Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

September 10, 2010 by Ali

Ok, this was one recipe I had to try… :)

Recently came across it in an issue of Martha Stewart Everyday, and was definitely intrigued. Seemed like my kind of a twist on eggs and toast — so cute! Since I’ve been stocking up on bell peppers this summer (both in my garden and at the farmers’ market – yum!), decided to give it a go!

But I have to admit…my first attempt wasn’t so “cute”. My first inclination was to go with the biggest, roundest bell pepper in my fridge. But as soon as I cracked the eggs, I quickly discovered that they would hardly fill the “hole”…much less rise to the top! So I ended up giving it another try with some skinnier bell peppers, and also sliced them a little thinner than the full 1/2-inch that the recipe required. (Mine were maybe a centimeter or so high.) Sure enough, voila — four charming, perfectly-cooked and perfectly-filled “bell pepper egg-in-a-hole” creations, courtesy of Martha. Cute, cute, cute…and delicious! :)

I ended up following the rest of her recipe to a tee, resisting the urge to throw in some extra herbs, and we agreed they were quite nice! Definitely liked the extra Parmesan on top. And the whole meal (which could easily serve four for breakfast, brunch, or lunch!) took less than 10 minutes to make. Love it. And definitely recommend it!

Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper (any color), cut into four 1 cm-thick rings
  • 4 large eggs
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan
  • 4 slices multigrain bread, toasted
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens


In a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, then crack 1 egg into the middle of each pepper ring. Season with salt and pepper and cook until egg whites are mostly set but yolks are still runny, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently flip and cook 1 minute more for over easy.

Sprinkle with Parmesan and use a spatula to place each egg on a slice of toast. Toss salad greens with 1 teaspoon oil and season with salt and pepper; serve alongside eggs.

Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

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Ali’s Tip:

To give this more of a Southwestern flare, you could add some finely chopped jalapeno (and maybe some finely chopped mushrooms!) inside the bell peppers when you first add them to the skillet. Then just crack the egg on top of them, and immediately sprinkle with a pinch of cumin and chili powder on the egg. Then garnish with some chopped fresh cilantro!

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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5 thoughts on “Bell Pepper Egg-In-A-Hole

  1. I had a poor red bell pepper languishing in the fridge, so as soon as I saw this I sliced it up and threw it in a pan. It was very, very good, but I didn’t have any parm, so I substituted some feta instead. Just as yummy as I hoped it would be. Thanks so much for the idea. :)

    - Jenn

  2. Great ideas on this site, thanks. I actually took the plunge and got me some chickens last week! Now I have so many eggs like you wouldn’t believe. You might be interested in these egg recipes.

    - egglovermummy

  3. I love this idea with the egg in the middle! Want to try it soon. I found your blog from your mom’s cross stitch ornament in the Just Cross Stitch magazine :) I’ve been xs’ing LK charts for years :) Janet

    - Janet Prather

    • Hi Janet!

      Thanks so much for checking out the blog! That’s so fun that you found it through the magazine, and that you stitch L*K!! Such a small world. :)


      - ali

  4. This looks great! Like the idea for spicing it up, too. Enjoy your blog…thanks.

    - jill