Fried Egg Sandwich Recipe

What’s more perfect than the simplicity of this sandwich? It’s comforting, not too difficult to make, and you need only a few key ingredients—these are the essentials to preparing the kind of midnight food we love. The kind of food that will make you close your eyes and exhale a hot cheesy jumble that sounds like “Oh my gah, so freakin’ good.”–Max and Eli Sussman

LC Man Does Not Live By Midnight Snack Alone Note

Sure, this fab fried egg sandwich makes a mean midnight snack. But it’s also adept at satiating cravings morning, noon, and, er, earlier in the night. After all, man does not live by midnight snack alone. Nor does he live by cheese and egg alone, so if you find yourself considering slipping a slice or three of ham or a fistful of fried bacon between those cheesy slices of sourdough, we say trust your instincts. (And if you’ve guests over for an early football game or an ad hoc gathering, we say pretend you’re a short-order cook and whip out some fried egg sandwiches, letting each guest customize and assemble his or her own.) As for the amount of cheese you choose to use, yes, the recipe seems to suggest you err on the side of excess. But that’s between you and your scale. We’re staying out of it.

Fried Egg Sandwich Recipe

  • Quick Glance
  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • Serves 1


  • 2 to 8 thin slices Cheddar cheese (yes, 8)
  • 2 thick slices sourdough bread
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooked bacon or ham (optional)
  • Store-bought or homemade hot sauce, for serving


  • 1. Preheat the broiler.
  • 2. Place half the cheese on each slice of bread and place them on a baking sheet, cheese-side up. Slide the pan under the broiler until the cheese melts, but keep an eye on the broiler, because the cheese can burn fast.
  • 3. While the cheese melts, heat about a teaspoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. After about 20 seconds, crack the egg into the skillet. Reduce the heat to medium and let the egg sit until the white sets completely. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • 4. Remove the melted cheese toasts from the broiler and slide onto a plate. Using a spatula, place the egg, sunny-side up, on a slice of cheesy toast. Top with bacon or ham, if desired, then top with the other cheese toast, cheese side down. Eat immediately, employing the hot sauce as desired.
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