe a success
1. When making this recipe, it's best to use a large, not too ripe avocado, at room temperature. When you scoop out some of the avocado's flesh to make room for the egg, make a wide, shallow cavity, not a deep one, to ensure even cooking of the egg white.
2. If your eggs are large, it's best to separate the yolks from the whites, slide the yolk into the cavity first, and then pour just enough of the whites to fill the cavity.
3. Sometimes the yolk develops a somewhat unappealing thin crust after 15 minutes in the oven. When this happens, I very carefully remove the thin crust, using a small sharp knife.
The pictures you see here were taken after I removed the crust from the egg yolk. So as you can see, it's possible to remove the crust while leaving the egg yolks intact.
However, in the video below, I left the crust intact, and the dish still looks gorgeous! So that's certainly an option too.
How to serve avocado egg bake?
While it may seem like this type of dish practically begs to be eaten with toast, if you're on a low carb diet, it's just as good eaten with utensils. I simply scoop it out with a spoon. Easy!
But if you really want something bread-like but still keto or low carb, you could make this quick microwave keto English muffin, cut it into strips, and use that (similarly to what I do when serving soft boiled eggs - see the photos on that recipe).
Variations and substitutions
I almost always make this recipe as written. But if you'd like to vary the basic recipe, here are a few ideas for you:
- Cumin is really nice in this recipe. Try just a sprinkle of it. It adds a nice layer of flavor. I also like using smoked paprika.
- For garnish, instead of parsley, you can try cilantro. It has a bolder flavor.
- Try sprinkling a little grated parmesan or crumbled feta on the eggs prior to baking.
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Avocado Egg Bake (Super Creamy!)
- 1 large Haas avocado, ripe but firm (not very soft)
- 2 eggs, the smaller the better
- ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt divided
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Look for a small baking dish that would allow the avocado halves to stand upright.
- Cut the avocado in half lengthwise and remove the pit. Using a spoon, scoop out a little of the flesh of each avocado half - you want it to be large enough to accommodate a medium egg.
- Season the avocado halves with half of the kosher salt and black pepper, and place them in the prepared baking dish.
- Break each egg into a small bowl, then carefully slide the yolk, and as much as will fit from the white, into the center of each avocado half.
- Bake until the whites are set, about 15 minutes. If the egg yolks have developed a thin crust while baking, you can remove it carefully with a small sharp knife.
- Season the avocado egg with the remaining kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and red pepper flakes, and garnish with chopped parsley. Serve immediately.