Dinner, Lunch

Savory French Toast

Typically when you think of French toast, you think of caramelized cinnamon sugar goodness. Right? Well, I hate to break it to you, but French toast is as good when you make it savory, and it’s one of my favorite meals to make. Brunch? Lunch? Dinner? You name it, it works.

savory french toast
savory french toast with cherry tomatoes on a plate

Now I admit, I got this idea for savory french toast from the New York Times. When I saw it printed in one of their editions of No-Recipe Recipes, I couldn’t help myself. Salty toast with roasted cherry tomatoes? Sign. Me. Up.

Make it with any roasted vegetable

Honestly, hear me out. I think this savory French toast is good enough to enjoy with any type of roasted vegetable. Broccoli? Totally. Brussel sprouts? Count me in. Asparagus? You betcha. The salty, savory combination will work with anything—and can still be topped with parmesan cheese. Yum, yum, yum.

I would suggest choosing a non-starchy vegetable to pair. Sure, you could roast a sweet potato, but having a carb with another carb will probably make you feel really full. Choose roasting a vegetable that’s lower in carbs, because it will probably pair nicely and leave you feeling happily satisfied after.

Want sweet french toast? Here’s what you do.

I know not everyone is going to be as into the savory french toast as me, and that’s totally understandable. So if you want to make sweet french toast, follow these steps:

  • Add 1/4 tsp vanilla extract to your egg mixture.
  • Skip all of the spices, don’t want those to mix.
  • After dipping your bread, sprinkle the outside of each slice with cinnamon sugar—on both sides!
  • Cook in the pan as normal, then serve with berries and maple syrup.
savory french toast with roasted cherry tomatoes

Need more fun brunch ideas?

If you’re looking to cook up some brunch at home, or merely need some more brunch-for-dinner ideas, here are a few of my favorites to make.

And of course, booze.

roasted cherry tomatoes on top of savory french toast

Savory French Toast

Use up your leftover stale bread and whip up savory french toast for lunch.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: lunch
Keyword: french toast, savory french toast
Servings: 1 serving


  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • Dash of Italian seasoning
  • Slices of bread the bread can be stale!
  • 1/2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • Cooking spray
  • Grated parmesan cheese for serving


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray down a baking sheet and place the cherry tomatoes on it. Spray the tops of the tomato with your oil spray (very lightly!)
  • Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  • While cooking, whisk together the egg and milk.
  • Sprinkle in a dash of salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Whisk to combine.
  • Heat up a skillet over medium-low heat. Melt the butter in the pan, making sure the bottom is fully coated.
  • Dip the bread in the egg mixture, making sure both sides are soaked. Place on the pan. Repeat for each slice of bread, that can fit on the pan.
  • Flip when the bottoms of the toast get golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve with roasted cherry tomatoes on top, sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese.

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