Air fryer egg bites are a fantastic addition to your breakfast repertoire. Not only are they incredibly easy to make, they also offer a nutritious and delightful way to start your day.
You can meal prep these fluffy, protein-packed morsels, customize them with your favorite ingredients, and be ready to grab one for a quick breakfast on a busy day.
So, whether you're enjoying a leisurely morning or rushing out the door, these egg bites are the perfect way to satisfy your taste buds and fuel your body for the day ahead.
Why You Will Love This Recipe
Air fryer egg bites are easy to love! They are super easy to make and provide a balanced and nutritious start to your day. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and essential nutrients, these bites will keep you energized and satisfied until your next meal.
Plus, they are small and portable, ideal for grab and go on busy mornings. (so basically, every day!)
First, let's talk about the equipment. You'll need an air fryer, of course. I have the Ninja Digital Air Fry Pro (Countertop), and that is what was used to develop and test this recipe.
You also need something to cook the egg bites in. When you make them in a standard oven, most people use a muffin pan. But for an air fryer, you probably need something a little smaller. 😁
I have silicone egg poachers that I love for this. They come in a 4-pack, and they are easy to arrange to fit whatever model air fryer you have.
I have tested these poachers both greased and ungreased. The egg bites release just as easily without greasing the mold, which is a big plus for me. (one less thing!)
⏲️How to Make Egg Bites in the Air Fryer
First whisk together the eggs and milk. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Stir in the chopped spinach, bacon bits, chopped green onion, and shredded cheese.
Divide the egg mixture equally into the silicone molds.
I like to place the molds directly on the air fryer tray before filling. (lined with foil for easy spill clean up)
This next step is technically optional, but I like to add a sprinkle of cheese on top. Because there's no such thing as too much cheese!
Once filled, I just pop the tray in the air fryer and start the cycle: Air Fry - 375F - 15 minutes.
💭Preheat or No Preheat?
Some air fryers tell you to preheat, others do not. Mine does not require this step, and it only takes under 2 minutes to come up to temperature once you start the cooking cycle.
However, egg bites have a very short cooking cycle, so preheating the air fryer can make a difference. I'm providing timing for each option to help with this.
If I want to shave a few minutes off that cooking time, I preheat the air fryer. For mine, I set a 10 minute cycle at 375 and start it while I'm mixing everything together. When I'm ready to cook, I just pause the air fryer, place the tray in the oven, and then re-set the timer for 10-12 minutes. (10 minutes is enough if the bites will sit for a couple minutes before eating. If I need to serve right away, I cook for 12 minutes).
I love the yummy browned cheese on these egg bites!
Every air fryer is different, so you'll want to figure out what works best with yours. Run the cycle for the shorter time, then use a fork to "peek" inside an egg bite to determine "doneness". The beauty of this is how easy it is to just run the air fryer for another 2 minutes or so if the egg bites seem under cooked.
📖Substitutions and Variations
Once you've got the timing down, there are countless ways to customize these egg bites to your taste or mood. Here are a few ideas to try:
Cheese: I typically use Cheddar-Jack or a Mexican blend, because I always have one of those in stock. But there are a lot of cheeses to choose from. Try a pizza blend or maybe some feta for a fun variation!
Meat: Bacon bits are so convenient, but you could cook your own bacon and chop it up for these bites. Or substitute with ham or some cooked breakfast sausage. A great use for leftovers! Or just eliminate the meat for a vegetarian version.
Veggies: The spinach adds a lot of nutrition, but you could substitute with other leafy greens if you like. Chopped frozen spinach (thawed) would also work. And what's really delicious is a little potato in the mix. Just thaw out some tater tots, chop them up and put a few pieces in the bottom of each mold before adding the egg mixture. This takes away the low carb quality but it is so worth it!
These egg bites can be prepared in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. They are perfect for meal prep!
To reheat, you can microwave (about a minute is usually enough), or pop them back into the air fryer for a few minutes until warmed through.
Sometimes I place the silicone molds with egg bites into the airtight container in the fridge. Then microwave the egg bite right in the mold. Super convenient!
Absolutely! Allow them to cool completely, then place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and warm them in the air fryer or microwave.
You can use all egg whites or a combination of whole eggs and egg whites, depending on your dietary preferences.
💭More Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day
While you've got that air fryer fired up, consider making some frozen sausage patties in the air fryer. A great addition to an egg bite breakfast!
If you love to prep some grab-and-go breakfasts for your busy work week, Add some chia seed pudding and overnight oats into the mix.
Chia seed pudding is incredibly versatile, you can add pretty much any fruit! Try some dragon fruit chia pudding for a bright start to the day! Mango pudding is another popular choice, and when berries are in season, try some blackberry chia pudding.
Air Fryer Egg Bites
- 4 eggs large
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper or to taste
- 1 cup baby spinach (a large handful) chopped
- 1 green onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons bacon bits
- ⅓ cup cheese, shredded plus more for topping
- Whisk the eggs and milk in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Stir in the chopped spinach, bacon bits, chopped green onion, and shredded cheese.
- Place silicone molds on the air fryer tray and divide the egg mixture evenly into the cups.
- Sprinkle additional shredded cheese into each cup, as desired.
- Air fry for 15 minutes at 375F.* (see below for preheat option)
- Remove from air fryer and serve.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.