Recipe Review

Jennifer Aniston’s Hack for Her Morning Eggs Is So Smart, I Can’t Stop Making It for Breakfast

published Jun 1, 2024
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Avocado toast with fried egg
Credit: Ashia Aubourg

As a food writer and serious home cook, I’m always mixing yolks into all kinds of recipes: Caesar dressing, ice cream, and, of course, my all-time favorite, carbonara. The only problem? I often wind up with a bunch of egg whites left to use. So, when I came across Jennifer Aniston’s go-to breakfast hack, I realized it could help with my dilemma.

The particular trick involves cooking the leftover whites into an over-easy egg. “I’ll have that with avocado toast sprinkled with olive oil and salt and pepper,” Aniston said in an interview with Bon Appétit. But would the extra protein mess up my ability to make a perfectly cooked, over-easy egg? And more importantly, does it actually taste good? Here’s what happened when I decided to give it a try. 

How to Make Jennifer Aniston’s Egg White Avocado Toast

Start by toasting your favorite type of bread, such as honey, rye, or multigrain. While the slice is crisping, grab an avocado, cut it in half, remove the pit, and scoop out the flesh. Mash the avocado with a fork until it resembles a creamy texture. 

Melt butter or your choice of oil — like extra-virgin olive, avocado, or grape seed — in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Carefully crack an egg into a bowl. In the same container, pour the leftover egg whites. Meanwhile, spread the mashed avocado on the toast.

Next, add the egg mixture to the heated pan. Here’s where Aniston’s hack comes in — it’s all about the over-easy egg (aka an egg delicately cooked on both sides that maintains a luscious, runny yolk.) To master this preparation, fry the egg until its white part sets (meaning it transforms from clear to white), about 2 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the egg gently, and cook for 30 more seconds. 

Place the finished over-easy egg on the avocado toast and garnish with salt, pepper, and olive oil. 

Credit: Ashia Aubourg

My Honest Review of Jennifer Aniston’s Egg White Hack

Bottom line: I found this avocado toast delicious, easy to throw together, and a nice way to use leftover egg whites. I was relieved by how effortless it was to flip the egg despite its addition of extra whites. I side-eyed adding extra protein to the egg at first, but it didn’t ruin the taste of the overall dish. The yolk (my favorite part of the experience) still shined through, even with the extra whites. I’ll definitely lean on this trick the next time I have a Tupperware container filled with egg whites needing attention. As the Morning Show star beautifully illustrates, sometimes the most straightforward hacks offer routes to make quick and satisfying meals that simultaneously help tackle those leftover ingredients hanging out in the fridge.

Tips for Making Jennifer Aniston’s Egg White Avocado Toast

  • Use a nonstick frying pan. The nonstick coating will help the egg maneuver freely through the pan without getting stuck. If you don’t have one on hand, try a seasoned cast-iron or carbon steel skillet.
  • Patience is key. When pouring the egg into the pan, you may feel tempted to poke and mess with it — please don’t. Instead, let the whites cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes before proceeding to flip.
  • Level up your toppings. While Aniston sticks to the basics — salt, pepper, and olive oil — you can get creative with what you sprinkle on your avocado toast. For spicier bites, add some chili crisp. For a refreshing twist, plop on juicy cherry tomatoes. If you have extra time, fry some bacon for a crunchy addition.