Spiralized Sweet Potato Egg Nests
Spiralized sweet potato egg nests are a simple, delicious and healthy breakfast recipe.
It’s one of my favorite spiralized sweet potato recipes and it’s perfect for a weekend brunch or when you’d like to dazzle guests. Even better? Start to finish, they only take about 15 minutes to make. Super easy!
Just as sweet potato toast took the world by storm two years ago, it seems spiralized sweet potato egg nests are the new thing. It’s no exaggeration to say they’re everywhere on Instagram and Pinterest.
Some foods are certainly more trendy than others, but I’m still making sweet potato toast years after the buzz has worn off and I’m sure I’ll continue to make these sweet potato egg nests as well. Why? Because they’re simple, healthy and darn good! The ultimate food triumvirate.
Watch this quick video of my Spiralized Sweet Potato Egg Nests recipe:
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Do I have you convinced yet? If not, read on for more reasons to love this recipe.
My Love for Spiralized Sweet Potato
You guys know that I’m a big fan of spiralized vegetables and I have quite the growing list of spiralizer recipes on this website. But here’s why I particularly love spiralized sweet potato.
First, it’s a nutrient-packed vegetable. Sweet potato is packed with vitamin A (438% of your daily value) as well as vitamin C, B6, manganese, fiber and a variety of other minerals and nutrients. Sweet potatoes are well known to stabilize blood sugar, boost the immune system and help to maintain healthy vision (again, thanks to all that vitamin A).
Second, sweet potato can be used as a healthier alternative in recipes, even replacing traditional pasta. So it’s perfect for folks who are gluten-free, paleo, following a Whole30 or just looking to get more veggies into their diet.
A few recipes where spiralized sweet potato works beautifully is in casseroles, frittatas, stir frys and of course, my favorite spiralized sweet potato fries.
Lastly, sweet potato is great in all those recipes because it cooks fast. Once you spiralize sweet potato you can can cook it in minutes on the stovetop. And that’s how we’re making our spiralized sweet potato egg nests today.
Eggs Nests with All the Veggies
My initial plan was to only show you how to make spiralized sweet potato egg nests. Because quite honestly, that’s what is trending right now. But then I realized my big opportunity to share a little inspiration for all the spiralized veggies you can use, for a variety of egg nest recipes.
In the video above I show you egg nests with spiralized butternut squash, beets and zucchini, because that’s what I had on hand. But you could really use any firm vegetable like parsnips, carrots and white potatoes. You could even use bell pepper or cabbage.
For garnish on your egg nests, add a little salt and pepper, fresh herbs and spices. Just use your imagination with different flavor combos. I’m sure they’ll all turn out divine.
How to Make These Spiralized Sweet Potato Egg Nests
Make sure to watch the video above as I walk you through it step-by-step. But here’s the gist of it. Spiralize your sweet potato and set it aside. Then, add a little ghee or avocado oil to a pan on medium heat and add your sweet potato noodles. Use tongs to toss them around for a couple of minutes until they’ve just started to soften.
Once they’ve softened, use the tongs to form them into little nests inside the pan. You can also use kitchen scissors to snip any noodles that aren’t cooperating.
Crack an egg on top of each nest, then add a lid to the pan. The steam in the pan will help to cook the egg whites in just a couple of minutes. If you like your eggs runny, just a few minutes will do, but if you’d like your eggs firmer just keep the lid on for another minute or two longer.
And that’s really it. Remove the eggs nests from the pan and garnish with fresh herbs and seasonings.
For more spiralizer recipes make sure to check out my Zucchini Pasta with Lemon Garlic Shrimp, Zucchini Noodle Caprese, Carrot and Zucchini Pasta with Avocado Cucumber Sauce, Parsnip Noodle Chicken Alfredo and Zucchini Noodle Spaghetti Bolognese. Enjoy!
Spiralized Sweet Potato Egg Nests
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 tbsp ghee or avocado oil
- 4 large eggs
- salt and pepper
- fresh herbs
- scallions or red onion
- sesame seeds
- hemp seeds
- red pepper flakes or other spices
- Spiralize the sweet potato. If spiralizing with the skin, make sure that it's thoroughly washed and scrubbed beforehand.
- Use kitchen scissors to cut the sweet potato noodles into smaller lengths, which will help them form into nests.
- Heat the ghee in a large pan on medium heat and add the sweet potato noodles. Use tongs to cook and toss the noodles for a couple of minutes, or until they've started to soften. Then, use your tongs to form them into individual nests with a little well in the middle.
- Crack one egg on top of each sweet potato nest. Then, add a lid and cook the eggs until the whites are cooked and the yolks have reached your desired level of done.
- Top the sweet potato egg nests with garnishes and serve immediately.
- Depending on the size of your sweet potato you may have leftover noodles. I only used about 75% of the noodles in the video and saved the rest as meal prep.
- If you've never spiralized sweet potato or other vegetables before, make sure to read my Spiralizer Beginner's Guide: 10 Vegetables to Spiralize post.
- The spiralizer I use in this recipe (and all others) is my Paderno Spiralizer. It's the best!