Our best fried eggs recipes include recipes for a fried egg and avocado breakfast banh mi, fried eggs breakfast tacos with chorizo, crunchy potatoes and spicy chorizo oil, a breakfast nachos topped with fried egg and escabeche, and a Thai fried egg salad with sweet tomatoes, crunchy peanuts and fragrant coriander, among other deliciously addictive fried egg recipes.
Whether you’re a fan of crispy Thai-style fried eggs or soft fried eggs with runny yolks, we have scrumptious fried eggs recipes for you. As with our best boiled eggs recipes and best scrambled eggs recipes, our best fried eggs recipes were created for our Weekend Eggs series of quintessential breakfast eggs from around the world, however, we have fried egg recipes for brunch, lunch, dinner, snacks, and supper.
Our collection of 12 of our best fried eggs recipes including everything from a gently spiced turmeric rice porridge topped with fried eggs in chilli oil to a Thai fried egg salad recipe for yam khai dao with sweet tomatoes, crunchy peanuts, fragrant coriander and a salad dressing that’s all at once sweet, sour, tangy, and funky.
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Best Fried Eggs Recipes – Fried Eggs Breakfast Tacos, Thai Fried Egg Salad, Fried Egg Banh Mi and More
Thai Fried Egg Salad Recipe for Yam Khai Dao, a Deliciously Addictive Crispy Fried Egg Salad
This Thai fried egg salad recipe for yam khai dao makes an addictive salad of crispy fried eggs with sweet tomatoes, purple shallots, crunchy peanuts, fragrant coriander and Chinese celery, chillies, and a salad dressing that’s all at once sweet, sour, tangy, and funky, and it’s one of our best fried eggs recipes.
‘Yam’ is salad and ‘Khai dao’ in Thai means ‘fried egg’, but quite literally ‘star egg’, and it’s a Thai style of fried egg, which means its deep-fried or fried in a lot of oil so that the egg has a crispy texture and is brown coloured.
There are several types of crispy fried eggs: a crispy fried egg with a soft yolk, which is called ‘khai dao mai suk’; a medium-done crispy fried egg with a cooked yolk that is firm, which is ‘khai dao suk pan klang’; and well-done crispy fried egg with a hard yolk, which is ‘khai dao suk mak’, which is how Thais like their eggs to be done for salad.
In Thailand, you’ll find that the preferred level of crispiness of the eggs will be different from stall to stall and home to home. Some cooks really baste the yolk so it’s super firm. Some flip the eggs over to really get the whole egg crispy and brown. For us, even though we love runny yolks, we like to fry these eggs so that the yolk is just cooked through yet we still have the nice crispy brown edges that add texture to each mouthful of the dish.
Because this is not a hot egg dish, you can cook off the eggs before you make the salad – in fact it’s better concentrating on the eggs first so the salad is fresh. We cook the eggs one at time in this adorable mini fry pan. More tips to cooking the eggs in the post.
Turmeric Rice Porridge Recipe with Fried Eggs in Chilli Oil with Fragrant Herbs and Crunchy Shallots
This gently spiced turmeric rice porridge recipe with fried eggs in chilli oil makes comforting bowls of Southeast Asian inspired congee, brimming with flavour and texture, thanks to an array of garnishes, including fresh fragrant herbs such as coriander and dill, spring onions, crunchy pan-roasted peanuts, sliced green chillies, crispy shallots, and a sprinkle of chilli flakes.
It’s easily another one of our best fried eggs recipes. Just don’t plan on doing much afterwards. This is so filling. However, it’s also health-giving.
Used in traditional medicine in Asia for thousands of years, turmeric is a key ingredient in Southeast Asian spice pastes, soups, stews, and curries. Turmeric contains curcumin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve depression and anxiety. You’ll find more recipes with turmeric here.
But back to the fried eggs. I fry the eggs for this rice porridge in homemade chilli oil using the cute mini fry pan I linked to above and do one egg at a time. They’re super fast, but feel free to use a large fry pan or skillet and use egg rings for a perfectly round egg.
If you enjoy this, you might also like our recipes for Cambodian chicken rice porridge, rice soup with pork meatballs, vegetable congee, Christine Manfield’s pork and crab congee with XO sauce, and my East-West experiment, a bacon and eggs breakfast congee recipe.
Breakfast Nachos Recipe with Fried Egg, Avocado, Escabeche, Chilli and Spicy Salsa
Our breakfast nachos recipe with fried egg, avocado, escabeche, chilli and spicy salsa makes a cheesy nachos topped with homemade Mexican escabeche or mixed vegetable pickles, vegetarian bean chilli, spicy tomato salsa, avocado slices, and sour cream.
It makes a fun, filling weekend brunch if you’re in need of comfort food and it’s another of our best fried eggs recipes. It’s the kind of dish I make when I need a food hug, when I want to treat myself to something that I once would have eaten out, and when I just want to sit on the sofa and watch Netflix. You know what I’m talking about.
