Breakfast in minutes: One-Pan Crispy Bacon and Roasted Asparagus with Baked Eggs

Our weekend farmer’s market outing was a soggy affair, the kind where you dash through the droplets, a child in each hand, and make a beeline for the tarps. It was not the time nor the place to leisurely stroll from stall to stall admiring the butter tarts and the goose eggs; instead I headed straight for the asparagus.

I picked up two fat bundles, thinking I would -finally- get a batch of pickles put up, but the asparagus didn’t last more than a few hours in my kitchen. On Sunday, as the water dripped down off the porch roof and I faced yet another chilly, wet day, I wrenched open the fridge and pulled out bacon, eggs – and the local asparagus.

We needed something substantial and beautiful to beat the weather blahs. Strong coffee is good and all, but it only does so much. This quick breakfast of crispy bacon, eggs, and roasted asparagus hit the spot and I’m a little shy to admit that Danny and I polished off the entire pan between the two of us.

Later on the sun came out, but at that point, the weather didn’t matter anymore.

Crispy bacon and roasted asparagus with baked eggs in

Do you ever feel intimidated by a bacon & egg breakfast? I occasionally do, which is why I don’t consent every time my boys ask for this favorite. Maybe it’s the grease I’ll have to deal with, or juggling two pans, plus a toaster, when really, I just want to relax on my Sunday.

Yesterday’s brunch, however, was dead simple. Everything was tossed into one pan and roasted in the oven, where the flavors combined perfectly, enhanced with fresh thyme and a little lemon zest. We happily scooped up the egg-topped asparagus and piled it onto thick buttered toast. Bacon and eggs just became more accessible.

If you’re contemplating this dish for an upcoming breakfast, brunch or even lunch, let me point out that not only is it fast and filling, but clean-up consists simply of a single pan. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking Father’s Day brunch, with a Bloody Mary on the side. Now, that sounds manly.

Crispy bacon and roasted asparagus with baked eggs in

One-Pan Crispy Bacon and Roasted Asparagus with Baked Eggs

Get breakfast in minutes with this simple baked dish of bacon, asparagus and eggs. Filling, fast and only one pan to clean up. Adapted from Good Housekeeping.
4.82 from 11 votes
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Course: Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine: Paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 21 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Aimee


  • 4-6 rashers bacon
  • 12-15 spears asparagus about 350 grams
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2-3 branches fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 eggs


  • Preheat oven to 450F. Wash asparagus thoroughly, as they may be gritty, and use a vegetable peeler to remove the bottom two-thirds of peel.
  • In a 9x13 roasting pan or Pyrex, lay the rashers (slices) of bacon. Place in the oven and cook for about 8 minutes or until crispy.
  • Remove pan from oven and carefully transfer the bacon to a paper towel. Drain off most of the bacon fat, leaving about a tablespoon in the pan.
  • Add the asparagus to the same pan and shake it around gently to coat the vegetables in grease. Arrange asparagus in a single layer and sprinkle it with lemon zest, thyme leaves, and pepper.
  • Roast asparagus for about 8 minutes or until it begins to soften. Remove pan from the oven and gently crack the four eggs on top of the asparagus. Return the dish to the oven and roast another 4-5 minutes or until eggs have reached the desired doneness. Return bacon to the pan.
  • Serve breakfast at once. Accompanying toast optional.


Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 104mg | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg


Vegetables for breakfast – yay or nay?

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. THAT looks like the YUMMIEST breakfast! I adore asparagus and never think of having them for breakfast. Beautiful.

  2. Great breakfast idea!

  3. This looks perfect! What a great breakfast Idea!

  4. This looks great! I think it can be mixed up by swapping out the veggies and you have different flavors.

  5. What a fantastic breakfast for dinner!

  6. Kaitlin Jenkins says

    4 stars
    This looks spectacular- thanks for the wonderful easy bfast idea!

  7. Love this quick idea for breakfast! We went to the farmers market this weekend, too and ours was just really cloudy.

  8. Aimée,
    It’s funny you ask about vegetables for breakfast. My favorite brunch lately has been sautéed beet greens and spring onions topped with a sunny side up egg. I cannot get enough of it, and am delighted that I’ll be getting more beets, with greens, in the CSA farm share this week.
    I’ve never thought to try asparagus, but I will, now, as the creamy yolk flowing over roasted asparagus really appeals to me.

    • 5 stars
      I used the bundle of asparagus plus an egg from my CSA farm share, along with a piece of back bacon.

      I also used my little cast iron skillet to make a meal for one (as I’m the only one in the house who eats asparagus right now).

      I’ll throw a photo of it up on my FB page.

      Thanks, Aimée, that was fast to make, super easy to clean up, and tasted just delicious.

