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Eggs in a Nest

Eggs in a Nest – Freshly grated cabbage and carrots form a nest for a freshly cracked egg to sit. The eggs and cabbage are pan-fried until the veggies are tender and the egg is cooked perfectly. Enjoy this savory dish as is or with your favorite breakfast sides!

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Eggs in a Nest

This recipe for eggs in a nest is a simple, healthy, low-carb way to make a quick and easy breakfast any day of the week. It’s fun to make and more fun to eat, even the kids love the extra veggies in the morning!

It’s made with chopped cabbage and grated carrots as a nest and the egg sits in it and cooks to your liking. The cabbage is tender yet crisp and the egg holds everything together. If you leave it in the pan long enough, you’ll end up with a crispy edge around the egg. It’s so good!

If you’re wondering if cabbage and eggs work, let me assure you they do. It’s a must-try way to have your morning meal.

Breakfast eggs in a nest are keto-friendly, gluten-free, and vegetarian but they certainly pair well with bacon, if you desire. Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee for breakfast, or serve them in a wrap for lunch. 

Get creative with the seasoning and make these eggs in a nest your own!


Ingredients for Eggs in a Nest

This recipe is budget-friendly and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients. Most of it you’ll find in your fridge right now!

  • Cabbage: You’ll need about 2 cups which should make around 2 nests. You can easily double or triple this recipe as needed to serve more people. Use a sharp knife or mandolin to shred or chop the cabbage.
  • Carrots: Finely grated using a grater or a julienne peeler if you have one. The carrots add a beautiful orange color, a bit of sweetness, and a great crunch factor.
  • Garlic salt & pepper: Together they season the cabbage and carrots. I love using garlic salt rather than regular salt just for that extra bit of flavor.
  • Eggs: I use 3, but again, you can use as many as you need for the number of nests you’re making. Work in batches so as to not overcrowd the pan, if you do make more than 2.
  • Avocado oil: For pan-frying the cabbage and eggs. Use any oil you like such as olive oil or even toasted sesame oil would be a tasty addition.

cabbage with carrtos and egg

How to Make Eggs in a Next

Step 1: In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped cabbage, grated carrots, 1 egg and seasoning. Mix well to combine.

Step 2: Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat and add a splash of avocado oil. Make sure it’s a skillet that has a lid that you’ll use later.

Step 3: Scoop up about 1 cup of cabbage and carrot mixture and pile it onto the skillet. Use a spoon to form a groove in the center of it, creating a nest. Repeat with the remaining cabbage mixture.

cooking eggs in a skillet on a bed of cabbage and carrotsStep 4: Crack an egg into the center of each of the nests, season with salt and pepper, and place a lid on top to cook for a few minutes.

breakfast eggs in a nest

Step 5: Remove the lid, flip the egg nests over, and cook on the other side for a few minutes. Serve it as is or with a side of toast, bacon, breakfast sausage or a refreshing smoothie to wash it down with. Enjoy!


Tips for Eggs in a Nest Recipe

  • Keep the egg nests cooking a little longer if you prefer a harder yolk.
  • Add a bit of salt and pepper to the eggs if desired.
  • Sprinkle some red pepper flakes for heat, parmesan cheese for a bit of saltiness, or everything bagel seasoning for extra flavor!



Can I make this in the microwave?

You can! This is a great option if you’ve got some leftover shredded cabbage and carrots and are in a rush. It makes just one at a time, and you don’t get that delicious crispy-tender texture you get from frying it, but in a pinch, it works!

Place the cabbage mixture in a serving bowl and make a nest. Crack the egg into the middle and microwave for 1-minute increments until the egg has reached your desired level of doneness.


What else can I add to the breakfast cabbage hash?

If you’re looking to add some extra veggies you can add grated zucchini, bell peppers, baby spinach, or even kale.


breakfast eggs in a nest

Are eggs in a nest healthy?

Absolutely! We’re using fresh simple ingredients, many of which are vegetables that provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Olive oil is a healthy fat and the egg delivers protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

If you add more veggies, even better! I love a good homemade healthy breakfast that I can control. It feels good knowing I’m sending my husband and kids off with a satisfying breakfast that will keep them going for hours!

Eggs in a Nest

Breakfast Eggs in a Nest

Love Keil
The eggs and cabbage are pan-fried until the veggies are tender and the egg is cooked perfectly.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 2 nests
Calories 243 kcal



  • In a mixing bowl combine cabbage, grated carrot, 1 egg and seasonings. Mix.
    How to Make Eggs in a Next
  • Preheat skillet over medium/low heat with a splash of avocado oil (about 1 tablespoon). Take about 1 cup of cabbage mixture and add it to the skillet forming a nest with a spoon into the nest add egg. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
    How to Make Eggs in a Next
  • Cook covered for few minutes or until golden color, flip on the other side and cook for another few minutes. Repeat with the rest of the cabbage mixture. Serve while warm with breakfast sausages. Enjoy!
    breakfast eggs in a nest



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Calories: 243kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 9gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 1280mgPotassium: 265mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3099IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 2mg
Keyword breakfast, eggs
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