And if you’ve made our vegetarian bean chilli and Mexican escabeche or jalapeno pickles, then this breakfast nachos gives you a great excuse to use them – along with Terence’s easy tomato salsa, or chilli con carne if you prefer meat with your chilli.
Fried Eggs Breakfast Taco Recipe with Chorizo, Crunchy Potatoes and Spicy Chorizo Oil
Our fried eggs breakfast taco recipe with chorizo, crunchy potatoes and spicy chorizo oil makes a very satisfying weekend breakfast. Easy to make, it comes together quickly.
Squeeze on some hot sauce, add a dollop of Mexican crema or crème fraiche, wrap it up, and tell us this isn’t one of the best breakfast tacos you’ve ever had.
If you’re not familiar with the idea of a ‘breakfast taco’, it is essentially just a taco in Mexico where tacos are made with soft tortillas and typically corn tortillas rather than the flour tortillas we’ve had to use for these. In Mexico, tacos are eaten at any time of the day, too, from breakfast, through lunch to dinner, and snacks in between.
North of the border, you’ll find it’s the same in Mexican-American restaurants, eateries and food trucks in Texas cities such as Austin, which claims to have coined the term and invented the concept of the ‘breakfast taco’. It’s in the USA’s Tex-Mex cuisine that hard taco shells are used.
Mexican Chilaquiles Recipe with Fried Eggs, Shredded Chicken and Green Salsa for Chilaquiles Verdes
Our easy Mexican chilaquiles recipe with fried eggs, shredded chicken and green salsa makes chilaquiles verdes (green chilaquiles). It’s my attempt to recreate the chilaquiles verdes or, more correctly, chilaquiles con pollo en salsa verde (chilaquiles with chicken in green salsa) that I became addicted to at Café la Blanca in Mexico City many years ago.
A pre-Hispanic Aztec dish, chilaquiles – pronounced chee-lah-KEE-lehs, which comes from a Nahuatl word that meant ‘chillies and greens’ – has long been a popular Mexican breakfast dish, but one that is eaten at any time of day.
Filling and comforting, it also makes for a fantastic lunch or dinner, while my Mexican friends used to tuck into late-night bowls after an evening spent bar-hopping and clubbing, swearing it was the best hangover cure. It’s easily another of our best fried eggs recipes.
Chilaquiles was created to use up stale tortilla chips and other leftovers, and is a very versatile dish. While fried eggs are optional, for me the soft fried eggs essential, the runny yolks oozing into the salsa verde really make this dish.
You’ll need a deep frying pan, cast iron skillet or non-stick French skillet for making the salsa verde. It needs to be deep as you’ll then add the tortillas to the pan. The fried egg is cooked and popped on top at the end.
Mexican Huevos Rancheros Recipe with Mexican Chorizo for the Best Mexican Breakfast
This traditional Mexican huevos rancheros recipe with Mexican chorizo makes the classic Mexican ‘ranch eggs’, a breakfast staple in Mexico.
A tomato salsa is enriched with soft spicy chorizo sausage and combined with fried eggs with runny egg yolks laid on warm tortillas, makes a hearty flavourful Mexican breakfast dish.
This classic Mexican huevos rancheros recipe makes one of the best Mexican egg breakfasts and is the traditional Mexican egg dish that inspired our contemporary-styled Mexican ‘ranch eggs’ recipe, which I made with a poached egg rather than fried eggs.
Note that Mexico’s huevos rancheros is different to huevos en salsa roja (eggs in red sauce), with which it’s often confused. In that dish, the eggs swim in red salsa. It’s more like the eggs dish made in North Africa and the Levant called shakshouka.
With our Mexican huevos rancheros, fried eggs are placed on top of warm corn tortillas or wheat flour tortillas, topped with a rich spicy chorizo salsa, and garnished with fresh fragrant fresh coriander (cilantro) and served with Mexican white cheese, jalapenos, and homemade Mexican quick-pickled pink onions.
Fried Eggs with Chorizo and Potatoes Recipe for Basque Style ‘Messy Eggs’
This fried eggs with chorizo and potatoes recipe for Basque style ‘messy eggs’ makes the perfect weekend hangover cure that’s made for a late breakfast after a long night of pintxos bar-hopping in the old town of San Sebastián, one of our favourite summer destinations.
Yes – those are our four hands raised – we’re guilty of dreaming of travelling again. We’d give anything to wind back the clock to the days when we’d escape our home in the sweltering Middle East in July for a sultry summer on the Mediterranean, island-hopping in Greece or tapas-bar hopping in Spain.
We’ll keep channelling memorable culinary journeys by cooking dishes such as these fried eggs with chorizo and potatoes recipe for a Basque style dish of ‘messy eggs’ until we can, and pretend we’re tucking into them over a late weekend breakfast after a late night in San Sebastian.
This cozy dish also makes for a warming breakfast or brunch in winter. No matter when you eat it, it’s another of our best fried eggs recipes.
Because we generally only cook for two these days (thanks Covid-19!) I use a little single non-stick egg frying pan. It’s not just cute as hell, it will cook an egg with crusty whites and a soft yolk in about 45 seconds on full heat.
