9 Quick and Healthy Breakfast Skillet Ideas for a Better Morning Meal

Egg Fried Rice Ole
Photo: Jacob Fox

Fuel up to tackle the day ahead with one of these healthy breakfast skillet ideas. With healthy breakfast scramble, healthy breakfast hashes, and even vegan breakfast skillets (yep, they exist!), these fast and filling meals are wildly easy to clean up after—even easier to devour.

01 of 09

Skillet-Baked Eggs and Ham

Skillet-Baked Eggs Ham
Jason Donnelly

Green eggs and ham are good, but leek, eggs, and ham might just be even better, if you ask us. With this healthy breakfast cast-iron skillet recipe, you can have a feast for four—complete with creamy, caramelized leeks, baked eggs, gooey Gruyère cheese, and fresh basil—on the table in 25 minutes flat. BH&G reader Holly says this "has quickly become a staple in our house! So easy and so incredibly good!"

02 of 09

Omelet for One

Omelet for One
Jason Donnelly

Breakfast for one no longer means just a plain ol' bowl of oatmeal or cold cereal. This healthy breakfast skillet idea is sized-right for a single hot breakfast in just about 20 minutes. Start with our master two-egg omelet formula, then choose from one of our tried-and-true filling ideas like tomato and pastrami, cheese, spinach and crab, or mixed veggie.

03 of 09

Tomato, Greens, and Chickpea Skillet

Tomato Greens Chickpea Skillet
Blaine Moats

Come morning or night, you can't go wrong with this speedy gluten-free breakfast (or breakfast for dinner). One BH&G fan raves, "I made this tonight and my husband and I both loved it. It is so simple and takes no time at all. My husband said this is a keeper!" Featuring nicely-spiced hearty chickpeas, canned tomatoes, and sturdy greens, you can make this 25-minute meal any time of year.

Test Kitchen Tip: To make this a vegan breakfast skillet, simply omit the egg—or replace it with a plant-based substitute.

04 of 09

Quick Skillet Granola

Skillet Granola white enameled cast iron pan
Carson Downing

Not all one-pan a.m. dishes are savory. This 15-minute vegan breakfast skillet is fully loaded with heart-healthy oats, almonds, and flax seeds, which are naturally sweetened with honey and dried fruit. Add a dash of cinnamon for warmth, then add this quick-fix granola to crunch-ify the top of a smoothie, layer inside a fruit and yogurt parfait, or top a jar of overnight oats for an easy make-and-take breakfast.

05 of 09

Crab and Asparagus Frittata

Crab Asparagus Frittata
Blaine Moats

A crab entreé in 30 minutes? You got it, with this healthy breakfast cast-iron skillet recipe that can be made with fresh or canned seafood, alongside plenty of fresh asparagus, smoky roasted bell peppers, nutty Parmesan cheese, and savory eggs. For a guest-worthy brunch, pair each wedge with a biscuit, croissant, or slice of toast (store-bought or homemade; we won't tell).

Buy It: Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet ($25, Target)

06 of 09

Egg and Fried Rice Olé

Egg Fried Rice Ole
Jacob Fox

Transform last night's leftover brown rice into something totally new—and totally delicious—in this fusion healthy breakfast skillet. We take a little inspiration from Asia with the fried recipe method, but the ingredients and seasoning are decidedly southwestern. Corn, black beans, peppers, salsa, cumin, and chili powder guarantee that every grain of this stir-fried rice dish is a flavor fiesta. The fried egg on top is optional, but highly recommended, as it pumps up the protein...and the runny yolk acts as a "sauce" of sorts.

Buy It: Select by Calphalon Nonstick Pan ($50, Target)

07 of 09

Family-Style Omelet

Family-Style Omelet
Andy Lyons

Instead of fussing over a single-serving omelet for every member of the family or serving the same ol' healthy breakfast scramble this weekend, try this large format egg entrée. The shareable eight-egg omelet comes together all in one pan, and in just 20 minutes. While the egg mixture cooks, stir together the easy red pepper relish to take the supersized spinach and cheese omelet over the top.

08 of 09

Hash Browns Eggs in a Hole

Hash Browns Eggs Hole
Emily Hemmingsen and ​Jake Sternquis

Instead of toast, try your eggs in a hole (aka toad in a hole, egg in a basket...you get the idea!) made atop a base of shredded spuds. We explain how to go freeform as you make this healthy breakfast hash brown recipe, but if you'd like all of your potato piles to be the same size, try using a cookie cutter to act as a guide.

Test Kitchen Tip: If white potatoes aren't your favorite, or for a bit more vitamin A, try this same concept with sweet potatoes.

09 of 09

Fried Egg Toast with Tomatoes

Fried Egg Toast Tomatoes
Jason Donnelly

This fast and healthy breakfast skillet is just like the "basket eggs" you remember from childhood—just with a vegetable crown. Tomatoes and herbs perk up the visual appeal while adding a burst of freshness. Use a round cutter, or if you don't have one handy, the top opening of your OJ glass should do the trick!

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