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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Egg-in-a-Hole Bagels with Smoked Salmon

This fun, simple little dish is a riff on egg-in-a-hole recipes made with thick slices of bread with a hole in the center punched out. Why not bagels, with the hole already there? But unless the hole in your bagel is unusually large, you’ll need to run a paring knife around it to make it a bit bigger. This will give the egg plenty room to cook evenly and quickly.

You could serve just the egg and bagel for breakfast, but adding smoked salmon, cream cheese, and a few other toppings turns the dish into a flavorful, casual—and pretty—dinner for two.

Serves 2

  • 1 “everything” bagel, split
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp cream cheese
  • 4 oz thinly sliced smoked salmon
  • thinly sliced radish, chopped chives, and capers, for serving
Bagel Toppings
  1. Run a paring knife around the hole in each bagel half to cut out a larger hole, about 2-1/2 inches in diameter.

Prepared Bagel Slices
  1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and melt the butter. Add the bagel halves cut-side up and crack an egg into each hole. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook until the bagels are toasted on the bottom and the egg white is just beginning to set, about 3 minutes.
  3. Turn the bagels over and cook until the egg white is just set, about 2 minutes longer.
Bagels in Butter 
Cracked Eggs
Plate the bagels and arrange the cream cheese, smoked salmon, radish, capers, and chives around and on top. Serve right away.

Egg-in-a-Hole Bagels with Smoked Salmon


  1. Great idea!! Pinning to try later. Thanks for sharing on the "What's for Dinner" linky!