One Eyed Eggs

Location: San Diego, CA

So I’m guessing some of you are wondering to yourselves, “Hmmm….what are these One Eyed Eggs that this woman speaks of?” You may also know them as Eggs in a Hole or One Eyed Jacks.  If not, no worries.  I’m here to explain and show you how to make them.  They’re nothing more than buttery toast with an egged cooked in a hole cut out of the toast.  Sounds so simple, yet they taste so good! It’s one of my family faves and it also happens to be the first breakfast I ever cooked my husband, then boyfriend.  The One Eyed Eggs turned out perfect, but everything else…not so much.  He loves to tell that story for sure. Babes…. I’ve come a long way since then.  And being the romantic that I am (Not really.  Just ask my husband), I made it for Valentine’s Day breakfast as well.


First, gather all of your ingredients – any type of bread, 1 egg per slice of toast, butter (preferably at room temperature), and salt and pepper for taste.  Other than a pan or griddle and spatula, you’ll need a cookie cutter or something that will cut a hole in the middle of the toast.  I’ve resorted to a wine glass before, but this time I’m using the lid of a Mason jar and I cut out a heart in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Next, spread butter on both sides of the bread, then cut a hole out of the center of the bread.

Place the  Bread on the pan along with the cutouts, on the side.  Add a little dab of butter in the center of the hold in the bread so that when you cook the egg, it doesn’t end up sticking to the pan. Crack an egg in the center of each bread cutout and sprinkle with salt and pepper, or with whatever seasoning you prefer.


Once the whites of the eggs start to turn opaque, it’s time to flip.  Dab a little more butter in the area the egg will be landing on when the bread is flipped, before you put the bread back on the pan.


We like to eat our One Eyed Eggs with a runny yolk, so the finish time depends on how you like your eggs. For the runny yolk, it only takes about 1 to 2 minutes just to toast and to finish cooking the egg whites on the other side.  For a well done egg, it will take about 4 to 5 minutes.   And that’s it.  This can be served with syrup or on it’s own.

I hope I was able to answer your burning question of what the heck One Eyed Eggs were and that you all give this a try.  I think it’s a life changer.  And to change your life even more, definitely gobble up the cutout first.  Those suckers have a way of disappearing before you finish cooking. Until next time.


One Eyed Eggs
Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 5-10 min Serves: 1

2 Slices of Bread (Any type)
Butter at Room Temperature (Enough to spread on both sides of bread and pan)
2 Eggs
Salt (Optional)
Pepper (Optional)

-Heat a pan on medium heat.
-Spread butter on both sides of bread.
-Use a cookie cutter or other object to cut a hole in the center of the bread.
-Place the bread and the cut out on the pan.
-Dab a little butter in the hole of the bread, so the egg doesn’t stick.
-Crack an egg into the hole of each slice of bread.
-Sprinkle some salt and pepper on the egg (optional).
-Once the egg white becomes opaque, pick the bread up with a spatula, and before flipping the bread over, dab a little bit more butter onto the section the egg will be landing.
-If you like the yolk to be runny, let the One Eyed Egg cook for about 1 to 2 minutes more. If you like the yolk to be well done, cook for about 4 to 5 more minutes.
-Serve with syrup or as is.

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