These air fryer egg bites are perfect to take on-the-go or add to your weekend brunch board. They only take 20 minutes to make and pack in satisfying protein to power your day! Plus, you get to customize them with any veggies of your choice.
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What are egg bites?
Egg bites are a savory morsel made of eggs, cheese, and veggies–resembling muffins. They’re often served at coffee shops or can be found in the store. Here we are making them homemade by whisking together simple ingredients and cooking in muffin liners. Oftentimes egg bites are baked in the oven, but for this recipe we are cooking them in the air fryer to cut time and provide for extra flavor.
Why you’ll love it
This egg bites recipe is a versatile meal or snack option. We love how they’re easy to make, packed with nutrients, and incredibly customizable. Making them in the air fryer gives you a golden brown top. Plus, air fryer egg bites are perfect for summertime so you don’t have to heat up your oven.
If you don’t have an air fryer, you can also microwave them one-by-one for 60 seconds in a small mason jar. See the recipe card for the full instructions.
You can even meal prep these egg bites ahead of time and store them in the fridge or freezer. If freezing, add them to an airtight bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Then, simply thaw the night before and reheat in the microwave when ready to enjoy.
Whether you need a quick grab-and-go breakfast or a weekend brunch recipe, these egg bites have got you covered.
Are egg bites nutritious?
These bites feature eggs as the star of the show! Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse with 6 grams of complete protein in just one large egg. Along with high quality protein, eggs also provide essential vitamins and minerals for healthy living. Learn more about the health benefits of eggs on my Customizable Bistro Box post!
The addition of colorful vegetables in these egg bites further boosts the nutrient content too. All in all, you can feel good about adding this wholesome meal or snack into your weekly routine.
Can eggs be part of a heart healthy?
Yes! The cholesterol in food doesn’t impact your body’s cholesterol, therefore, eggs do not negatively impact heart health. In fact, according to the American Heart Association, healthy people can enjoy ~7 eggs per week as part of a heart-healthy diet.
Other foods that make up a heart-healthy diet includes fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats.
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How to make air fryer egg bites
With this recipe, you’ll whip up delectable air fryer egg bites in just 20 minutes. You only need 4 ingredients for the egg bites with 3 topping options.
Ingredients you’ll need
- Eggs: A complete protein base and a brain supporter for every age and stage.
- Milk: Adds creaminess and richness to the egg mixture.
- Vegetables: Diced into 1/4″ pieces for bursts of texture and nutrition.
- Cheese: Adds delicious, umami goodness to each bite.
- Toppings: Gives extra depth and flavor to these egg bites.
What seasonings do you need?
We are keeping it simple and using salt and pepper to season these muffin tin egg bites. However, you can definitely get creative and add a dash of everything bagel seasoning, garlic powder, or red pepper flakes.
1. Mix ingredients
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, vegetables, shredded cheese, salt, and pepper.
2. Add to liners
Distribute the egg mixture evenly among 12 silicone muffin liners, filling each about 2/3 full.
3. Place in air fryer and cook
Gently place the muffin liners in the air fryer and bake for 10-12 minutes until the egg bites are cooked through. To check doneness, remove an egg bite with tongs – if it’s still runny, cook for another 2-4 minutes. The USDA recommends cooking egg dishes to 160°F.
4. Add toppings
Once they’re perfectly cooked, top your egg bites with diced avocado, halved cherry tomatoes, and sliced green onions for an extra flavor punch and texture!
Tips and tricks
- Serving Tips: Enjoy your air fryer egg bites with a side of fresh fruit or a green smoothie for a balanced breakfast.
- Troubleshooting Tips: To avoid overcooking and ending up with dry egg bites, start at the lower end of the cooking time range and then cook more if needed. Everyone’s air fryer is slightly different with cook times.
- Scaling Tips: Want to feed a crowd? Simply double or triple the recipe and cook in batches in the air fryer. These egg bites are perfect for meal prepping a bunch too!
Customize it your way
Like all of my other recipes, these egg bites are completely customizable. You get to choose what type of milk, cheese, and veggies you want to use.
- Milk – You can use any variety of dairy milk like skim milk, 1%, or whole milk. If you’re not a fan of dairy milk, you could also swap for plain, unsweetened plant milk.
- Veggies – Use a variety of any colorful veggies you have on hand or enjoy. The only vegetables you would NOT want to use here are raw root vegetables like potatoes, beets, or carrots. These will be too hard and don’t cook quick enough.
- Cheese – This recipe calls for any shredded cheese you like. We love a classic shredded cheddar but feel free to use cheddar jack, mozzarella, gruyere, or another type of shredded cheese.
What if I don’t have an air fryer?
Alternatively, you can also microwave these egg bites. To do this, use 4 ounce mason jars and fill halfway. Then, microwave for 60 seconds to cook.
Can I make them ahead of time?
Absolutely! These egg bites are meal prep friendly. Whip up a batch on Sunday and store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. You’ll have a nutritious breakfast ready to go each morning, even on your busiest days.
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Air Fryer Egg Bites
- 6 large eggs
- 1/4 cup milk of your choice (skim milk, 1% milk, whole milk, or lactose-free milk)
- 1 cup quick-cooking vegetables of your choice*, diced into 1/4″ pieces (I like to do a mixture of bell peppers and spinach. You could also add other veggies like zucchini, yellow squash, broccoli, corn, kale, mushrooms, or onions. Don’t be afraid to use what you have!)
- ½ cup shredded cheese of your choice (cheddar, mozzarella, cheddar jack, gruyere, etc.)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Ripe avocado, diced
- Cherry tomatoes, halved
- Green onions, sliced
- Preheat air fryer to 300ºF. (Note: If air fryer doesn’t have a preheat mode, simply let it heat for 2 minutes before adding the egg bites.)
- Add all egg bite ingredients to a large bowl and whisk together.
- Distribute egg mixture evenly among 12 silicone muffin liners, filing up each liner about 2/3 way full. This is about 1/4 cup of the egg mixture per liner.
- Use both hands or two tongs to gently place cups in air fryer basket and air fry for 10-12 minutes until cooked through. (Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to work in batches.)
- Once the cooking is completed, be sure to check if it’s complete by using two tongs to remove an egg cup. Then, use a knife to gently slice down the middle of one. If it’s still runny, put back and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Top egg bites with diced avocado, tomato, and green onions.
- Store any leftover egg bites in an airtight container for up to 5 days in the fridge.