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Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp

We’re obsessed with Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp. After you follow our ramped-up avocado toast recipe at home, you’ll be obsessed too.

Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp Close Up

Eating at home has motivated us to be more experimental in the kitchen. A prime example of our recent culinary creativity is layering mashed avocado and egg over toast and then sprinkling chili crisp on top.

Like us, you’ve probably eaten avo toast many times before. Who hasn’t? Popular from Sydney to San Francisco as well as here in Lisbon, the open-faced sandwich is a cafe darling that’s both enjoyable to eat and easy to prepare.

Avocado Egg Toast with Magazine and Sunglasses
Eating Avocodo Toast at home makes us feel like we’re in a cafe but without the cafe price tag.

But have you eaten the hipster favorite with scrambled eggs and chili crisp? If not, you’re missing out on avo toast nirvana – a level of culinary bliss that you can achieve in a home kitchen with just a handful of ingredients and no special tools.

Pro Tip

You need chili crisp in your kitchen and in your life. The Chinese condiment with fried garlic, shallots and chili oil is an addictive blend that adds salty, sweet, spicy and umami elements to pretty much anything.

The Skinny on Avocado Toast

Avocado without Pit
A ripe avocado is a beautiful thing.

Let’s cut to the chase – avocado toast won’t make you skinny. Each avocado has just over 300 calories and around 30 grams of fat.

Granted, most of the fat in an avocado is monounsaturated fat, i.e. the good fat. Plus avocados are chock filled with fiber and vitamins. In other words, avocados are both caloric and healthy.

The key is to eat the best avocado toast possible and make those calories count.

First Layer of Avocado Egg Toast
We spread half of this avocado over two slices of toast.

When we make avocado toast at home, we use a fully ripened avocado and really good bread that we buy at local Lisbon cafes and bakeries. At first, we added typical ingredients like fresh lime juice, olive oil, red pepper flakes and sea salt.

The result was solid, rivaling avocado toasts we’ve eaten while traveling in global cities like Amsterdam and London. Hooray!

But that was just the start of our avo toast journey. The next step was adding eggs.

Avocado and Egg Combination

Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp Up Close
Looks lush. Right?

Adding protein to avocado toast is a great way to transform the tasty snack into a meal. For us, adding an egg was a no-brainer since we typically eat avocados in the morning unless we’re eating them in guacamole with chips.

You can use whatever egg preparation floats your boat – poaching, frying or scrambling. We typically scramble our eggs unless we roll them into French omelettes. So that’s what we do in this recipe.

Daryl Eats Avocado Egg Toast
Daryl happily attacks Avocado Egg Toast with chili crisps in our Lisbon apartment. He even planned ahead with his color coordination.

Once we started adding eggs to our avocado toast, it made sense to experiment with spices beyond pepper flakes and sea salt. The options are practically endless when it comes to avocado toast variations.

First, we tried piri piri sauce, a Portuguese hot sauce (similar to Frank’s or Tabasco) that we add to a lot of food these days, and it tasted pretty good. But things went next level after we went shopping for our Asian pantry.

Chili Crisp – The Magical Ingredient

Chili Crisp on Spoon
Chili crisp fills our spoons and feeds our souls.

Did we mention that we love Asian food? From pho in Vietnam to dumplings in Hong Kong, we adore the flavors and cuisines throughout the entire continent. Now that we’ve embraced home cooking, it only made sense for us to buy a wok and various Asian food staples.

While shopping at a local Asian market, we picked up a jar of Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili Crisp. You’ve probably seen it before – it’s the jar with the picture of the angry Asian godmother. We get her angst. The jar makes us angry too since we know that it will eventually be empty.

Pro Tip

You can buy other versions of chili crisp but Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili Crisp is the one that started the craze. You should be able to find jars in your local Asian market like we did or you can order jars from Amazon.

Chili Crisp Jar
Good flavors live inside this jar of Lao Gan Ma chili crisp.

Obviously we’re not the first to discover chili crisp. With a little research, we found oodles of articles waxing poetically about the Chinese condiment’s addictive charms. We even watched an entertaining YouTube video that inspired us to add chili crisp to foods beyond stir-fried noodles and rice.

Adding chili crisp to avocado and egg on toast has been a bit of a game-changer when it comes to eating avocados for breakfast at home. While not earth-shatteringly unique in concept, the chili crisp adds a spicy crunch along with a hit of umami thanks to caramelization of the fried ingredients… along with our friend MSG.

