5 ways to prepare eggs in advance. Make your prep day count and prep those eggs. #5 is my favorite way.

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It’s that time once again for me to sing the praises of incorporating a regular prep time into your weekly schedule. If you haven’t taken the plunge and started prepping real food in advance, this is the week to do it. Why? Because this week’s prep time talk involves fluffy eggs, gooey cheese, tortillas or biscuits, and best of all…BACON!! 

I knew it. You’re in, right?!

I must know. Was it the cheese, eggs, or bacon that won your heart and tastebuds first?

While most of the recipes this week’s post involve their fair portion of all three, or at least two out of the three, the real star in this week’s lesson is the egg. Yes, the humble egg.

5 ways to prepare eggs in advance

Eggs are a super easy food you can prep each week. While many of the foods we’ve talked about in this series are more of an ingredient than a full meal, eggs pretty much qualify as a one-stop meal. Eggs are a complete protein. Eggs are also inexpensive (when you think about how many eggs come in one carton) and can be prepped in large batches in advance. Basically, eggs are a mega real food WIN!

And just in case I didn’t win you over with the words bacon and inexpensive, let’s focus on three main reasons why you should think about making eggs during your prep time. After all, if you’re going to include a task on your prep day printable or mental plan, it must help maximize your time throughout the week (AKA: it better be important!) 

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Why You Should Prep Eggs in Advance

1. Start the Day with Nutrients

Eggs are the perfect food, in my opinion. Not only are eggs a healthy source of fat (eat the egg yolk!!), they are also a complete protein and loaded with essential vitamins.

2. Grab-n-Go Breakfast, Lunch, or Snack

Eggs can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. You could even include an egg theme on your dinner meal plan. This means you can take care of multiple meals and snacks just by spending a bit of time preparing eggs for the week ahead. Granted, you may not want to eat an egg burrito for both breakfast and lunch, but at least you know the option exists if you find yourself in a bind.

3. Little Cooking Experience Required

Eggs are fairly easy to make. Yes, there’s some art and science behind cooking fluffy scrambled eggs or the perfect hardboiled egg, but for the most part eggs are pretty forgiving. If your family helps you during prep time, assembling the egg burritos or filling the deviled eggs may be the perfect way to encourage participation and maximize your time.

6 Ways to Prepare Eggs in Advance

Make Ahead Freezer Breakfast Burritos
egg burritos

Egg Burritos

Egg Burritos are my family’s favorite breakfast. Who doesn’t love a warm tortilla oozing with cheese, eggs, sausage, and vegetables? If you’d like to go vegetarian, substitute the sausage for cooked sweet potatoes (just make sure they are diced very small so they cook evenly).

Make in Advance Method: Freezer (about 2 months) or Fridge (3-4 days).

Make-Ahead Freezer Breakfast Burritos
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Egg and Cheese Biscuits

Out of all the options in this post, making egg and cheese biscuits requires the most hands-on time in the kitchen. For this reason, egg and cheese biscuits are considered a special weekend breakfast in our house. Anytime egg and cheese biscuits are on the menu, I plan to serve them for breakfast that morning and freeze the extras for later. To save time, skip the homemade biscuits and use brioche buns! Just add the cheese and egg to the buns, then wrap up and freeze.

Make in Advance Method: Freezer (about 2 months) or Fridge (3-4 days).

Make-Ahead Freezer Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuits
Make these egg and cheese sandwiches with homemade or store-bought biscuits, or use brioche buns to save time. Wrap them up, freeze, and reheat for an easy breakfast.
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Make-Ahead Grab-n-Go Omelet Cups
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Mini Quiche or Omelet Cups

These are so easy to make. Omelet cups can be customized according to your family’s likes and dislikes. For another variation make mini-quiche with seasonal veggies: Easy Spring Vegetable Mini Quiche. If you can’t find asparagus right now try sautéed spinach or peppers.

Make in Advance Method: Freezer (about 2 months) or Fridge (3-4 days).

Make-Ahead Grab-n-Go Omelet Cups
Baked eggs in a muffins cups with bacon and vegetables make for the best grab and go breakfast. Prep this breakfast in advance for an easy weekday meal.
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5 ways to prepare eggs in advance. Make your prep day count and prep those eggs. #5 is my favorite way.
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Hardboiled Eggs

Probably the most boring option on this list, but let’s not discredit the good ol’ hardboiled egg. Hardboiled eggs require 10 minutes of prep time and can be used as a quick breakfast or snack (my son loves to pull a hardboiled egg from the fridge in the morning) or chopped in a weeknight salad. I recommend peeling hardboiled eggs before storing them in the fridge for future use.

