McDonald's Egg McMuffin recipe can easily be replicated in your own home, and can just as easily be used to make the Sausage McMuffin with Egg too!
I love this easy recipe, not only because this copycat Egg McMuffin tastes exactly like my favorite breakfast sandwich from McDonald's, but also because the homemade version is so easy to customize with your favorite ingredients once you master the basics.
What is it?
McDonald's Egg McMuffin is a classic fast food breakfast sandwich consisting of a cooked egg patty, melty cheese, and hot Canadian bacon on a toasted and buttered English muffin. However, the best thing about this delicious sandwich is that it only requires those simple ingredients, which makes it easy to replicate in your own kitchen!
If you are looking to replicate more of your favorite McDonald's flavors, you will want to try my insanely popular homemade Big Mac Sauce recipe too!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- English Muffin - Although McDonald's doesn't serve croissant breakfast sandwiches, croissants do make a phenomenal substitution when you are ready for something different.
- Canadian bacon - McDonald's Egg McMuffin recipe uses Canadian bacon, however, if you wish to cook up a Sausage Egg McMuffin, you will just substitute breakfast sausage instead. Form the sausage patties into large flat circles and cook in a skillet. The patty will shrink as it cooks, so make sure you start with a patty larger than the English muffin.
- Fresh egg
- American cheese - I personally prefer using mild Cheddar cheese slices on most fried egg sandwiches, but American cheese is the best choice for homemade Egg McMuffins.
- Butter - I strongly recommend using butter rather than substituting olive oil.
- Egg ring - The trick to replicating the classic McDonald's Egg McMuffin is creating the round eggs. The best way I have found to do this with items you'll find around the house is to use a metal round cookie cutter or mason jar lid. Just spray the inside of the ring with pam to ensure the egg doesn't stick, and you are ready to cook! Ingenious, right? Otherwise, a better way is to use these cool egg rings on Amazon.com.
How to make it
Begin making this copycat Egg McMuffin recipe by lightly toasting your English muffin. You want the interior to be beginning to brown, with deliciously crisp edges. At the same time, place your greased egg ring in a buttered frying pan set over medium heat on your stovetop.
Add one large egg to the egg ring and pierce the yolk with a fork. Sprinkle the egg with a light dusting of salt, then add one ice cube to the skillet and cover the pan with a lid. The ice cube will create steam which will help cook the top of the egg while the bottom cooks.
Once the egg is firm, remove the ring mold and flip the egg and briefly cook it further until it is fully cooked. At this time the Canadian bacon slice can also be added to the skillet and cooked until heated through. This should only take a few seconds per side.
Assemble your breakfast sandwich by placing a slice of cheese on the bottom slice of the English muffin, then top with egg, meat, and finally the upper slice of toast. Serve immediately with homemade hash browns.
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McDonald's Egg McMuffin Recipe
- 1 English Muffin sliced
- 1 slice lean Canadian bacon
- 1 large egg
- 1 slice American cheese
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- salt to taste
- 1 ice cube
- Lightly toast the English muffin until the interior beings to turn golden brown and then butter the inside of each slice.
- While the English muffin is toasting spray your egg ring with cooking spray and place it in a lightly buttered nonstick skillet on medium heat.
- Add egg to the round egg ring and pop the yolk with a pointed utensil, then sprinkle the egg lightly with salt.
- Add one ice cube to the hot pan and cover with a lid. The steam created allows the top of the egg to firm up while the bottom cooks.
- Once the bottom of the egg is cooked and the top is starting to firm up flip the egg and remove the ring. Slide a knife around the edges of the ring to separate it from the egg if it is sticking. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Add slice of Canadian bacon to the skillet and cook until it is heated through, flipping once.
- Add a slice of American cheese to the bottom half of the English muffin.
- Top cheese with egg patty.
- Add Canadian bacon and cover with the top slice of the English muffin.
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com on January 10, 2016.