*This recipe was previously published on Simple Green Moms. We’ve updated and expanded the post on 7/11/20 to make it even better for our readers!
I have always loved making this simple avocado toast and egg recipe. It’s tasty, versatile and healthy too! In the last few years, avocados became really trendy. And I mean avocados are everywhere! They are front and center in the grocery store, they are being blended into smoothies and they are making an appearance on restaurant menus across the country.
There are many popular versions of the avocado toast recipe . Every restaurants’ breakfast and brunch menu seems to offer different kinds and people are eating it up (literally!). So what is so great about it? And why should you be eating it? Let’s find out…
- What is so Great about Avocado Toast?
- When is an Avocado Ripe?
- How to Make the Best Avocado Toast with Eggs
- Is Avocado Toast Healthy?
- 3 Quick and Easy Recipe Alternatives
- How to Safely Cut Avocados
- The Best Avocado Toast and Egg Recipe
What is so Great about Avocado Toast?
What is especially great about the avocado toast trend is that it can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, a snack or even dinner! It fits into any meal category. When you pair it with eggs as shown in the recipe below, you have a healthy meal: carbohydrate (bread), protein (eggs) and a healthy fat (avocado). That sounds like a great meal to eat any time of day, don’t you think?
I wasn’t really that surprised by this super trend. What surprised me though was the outrageous prices that people were paying for this fancy toast! Don’t they know how inexpensive it would be to make this avocado toast recipe at home?
Quick and Easy to Make Meal
Well, not only is it cheaper to make this avocado toast recipe at home but it is also super simple! This meal only takes about 10 minutes and you will have a restaurant quality, picture perfect avocado toast ready to eat without the hefty price tag!
So where do we begin? With the avocado of course!
First, it all starts by choosing a perfectly riped avocado. There are many different types of avocado but the most popular seems to be Haas because it is found in most supermarkets. I want to look for an avocado that is slightly soft when given a light squeeze, almost the same consistency of a ripe peach. However, grocery store avocados tend to be rock hard which is a sign that they are not yet ripe or completely soft.
When is an Avocado Ripe?
If you plan on making this avocado toast recipe often, then it’s a good idea to buy 5-6 avocados at a time so you give them time to ripen. Please watch the video below to help you know when an avocado is unripe, ripe or overriped.
Below are some other tips:
- After you buy the avocado, be sure to keep it at room temperature.
- A ripe avocado should be soft but not too soft or squishy.
- When cutting avocados, make sure to use it right away! They don’t stay fresh for very long.
Secret Tip to Ripening Your Avocados!
This easy trick works wonders for getting your avocados ripened quickly. To speed up the process, put your avocado in a brown paper bag with an apple in it and roll the top of the bag over to seal it.
The ethylene gas emitted from the apple and from the avocado will be trapped in the bag and cause it to ripen faster. You still have to wait a day or two but it’s definitely faster than waiting a full week for these beautiful fruits to ripen!
If you’re looking for more tips and guidance, check out this definitive guide from the California Avocado Commission on “How to Ripen An Avocado”.
One Bad Way to Ripen an Avocado
One thing I have read online about ripening avocados is to microwave them, don’t do this! Trust me! I tried once and not only did my whole house smell very weird for the next few days but the avocado came out hot and was oozing brown juice.
The avocados also sported lots of brown spots when I cut into it. Yes, microwaving the avocado did make it softer but not by any means ripe or tasty. Tried and true patience is the way to go.
How to Make the Best Avocado Toast with Eggs
Okay, so once you have your perfectly ripe avocado, you are ready to make the best egg and avocado toast!
- Simply mash the avocado in a bowl with lime juice, salt and pepper and your delicious avocado spread is ready! It’s almost like a super simple guacamole! If you want to add a little spice, throw in some red pepper flakes or Sriracha sauce too (now you’re getting restaurant grade food!).
- The eggs and toast can be cooked completely to your preference. I like to buy a high quality multi-grain bread that is a little on the thicker side so my toast stays crispy and offers a sturdy base when the eggs get added. While I love my avocado toast with eggs fried, you can also switch it up and try your avocado toast with sunny side up eggs or even scrambled eggs work great too!
Preparing your Toast Perfectly!
Assembly is quite self explanatory but just in case you were wondering, spread the avocado mix onto the toast and then just top it with your cooked eggs. And look at that, you will never pay outrageous restaurant prices for avocado toast again! You can make perfect, mouth watering, super trendy egg and avocado toast right from your home.
The versatility of this dish is one of the main selling points. When you consider the many things you can do with a sliced avocado and some bread, it means you will never get bored eating this meal! The simplicity, versatility(have it any time of the day!) and the healthy aspects of this meal are all things that never get old.
Is Avocado Toast Healthy?
Yes, it is. Avocados are a nutritious and versatile fruit with many health benefits. They contain 20 different vitamins and minerals and are loaded with approximately 4.5 grams of fiber per half fruit. Avocados are an excellent source of healthy, good fats that may help lower LDL(bad) cholestrol and prevent the risk of heart disease.
Many people believe avocados can’t be super healthy because they are so high in fat. Well, they are. In fact, over 77% of the calories in an avocado are from fat making it one of the fattiest foods in existence! A medium whole avocado contains about 250 calories and 23 grams of fat.
But don’t panic! These numbers don’t tell the whole story. All fats are not created equal. Avocados are high in the good kinds of fats called monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Although avocados contain these good fats, you still need to be careful not to eat too many servings in one day(including avocado toast) because you can quickly consume a lot of calories if you do.
3 Quick and Easy Recipe Alternatives
Now that you are aware of all the amazing health benefits of eating avocado toast, you should get creative and try to image all the variations of this recipe you could make too! Thanks to avocado’s naturally neutral flavor, it really can pair well with almost anything. This is the reason why people have been able to become so inventive in their avocado toast recipe creations.
You can stock your kitchen with fresh avocados and a loaf of healthy whole grain or multi-grain bread (be sure to choose a bread that will also boost the nutritional content of your avo toast!) and be set for a week of eating.
- Add tomatoes & basil: Chop up a handful of cherry tomatoes with some shredded fresh basil. Add black pepper or balsamic drizzle (optional)
- Try with simple fresh herbs such as: Cilantro, basil or dill. Sprinkle your choice of herb across the avocado on toast and add black pepper and salt to taste.
- Egg in Hole Avocado Toast: Add fried bacon and swiss cheese onto a toasted bagel with avocado topped off with sea salt and black pepper for added seasoning.
But for now, I’ll leave you with my tried and true, easy and delicious recipe for making the best avocado toast and eggs! If this is your first time or even your hundredth time making avocado toast, it is always good to follow a tried and true recipe to make sure you will be eating the best version of the food possible. Now go grab some avocados and get cooking!
Avocado on Toast Kitchen Tools
Even though this is a simple and easy recipe, you do need a few basic kitchen supplies:
How to Safely Cut Avocados
Be very careful when cutting avocados. Check out our quick guide to safely cutting avocados here.
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Hope you enjoy!
- 2 eggs (fried sunny side up)
- 2 slices of multi-grain or whole grain bread (toasted)
- 1 small avocado
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- sea salt + black pepper (to taste)
- parsley (optional for topping)
- Prepare toast and fried eggs to personal preference.
- Peel and mash avocado with the lime juice, salt and pepper.
- Spread avocado evenly on each slice of toast then top each with a fried egg and any additional seasonings you prefer. Serve immediately.