      • Sounds gorgeous ..might be a daft ? But do you put oil in with the bacon and wouldnt the bacon go cold !!!??? I know sorry two ??? xx

  9. 5 stars
    looks like my kinda breakfast!! xo

  10. What a fun breakfast! I want!!

  11. Hi Aimée,
    What a good idea to mix eggs, bacon and asparagus! I never thought to have asparagus in the morning! I will definitively try this recipe tomorrow or maybe, as you suggested, on Father’s Day…if I can resist that long!

    Merci aussi pour ce blog merveilleux qui nous offre des recettes délicieuses et simples!

    Have a nice day!

    Sophie, Mascouche, QC

  12. Love everything about this one pot breakfast!

  13. This sounds and looks fabulous!! I’m not big on bacon and eggs either, it seems messy and slightly cliche. But this? Perfection. Love that is all in the oven and in one pan.

    We’re feasting on asparagus around here while it stays and a new recipe is always welcome. =)

  14. What a great idea, how do you think of these things?! I like that the asparagus will get some bacon grease flavor!!

  15. One pot meal and breakfast (my favorite meal of the day) -I’m in !!!

  16. Gorgeous, and the fact that it is all baked in one pan is incredible!

  17. Yum!

  18. This looks delicious, but I would have to use more asparagus. No matter how much I make, it’s never enough!

  19. Yummy! I think we are going to have to make this!

  20. Hi Aimee, I made this tonight and it was fast, simple and yum!!! Thanks so much for the idea!

  21. I know exactly what I’m making for Father’s day breakfast! My husband (and my boys) will LOVE this.

  22. This looks great! Can’t wait to try this for breakfast or maybe ecen lunch. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Absolutely brilliant! These are three of my husbands all-time favorite foods.

  24. This is my kind of cooking! Just add in a slice of crusty bread and I could dine on this for lunch and dinner, too.

  25. 5 stars
    This looks simply beautiful, Aimee! I think the asparagus is an inspired touch because bacon and eggs need a crisp, fresh accompaniment.

  26. LOVED your dish! We’ll definitely will try this this Saturday morning! Thank you for sharing!

  27. this looks AMAZING!! And it’s SO EASY – would be easy to scale up for a large brunch party!

  28. 5 stars
    This was DELICIOUS! Personally, I loved having vegetables for breakfast, but my hubby was not convinced…. I thought the lemon and thyme on the asparagus was wonderful, and the entire combination – well, it didn’t last long!
    This recipe was really easy to get done while I cooked something a little more… traditional? …Southern? for my kids’ breakfast.
    I wonder, though, when you say to peel the asparagus, do you do that in addition to snapping off the ends? Or as an alternative to snapping them off?

  29. Nutmeg nanny says

    Mouth watering! This looks wonderful 🙂

  30. I came here to comment since I just by chance bought bacon, eggs, asparagus and thyme yesterday. I was going to make the asparagus with something else, but saw this recipe and thought, Ah-ha, tonight’s dinner!
    Funny, I think I commented on this post when you first published it, commenting then that it looked like a good dinner. I’m not a big vegetable for breakfast person, but I love eggs at dinner.
    Thanks for the reminder about this recipe!

  31. sheri grennille says

    5 stars
    i made a variation about 30 minutes ago – absolutely amazing meal. i roasted spinach and chives / green onion as it’s what i had and it was so easy. biggest challenge – hiding the bacon while the veggies / eggs cooked because my cat is obsessed with human food.

  32. 5 stars
    I just made this for a late lunch this Sunday and it was delicious. I used a thick sliced bacon so it took a little more time to cook but was still very fast and clean up was a breeeze. I will definitely be making this again. In fact I’m wondering if you could use other veggies instead like broccoli or Brussels sprouts. What do you think?

  33. 4 stars
    I can totally picture the day you endured while making this recipe. As for me, it is also Sunday, gloomy over cast weather & my dish is in the oven being prepared. I love all the ingredients the dish entails & I too am hoping this will be a favorite.

  34. This meal was perfect! I made it tonight and it has immediately made it on to my family’s favorites list. SO good! Thank you for sharing!!

  35. Shona Brost says

    So amazing! My hubby thought we were at a fancy bed and breakfast suddenly.

  36. Michael R Bernstein says

    5 stars
    I dip the bacon in maple syrup and roast it that way. A little sweet never hurt anyone.

  37. Joanne M White says

    OMG!!! This sounds wonderful. I’m doing Whole30 & this is so compliant & will make breakfast so EASY!

  38. Kath Coyle says

    I made this last week for Sunday Brunch – it went down a treat – so made it again this week. Served it with griddled sourdough bread. Yum! Great recipe – thank you 🙂

  39. Kath Coyle says

    5 stars
    Oops – forgot to rate!

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