To make hardboiled eggs in the Instant Pot: Cook the eggs on a trivet rack with 1 cup of water on high pressure for 4 minutes. Release the steam from the pot immeadiately and move the eggs to an ice bath (water and ice in a bowl). See my full instructions and video tutorial for Instant Pot Hardboiled Eggs.

To boil the perfect hardboiled egg on the stove-top: Place the desired number of eggs in a medium-size pot. Pour water over the eggs, just until the eggs are covered. Add 1 teaspoon of salt (this helps with the peeling, particularly when using fresh farm eggs) and cover the pot with a lid. Bring the water and eggs to a boil. Once boiling, turn off the heat and allow the eggs to rest (with the lid on!) for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes run the eggs under cool water and peel.

Make in Advance Method: Fridge (1 week). Do not freeze.

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How to make the best soft or hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot. This easy method takes less than 10 minutes from start to finish. The cooking time depends on your yolk preference. Cook just 1 egg or as many as will fit in your Instant Pot.
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Deviled Eggs

Besides egg burritos, deviled eggs are my absolute favorite way to prep eggs in advance. Side Note: How many times can I say “eggs” in one sentence? My recipe for deviled eggs includes bacon and herbs–yep, it’s like a party in your mouth!

Make in Advance Method: Fridge (3-4 days). Do not freeze.

6-Ingredient Easy Bacon Deviled Eggs
Easy, 6-ingredient deviled eggs made with real food ingredients. Perfect for a make-ahead lunch, breakfast, or dinner side.
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Scrambled Eggs

Yes! You can make-ahead scrambled eggs for the week. Make scrambled eggs (here’s my recipe and video tutorial for how to make scrambled eggs fluffy and without milk), then wait to cool, store in an airtight container, and reheat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds. You can store scrambled eggs in the fridge for up to 5 days!

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5 ways to prepare eggs in advance. Make your prep day count and prep those eggs. #5 is my favorite way.
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What to Serve With Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Serve these prep-ahead egg recipes on their own or with a side. Here are the best easy-to-make, prep-ahead friendly, quick sides to make:

Toast: Toast and eggs are a classic. I love sourdough toast.
Overnight Oats: Make chocolate peanut butter oats or vanilla oats the night before. Then serve with this recipe for a protein-rich meal.
Avocado Toast: Top a slice of toast with mashed avocado and a squeeze of lemon juice and salt.
Avocado Slices: For a healthy fat, add half an avocado (sliced) with lemon and salt sprinkled on top. Enjoy each bite of the omelette with a slice of avocado.
Fruit: Serve alongside your favorite berries or seasonal fruit.
Banana Bread: A classic, make it advance and enjoy all week for breakfast: almond flour banana bread, sourdough muffins, or maple-sweetened muffins.
Yogurt Bowl: Serve alongside a nutrient-dense yogurt bowl.
Bacon or Sausage Patties: Serve with oven-baked bacon or cooked sausage patties.
Potatoes: Roast potatoes or make a sausage and potato hash.
Pancakes or Waffles: Serve alongside sheet pan pancakespancake muffins, or almond-oat pancakes. Or, serve with almond flour waffles or einkorn waffles.
Roasted Tomatoes: We visited France a few years ago and our hotel served eggs and roasted tomatoes each morning (among other things). Give it a try during the summer when fresh tomatoes are in season. Make the tomatoes in advance and warm them up in a skillet.
Tropical Mango Pineapple Smoothie: A great source of healthy carbs, paired with this protein-rich breakfast. 

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  1. I thought this blog was going to describe how to make eggs for the week, not burritos, biscuits, deviled etc.

    I just want eggs ready to go in the morning. Scrambled or fried. I am not sure which would be best and the best method for preserving them throughout the week without being rubbery. But alas, this blog isn’t how to make eggs in advance, but how to make egg meals in advance.

    1. Hey Katie, Sorry this isn’t what you’re looking for. I would store whatever eggs you’re making in a glass storage container in the fridge. Reheating eggs can be tricky. My best advice is to make hardboiled eggs or omelette cups, as both can be served at room temperature and stored in the fridge for 5 days and you’re not going to end up with a rubbery product.

