10 Ways to Cook Eggs

There's more than one way to cook an egg! And contrary to the belief of some, eggs are not dairy ingredients, so people who have milk allergies or are lactose intolerant are able to consume eggs as a part of their diet without a problem.

Eggs are not only great sources of protein, vitamins, and minerals, they're also delicious, however, you choose to cook them.

The problem for many on the dairy-free diet is that many tasty egg recipes call for dairy ingredients like butter and cheese, but read on to see 10 of our favorite dairy-free ways to cook the amazing egg.

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    Baked Eggs

    Simple shirred eggs

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    Baked eggs, also sometimes referred to as shirred eggs, are easy and simple to prepare, and they're so lovely! A handful of ingredients are all you need to make this simple recipe. Feel free to experiment with different kinds of seasonal veggies and herbs, and if you have a favorite a cheese, shred a little bit on top!

  • 02 of 10

    Deviled Eggs

    Deviled eggs
    These easy-to-make, savory treats are perfect for picnics, potlucks and parties.

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    The potluck, picnic, and party dish classic, Deviled Eggs are essentially just hard-boiled eggs whose yolks have been mashed with mayo and a bit of sour cream and then topped with salt, pepper, and paprika. So with a little dairy-free sour cream, they're a cinch to make dairy-free. This recipe is our go-to for parties, get-togethers, and snacks; try topping yours with different spices and herbs to change it up!

  • 03 of 10

    Egg Salad

    Egg salad
    Curried Egg Salad. A simple, healthy dairy-free egg salad scented with curry. DebbiSmirnoff / Getty Images

    Eggs salads are divisive sides and sandwich fillers; usually, people either love them or hate them. We happen to be people who like egg salad a lot, but only when it's a really good one.

    Egg salads are almost always dairy-free; every now and then we'll come across one that has sour cream or yogurt in it, but for the most part, they're prepared with eggs, mayo and usually some veggies. Really, as long as you have a few hard-boiled eggs and a few tablespoons of mayo, you can make a tasty egg salad, just stay light on the mayo, and add a few herbs, veggies, or spices, and you'll have an egg salad that everyone will love.

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    Fried Eggs

    Fried Egg
    Just about anything is better with a fried egg on it. KleeAlee / Pixabay

    Fried eggs take mere minutes to prepare, but they're welcome additions to almost any meal of the day. Try some of these dairy-free serving suggestions for meals that satisfy:

    • Serve fried egg on top of toast for a simple, quick breakfast.
    • Using a toasted dairy-free English muffin, fried bacon or veggie bacon, and a fried egg, make a breakfast sandwich, adding vegetables and dairy-free cheese if desired.
    • Serve fried eggs over pasta, like with this Garlic "Butter" Pasta with Eggs. (For this recipe, simply substitute the poached eggs for fried!)
    • Serve fried eggs over roasted or steamed veggies, or even over mashed potatoes.
    • Basically, almost any open-faced sandwich is fair game for fried egg topping!
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  • 05 of 10

    Hard-Boiled Eggs

    Hard-boiled eggs
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    Hard-boiled eggs are healthy and easy to store for quick breakfasts and snacks, and they can be used for all sorts of good things: salad toppings, eggs salads, deviled eggs, to name a few. And, if you've never made hard-boiled eggs before, it's probably easier than you think! Here's How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs every time.

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    • One of the most popular brunch dishes, the omelet, is also usually loaded with dairy; essentially, traditional omelets are prepared in butter and usually also contain some sort of cheese. However, our dairy-free "cheese" omelet is just one of many dairy-free omelet recipes that, with a bit of nutritional yeast, becomes a fortifying, protein-rich, delicious meal that subtly tastes of cheese, and can be filled with any variety of fresh herbs, vegetables, meat or vegetarian meat substitutes for brunch, lunch or dinner.
  • 07 of 10

    Poached Eggs

    Poached eggs with tomato

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    Poaching is one of the simplest, healthiest ways to prepare eggs; it just takes a little bit of know-how! Poaching is merely simmering food in the liquid until it is cooked through. Because eggs cook quickly, the liquid is first brought to a boil and then turned off. Then, the eggs are added and covered until cooked to the desired doneness. When poaching eggs, in order to keep the whites intact, it helps to add a bit of vinegar to the water (about 1 t. to 2 to 3 cups of liquid).

  • 08 of 10


    Tomato basil quiche
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    Quiches are savory egg-based parts of French origin, and like a lot of French food, they're typically prepared with a lot of dairy ingredients. Over the years, in the name of our love of French food and quiches, We've come up with a lot of dairy-free and vegan renditions of the classic pie, from basic dairy-free quiches to vegan crustless versions. This list contains eight of our dairy-free favorites, all of which are versatile and open for additions of whatever fresh veggies, herbs, and dairy-free cheese substitutes you have on hand. So, have fun and eat well!

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  • 09 of 10

    Scrambled Eggs

    Perfect Dairy-Free Scrambled Eggs

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    Scrambled eggs are, in our experience, one of the most kid-friendly ways to make eggs, not to mention cheap and easy to make (and fun!), so this recipe is perfect for moms and dads of dairy-free kids! Although most traditional recipes for scrambled eggs call for butter, milk, and cheese, this one is every bit as delicious without the dairy. Feel free to add sauteed vegetables, fresh herbs, and dairy-free cheese to dress up your dish, and for extra-rich scrambled eggs, whisk in 2 to 3 T. dairy-free sour cream to the egg mixture!

  • 10 of 10


    Spinach frittata
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    A frittata is essentially a crustless quiche that is first cooked in a skillet on the stovetop and then transferred to the oven to finish cooking, giving the frittata a lovely golden brown top and an evenly cooked middle. This Dairy-Free Spinach Frittata is lighter than traditional versions, using a combination of whole eggs and egg whites, and nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor. We prefer using a cast-iron skillet for making frittatas, but any ovenproof skillet is fine!