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garlicky kale and fried egg cups


When I look at our morning harvest of greens my brain automatically starts thinking of different ways to cook and eat the same old stuff.

6-8 harvest

As it turns out, kale and eggs go together like peanut butter and jelly.



The idea for these garlic and egg “cupcakes” came to me when I saw something similar at a cafe in town here. The only difference is that the cafe used puff pastry as the shell instead of the kale leaves. I thought I would give this a shot using my favorite green vegetable as the shell.


The result was nothing short of amazing. I loved how easy these were to whip up. They would make a great appetizer at a brunch, or the perfect lunch with a side salad and piece of crusty bread. Go crazy!

Garlicky Kale And Fried Egg Cups

Prep Time: 5 mins.    Cook Time: 25 mins.    Serves: 6

  • 1 large bunch of kale, stems removed
  • 6 eggs, (free range and organic if possible)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl combine kale, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Massage the oil and garlic into the kale.
  3. Lightly oil your cupcake pan.
  4. Fill each cupcake tin with a few leaves of kale. Crack 1 egg into each tin. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and a little more salt and pepper.
  5. Place in the oven for about 15-20 minutes or until egg yoke is set.
  6. Enjoy!


Use this recipe as a guide. Cooking time may vary depending on your oven. Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary.

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10 thoughts on “garlicky kale and fried egg cups

  1. Simply Life says:

    I love the combo of kale and eggs – these are so creative!

  2. This looks awesome!! I love the idea of massaging the kale first- did they get crispy like kale chips/were you able to hold them in your hand? Wishing for a kale and fried egg cup now..

  3. Beth says:

    Andrea, this is inspired!
    Thank you for a fab, easy, nutritious and creative recipe!

  4. Such a cute idea! The more kale, the merrier.

  5. This is seriously genius! I love the idea of combining kale and dippy eggs :).

  6. How ingenious are these?! Oh my gosh, I love it!

  7. Julia says:

    How did I miss this post?? Egg cupcakes? Seriously, you’re the love of my life with that brilliant head of yours! Beautiful, my lady!

  8. Amy Jo says:

    Such a delicious and creative dish! Wonderful, Andrea.

  9. Becky says:

    This was an absolutely gorgeous recipe! simple to prepare, just as beautiful in person as the photos you posted, and amazing to taste…I am always looking for wheat-free ways to cook our favs and the old egg-in-a-nest has now been replaced. I loved the garlic & parm- just perfect. Thank you so much for a new breakfast favorite.

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