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Low-Carb and Keto Egg Muffins (Master Recipe)

Low-Carb and Keto Egg Muffins are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast, and my master recipe will help you make them out of whatever you have in the fridge! And if you prefer to follow a stricter recipe, this post has links to all my low-carb and Keto egg muffin recipes.

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Many (many!) years ago I came up with the name Egg Muffins for these little little low-carb or Keto breakfast muffins baked in silicone muffin cups (affiliate link), and I think they’re the  perfect thing for a grab-and-go breakfast. I’ve been making egg muffins since 2005, going through quite a few versions to get the recipe just right, and there’s no doubt that this is one of the most popular recipes on my blog.

And I’m pretty confident that my blog is the very first site that called these little baked egg cups by the name “Egg Muffins,” although now the name has spread and you can see them called that all over the web. If this is your first time making something like this, I’ve picked up a few tricks that I think you’ll like.

When I taught school I loved to make these for Weekend Food Prep almost every weekend. I’d put two at a time into small plastic bags, and put the bags in the refrigerator. Then when I was just about to leave for school I’d open the bag, pop in the microwave until they’re hot, and grab the bag and run out the door with a quick breakfast. That was years ago so if you’re anti plastic or wouldn’t heat in a microwave, make your own choices about how to reheat them! But I hope you do try making some for a quick and easy breakfast!


Low-Carb and Keto Egg Muffins (Master Recipe) early photo

Who Will Like Egg Muffins for Breakfast?

I don’t think of egg muffins as only for people who are following a low-carb or Keto eating plan, although they’re perfect for any carb-conscious eater. These little breakfast treats are high in protein and perfect to feed to kids. This is a great idea for breakfast for anyone who’s busy in the morning and wants something that can be made ahead and eaten on-the-go.

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What Baking Cups Do I Use for Egg Muffins?

I always use silicone baking cups for making egg muffins. I’ve had various sizes through the years, but now this Jumbo Muffin Cup from Chambers Bay (affiliate link) is the one I use most consistently. (Those are the pastel ones shown on the right and in the package, and this company is not compensating me in any way for mentioning them here.)

Basic Steps for Making Low-Carb Egg Muffins:

(Scroll down for printable master recipe which has much more information about ingredients and amounts.)

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.  Spray silicone muffin cups with nonstick spray, and put them on a large cookie sheet to catch spills.
  2. The two ingredients I always include are grated cheese and thinly sliced green onions.
  3. Decide what other meat and/or vegetables you want to include in your person egg muffin variation.
  4. Cut the vegetables into small bite-sized pieces. I saute veggies quickly in a hot pan for a couple of minutes.
  5. Meat is optional but if using it cook (if needed) and cut or crumble meat of your choice into pieces.
  6. Break eggs into a large container with a pour spout and beat eggs well so they’re completely combined. 
  7. I always add Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) and some freshly-ground black pepper to the eggs.
  8. Layer meat, veggies, cheese, and green onions into the silicone muffin cups. 
  9. Then pour in beaten eggs. I like to take a fork and gently “stir” the ingredients so they’re well-combined.
  10. Bake about 30 minutes until muffins have risen and are slightly browned and set.
  11. Let the muffins cool for 15-20 minutes before you store them in the refrigerator.
  12. I store them in a large plastic container with a snap-tight lid.
  13. For me, two small muffins is the right amount for breakfast. I microwave for about 45 seconds and breakfast is ready!
  14. Don’t cook egg muffins too long when you’re reheating them or the eggs can get rubbery.

Low-Carb and Keto Egg Muffins Recipes from Kalyn:

Keto Egg Muffins with Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheese
Low-Carb Egg Muffins with Ham, Cheese, and Green Bell Pepper
Low-Carb Green Chile and Cheese Egg Muffins
Flourless Egg and Cottage Cheese Nutrient-Dense Savory Breakfast Muffins
Cottage Cheese and Egg Breakfast Muffins with Ham and Cheddar (these bigger size muffins are low-carb but not Keto or gluten-free)
Cottage Cheese and Egg Breakfast Muffins with Bacon and Green Onion (these bigger size muffins are low-carb but not Keto or gluten-free)
Cottage Cheese and Egg Breakfast Muffins with Mushrooms and Feta (these bigger size muffins are low-carb but not Keto or gluten-free)

Weekend Food Prep:

This master recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

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Low-Carb and Keto Egg Muffins Master Recipe

Yield 12 egg muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

These low-carb and Keto egg muffins are perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast and I love to make these on the weekend and have them ready for breakfast during the week!

