Fried Egg Sandwich

A fried egg sandwich is so incredibly easy. Sorta like a grilled cheese sandwich with an oozy egg tucked inside. Makes the best breakfast, lunch, supper, or midnight nosh.

Fried Egg Sandwich Recipe

If you can fry an egg, you already know how to make a fried egg sandwich. It’s essentially a grilled cheese sandwich with an oozy egg smooshed inside. Its simplicity makes it easy to make as well as comforting as heck and chances are you’ve got the ingredients for it in your kitchen at this very moment. As the authors explain, it’s “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.” This recipe has been updated. Originally published June 12, 2013.Renee Schettler Rossi

Best Fried Egg Sandwich Ideas

Man does not live by bread and cheese and egg alone. So if you find yourself craving a little something extra and considering slipping an extra ingredient in between those cheesy slices of sourdough, we say trust your instincts. In case you could use some inspiration, start here…

A slice or three of sliced ham
A slice or two of avocado
A fistful of fried bacon
A slathering of mustard
An obscene amount of mayo

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
  • 2 thick slices sourdough bread
  • Olive oil or butter, for the skillet
  • 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. Divvy the cheese between the slices of bread and place them on a baking sheet, cheese-side up. (And yes, 8 slices of cheese is a lot but it’s also obscenely good. How much you use is between you and your scale.) Slide the baking sheet under the broiler and keep watch until the cheese melts, which will probably be a matter of seconds and not minutes.
  • 3. Heat about a teaspoon olive oil or butter 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, or return the sandwich to the skillet, adding more oil or butter if needed, and cook it as you would a grilled cheese sandwich until the bread is golden and crunchy, flipping the sandwich once. Then eat immediately.
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