The best avocado and egg toast recipe.
Sure, you could just smash some avocado on bread and call it a day. But this avocado toast recipe is oh so much better. Here’s how to make an easy avocado egg toast recipe into a restaurant-quality experience. Layer up — and level up — your favorite breakfast.
All About This Avocado Toast Recipe
Avocado toast has fast become a favorite breakfast, lunch, and snack staple in the U.S. and abroad for good reason. Avocados are nutritious, satisfying, and look great smashed on some crusty toast with a perfectly-cooked egg.
But why do the same old thing when you can elevate your avocado toast to next-level gloriousness? Here’s an easy, best avocado toast recipe that dresses up this marvelous mash with egg, greens, and simple seasoning.
When Did Avocado Toast Become a Thing?
Avocado toast has gone from “trendy new breakfast” to “ubiquitous staple” in just a few years. Modern avocado toast traces its roots to 1993 in Australia. Sydney chef and restaurateur Bill Granger served simple avocado toast topped with lime, salt, and olive oil on his café menu.
The simple dish of smashed avocado on toast was picked up and varied by British chef Nigel Slater in 1999, and was soon spotted in Nolita’s trendy Café Gitane, hip California spot Sqirl, Gwyenth Paltrow’s cookbook, and on and on to rocket-speed popularity.
Is Avocado Healthy?
Yes! Avocado is very healthy. This fruit (yep, avocado is a fruit) contains many vitamins and nutrients. High in “healthy” monounsaturated fat, avocado also contains lots of fiber, folate, potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and E, and lots more. That’s why in addition to a delicious breakfast, this best avocado toast offers a nutritious start to your day.
What’s the Best Bread for an Avocado Toast Recipe?
Hands-down, my pick of best bread for avocado and egg toast is a crusty artisan bread or even baguette. The best avocado toast bread has some thickness to it, since avocado is fairly dense and heavy. Add to that additional heft from egg and other toppings, and a thin slice of sandwich bread may not, well, cut it.
When Is an Avocado Ripe?
You’ll know an avocado is ripe when it gives a little when gently pressed. A ripe avocado feels firm, but a little soft. Haas avocados (the most common type) also will have a darkened color when ripe — as opposed to the glossy green color of an unripe, hard avocado.
An avocado that feels hollow or mushy inside is overripe. Avoid!
How to Make This Avocado and Egg Toast Recipe
This avocado toast recipe is very straightforward and easy, but the combination of toppings and seasonings make it seem much more luxurious.
- Start with the avocado toast base. Toast a piece or two of good artisan bread. (I like to butter the toast.) Top with sliced avocado and mash if you’d like.
- Drizzle with good olive oil.
- Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, and any other seasonings, such as za’atar, paprika, chili flakes, black pepper, and the like.
- Add some wedges or slices of perfectly-cooked jammy egg or hard-boiled egg.
- Add some greens, if desired.
Put an Egg On It: Best Toppings for Avocado Toast
To me, avocado toast and boiled eggs go together like PB&J. Both have a soft, satisfying savory quality without being heavy.
In addition to eggs, a little seasoning (za’atar, paprika, chili flakes, sea salt, Aleppo pepper, and so on) and pops of color and texture from, say, sliced tomato, greens, and seeds add a lot both visually, and flavor-wise.
Have fun with it. Change it up seasonally, and enjoy this nutritious, restaurant-quality avocado toast.
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Better Avocado and Egg Toast
For the Avocado Toast
- 1 big slice of toasted artisan bread
- Butter, for spreading
- 1 teaspoon good olive oil
- 1 generous pinch flaky sea salt, such as Maldon, and fresh-cracked black pepper
- 1 pinch of your seasoning choice. Ideas: za'atar, everything bagel, Aleppo pepper, chili flakes, smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon seeds, such as pumpkin or sunflower, for texture
- A few fresh sprouts, watercress stems, arugula leaves, or the like
- Maybe a bit of vedge like thin-sliced cucumber, halved grape tomatoes, a few fresh carrot peels. Your choice!
Jammy or Hard-Boiled Egg
- 1 large egg
How to Make a Perfect Jammy or Hard-Boiled Egg
- Bring a small pot of water to a boil. Gently lower the egg into the water and cook at a low boil for 7 minutes for a jammy egg, or 9 to 11 minutes for a hard-boiled one, depending on how dry you like it.
- Transfer into an ice bath for a minute or two to stop the cooking. Peel and halve (jammy egg) or quarter (hard-boiled).
For the Avocado Toast
- Toast the bread and spread with a nice amount of butter.
- Top with sliced avocado. You may want to mash it in a little, or leave it in elegant slices. Season with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt and a couple twists of black pepper.
- Get creative: Top with the egg slices, seeds, seasoning spices of choice, greens, vedge (if using), and a drizzle of olive oil to finish.