16 unexpected ingredients you should be putting in your eggs

Shutterstock / Robyn MackenzieThe possibilities are endless when it comes to eggs.

Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, eggs are chock full of protein and can be treated as a main course or can add nutrition to any meal. Even though they’re notoriously tricky to cook perfectly, eggs are a staple for most people.

If you’re getting bored of your go-to egg recipe, try adding these unexpected flavours to spice up your eggs.


Use leftover bacon grease for a heartier, more flavorful egg dish.

After cooking bacon on the stove-top, PopSugar recommends using the leftover grease to cook the eggs. Pour out most of the grease into the trash, until there’s just enough left to coat the pan evenly. Add in the eggs and cook as you normally would.


Add smoked salmon for a full breakfast.

Glen MacLarty/FlickrLox and cream cheese bagels can be improved by adding some eggs.

To enhance your usual lox and cream cheese on a bagel, make a couple of scrambled eggs with a smoked salmon and a tablespoon of cream cheese. Top with chives for freshness, as this recipe from the Food Network does.


Different types of soft dairy could the answer to your egg rut.

nata_vkusidey/iStockSoft dairy will subtly change up your eggs.

Ricotta, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, and cream cheese all lend more texture and flavour than milk. Chef Gordon Ramsay uses decadent crème fraîche to save eggs from overcooking and Chrissy Teigen swears by heavy cream. Start with just a dollop for a tasty, creamy undertone.


Refried beans turn eggs into a vegetarian taco filling.

ALLEKO/ GettyRefried beans transform eggs to a perfect taco filling.

Mexico in my Kitchen recommends scrambling eggs with refried beans to make them a perfect texture for a taco. Just add salsa and plonk onto a tortilla shell for a complete meal.


Smoked paprika eggs will remind you of diner home fries.

yusra andijani/ShutterstockPaprika can make eating eggs at home like a fancy brunch out.

Diner eggs usually come with home fries cooked in oil and smoked paprika, so transfer those flavours to your eggs. Food52 recommends adding smoked paprika for full-flavored eggs.


Soy sauce transforms the flavour of soft-boiled eggs.

gyro/GettySoy sauce is a creative way to switch up egg recipes.

Inspired by Chef Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, this Food52 creation combines eggs with soy sauce, sugar, and sherry vinegar for a magnificent snack, salad topping, or pasta addition. Tosi proposes adding sake, scallions, ginger, mirin, garlic, chiles, or rice wine vinegar to your own marinade.


Truffle oil will class up your eggs.

Brent Hofacker/ShutterstockTruffle oil can take your eggs to the next level.

Just a few drops of this full-flavored topping will bring your egg dish to the next level. This recipe from The Owl with the Goblet features peppery arugula to offset the richness of the truffled eggs.


Nutritional yeast is a healthy, yummy alternative to cheese.

Wikimedia CommonsNutritional yeast adds nutrients and flavour to eggs.

Referred to as “nature’s Cheeto dust,” by Bon Appetit, this vegan component is high in B12 and contains no sodium. It’s packed with cheesy flavour, low in calories, and super tasty for mixing into scrambled eggs or topping them afterward.


Do a Greek-inspired plate with feta cheese and yogurt.

mavoimages/GettyFeta and Greek yogurt are the perfect addition to eggs.

This recipe at Kitchen Treaty calls for scrambled eggs with just a little Greek yogurt for texture, feta cheese for saltiness, and herbaceous dill.


Use a bell pepper or onion ring to make contained masterpieces.

YouTubeDonna from Apron String shows us how it’s done.

Donna from Apron String cooks eggs inside a ring of pepper or onion for fun little shapes. This trick is a great treat for kids.


Pesto makes for delicious green eggs.

natashamam/GettyPesto adds great flavour to any type of egg.

Mix in a spoonful of homemade or store-bought pesto to scrambled eggs or drizzle it over the top of sunny-side-up eggs for an Italian-inspired work of art. If you’re looking to get even fancier, The New York Times recommends adding ricotta as well.


Kimchi will make your eggs anything but boring.

casanisa/ShutterstockKimchi will give your eggs a kick.

This spicy fermented cabbage mixture is a staple in Korean cuisine. Stir in a good amount to eggs to give them the kick they need, according to All Recipes.


Add your favourite hot sauce.

Steve Snodgrass/FlickrHot sauce will literally spice up your favourite egg dish.

Splashing a little (or a lot) of your favourite hot sauce can kick breakfast up a few notches. If you don’t have a favourite, try one of these.


Curry gives eggs a brand new flavour.

Olha Afanasieva/ShutterstockAdding spices to eggs is easy and makes all the difference.

Adding curry powder to scrambled eggs or following Tase of Home’s recipe and adding it to egg salad is a great change of pace. You can even add a quick dash of a complementary spice like ginger, turmeric, garlic, or cumin.


Don’t forget high-quality salt and pepper.

Neil Conway/FlickrClassic salt and pepper is great on eggs too.

Nearly every recipe calls for salt and pepper. Upgrade your meal simply by switching to sea salt and fresh-ground pepper.

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