Ingredients

  • 15 eggs (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. (or more) Spike Seasoning (see notes)
  • fresh-ground black pepper to taste (optional)
  • 2 cups grated cheese of your choice (see notes)
  • 3 cups chopped veggies of your choice (see notes)
  • 2 cups diced breakfast meat of your choice (see notes)
  • Optional, but highly recommended, 3 green onions diced small.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C.  Spray silicone muffin cups with nonstick spray, and put them on a large cookie sheet to catch spills.
  2. The two ingredients I always include in egg muffins no matter how I am varying the recipe are grated cheese and thinly sliced green onions.
  3. Decide what other meat and/or vegetables you want to include in your person egg muffin variation.
  4. I almost always use some vegetables like broccoli, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, mushrooms, or zucchini, and even greens or veggies like asparagus, brussels sprouts, or green beans could work in these. I use several cups of veggies, depending on how much the veggies shrink when they're cooked.
  5. Cut the vegetables into small bite-sized pieces. I prefer to saute quickly in a hot pan to boiling the veggies, but whichever method you use they only need a couple of minutes cooking time.
  6. I like meats like bacon, canadian bacon, breakfast sausage, or ham for egg muffins.
  7. I use about 2 cups of meat when I'm making 12 muffins; cook if needed and then cut meat of your choice into pieces or crumble so it will be well-distributed in the eggs.
  8. Break eggs into a four-cup glass measuring cup (affiliate link) and beat eggs well so they are completely combined. (Use any container with a pour spout if you don't have a large measuring cup like that.)
  9. I always add a teaspoon or so of Spike Seasoning (affiliate link) and some freshly-ground black pepper to the eggs.
  10. Layer meat, veggies, cheese, and green onions into the silicone muffin cups.
  11. Then pour in beaten eggs. I like to take a fork and gently "stir" the ingredients so they're well-combined.
  12. Bake about 30 minutes until muffins have risen and are slightly browned and set.
  13. Let the muffins cool for 15-20 minutes before you store them in the refrigerator. I take them out of the silicone baking cups and store them in a large plastic container with a snap-tight lid.
  14. For me, two small muffins is the right amount for breakfast. I microwave for about 45 seconds and breakfast is ready!  (Don't cook too long or the eggs can get rubbery.

Notes

I use 15 eggs (or more) for the Jumbo Muffin Cup from Chambers Bay (affiliate link) that I now prefer, but if your silicone baking cups are smaller you might only need 12 eggs.

Use any all-purpose seasoning that's good with eggs if you don't have Spike. If you're using plenty of vegetables and meat, you might want only one cup of grated cheese. The amount of vegetables needed will depend on how much they shrink when they are briefly cooked. For strongly-favored or higher-fat breakfast meats like bacon or pork sausage, you may prefer less than 2 cups.

Nutritional information is approximate and will depend on the ingredients you choose.

I've been making egg muffins for many years, with inspiration from The South Beach Diet book which mentioned them. (affiliate link)  

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 272mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 19g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
These Low-Carb and Keto Egg Muffins are a perfect breakfast for any type of low-carb eating plan, and if you use the right ingredients these can easily be Keto, Paleo, or Whole 30. With lower-fat dairy and the right ingredients they’re also perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

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Historical Notes for This Recipe:
My basic recipe for egg muffins was first posted in 2006! Last update March 7, 2020 with estimated nutritional information and more suggestions for ingredient options.

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    329 Comments on “Low-Carb and Keto Egg Muffins (Master Recipe)”

  1. I just tried these yesterday and I think I cooked them too long in the oven as they are a bit rubbery.
    I cant imagine microwaving them for 2 minutes as they would be really un edible. Any advice?

