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How to Make an Egg McMuffin

Egg mcmuffin

No need to go to the Golden Arches for breakfast. Make your own Egg McMuffin at home in minutes!

I could probably talk to you all day about my dislike for McDonalds and other fast food restaurants. Watching Super Size Me several years ago helped solidify these feelings, but I’m not going to turn this into my little soap box. One of my beefs (haha) with McDonalds is the insanely high amount of sodium that most of their food contains and the fact that it’s easy to consume a whole day’s worth of calories, fat, and sodium in one “meal.”

If I had to choose one item from their breakfast menu that is remotely “healthy,” and I use that term loosely, it would be the Egg McMuffin. There’s no need to go to McDonalds to enjoy it, however, because you can very easily make it at home, round egg and all, and cut some calories in the process!

Before I even start explaining how to make your own Egg McMuffin at home, I should probably disclose that I hate eggs. There, I said it. Seriously, if I had to choose one food that I despise, it’s eggs. I’ve tried every way of cooking them, and I still can’t stomach them. It’s something with the texture, therefore, I have not tried this version of the breakfast sandwich (I make mine without the egg), but my husband has, and he approves. :)

Now, to keep it real, I should probably also disclose that when I make this tasty sandwich, I usually do not make circular eggs because really, it’s more fuss than it’s worth, but it does look cool. Usually I just scramble an egg, pour it in my 8 inch skillet, fold it over omelet style after a few minutes of cooking, and then fold it again so that it’s more like a triangle that fits on an english muffin nicely.

So how does one go about getting the infamous circular egg? There’s two ways that I know of. First, you can purchase an egg ring or other gadgets at stores like Bed Bath and Beyond. Or, you can be resourceful like I am and empty out a tunafish can, cut off the top and bottom, wash it, and cook the egg that way. Just place the tuna can on your skillet, spray the sides with some cooking spray to prevent the egg from sticking, crack the egg into the circle, then use a fork to poke the yolk so that it spreads across the top of the egg. This will allow it to cook evenly.

One more thing I’d like to mention is that I usually cook multiple eggs in one sitting, then freeze them. Each egg gets wrapped individually with some plastic wrap, then if I know I’m going to make my husband a breakfast sandwich in the morning, I put the cooked egg in the fridge overnight to thaw. In the morning, it literally takes 2 minutes to make his breakfast. I have yet to freeze the whole sandwich Jimmy Dean style because my method of just freezing the egg works well and is still pretty quick.

How to Make an Egg McMuffin

Egg mcmuffin

Prep Time: 2mn
Cook Time: 7mn
Total Time: 9mn

INGREDIENTS

  • English Muffin (I buy Thomas’ Light Multi-Grain – 100 calories)
  • 1 Slice of American Cheese – 60 calories
  • 1 Large Egg – Approximately 90 calories
  • 1 slice Canadian Bacon – 40 calories
  • Butter- optional (I don’t use it)

Total Calories: 290

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat a small non-stick skillet to medium heat. Either cook the egg with an egg ring or tuna can (refer to paragraph above for more info) to get a circular egg or scramble an egg in a bowl and pour into the skillet to cook.
  2. While the egg is cooking, lightly salt and pepper.
  3. Toast an english muffin in the toaster. When the muffin is toasted, immediately place a piece of cheese on the bottom. *Optional – you can spread the english muffin with butter, but I usually omit this.
  4. In the skillet that your egg is cooking in, heat 1 piece of canadian bacon for about 30 seconds on each side.
  5. Place the cooked egg on top of the cheese, top with canadian bacon, and then the top portion of an english muffin.
  6. Serve immediately.

*Note: If you are making this in the morning with an already cooked egg, just toast your English Muffin, then assemble the sandwich and microwave for about 1 minute or until the entire sandwich is heated. This is the method we use during the weekdays when things are hectic and it’s much faster than going through the drive-thru.

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  1. Oh gosh, those egg mcmuffin sandwiches were the definition of my breakfast for early morning soccer games and tournaments when I was younger. Gosh I loved those! I have since learned to make my own egg mcmuffin sandwiches at home, too because uhh hello, like you said “Super-Size Me” totally sealed the deal. I have yet to make the circular eggs, but I love your idea of using an empty tuna can and the ease of freezing and having a hot sandwich in less than 5 minutes on a Tuesday!

    • I almost felt silly posting a “recipe” for these, but I don’t think people realize how easy it is to just make your own hot breakfast sandwich at home. Glad I’m not alone with my McD feelings. Thanks for stopping by! :)

      • I love that you posted this! I do the same thing! I feel I can make most things better, healthier and at much less expense to my family. I love your idea about the tuna can, because I have been experimenting with the egg shape.I also love the idea of freezing them. Thanks for posting this!

  2. Hi,
    I make a delicious “Grown up” version of this classic. I cook the eggs in coconut oil (smells and tastes wonderful, you can use only the whites if you like) Instead of Canadian bacon, I use prosciutto, I use fresh grated parmesan and whole grain muffins, it is fantastic! They also freeze very well as a whole, I usually individually wrap them, then place them all in a freezer bag-Enjoy (You may even like eggs once you try them cooked in coconut oil!)

  3. Hi TJ – unfortunately, I don’t have a clue! You could always buy bulk breakfast sausage and form your own large round sausage patties. If you find them somewhere, let me know!

    • You can buy frozen sausage patties at most grocery stores I think. Jimmy Dean has a line of frozen, precooked patties. I have not tried them. I’m sure there are other brands also.

  4. i like the bway you make mcmuffin

  5. How in the world do you get both the top and bottom of a tuna can off? I can’t do it with any kind of can opener.

  6. How long do you cook the egg for if you want it pretty much like a hard boiled egg?

  7. your using a tuna can idea instead of an egg ring is genius!
    tonight it’s breakfast for dinner (:
    thank

  8. Another good reason to make at home is in the news right now with the idiot at taco bell posting a picture of himself licking a stack of taco shells. No more fast food for me.

  9. i used to work for a fast food place we used the glass custard dishes, sprayed with cooking spray . the egg went in the bottom,, and the sausage went on the lid upside down. the egg and sausage was cookd at the same time, and they were round.

  10. The problem with most tuna cans today is the bottoms are preformed and cannot be removed with a can opener.

  11. Thanks so much for posting this recipe/how to. I started making these for my husband, who liked them so much he started making them for himself almost immediately. Now this has taken the place of our weekly breakfast trip to McDonald’s and it saves money when you can buy many of the ingredients in bulk. Thanks so much for sharing your recipes and the stories behind them. They help me understand your perspective and your preferences, which I can identify very often! Plus, I have not felt any of your recipes have been a waste of time/money, which I cannot say about many other sources for recipes. Thanks again for all you do and share, I will keep coming back!

  12. Great recipe. Try onion or green pepper rings for the eggs. Delicious and no ring to wash.

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