Chili Crisp on Spoon Next to Lid
Although we could eat this chili crisp straight from the spoon, we drizzled it over our avocado egg toast.

Fun Fact

MSG (monosodium glutamate) gets a bad rap since it allegedly causes some people to experience unpleasant symptoms like nausea and headaches. These effects have never been proven and glutamates exist naturally in many of the foods we eat.

How to Make Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp

Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp on Table
Drizzling chili crisp is a transformative step in our recipe.

We get that Avocado Egg Toast with (or without) Chili Crisp is a simple dish. However, the dish’s simplicity doesn’t take away from the pleasure that it provides without a lot of effort.

Since this recipe doesn’t have a lot of ingredients, you’ll want to make sure that each element is the best possible. Buy (or bake!) good bread. Let the avocado ripen. Scramble the eggs with butter instead of margarine. Buy authentic chili crisp. All of these steps are under your control.

Cutting the Avocado

Avocado with Pit
Daryl successfully cut this avocado in half without fuss or muss.

Be careful when cutting the avocado so that you don’t cut yourself or make a mess. Either of these results would put an unnecessary damper on your meal.

We recommend using a sharp chef’s knife and cutting the avocado over a cutting board. You’ll want to slice into the avocado until your knife reaches the pit. At that point, rotate the avocado, while still on the board, and continue slicing all the way around.

Removing the Avocado Pit
He then carefully used his chef’s knife to extricate the pit.

The next step is to twist the avocado until it separates into two halves. All that’s left to do is remove the pit which you can do by attacking it with the knife in a single motion or scooping it out with a spoon. We recommend the spoon method for safety.

Assembling the Avocado Toast with Egg and Chili Crisp

Chopped Avocado
Avocado chunks form the first layer of the recipe.

After you’ve cut the avocado, you’re ready to mash it and assemble your avo toast.

In this recipe, we scoop out the lush avocado flesh with a spoon and chop it into wedges with our chef’s knife. We then slather it on top of freshly toasted bread, mashing it with a fork.

Pro Tip

Almost any sliced bread will work in this recipe but we typically use an artisanal sourdough boule that we cut into thick slices. As always, what you get out of a recipe is only as good as what you put into it.

Slathering the Avocado
We use a fork to quickly spread our smashed avocado.

We could stop here but where’s the fun in that? Instead, we add a layer of scrambled egg on top of the mashed avocado. Not only do the eggs add a colorful panache, but the added protein also turns the toast from a snack to a meal.

Spoonful of Chili Crisp with Avocado Egg Toast
A spoonful of chili crisp goes a long way.

The last step is adding the secret weapon – Lao Gan Ma Spicy Chili Crisp. This addition provides a boost of flavor that makes us smile with every crunchy, spicy, tongue-tingling bite. We also finish our toast with a sprinkle of sea salt.

Avocado Egg Toast Recipe with Chili Crisp

Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp with Salad
Salad complements avocado toast both in color and texture.

This recipe is ridiculously easy to follow and should take you under 15 minutes from start to finish.

Scrambling the eggs takes the most time. You’ll want to toast the bread at the same time.

Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp with Utensils
Dig in – it’s Avocado Egg Toast time!

We recommend serving the finished dish with freshly dressed salad and your drink of choice. We typically opt for coffee but white wine would work well too. If you’re entertaining, you may want to serve Mimosas with your avocado toast creations.

Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp on Plain Plate

Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

You'll love making Avocado Egg Toast with Chili Crisp almost as much as you'll love eating it. It's super easy to assemble and tastes like a dream.

Ingredients

  • 2 slices bread
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp chili crisp
  • 1 tsp butter
  • sea salt, to taste
  • white pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Scramble eggs in a non-stick pan with butter, salt and white pepper.
  2. At the same time, toast bread in a toaster.
  3. Use a fork to spread avocado chunks over the toast.
  4. Use the same fork to spread scrambled eggs over the avocado layer.
  5. Drizzle chili crisp over the egg layer.
  6. Finish with sea salt to taste.

Notes

  • Buy ripe avocados (black and soft). Another option is to buy avocados in advance so you have time for them to fully ripen on a sunny window sill. You can store ripe avocados in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days.
  • Serve with a simple tomato and lettuce salad to create a satisfying meal.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 665Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 383mgSodium: 1233mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 10gSugar: 5gProtein: 23g

Nutrition Disclosure: We used an online calculator to calculate this information. Though 2foodtrippers.com has attempted to secure accurate data, these nutritional figures are estimates.

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About the Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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