  2. These are in the oven right now, with chicken sage sausage added! I am so excited to try them. Thanks, Kalyn!

  3. I got up at the crack of dawn and ran to Wal-Mart to puchase a silicone muffin pan just to make these. Well, let me say, they were worth every bit of trouble! Absolutely delicious, and I didn’t even have all of the “right” ingredients..no green onions or Spike seasoning, so I made mine with crumbled veggie sausage, cheddar, and salt & pepper. Thanks so much, Kalyn, for another fabulous recipe!

  4. I’ve never done the South Beach Diet, but I can see myself easily making some of these! They look delish!

  5. I went out and bought Spikes seasoning when I first started reading your blog. LOVE IT. And I made your version of these muffins back then too. So now I have to go buy the silicon muffin tins (you are such an enabler!)

  6. I make something similar with smoked salmon and chevre for a starter. Never thought about breakfast…. they look wonderful

  7. YUMMM! I have done something like this in a larger pan and served it in slices but I have never thought of using a muffin tin. You know what I bet would be really good? laying a peice of partially cooked bacon in the bottom to make a ring then pouring the egg inside. Would be cute and decorative. I am going to have to try this!

  8. Too bad my husband won’t do eggs–these look perfect for our rushing-out-the-door mornings and a way to avoid the coffeeshop muffins! More for me I guess!

  9. Karina, perfect for gluten-free.

    Brady, thanks so much. Sounds like I need to check out the Penzey’s Northwoods Seasoning. Isn’t Penzeys the best.

  10. Kalyn,
    I have been meaning to thank you for this one. I make these a lot and my family loves them. I add cooked breakfast sausage, italian sausage, cheddar or mozzerella-even sun dried tomato-anything I have on hand. However, I have found that Penzey’s Northwoods Seasoning is my “must have” ingredient in these.
    So yummy!
    P.S. the kids love to help make these, and we make them in silicone muffin cup liners. Works like a charm.
    Thanks again,
    Brady

  11. Oh – yes. I keep forgetting about these babies. Perfect for a gluten-free breakfast, brunch or even lunch. Thanks, Kalyn!

  12. Ellie, Ilva, WMM, and Kevin, hope you like them. (Ilva, so shocking that you don’t eat breakfast. Ok, just kidding abou that.) The silicone muffin tins are fantastic. I’m going to try some more of the silicone baking pans too.

    Mae, Spike is a blend of lots and lots of herbs and spices that is quite unique, but I think any seasoning that you like on eggs would be good in this. Spike is an all natural product that everyone in my family loves though. It’s good in so many things. (I love it in tabbouli.) You can get it on Amazon.com.

  13. Kalyn, they look so good to eat. I would like to try and make these but what is in ‘Spike’ seasoning? They don’t sell that here but we have something called ‘All Purpose’ seasoning which has spices on them. Is this the same?

  14. Kalyn,
    I haven’t made those things in ages. I need to revisit them too.

  15. I’ve gotta get on board with the silicon!

  16. Egg muffins are great, I have to try your version! But I refuse to eat them for breakfast because it’s vile eating in the morning, no I will enjoy them for lunch, thinking about you!

  17. So many mornings I am doing the mad dash out the front door with nothing for breakfast other than a cup of tea once I get to the office. I love that you can freeze these in batches to take on the run, and will be buying a large silicone muffin mould tomorrow to give them a go!

  18. Judy, cornmeal is not good for South Beach, especially for phase one, but anyone who’s not a SBer might want to try it. The ones I make hold together very well.

    Ruth, have fun visiting your daughter. Isn’t it amazing how easy it is to do a little diet tune-up with phase one for a few days?

  19. Wow, the muffins really do look beautiful. Since we’ve been celebrating the Jewish New Year with lots of feasting for the last couple of weeks and with going off to Halifax to visit my daughter and son-in-law this weekend, I’ll need all the help I can get in the next few days.

    So, thanks for breakfast!! And have a great trip yourself.

  20. I can’t wait to try these. I made some a few weeks ago that didn’t really hold together, and I have been meaning to try them again. I used to have a silicone muffin thing but I threw it away because I didn’t like it. I will try it with metal.
    Also, don’t know if you can have cornmeal on SB but a little cornmeal in the egg mixture really firms it up, esp. when using egg whites.