Crispy Breadcrumb Fried Eggs

March 31, 2021

"I like my fried eggs over-easy, with the yolk still runny, so once the whites are almost completely set, I flip them over briefly to set the other side, and flip them back again for plating—solely for aesthetic reasons."


Melt the butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat. Add the breadcrumbs to the melted butter and stir them around to coat. Add a pinch of salt or season to taste. Cook the breadcrumbs until golden brown and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Make sure the breadcrumbs are scattered evenly in the skillet and then crack the eggs on top of them. Continue cooking the eggs over medium heat until the whites are set and the yolks are cooked to your liking, and season with sea salt. This could take just over a minute or up to 4 minutes depending on your yolk preferences. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and, optionally, a few dashes of hot sauce.

Excerpted from Cooking With Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard (Workman Publishing). Copyright © 2018. Photographs by Penny De Los Santos.


Serves 2 to 4

1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 slice stale bread, torn into small (pea-size or smaller) breadcrumbs

Fine-grain sea salt

4 large eggs

Freshly ground black pepper

Hot sauce (optional)