Toad in the Hole

Toad in a hole is toasted bread with an egg cooked into the middle. It’s a simple breakfast classic perfect for any morning.

Egg and toast is a classic combination and toad in a hole is a quick and easy version. It is perfect for a quite and delish breakfast. For more quick egg dishes try Healthy Egg Muffins, Avocado Eggs, or Scrambled Eggs.

Toad in the Hole on plate

Toad in the Hole

Toad in the Hole is a super fun and different breakfast recipe that my kids LOVE. Not only is it super delicious but it’s really fun to make! The ingredients are simple – eggs, slices of bread, butter, and a little salt and pepper.

A hole is cut out of the slice of bread, toasted in a pan, with an egg cooked in the hole. And don’t forget to toast the little hole of toast! That’s one of the best parts – use it to soak up and eat the runny part of the egg!

If you haven’t tried Toad in the Hole before, now is your chance! It’s so simple, you’ll want to make it every day of the week. And your kids will love it too. It’s also a great “breakfast in bed” dish. With some fruit or oatmeal on the side and a big glass of orange juice.

How to Make Toad in the Hole Breakfast

How to Make Toad in the Hole Breakfast

The best part about Toad in the Hole? It’s the easiest breakfast you’ll ever make – after cold cereal.

BREAD. Grab a circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter that’s about 3 inches around. Cut out the holes in your slices of bread – I like to use white bread. (Save those holes to toast in the pan!)

EGG. Melt one teaspoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat. After the butter has melted, place your bread in the pan. Crack an egg and pour it into the hole.

COOK. Cook the egg/bread in the pan for about 2 minutes until the bread is lightly toasted. Flip the toast over and cook on the other side until the egg yolk is almost set and the bread is toasted.

ENJOY! Season with a little salt and pepper and eat the toast warm. You can vary the cooking times based on how you like your eggs – longer if you like your eggs more cooked or less if you like them runny.

Bread with an egg in the middle, toasting in a pan

Breakfast Tips & Healthy options

If you don’t have a cookie cutter, no need to fret! You can also use a glass cup to cut the round part of the bread. This works the same although it isn’t as easy to pop the hole out of.

Try adding cheese to the toad in a hole. We like to toast the bread, add the egg and start cooking it, then add a slice of cheese on top with the round part of the toast on top. Toast until melted to add even more flavor and cheesy-ness to this dish.

I love a good healthy breakfast that will keep me full and energized until lunch time. Serve this Toad in the Hole with healthy sides – fresh fruit, a bowl of hot oatmeal, a parfait, a green smoothie, or a couple slices of turkey bacon.

Easy Toad in the Hole stacked on a white plate

Try these other healthy breakfast options:

Toad in the Hole Recipe

5 from 7 votes
Toad in a hole is toasted bread with an egg cooked into the middle. It's a simple breakfast classic perfect for any morning.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Cook Time 6 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 112 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 slice bread
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 lg egg
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small skillet, melt 1 tsp butter. In the middle of your bread, cut a 3-in hole and place in the skillet.
  • Crack egg and pour in the hole. Cook over medium heat for about 2 minutes or until the bread is lightly browned. Turn and cook the other side until egg yolk is almost set. Season as desired with salt and pepper. Enjoy warm.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    This was my favorite breakfast as a kid! We used a cup to cut the hole and we called it “camel’s eye” – still a family favorite.

  2. 5 stars
    this is such a cute recipe to make with my granddaughter she just loves it! you should consider going to and add their recipe box to your site so home cooks can access your recipes with ease!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this recipe. It has been a special treat since childhood. Thanks for sharing. By the way you might want to look at your post, at the very end it mentions that cooking time can be adjusted according to how you like your “kids” cooked. That auto correct feature can be a pain at times. Lol

  4. 5 stars
    Last week I made perfect Toads In The Hole., using 2 slices of bread, Ham and cheese.
    Today, I did everything the same
    WAy. But today, the butter started to smoke, and the eggs just didn’t want to get to the “over Medium” state. DISAPPOINted to say the least.
    Wonder what had everything all katterwompus? WX?

  5. You idiot that’s a whole in the wall a road In the hole is an English dish with sausage and putting batter

    1. My DEAREST Anon-
      “Putting batter”? Putting batter where? In the (w)hole? On the toad? Im confused! Why did the batter cross the road? Who cares! You must be talking about “pudding batter”, something they put in several English treats… I’m so glad I’m not English… on the other hand, what in tarnation is a “road in a hole”? I saw one once while driving thru Texas, it was dark! Much like the comment you used by calling these amazing ladies idiots! Why all the anger? There’s a cure for that – it’s called “Toad in the Hole” I’ve tasted this very RECIPE, and just thinking about it makes me hungry!!! No, really… I’m hungry! Let’s do lunch… meet me at HANK’S, it’s just a little whole in the wall cafe. Wink wink, chow, Anon!

    2. Anonymous:

      There is no need to call anyone an idiot.

      Just because someone doesn’t know of something, doesn’t mean they are an idiot. They are just uninformed.

      We don’t call you an idiot because you can’t spell, we just assumed you weren’t taught properly.

  6. 5 stars
    My mom made this all the time whEn I was a kid, and called it egg in a frame. Toad in the hole is an actual british dish that is nothing like this.

  7. This is not toad in the hole, please research toad in the hole. It is an English dish that comes from Yorkshire, it has been around since at least the late end of the 1700’s
    just because you give a name to something doesn’t mean the dish is now known by that name.
    Please read this in a pleasant tone as that is how I mean it to come across……oh and read it with a scottish accent aswell.
    I do like a good slice of toast with an egg in the middle.
    Hope you are staying safe with “covid” floating about

  8. This is a classic, but if you want the real thing, the original recipe is made with Yorkshire pudding and sausages. Give it a try you will love it.

  9. This is not toad in the hole. This is egg in a window.
    Toad in the hole is a dish with British sausages in batter.

  10. Kristen:
    This is a great breakfast! I had it growing up and loved it. However, it is called an egg in the hole.

    The original toad came from England. It is Yorkshire pudding with whole sausages. The sausages are put into the pan with the batter.

    It is then put into the oven and baked. So, so delicious.