Easy, Cheesy Eggs

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These easy cheesy eggs are my go-to, got-home-late, totally starving, missed lunch and need food in my face STAT dinner.

Ditto that with a middle of the night snack.

Basically, you have fried eggs, topped with luscious, molten cheese and a hint of fiery chili flakes and spices. 

It’s has all the charm of an omelet, without the whisking and flipping and waiting.

Lazy? Absolutely.

A guaranteed way to get food from pan to plate in, like, seven minutes? Yep.

Easy. Right?

Sometimes, that’s just what you need. I’ll take it! (Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook, but I don’t always make complicated stuff…)

Spice them how you like

For these easy cheesy eggs, I usually drop some dried parsley, garlic powder, and Aleppo chili flakes on top. (Aleppo chili is fantastic stuff, get it here from Penzey’s.)


You could also use:

  • Onion powder, parsley, and fresh chives
  • Curry powder and fresh parsley
  • Shiitake mushroom powder, garlic powder, and cooked bacon bits 

You see where I’m going. Get creative! 

Easy, Cheesy Eggs

Pat of butter
3 large eggs
Pinch of dried parsley
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of kosher salt
Pinch of chili flakes
3 slices of any cheese that melts well (I usually use American or Swiss)

Serves 1 ravenous diner who just can’t wait for anything else

Fry your easy, cheesy eggs

Drop the butter in a small, nonstick pan over medium heat.


Grab your eggs. I love eggs from Tendercrop, my local farm. (Check out my photo tour of their magical place here.)

When the butter’s melted, crack 3 eggs into the pan.


Sprinkle with parsley, garlic powder, and a little salt.


Top with cheese

When the whites are cooked on the bottom but still translucent and wiggly on top, drape a slice of cheese over each egg.

(I know, I used American cheese. I know some of you out there will call me a heretic and want to break up, but I love the stuff.)


Sprinkle the cheese with chili flakes.


Continue cooking, on medium heat, until the cheese has melted and the yolks are done to your liking.

I give mine a poke with my finger to see how solid they are.



Happy munching!

When they’re done, slide them out of the pan right onto your plate.

IMG_4800Enjoy immediately!


How about you?

What’s your go-to, quick dinner?

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Jessie Cross is a cookbook author and creator of The Hungry Mouse, a monster online food blog w/500+ recipes. When she's not shopping for cheese or baking pies, Jessie works as an advertising copywriter in Boston. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and two small, fluffy wolves.