Eggs Nested in Sautéed Chard and Mushrooms

Runny eggs, steamed on a bed of sautéed chopped chard, onions, and shiitake mushrooms.

Eggs Chard Mushrooms
Elise Bauer

This is my lazy girl's lunch.

Lazy, because even when I've eaten every last pickle in the fridge, I can usually find a few fresh eggs, a couple mushrooms, and half an onion there.

Lazy, because when I can't be bothered to go to the store, I have to look for what I can scrounge in the garden, and the only things thriving in my garden bed at the moment (early March) are parsley and chard.

And who wants to eat a big plate of sautéed parsley?

Garden Swiss Chard
Beautiful, happy, survived-with-winter, about-to-be-eaten Swiss chard. Elise Bauer

Now that I think about it, this dish could also be considered a lazy girl's dish because it's really easy to make, and only uses one pan, preferably one with a stick-free coating (meaning that it takes less than a minute to clean up.)

But the real reason I love this dish?

Because it tastes so good.

Fresh Swiss chard is probably the most delightful leafy green you can eat. Tender, not bitter, almost sweet in fact, and I'm convinced it's got built-in seasoning.

Eggs Nested in Sautéed Chard and Mushrooms
Elise Bauer

You just don't need to add much salt to chard. Top it with a runny egg and the egg yolk creates a luscious dipping sauce for the chard.

The mushrooms are just there for fun. I love mushrooms with eggs, and shiitakes pack a lot of flavor, so you only need a couple.

Eat your greens!

Eggs Nested in Sautéed Chard and Mushrooms

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Serving 1 serving

Shiitakes are highly flavorful mushrooms, and will really make this dish special if you use them, though you can use just about any mushroom. You can also skip the fresh mushrooms and sprinkle the eggs with truffle salt.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 8 ounces fresh chard

  • 2 to 3 large shiitake mushrooms, sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 to 2 eggs


  1. Prep the chard:

    Cut out the thick, tough center ribs of the chard leaves. Chop the ribs into 1/2 inch pieces and place in a bowl.

    Add the chopped onions and mushrooms to the bowl.

    Cut the remaining chard leaves crosswise into 1-inch ribbons, set aside.

    swiss chard leaves on cutting board
    Elise Bauer
  2. Sauté chard ribs, onions, mushrooms:

    Heat the olive oil in a large, stick-free sauté pan (with cover) on medium high heat. Add the onions, chard ribs, and mushrooms.

    Sauté for about 4 to 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent and the mushrooms are a little brown on the edges and have started to give up their moisture.

    saute swiss chard stems and mushrooms
    Elise Bauer
  3. Add the sliced chard leaves, season with salt and pepper:

    Add the green sliced chard leaves to the sauté pan. Use tongs to turn the leaves over in the pan so that the leaves get coated with some of the olive oil and the onions and mushrooms are well mixed in with the leaves. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

    swiss chard tongs in pan
    Elise Bauer
  4. Add the eggs:

    Spread the mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan. Crack one or two fresh eggs in the center of the pan, over the chard mushroom mixture. Cook uncovered until the bottom whites are well set. Then lower the heat to medium and cover the pan. Cook for another minute or two.

    swiss chard raw eggs in pan
    Elise Bauer
    swiss chard cooked eggs in pan
    Elise Bauer

    When the whites are cooked, remove the pan from the heat and use a spatula to gently transfer the eggs and chard to a plate to serve.

    Serve immediately. Cut into the egg yolks so that the runny yolks run over the chard and mushrooms and form something of a sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
419 Calories
32g Fat
24g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 419
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 779mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 47mg 233%
Calcium 187mg 14%
Iron 7mg 37%
Potassium 1621mg 34%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.