It’s difficult to think of a more indulgent and yet comforting brunch dish than eggs benedict. And it’s difficult to order anything else once you spot them on the menu!
No need to go out to eat when eggs benedict is easy to make at home! If you’re looking to treat yourself and your family or friends to a stylish start to a Saturday or Sunday morning, you definitely need to give them a go.
Once you’ve nailed the basic version, it’s so easy to add infinite twists on the dish. Here are ten variations to get you started on your eggs benedict life journey.
Start off with Elise’s accessible and delicious Eggs Benedict recipe then play around with these ideas! We keep the basics throughout—English muffin, poached egg, and Hollandaise sauce. The suggestions below are to sandwich in the middle, or pile on top.
You may want to keep the Canadian bacon from the classic recipe or skip it in favor of other ingredients like smoked salmon or sautéed spinach—if you are going for a vegetarian version of eggs benedict, obviously the bacon gets deleted. Anything goes!
1. California-Style Eggs Benedict
Top the whole shebang with a quarter of an avocado, thinly sliced, a few slices of fresh tomato and some sprouts. A small shower of julienned radishes is a nice way to finish this version.
2. Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Top the English muffin with a smear of cream cheese, a few slices of smoked salmon, a half teaspoon of capers, and a bit of chopped fresh dill.
3. Prosciutto and Mozzarella Eggs Benedict
Place a thin slice of fresh mozzarella on top of a toasted English muffin and warm it in the oven until the cheese gets a bit melty. Skip the Canadian bacon in this version and drape a slice of prosciutto over the mozzarella and then top with the egg and hollandaise sauce.
4. Green Eggs and Ham
Spread a layer of creamed or sautéed kale or spinach over the English Muffin, either keep the bacon or pick a terrific ham to go with, then finish assembling the eggs benedict.
5. Caviar Eggs Benedict
Sure this looks and sounds very fancy, but if you just top your classic eggs benedict with a dollop of salmon roe from the market, you can make a very stylish eggs benedict without a lot of cost (but hey, if you want to go for serious caviar, that’s between you and your wallet). Eggs squared! A touch of minced red onion on top adds a nice finish. I’d probably skip the bacon for this one.
6. Eggs Benedict Burger
A thin cooked burger patty instead of the bacon (or hey, maybe in addition to?) slid underneath the eggs and sauce turns this delicious breakfast into a true meal. Some microgreens sprinkled on top add welcome color and a bit of crunch.
7. Pesto Eggs Benedict
Spread a teaspoon of your favorite pesto on the English muffin before layering on the rest of the ingredients. Try these pesto recipes:
8. Mushroom Eggs Benedict
Cook up some sliced mushrooms with a bit of fresh thyme or marjoram in a little olive oil or butter and pile them onto the toasted English muffin before building the rest of the eggs benedict (You can steal the sautéed mushroom directions from this recipe!)
You can use plain old button mushrooms or spruce it up even more with an assortment of wild mushrooms. Morels would be lovely in the spring. You could also add a touch of marsala or Madeira wine to the mushrooms as they finish cooking for a little more depth and sweetness.
9. Crab Eggs Benedict
A lush way to begin your day! Like the caviar option, the type of crab you choose may depend on your budget, but go for the biggest chunks your wallet can stand. Layer spinach or other delicate greens on top of the English muffin, top it with the crab, then finish layering on the rest of the ingredients.
Diced lobster meat is another indulgent add-in choice. Finish it off with some snipped fresh chives.
10. Grilled Pineapple Hawaiian Eggs Benedict
Layering in a slice of pineapple that was seared up on the grill adds juiciness, sweetness and tanginess. Keep the ham, and it’s like eating Hawaiian Pizza for breakfast!. If using fresh pineapple, check our step by step instructions on how to cut a pineapple.