There really isn't a more versatile ingredient to always have on hand in the refrigerator than eggs. Eggs help us start our days off right and give our baked goods moisture and structure. They're also inexpensive, full of protein, and a lifesaver at dinner when you need to throw a quick meal together.
But eggs at dinner can be just more than just scrambled eggs; they can truly be the star! Whether they're stirred into soups, baked with veggies or lentils, or fried on top of polenta or greens, here are 26 delicious ways to eat eggs for dinner tonight.
This simple meal is the ultimate choice when you're not really in the mood to cook too much but still want something that's hearty and satisfying. It's also worth making extra so you can bring leftovers for lunch.
This dish starts with a rice and lentil stew, but the fun part is in the garnishes: Spicy harissa, crunchy pine nuts, and a fried egg finish this bowl and turn it into an exciting dinner.
Kimchi adds tang and spice to this unique take on quick-cooking fried rice. If you'd like to add even more flavor, cook a little bacon in the skillet first and fry the rice in its fat.
While this recipe calls for Swiss chard, feel free to use any leafy green, like kale or spinach, that you may have tucked in your crisper drawer. And if you'd rather not poach the eggs, frying them is equally as tasty.
All the best components of French onion soup — the caramelized onions, the melty cheese, and the toasted bread — come together in this extra-savory frittata.
Pick up a container of zucchini noodles and a jar of your favorite pesto and in about 5 minutes you've got a simple, comforting dinner that feels as if it took much longer to make.
This bright and vibrant curry features cherry tomatoes with Indian spices and sliced hard-boiled eggs. It's a great way to use up extra hard-boiled eggs!
An egg helps thicken this satisfying and comforting Chinese soup full of tofu and mushrooms, all in a spicy-sour broth.
Start by making warmly spiced and stewed lentils and split peas, then crack an egg into each serving and bake until the egg is just set for a vegetarian dinner.
10. Green Shakshuka
Shakshuka is traditionally made with a tomato base, but this green version has leeks, greens, and feta cheese all cooked in a skillet with eggs cracked on top. Serve with crusty bread to mop up all the goodness.
Turn even a small amount of leftovers into tacos with the addition of scrambled eggs. Stuff the scrambled eggs with leftover veggies or meat into tortillas and top with hot sauce for an easy way to clear out the fridge.
12. Lyonnaise Salad
I love this classic French salad of greens, crispy bacon, and a poached egg with a shallot vinaigrette. The runny egg yolks help to form a delicious sauce and turn this salad into a light dinner.
Up your scrambled egg game by cooking them with ginger, chiles, and spices. Serve with rice or use some Indian naan bread to scoop them up.
Instead of making or buying pie dough, put quiche filling in hollowed-out French bread for an easy-but-satisfying dinner. This version is filled with eggs, smoked salmon, herbs, and cheese that bake into "boats" to easily serve a crowd!
Simmer broth with star anise and cinnamon, then add in chewy udon noodles, bok choy, and eggs for a satisfying noodle soup that really only takes a few minutes to put together.
This hearty omelet is packed with protein, thanks to the addition of quinoa in the filling. Sun-dried tomatoes, fresh spinach, and tangy goat cheese finish this omelet that is really a complete dinner all in itself.
Chilaquiles is a great way to use up leftover corn tortillas; all you need to do is simmer them in sauce and add in some beans. Finish it all with a fried egg and some avocado.
It may seem complicated, but a cheese soufflé is really just a delicious combination of eggs and cheese. Make a bechamél sauce, fold in melted cheese and whipped eggs, and watch it magically transform into an airy but totally satisfying dinner.
Frittatas are really just baked egg casseroles, and you can fill them with just about anything. This vegetarian version has sautéed potatoes, bell peppers, and Gouda cheese. Round the meal out with a green side salad.
One of the most comforting pasta dishes out there is carbonara. The secret is that beaten eggs and cheese turn into a creamy sauce that coats the pasta and bacon. You might not even realize that eggs are in there, but they're foundational to this dish; it just isn't carbonara without them!
This stew of collard greens, bacon, onions, and broth is served with a crispy fried egg over creamy polenta.
Make this savory cake filled with eggs, cauliflower, and fresh herbs now. It's also great at room temperature and makes for a great lunch the next day too.
Get your meat, greens, and beans together in this dish that finishes it all with a baked egg that's cracked on top. Don't forget some bread for mopping up the sauce.
Bake a few beaten eggs with milk, frozen artichokes, sausage, and goat cheese. Leftovers work well for lunch the next day too!
Cook a broth of hominy, tomatoes, and chiles, then top with fried eggs and avocado to make it more substantial. While you can certainly have this for breakfast, we like the idea of posole and eggs for dinner just as much.
The great thing about this feta and dill-spiked omelet is you can prepare it ahead of time and freeze it, unbaked, for up to three months. After a quick thaw overnight, it bakes up for an easy dinner.