This beloved breakfast dish is called by so many names. But no matter what you call it, it’s still the same great toast with an egg in the middle. And believe it or not, it can be made rather easily in the air fryer.
Super Useful Air Fryer Accessories
Once you’ve started using your air fryer more regularly, you’ll find there are so many other ways you *could* be using it, if you had a few extra useful accessories. Here are a few favorites that we use almost every day.
- 12-piece accessories kit for 3.7-5.8 quart air fryers – includes silicone cake pan, cake barrel, pizza pan, toasting/warming rack, skewer rack, silicone mat, bread rack and more
- Thermopen instant read thermometer for checking the internal temp of your meats
- Evo Oil Sprayer Bottle – BPA, latex, and dehp-free plastic, won’t clog or shatter, reusable, refillable, recyclable
Our air fryer egg in a hole is easy to make and it’s pretty fast, too. So you can get a good breakfast done and on the table in just a few minutes. Or you can use your air fryer as a backup to the stove top method when making more than one of these at the same time.
You may know this dish by a different name. Perhaps eggs in the middle, egg toast, or eggs in a basket. I think you grow up knowing it by the name that’s used in your particular region. All of them are the same dish.
For another great air fryer egg recipe try these egg bites.
Ingredients Needed for Eggs in the Middle
Of course we would love a piece of buttered toast with a fried egg in the middle. It’s genius really! I love making these for breakfast, because they feel like a treat.
Here’s what you need to make them:
- Bread – any kind of bread that you like will work – white, wheat, seeded.
- Butter – it’s best if it’s softened or melted so it will spread onto the butter easier.
- Egg – as long as your bread slices aren’t really small, you should be able to fit a large egg into the toast.
You’re going to need your air fryer, of course. As long as a slice of bread will fit into the base of the basket without folding up on the edges it will work well. I think this requires at least a 4-quart sized air fryer.
You’ll also need a glass with a large enough diameter that you can cut out a good sized hole in the center of the bread without reaching the edges.
Parchment paper rounds or a silicon mat that fits in your air fryer also comes in handy for this recipe. This helps to keep the egg from dripping straight through the holes in the air fryer basket.
Why Use an Air Fryer
An air fryer is an incredibly easy way to cook just about anything. You place the food in a fryer-style basket and hot air rapidly circulates all around the food, making the food crisp – much like deep-frying, but without the oil. You can cook anything you’d make in the oven.
How to Make Egg in a Hole
Preheat the air fryer to 325° F for 3 minutes. Preheating isn’t necessary but it helps cook the egg quicker when it lands in the basket, which keeps it from potentially dripping through the holes.
Place a parchment paper round in the air fryer basket. Using parchment paper rounds isn’t necessary, but it will help keep the egg from potentially dripping through the holes.
Butter both sides of the bread. Use a wide-mouth glass or cookie cutter to cut a hole in the center of the bread. Crack the egg into the middle of the bread.
Cook at 325° F for 6 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully turn the bread over and cook an additional 2+ minutes, depending on how cooked through you want the egg yolk. If you want to add cheese on top, now’s the time.
Carefully remove the bread from the air fryer. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
Notes & Suggestions
- No oil is necessary on the basket if you choose not to use parchment paper.
- If you don’t mind that both sides of the toast is browned, you can skip flipping over the toast. That will help ensure you don’t accidentally break the yolk in the flip. Just cook it for 8-10 minutes on one side and take it out.
- The yolk will cook to runny in 6-8 minutes, and will be completely hard at 10 minutes.
- You can cook the cut out pieces at the same time in the air fryer to get them crunchy. That’s one of my favorite parts!
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Air Fryer Egg in a Hole
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 slices of bread
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the air fryer to 325° F for 3 minutes*.
- Place a parchment paper round in the air fryer basket**.
- Butter both sides of the bread. Use a wide-mouth glass or cookie cutter to cut a hole in the center of the bread. Crack the egg into the middle of the bread.
- Cook at 325° F for 6 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully turn the bread over and cook an additional 2+ minutes, depending on how cooked through you want the egg yolk.
- Carefully remove the bread from the air fryer. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
**Using parchment paper rounds isn’t necessary, but it will help keep the egg from potentially dripping through the holes. No oil is necessary on the basket if you choose not to use parchment paper.
All air fryers have different wattage and may cook at different rates. You may need to adjust the time or temp for the best results.
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