Pesto Eggs on Cheesy Toast

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Swap the butter for big-time herby flavor in a quick and easy recipe for Pesto Eggs on Cheesy Toast.

Pesto Eggs on Cheese Toast Recipe

Are pesto eggs the new Baked Feta Pasta? You better believe it!

I’m a huge fan of putting viral recipes to the test to see if they really do live up to the Internet hype. When, where are how do these recipes gain speed in the food world? One word (two syllables): TikTok.

Pesto Eggs on Cheesy Toast Recipe

How Do You Make Pesto Eggs?

Once a recipe catches on in the ‘ol land of The TikTok, the sky is the limit! Baked Feta Pasta was such a hit that feta shortages were reported in Finland (!). We put the recipe to the test, and it was an instant success. Would these eggs fare the same?

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yesssssssss!

Pesto Eggs on Cheesy Toast Recipe

This recipe (originally created by TikTok’er Amy Wilichowski) is aimed at substituting the butter or oil traditionally used for frying eggs with a much more herbaceous, flavor-packed alternative: pesto.

Because of all of the olive oil in pesto, it functions as a fat alternative and prevents the eggs from sticking to the pan while imparting the most amazing flavor.

How Do You Make Pesto Sauce?

I’ve been a pesto super fan for nearly two decades. It was (and is) a homemade staple in our house, all thanks to my mom Noni’s legendary recipe, which is the perfect balance of fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan and olive oil. It makes these eggs a total home run, but if you’re in a pinch, yes, you can use a store-bought pesto sauce instead.

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Pesto Eggs on Cheesy Toast

Swap the butter for big-time herby flavor in a quick and easy recipe for Pesto Eggs on Cheesy Toast.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 3 votes
Pesto Eggs on Cheese Toast Recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 1 serving


  • 1 slice bread of choice
  • Unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons homemade or store-bought pesto
  • 2 large eggs
  • Avocado, olive oil, crushed red pepper, sea salt and pepper, for garnish


  • Spread one side of the bread with the butter, then sprinkle it with the Parmesan cheese, pressing it firmly into the butter.
  • Place a small skillet over medium heat then add the bread, cheese side down. Cook the bread until the cheese is melted, golden brown and crispy. Set the toast aside.
  • Add the pesto to the same skillet, spreading it around in an even layer. Crack the eggs into the skillet and cook until the whites are cooked through the the yolks reach your desired level of doneness.
  • Top the toast with smashed avocado, then add the pesto eggs. Garnish with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper, then serve.


Calories: 440kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 30g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 344mg, Sodium: 920mg, Potassium: 191mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 1513IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 327mg, Iron: 3mg


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  1. In the recipe and others I’ve seen, it seems like you fry the eggs, but in the photos it looks like they are scrambled. I guess both would work – do you have a preference?

  2. 5 stars
    My husband and I have made this for breakfast the last three mornings in a row! Pesto eggs will forever be a staple in our house :)

  3. 5 stars
    I believe this recipe is a winner. A few years ago, when visiting my son in CA, I took him to breakfast at a restaurant called “Jar”, I think. I ordered the eggs in pesto over rice, it was totally delicious. Egg breakfasts over sticky(not sweet) rice can be a great alternative to potatoes, or toast, etc.

  4. 5 stars
    I had everything on hand to make for this for breakfast and it was fantastic! The pesto eggs are crazy-good. Thanks for this recipe!