Jammy Egg, Avocado & Pesto Toast


(Updated 10/16/22)

This trio of jammy eggs, pesto and avocado is deserving of a spot in the toast topper hall of fame (mine, at least!). Ready in less than 15 minutes, enjoy as a nutritious breakfast or lunch idea.

Sourdough bread topped with avocado, boiled egg and pesto.

If there’s ever a breakfast to get me jumping out of bed, it’s this toast. While pesto, avocado and eggs are great standalone additions to toast, together they’re next level🤙.

But, what’s a jammy egg you ask? Simply a boiled egg that has a cooked white and semi-set yolk. The latter is spoonable and almost reminiscent of marmalade in texture – it’s incredibly moreish.

As a nutritionist, I’m a fan of egg-based brekkies. Eggs are a good source of protein and fat, nutrients that help keep us satisfied. Enjoy with a carb-rich food, like fibre-rich wholegrain toast, and hey p(r)esto, you’ve got yourself a meal with high-quality nutrient variety!

Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Toast. I’m team sourdough, but sub in your pick. When selecting a bread, wholegrain options generally offer good nutritional bang for buck. Opt for a loaf with 5g/100g (or more) of dietary fibre on the Nutriton Informational Panel – fibre is supportive of gut health and helps to keep us full for longer!
  • Avocado makes an excellent generic toast spread with a nice buttery mouthfeel. They’re rich in heart-healthy fat and dietary fibre too.
  • Eggs are nutrition powerhouses. Eating the full egg (whites and yolk) will provides us with all the nutrition they have to offer. The whites are rich in protein, which help supports muscle recovery and development. The yolks are a haven of micronutrients, like vitamins A, D, E, B12, and folate.
  • Pesto. A vibrant green sauce typically made with fresh basil, garlic, hard cheese, pine nuts and olive oil. You can use store-bought or a homemade version here, the latter an awesome way to make a sizeable dent in your garden’s basil bush!

Kitchen Tips

  • Use a slotted spoon to gently dip each egg into saucepan. If the eggs are cold out of the fridge, simply dip them in-and-out of the saucepan’s water a few times to help them adjust – this will prevent cracks.
  • Have a timer ready to go. Every second counts. Unless you’re a wizard, don’t try guesstimate. I use my iPhone!
  • Have a bowl of ice water ready. The eggs continue cooking once removed from the water so have an ice bath ready to halt the process❄️.
Avocado, boiled eggs and pesto on sourdough toast

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy this dish for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. If having for lunch or dinner, I’ll often pair with a handful of leafy greens or chopped veggie sticks, as these meals are common times for vegetable intake!

The recipe below makes one toast, but feel free to adjust the portions to ensure you’re left satisfied – maybe you want two eggs per toast, maybe you just want to double everything. You do you.

Looking for more egg and toast breakfast ideas? Try these soft-boiled dippy eggs with wholegrain toast soldiers🥚.

Jammy Egg, Avocado & Pesto Toast

Serving Size: 1
Sourdough bread topped with avocado, boiled egg and pesto.


Per toast

  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ ripe avocado
  • 1 tsp pesto
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Using a slotted spoon, lower the eggs carefully into water one at a time.
  • Cook for 7 minutes, adjusting the heat to maintain a gentle boil.
  • While eggs are cooking, put bread slice onto toast.
  • Once toasted, spread with avocado.
  • Remove egg and transfer to a bowl of ice water (water + a few ice cubes does the trick!) and chill for around 2 minutes.
  • Peels egg. Slice into quarters. Top toast. Season well with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle with pesto. Enjoy!

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  1. 5 stars
    Excellent….love the avocado with the egg! Certainly going to check out your website