Egg in a Red Pepper

Egg in a Red Pepper


When I saw this recipe from Martha Stewart, I immediately knew I’d be making it. Sure, it makes the perfect brunch. But it also makes an incredibly speedy and easy weeknight dinner. Plus, I’ll never say no to eggs for dinner. Never ever. I’ve had a crazy busy week, packed with teaching, work events, and wedding-related activities. No free nights mean not much cooking and a lack of blogging going on. But I didn’t get home too late last night and decided a home-cooked meal was just what I needed. Home cooked doesn’t mean hours slaving over the stove… This was done in 10 minutes! Which is grand because I’ve seriously only been home for 10 minutes this week. So, that worked out quite well.

Egg in a Red Pepper is a take off of egg in a hole, but it’s a bit healthier and (I think) more fun with the red pepper. This is the kind of meal I thank the heavens for during weeks like this one. Feed me. But don’t make me work too hard for it. I’m not Super Woman, after all.

Egg in a Red Pepper (serves 2):
Adapted from Martha Stewart
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  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • Ground salt and pepper
  • 1 T freshly grated parmesan
  • 4 slices nice crusty bread, toasted


Remove seeds from pepper and 1/2-inch thick rings. It’s not totally important that all the rings be the same thickness. Mine clearly were not.


Heat olive oil over medium heat in a frying pan or skillet.

Place peppers in olive oil.


Then one-by-one, crack an egg into a small dish and pour it into the pepper.


Sprinkle with salt and pepper and let fry for about 3 minutes.

Some of the egg may leak out from under the pepper, but for the most part, you should be OK.


Once eggs are mostly set, flip the entire pepper over. This has to be a quick movement, or else you risk the egg/pepper falling apart.

After you flip all of the peppers, sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Cook for one minute.


And place pepper egg on a piece of toast. My bread was a little larger than the pepper, so it didn’t fit perfectly. Obviously, Martha’s pepper fit on her bread and looked fabulous.


I also took Martha’s advice and served my eggs in peppers with a side salad. Some simple mixed greens, sprinkled with olive oil, lemon, salt, and pepper. It was the perfect side!


This was the perfect, “I have no time, but still need to eat” dinner. And one that I can definitely see myself making again. But really, it would make the perfect brunch, as well. It’s super easy to make multiple ones at the same time. And once they’re made, they’re pretty easy to transport. You could literally layer a platter up with them and have everyone serve themselves.


The only thing that could have made this dish better? Next time, I may need to layer the bread with bacon before placing the egg on top. Seriously, not sure why this didn’t cross my mind before making it. I guess I was too busy thinking about bacon in cookies.


And that, my friends, is a deliciously simple meal. And now I need to get some sleep, so I can gear up for the rest of my super busy week (thank goodness tomorrow is Thursday!). Today marks the official 1 month mark until my wedding and there is SO much to be done. Being busy is good, but I need to take a deep breath and try to enjoy it, too.

What do you do when a busy schedule leaves you with little time in the kitchen?


15 Responses to "Egg in a Red Pepper"

  1. Who needs egg in toast if you can have egg in pepper? Have you had an egg baked into a potato? Also delicious! Love that you used CA Olive Oil. Their product is great.

  2. Simply Life says:

    oh this is so cute!

  3. Erica says:

    SO fun! I love this idea. I usually go to salads, eggs or stir fry when I only have a short amount of time to make dinner.

  4. Oh goodness, what an excellent idea! Would never fly in my house though, my mom pretends to be “allergic” to peppers so we never have them around… but I do love them…

  5. Love it! And I laughed out loud at your comment about how Martha’s egg fit her bread perfectly 😉 I like your version better because it has more bread!

  6. Kelly says:

    Adorable! It makes me think you could skip the bread for a low carb version. Not that I have any aversion to bready goodness. You know what would be yummy? Next you could do a Mexican-inspired version with a poblano. Mmmm.

  7. These look so fun! Eggs are usually my go-to for simple weeknight dinners, so I will definitely have to give this a try.

  8. Shannon says:

    i eat eggs for dinner all the time, this would be a great way to keep it interesting 🙂

  9. I love eggs for dinner – these look sooo good! And you’re right, the best thing about eggs for dinner is it’s a home cooked meal in literal minutes :).

  10. Megan says:

    I love your idea to add some bacon. Breakfast foods are definitely great for quick weeknight dinners.

  11. this looks so good. red pepper is my fave!

  12. How cute! Love this idea.

  13. Kerstin says:

    I make breakfast for dinner a lot too when I’m busy – I’m impressed you took the time to take pictures and blog this one when you were so busy! Such a cute idea 🙂

  14. Barbara says:

    That is so clever! I love it. Going to try it ASAP!

  15. Jane says:

    What I love about this recipe is that is very simple and you can make it quick if needed. I usually have 1-2 red peppers in my fridge, so this might replace scrambled eggs as emergency meal in my kitchen :).

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