Get the morning started with this traditional air fryer toad in the hole recipe.

The best breakfasts are those that are tasty, simple, and quick.  Its fun and quirky name will make kids excited to learn how to make it – even better for those hectic mornings. Let the air fryer make the morning routine an easy one with this simple egg recipe.

Air Fryer Toad in the hole on a plate

What Is Toad in the Hole?

  • Toad in the Hole is sometimes also known as egg in the hole, egg in a basket, or eggs in a nest to add a few!
  • This easy breakfast needs just a slice of bread, eggs, and some cheese.
  • The air fryer circulates the air and so the slices of bread are perfectly toasted. While the eggs cook into the bread, the cheese melts and forms a golden and gooey topping.
  • Put the convenience of the air fryer to use with this recipe. Better yet, have the kids learn to make their own food for breakfast. The morning rush just got a little easier.

steps for making toad in a hole

Ingredients and Variations

BREAD Most bread will taste so good in the air fryer – white, brown, multigrain. Try a sourdough or even a brioche for a variety of tastes and textures. Gluten-free? Then try gluten-free bread.

CHEESE Cheddar cheese is the simplest and easiest. However, this would also taste good with some Gruyere, Havarti, and pepper jack.

VARIATIONS Sprinkle the egg with some fresh basil leaves or some dill.

Toad in the hole prepped on a cutting board.

How to Make Toad in the Hole

A few simple steps to this easy recipe.

  1. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to press a “hole”  in the bread. Butter the edges of the bread.
  2. Crack an egg into the hole and cook per the recipe below.
  3. Add cheese and cook until melted.

Note:  When making toad in a hole in a frying pan, a circle is cut out of the bread. In the air fryer the bread needs to stay in tact to hold the egg so we press and indent instead of cutting hole.

Cooked toad in the hole in an air fryer basket

What To Eat With Toad In The Hole

Serve with some ketchup, salsa, tomato, or avocado. This breakfast would also taste so yummy with air fryer bacon, air fryer breakfast sausage, and air fryer home fried potatoes.

Quick Tips & Tricks

To cut the hole, use a round cookie cutter, a glass, a lid to a mason jar, or another jar of comparable size.

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Air Fryer Toad In The Hole

An easy air fryer recipe for toad in the hole.
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 2 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 2 slices bread
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat air fryer to 340°F.
  • Press a 2-inch hole in the middle of the bread using the bottom of a measuring cup. Butter the bread on both sides.
  • Crack the egg into the pressed in circle and cook for 6-7 minutes. You may need a minute or two more or less depending on how runny you like your egg.
  • Add the shredded cheese during the last 2 minutes of cooking time.

Notes

Note:  When making toad in a hole in a frying pan, a circle is cut out of the bread. In the air fryer the bread needs to stay in tact to hold the egg so we press and indent instead of cutting hole.
Check your egg early as appliances can vary. The egg will still continue to cook a little bit once removed from the air fryer.
 
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 121mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 448IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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    1. That is so interesting that a totally different recipe goes by the same name in different parts of the world. I hope you enjoyed our version as well!

  1. That is not toad in the hole! toad in the hole is sausages cooked in a yorkshire batter! where did the friggin bread and a egg come from?

    1. That is so interesting that a totally different recipe goes by the same name in different parts of the world. Your version sounds very delicious! I hope you enjoyed our version as well!

  2. I’m from the east coast USA. My mom called these gaslights as they resembled the streetlights in Baltimore before the change from gas to electric lights. Whatever they are called, we love them!

  3. When I was a child my mother made these which she called Birds’ Nests, but of course in a fry pan. I must try them in my air fryer oven. Thank you! Seasons greetings!!

  4. Well, that was a surprise! Toad-in-the-hole is a traditional, (from 1757), English dish which is nothing like this. It consists of sausages baked in a shallow pan in a Yorkshire pudding batter. The sausages peeping out of the top are the ‘toads’.
    Fascinating the differences between the USA and the UK. I was disappointed though as I love our toad-in-the-hole but this looks very good too so I’ll try it.

    1. That is so interesting that a totally different recipe goes by the same name in different parts of the world. Your version sounds very delicious! I hope you enjoyed our version as well!