18 Quick and Easy Breakfast Ideas

We all know that breakfast is an important meal and preparing it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. To prove it, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite morning dishes, ready to enjoy in just 30 minutes or less. Choose from quick breakfast recipes like classic French toast, Indian spiced scrambled eggs, a fragrant five-herb frittata and more to give your body a boost any day of the week.

French toast

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food styling by Amelia Rampe

Whether you’re looking for a breakfast dish for a special occasion or just want to treat yourself, this easy French toast recipe, which uses sturdy Italian bread, is one to keep.

Ramen for breakfast

Food & Wine / Photo by Robby Lozano / Food Styling by Jasmine Smith / Accessories Styling by Tucker Vines

Just like you can eat pancakes for dinner, you can also eat ramen noodles for breakfast. In this one-pot recipe, bacon, eggs, and cheese sit atop a base of cheap, inexpensive ramen noodles.

Croque madame

Photography by Jennifer Causey / Food styling by Ali Ramee / Accessories styling by Christina Daley

The French croque madame is a lesson in extravagance, consisting of white bread, butter, cheese, ham, Mornay sauce, and a fried egg. It’s a luxurious and deeply comforting dish. If you like, turn it into a croque monsieur by simply omitting the fried egg.

Egg Bhurji (Spicy Indian Scrambled Eggs)

Photography by Rachel Vanni / Food styling by Judy Haubert

Simple scrambled eggs are transformed into this vibrant Indian breakfast flavored with onions, chillies, ginger, tomatoes and spices. A squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of coriander add a final dose of brightness. It’s delicious with roti or paratha, or served with toast.

Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oatmeal

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food styling by Barrett Washburne

Blended with milk and yogurt and topped with fruit and a graham cracker crust, this overnight oatmeal tastes like strawberry cheesecake. The recipe only takes 10 minutes to make, but the oats need to chill overnight, so plan accordingly.

Eggs Benedict Toast

Photography by Greg DuPree / Food styling by Chelsea Zimmer and Paige Grandjean / Accessories styling by Christine Keely

This simplified version of Eggs Benedict features prosciutto instead of Canadian bacon and eggs that are steamed rather than poached. Easier than poaching, gently steaming eggs results in delicately tender whites and smooth, creamy yolks.

Monte Cristo

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food styling by Debbie Wee

No need to choose between sweet and savory: this breakfast mash-up combines a ham and cheese sandwich with French toast, accompanied by raspberry jam, spicy mustard and a dusting of icing sugar.

French Rolled Omelette

Jennifer Causey

Make a perfect French rolled omelette with fresh herbs and nutty Gruyere cheese in just 10 minutes.

Banana and Almond Butter Smoothie

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food styling by Ali Domrongchai

Medjool dates and frozen banana are the sweet secret to these thick, nutty smoothies that almost taste like ice cream for breakfast—no spoon required.

Sandwiches for the Ultimate Breakfast

Kelsey Hansen / Food styling by Annie Probst / Accessories styling by Breanna Ghazali

It only takes 15 minutes to make the ultimate breakfast sandwich: a toasted English muffin topped with melted cheddar cheese, a fried egg, and crispy bacon. We like them slathered with mayonnaise and ketchup.

Polenta and Cinnamon Pancakes

© Quentin Bacon

The use of cornmeal in addition to white flour in these pancakes makes them especially satisfying. They are delicious served warm with a fresh berry compote.

Scrambled Huevos Rancheros

© Donal Skehan

For his simplified version of huevos rancheros, chef Donal Skehan combines fresh cherry tomatoes, red onion, cilantro and lime with scrambled eggs for a bright and inviting breakfast that’s quick to make.

Zaatar Baked Eggs

John Kernick

In this must-have breakfast and brunch dish, Excellent chef Judge Gail Simmons says the eggs are cooked in a cherry tomato and pepper mixture seasoned with a Mediterranean za’atar spice blend, then served with a cucumber yogurt sauce.

Sweet quinoa breakfast

© Tina Rupp

In this recipe from hospitality expert Jill Donenfeld, add maple-sweetened quinoa, dried apricots and slivered almonds, cinnamon spice and a dollop of creamy ricotta.

Five Herb Frittata with Prosciutto and Parmesan

John Kernick

Michelin-starred chef Nancy Silverton has strong opinions about frittatas. She likes them creamy like scrambled eggs, with various toppings like prosciutto, cheese, and a generous amount of herbs.

Asparagus with Parmesan and Poached Eggs

© Jody Horton

This simple and elegant recipe from actress Gwyneth Paltrow combines fresh spring asparagus, tons of Parmesan, and poached eggs. Serve it with toast.

Moroccan Date Sweets

© John Kernick

Chef Elizabeth Falkner loves to eat two of these energizing date bites, spiced with cardamom and made with almonds, walnuts and pistachios, as a snack or for breakfast.

Spicy chickpeas with yogurt and pine nuts

© Lucy Schaeffer

Chickpeas aren’t an obvious choice for breakfast, but they’re excellent. The chefs at Marisa May’s now-closed restaurant SD26 would make her these savory, slow-cooked chickpeas when she didn’t have time to eat something nutritious at home.

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