Looking for a fun way to provide a little extra protein in the mornings? These egg muffin cups are perfect for breakfast and they’re freezer friendly, too.

These make ahead egg muffin cups are a great way to provide some protein in the mornings - Tips from ShelfCooking.com

I love to feed my kids eggs for breakfast. They’re packed with protein and really help them to stay full until lunchtime. But seriously, who has the time that’s needed to make them in the mornings? We do good to get everybody ready and out the door on time, let alone cook up eggs for everybody!

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Wanna be let in on a little secret? Make egg muffin cups ahead of time and you won’t have to worry about cooking them in the mornings! The best part? They’re super versatile and are shelf cooking-friendly, so you can easily use whatever ingredients that you have on hand! Ready to learn more?


All you need to be able to make egg muffin cups are a few basic ingredients, then you can add in whatever you have that needs to be used. They’re really so easy and you can try out different flavor combinations to see what your family likes best.

  • Meat – You can use breakfast sausage, ham, or any other leftover meat that needs to be eaten!
  • Onion – The type doesn’t matter, whatever you have will work.
  • Eggs – Obviously you need eggs to make egg muffin cups! But you could totally use egg whites if you have some that need to be used up.
  • Bell Pepper – The color doesn’t matter, anything is fine!
  • Cheese – You really can’t go wrong on the type of cheese that you use, here! Cheddar, mixed, mozzarella, whatever you have on hand.
  • Seasoning – Salt and pepper are fine, but you can really go crazy and add in extras to your liking.
  • Cooking Spray or Oil – The type doesn’t matter as long as you can use it to grease up the muffin tin to keep the eggs from sticking!

You can use any type of muffin tin, but I prefer to use a mini muffin tin so that they’re the perfect size for little hands. (Just make sure that you adjust the cooking time!)


Use a tablespoon to scoop the egg mixture into the muffin tin - Tips from ShelfCooking.com

Egg muffins are super easy to throw together. If you’re using breakfast sausage, you’ll need to cook it in a pan, along with the onion. If you choose to use a meat that’s already been cooked, then saute the onion with a little bit of cooking oil on low heat. When it’s nearly done, add in the meat to heat it up. Make sure that you sit the pan to the side to let the meat and onion cool before adding it to the eggs, or else you’ll end up cooking the eggs before you’re ready to!

Mix the rest of the ingredients into a bowl and add the meat and onions once cooled. Scoop into the muffin tin and bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes (or 10-12 minutes for mini muffins) until they’re just slightly puffy and set.

Pro Tip: Use a measuring cup to scoop the mixture into a regular muffin tin, or a tablespoon to scoop it into a mini muffin tin. It’s so much easier than trying to use a regular spoon! You can thank me later.


(Adapted from The Pioneer Woman)

Make Ahead Egg Muffin Breakfast from ShelfCooking.com

Egg Muffin Cups

These freezer-friendly egg muffin cups are a great way to have a quick and easy breakfast for on-the-go.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 18 mini-muffins


  • 1 lb Breakfast Sausage (or any cooked meat)
  • 1 whole Onion, diced
  • 15 large Eggs
  • 1 dash Salt
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 whole Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 cup Cheese, grated


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Cook the sausage over medium-high heat until it's almost done.
  • Add the onion and cook over low heat, until sausage is cooked and onion is translucent. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  • Mix together eggs, salt, pepper, and whisk until combined. Add cheese and bell pepper and mix in. Once the sausage is cool, mix it in.
  • Spoon into the muffin cups.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes until puffy and just set.
Keyword batch cooking, easy, freezer, make-ahead


Freeze egg muffin cups for an easy breakfast on a busy morning - Tips from ShelfCooking.com

One of the best things about egg muffin cups is that you can easily freeze them! Remove them from the muffin pan and put them on a cooling rack. Once they’ve cooled, throw them in a freezer bag, making sure that you get out as much air as possible (gotta help to prevent that freezer burn!) and stick in the freezer.

When you’re ready to eat the egg muffin cups, wrap them in a damp paper towel and throw them in the microwave in 30-second increments until they’re warm all the way through. Doesn’t that sound crazy easy? These are great for busy work and school mornings and keep you from having to whip up a batch of eggs for everybody!

What are your favorite make ahead breakfasts? Let me know in the comments!

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