Frying eggs in bell pepper rings is such a lovely way to serve eggs for breakfast or brunch. Kids adore them, and so do the grownups!
This easy recipe is ready in about 20 minutes. It's fun to use different pepper colors, and you can use the leftover peppers in a salad.
This is such a lovely breakfast. I've been making it often for my family on weekends. The kids absolutely adore it.
It's simple, really - you cook eggs in butter as usual, but instead of breaking them directly into the skillet, you break them into bell pepper rings. The result is tasty and pretty - perfect for brunch.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make bell pepper eggs. The exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
Butter: Europen butter is so flavorful, but any butter will work. Other tasty options include olive oil and ghee.
Bell pepper rings: I use three rings and I slice them ⅓-inch thick. It's fun to use different colors if you can - I use the remaining peppers later that day in a salad. I chop them and mix them with olive oil, salt, pepper, oregano, and crumbled feta.
Eggs: I use large eggs in most of my recipes. However, in this particular recipe, medium eggs work better. See the discussion below.
Seasonings: All you need is salt and pepper. You can also sprinkle the eggs with a bit of garlic powder if you wish, or maybe add some red pepper flakes as I do in the video.
Making bell pepper eggs is easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
You fry eggs in a pan as usual. But instead of just breaking them into the frying pan, you break them into bell pepper molds!
Now simply fry until the egg whites are set. That's it!
This method makes for a pretty presentation. It's also very tasty since the peppers become soft and slightly caramelized.
1. Resist the temptation to cook the eggs over high heat. Eggs should always be cooked over medium or medium-low heat (soft scrambled eggs are a good example).
2. If your eggs are very large, you should pour out a little of the egg whites before you add the eggs to the pepper molds. Otherwise, the egg whites have a tendency to spill out into the skillet.
3. If some of the egg whites still manage to escape into the skillet as you pour the eggs into the rings, simply allow them to set, then gently cut them off and remove them as I do in the video below.
Frequently asked questions
If you'd like to make a larger amount of these eggs, baking them in the oven rather than frying them might prove more efficient.
To bake them, brush a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet with olive oil (use high-heat-resistant parchment). Next, place the bell pepper rings in the pan. Now crack the eggs into the rings. Bake them until the egg whites are set, about 10-12 minutes in a 400-degree F oven.
You don't have to, but if you don't, the peppers will remain pretty much raw and crunchy. If you want them softer, you should pre-cook them.
I highly recommend using a nonstick skillet when making this recipe. Otherwise, the eggs have a tendency to stick.
An interesting way to vary this recipe is to scramble the eggs with spices before adding them to the pepper molds.
I think it's prettier to make simple fried eggs, but scrambling them will enable you to add more spices, plus tasty things like grated parmesan and bacon bits.
While I don't have time to make these eggs for breakfast on weekdays, I think it's the perfect dish for a weekend brunch!
This is one of those recipes where I actually don't recommend storing the leftovers. Especially not if the yolks are still runny (which is how I make them). So try to only make as many as you anticipate eating immediately.
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Bell Pepper Eggs
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 bell pepper rings ⅓-inch thick
- 3 medium eggs
- ¼ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt Or a pinch of fine salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, about 4 minutes.
- Add the bell pepper rings. Cook them for 2 minutes on each side.
- Crack an egg into each bell pepper ring. Lower the heat to medium-low.
- Cook the eggs until the whites are set, 5-10 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper, and serve.