Chorizo Eggs Recipe for Fried Eggs with Chorizo and Chilli Oil and Spring Onions
Our chorizo eggs recipe for fried eggs with chorizo and chilli oil and spring onions on sourdough toast makes a filling weekend breakfast or brunch dish that will take you back to Mexico or Spain, depending on where you first sampled the spicy sausage.
We’ve been making chorizo and eggs dishes in one form or another since our first trips to Mexico way back in the Nineties when we fell in love with a charming old-school diner in Mexico City called Café El Popular and their huevos revueltos con chorizo or scrambled eggs with chorizo.
While all our chorizo eggs recipes have in some way been inspired by those first eggs with chorizo we had in Mexico all those years ago, this fried eggs with chorizo and chilli oil and spring onions has been made with Spanish chorizo sausage not Mexican chorizo.
Spanish chorizo contains pork, pimentón (smoked paprika), garlic, and salt. There are other additives, many regional specialities, and chorizo can be picante (spicy) or dulce (sweet).
There is also fully cured chorizo which is ready to eat and quite firm to the touch and the softer cured cooking chorizo, which is best for this dish as fully cured chorizo goes very firm when cooked, while the softer cooking chorizo stays relatively soft while releasing all that fatty paprika oil that we love to cook with.
Note that Spanish chorizo is very different to Mexican chorizo, which is always fresh and is meant to be taken out of the casings, crumbled up a little and cooked.
Fried Egg Avocado Breakfast Banh Mi Recipe or Breakfast Num Pang
This fried egg avocado breakfast banh mi recipe makes a breakfast sandwich inspired by the Cambodian and Vietnamese baguettes with eggs that we’ve long eaten and loved in Cambodia and Vietnam, such as banh mi op la in Hoi An, and the Australian café breakfast favourite of smashed avocado toast with poached eggs.
After recently publishing a recipe for the classic Australian café breakfast favourite of smashed avocado and eggs on toast that we used to eat in our hometown of Sydney in the 80s and 90s and seeing how much you all loved that recipe, it got us wondering about a Southeast Asian style ‘smashed avo’ and whether it would work on a baguette.
Obviously poached eggs didn’t work, so the result of that experiment is this fried egg avocado breakfast banh mi or breakfast num pang recipe. And I’m absolutely hooked. We’re big fans of both Vietnam’s banh mi and Cambodia’s num pang, so feel free to call this Aussie-Southeast Asian breakfast sandwich either. Whatever works for you, but please don’t call it a sub!
To give this Australian-inspired baguette a Southeast Asian flavour, I combine creamy French-style mayonnaise with fish sauce. It’s absolutely fantastic and essential. When you’re making it, try it and adjust it to your taste. Start with half what I recommend and taste before adding it all. I actually use double the amount of fish sauce for myself!
Alternatively, a squeeze of homemade Sriracha sauce also works. This is easily another of our best fried eggs recipes. Enjoy!
Thai Pad Kra Pao Recipe for Stir Fried Ground Pork and Holy Basil with Fried Egg
This Thai pad kra pao recipe for stir fried pork and holy basil with fried egg is a breakfast staple of street food stalls all over Thailand. A paste of chilli and garlic is combined with ground pork, a rich sauce and holy basil. Topped with a fried egg and served with prik nam pla and jasmine rice, it’s a filling breakfast dish and a Thai street food favourite.
A garlic and chilli paste is mixed with pork mince and a rich sauce before being served with fragrant and refreshing Thai holy basil and a fried egg. To top it off, a classic Thai condiment, prik nam pla, further enhances the flavour of this popular Thai street food dish when served with steamed jasmine rice.
This Thai pad kra pao recipe is very versatile. Thai holy basil is essential – that’s the ‘kra pao’ in the title, also written as ‘kra pow’ and ‘gaphrao’, while ‘pad’ or ‘phat’ is ‘stir-fried’ – however, you could easily use ground beef or chicken mince, and you can crank up the heat if you like things hot or serve a more gently spiced stir-fry if you prefer.
A seasoned carbon steel wok is essential to get the mince a little smoky, which will help give your pad kra pao that authentic Thai flavour. You want the wok over pretty high heat for this. As this stir-fry cooks very quickly it’s best to mix your sauce and condiments beforehand and have your steamed rice ready to go. Make your fried eggs at the last minute before serving.
Corn Fritter Breakfast Burger Recipe with Fried Egg and Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce
This corn fritter breakfast burger recipe with fried egg and Thai sweet chilli sauce makes an incredibly delicious vegetarian breakfast burger that’s packed with flavour and crunch and it’s another of our best fried eggs recipes.
With a Southeast Asian twist on the classic breakfast burger, it’s so good you won’t miss the burger patty and bacon, and the grease that comes with it, one bit.
Preparation is very important to get the timing right so you’re not eating a cold breakfast burger with an overcooked egg.
I like to make the corn fritters first then transfer them to a tray and pop them in a warm oven. Have everything else prepped after that and make the eggs last.
Please do let us know in the comments below if you make any of our best fried eggs recipes, as we’d love to know how they turn out for you.