      For scrambled or fried eggs, you can make them in advance and store as recommended above. I would microwave the scrambled eggs, but the fried egg I would eat at room temperature. Also, don’t store anything in a glass container until fully cool.

      Does that help?

      I’m happy to help with any specifics…what else would you like to know?

      1. Kristin,

        No worries. Sorry if comment sounded harsh–didn’t mean it. I wasn’t sure if it could be done, so I just googled making eggs in advance to see, and I got excited when I saw your blogging thinking it could be done.

        I found this one, though: https://www.sustainablecooks.com/scrambled-eggs/

        Why a glass container as opposed to what the the above blog says–just airtight container?

        I have no doubt your blog is helpful to many. I just can’t eat wheat or dairy, so i need just eggs. Thanks though.

      2. Hey Katie, Any air-tight container will work. I just happen to use glass air-tight containers because I find they work the best and you don’t have any leaching with plastics. You can see how I store all my food and what I consider to be the best of the best containers, here: https://livesimply.me/2019/01/25/real-food-fridge-tour/

        Thanks, glad you found a good answer for what you’re looking for. I appreciate the comment as we’re always looking for ways to improve our reader experience. Also, there’s definitely a way to avoid gluten and dairy in all the recipes above if you’re looking to expand past scrambled eggs. I love Siete tortillas for a gluten free egg burrito and any milk can be substituted with a plant based option. And any cheese can definitely be skipped. Just wanted to throw that out there. I had to go gluten-free and dairy-free for a gut healing protocol for many months and had to find alternatives.

  2. Newbie here with an egg question… how important is it that the eggs are also organic if they are pasture-raised? With a family that eats about 36 eggs a week that $2 a dozen price difference between organic pasture-raised and not could make a big difference in our grocery budget.

    1. Hey TJ, Personally, I go for pasture raised eggs over organic. Sometimes, many times, pasture raised eggs are also organic. For us, I prioritize eggs, dairy, and meat over organic produce so that’s where I’m able to make the room in our budget. With that said, you have to do what’s best for you–both what’s available and budget. I would rather see a family eating fresh, real eggs any day over processed breakfast foods.

  3. I have a large event coming up where we will need to serve breakfast to 700+ people. I am considering what I can do that will be the most simple and produce the least amount of trash. My thought was bagels with cream cheese or with ham, cheese and egg patty and then have some fruit on the size as well. Can I get your advice on the best way to cook that many eggs? I mean if we think 2 eggs per person? I am thinking cooking them in the oven before hand and slicing them into squares and then freezing? But then what would be best for thawing and warming the morning of? I appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks for the great content!

    1. Hey Erin, Wow, that’s a lot of people. I think that’s a great idea. I think either scrambling the eggs in batches (really large skillets), or baking in casserole pans and then slicing (as you mentioned) is the best way to go about this. I would try do everything ahead of time, except cook the eggs that morning.

      1. Can you scramble the eggs the night before? I plan putting scrambled eggs in shell type and the frying it. So plan was to scramble the eggs the night before and then next day make the shells, put the eggs and then fry and serve them. Could you do that or scramble the eggs the same day as well?

  4. Great list! I’m a big fan of eggs for the reason you mentioned.

    Eggs most often make it onto our dinner plate as frittatas. Every couple of weeks, I’ll realize I’m a little backed up on using my fresh produce. Whatever seems like it would be good together gets chopped up and made into a frittata, with or without bacon or sausage, and usually with feta or Parmesan cheese. I make two at once. One cooks in my cast iron skillet and gets eaten that night, the other goes into a glass pie dish and into the freezer to be cooked another night. Yum!

    Thanks for the great ideas!


    1. Hey Grace,

      Great idea–I love it! What a great way to maximize your time in the kitchen. I’ve used this make-ahead method with quiche before, but never thought about frittatas. Thank you for sharing!

  5. We are big fans of making hard boiled eggs and breakfast burritos for the week, but I never think to make deviled eggs and they are so good! I’m going to whip up a batch just for me. No pot luck sharing this time!

  6. If you are a multi tasker and lose track of time here is another way to hard boil eggs. Put two cups of water on your rice cooker, add eggs to the steamer basket and steam for 15 minutes. These are perfectly cooked and I can walk away and know they will always be perfect.