Allow the TikTok trends to come to you, and you just might stumble upon greatness. Such is the case with pesto eggs, which I found during a two-hour scroll session sandwiched between videos about smoothie shops turning out to be fronts for MLMs. It wasn’t what I was looking for, but it was exactly what I needed.
The recipe—more of a technique, really—is the creation of Amy Wilichowksi, whose original pesto eggs video has garnered some 10.3 million views since she posted it on April 26. “You have to try pesto eggs,” she says. “I swear your life will be changed.” That’s a tall claim, so obviously I had to test her method.
What are pesto eggs? And how do you make them?
According to Wilichowski, making pesto eggs is as simple as swapping your usual choice of cooking oil with pesto. (It makes sense—oil is a main ingredient in pesto.) You can apply the technique to fried, scrambled or sunny-side up eggs, and she prefers to serve hers on toast with ricotta, avocado, honey and crushed red pepper flakes. I am lazy, so I used store-bought pesto and made my sunny-side egg à la carte.
Using a small nonstick skillet, I dolloped a few spoonfuls of pesto into the pan and turned the heat to medium. When the oil in the pesto began to sizzle, I cracked in an egg and seasoned it with salt.
And that was pretty much it! I used a spatula to swirl the pesto into the egg whites slightly, and I added crushed red pepper flakes and more flaky salt at the end. My husband said, “what smells good?” to which I responded matter-of-factly, “pesto eggs,” before shoving a bite into my mouth. Reader, I was not disappointed.
You see, I approach TikTok food trends with a fair amount of skepticism. Feta pasta was a pass; all those tiny foods and whipped coffee drinks were too precious for my taste; and if I see one more homemade seitan video…I digress—pesto eggs are delicious.
Where a plain fried egg is bland, pesto eggs are herbaceous and fresh. A plain fried egg is a moment of breakfast desperation after one too many cups of coffee; pesto eggs feel like an absolute treat without much effort at all. (It’s not a bad way to use up leftovers, either.) I was worried that the heat would turn the bright green pesto an unappealing shade of Pantone 448C, but the cooking time is so short that it’s not a real concern. Plus, some of the basil bits fry in the oil, turning delightfully crisp and adding texture to the dish.
Next time, I would add ricotta toast—it’s never made anything worse.
Here’s How to Make Pesto Eggs
What you’ll need:
Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
A nonstick skillet
Step 1: In a small nonstick skillet over medium heat, add a few tablespoons of pesto.
Step 2: When the oil starts to sizzle, add the eggs. (If you’re making scrambled eggs, whisk them in a bowl before adding to the skillet.)
Step 3: Cook the egg(s) as desired, swirling the pesto throughout. To serve, sprinkle with flaky salt and crushed red pepper flakes (if using).