chilli oil feta fried eggs

Viral Chilli Oil & Feta Fried Eggs

A humble non-recipe recipe gone viral is typically telling of societal needs at large. We’re all looking for quick-fix dishes that are as simple as they are richly-rewarding. Cue the craze for chilli oil eggs across Instagram and Tik Tok – a humble two-ingredient affair that takes less than five minutes to throw together. It was only a matter of time before I started tinkering with twists to elevate this superlative compilation of flavours without detracting from the beautiful simplicity of it all. As with most culinary trials , mine are always a bit of a pantry-raid process and with half a block of feta still fresh in the fridge, it was but natural to crumble it ever-so generously over my recent breakfast. The resulting chilli oil and feta fried eggs were nothing short of spectacular; and as the explosion of my recent Instagram reel goes to show (with close to seven million views and counting!), it’s certainly captivated the imagination of many a fellow foodies too!

But, first: What’s So Special About Chilli Oil Eggs?

Eggs cooked in a pan sizzling with chilli oil soak up the searing flavours and spice of the oil. They’re crisp and crunchy around the edges, but soft and pliable on the inside, setting themselves apart by their unique unison of flavours and textures. Yes, they can be had in a number of ways too – they taste just as delicious over leftover rice, as they do piled atop toast or even ramen.

Chilli Oil Fried Eggs
Fried eggs cooked in chilli oil or chilli crisp are set to become your new favourite breakfast or brunch, served on rice, ramen or toast!
chilli oil fried eggs

How To Make Chilli Oil & Feta Fried Eggs

  • Start by spooning a splash of chilli oil or chilli crisp into a non-stick pan. You could optionally add in sliced scallions and/ or sesame seeds too.
  • Crack in the eggs and once they’ve started to cook, crumble as much or as little feta as you’d like on top.
  • Cook the eggs to your desired consistency and serve as you’d like; I’d definitely recommend sliding these over crusty sourdough !

It’s really as simple as this.

As another fun variation, you could add the feta cheese to the pan along with the chilli oil at the start of the cooking process. The feta will essentially melt into a creamy dreamy puddle of melted cheese, over which you can crack the eggs. The beauty of this method is that the melted feta has a crisp char to it, adding a lovely texture to your fried eggs. I’ve included the non-recipe recipe for his hack below and you could also watch the reel here.

chilli oil and feta fried eggs

Which Chilli Oil Do You Use?

Now this is a question that I am asked a lot!

While you can definitely use store-bought chilli oil , I’m popping my homemade recipes below. They take as little as ten minutes to stir together and promise to be the most sought-after condiment in your kitchen!

Homemade Chilli Oil
A jar of homemade chilli oil is the most versatile condiment to have on hand as you can add it to just about everything from eggs to noodles and even salads. The recipe below is easily adaptable to your taste – simply adjust the ingredients below as per your preference to recalibrate the flavours to your spice threshold!
best homemade chilli oil
Homemade Chilli Crisp
Level up your homemade chilli oil with crunchy bits of onion and garlic for a versatile condiment that can be spooned over everything from eggs and fried rice to soups and noodles.
chilli crisp recipe

chilli oil feta fried eggs

Chilli Oil & Feta Fried Eggs

Ayushi Gupta-Mehra
Crisp-edged yet soft and runny, these fried eggs are cooked in chilli oil and speckled with a salty crumble of feta for a creamy finish. With over three million views and counting on Instagram, these are definitely trending and with delicious reason!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Midnight Snack
Cuisine Asian, Contemporary
Servings 1


  • 1-2 tbsp chilli oil/ chilli crisp
  • 2 eggs
  • feta
  • scallions / spring onions (optional)
  • sesame seeds (optional)


  • Heat a splash of chilli oil/ chilli crisp in a non-stick pan.
  • Optional : stir in scallions/ spring onions and sesame seeds.
  • Crack in two eggs. Once they start to cook, crumble feta on top.
  • Let the eggs cook to your desired consistency, then take off heat and serve immediately.



As another fun variation, you could add the feta cheese to the pan along with the chilli oil at the start of the cooking process. For this:
  • Heat a splash of chilli oil
  • Crumble in as much or as little feta as you’d like over the chilli oil.
  • Once the feta has all but melted into a creamy puddle, crack in your eggs and let them cook through to your desired consistency.
  • Finish with more chilli oil if you’d like and garnishes of choice!
Keyword chilli crisp feta fried eggs, Chilli oil feta fried eggs, chilli oil fried eggs

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  1. Lexia frank

    5 stars
    I was scrolling Instagram and hungry. This popped up on my feed and I literally dropped what I was doing to make it. I’m *not* a cook, and I didn’t even have every ingredient to make the chili oil exactly as she had advised but I got it 95% of the way there. fried my egg, topped with feta and OMG my friends, THIS IS HOW YOU EAT A FRIED EGG. It was the best fried egg of my life. I now eat this for breakfast, OR lunch, OR dinner. My husband took the chili oil and made some noodles as well- but I still think the fried egg was the best. So good- you will not regret

  2. Joe Red

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! I improvised a little based on the ingredients I had available, but, like the previous review, I saw this on Instagram via a friend and was immediately inspired. I had never added feta over eggs or cooked the chili oil and scallions straight into the the eggs prior to this, and it was remarkably tasty! I served over rice and some spring mix with some sautéed hot sausage as well, and it was a great breakfast. More people should be eating eggs over rice for breakfast in the western world!

  3. David

    5 stars
    So easy and so fabulous! This recipe made me the “hero of breakfast.” The unexpected combination of the chili oil and feta created a wonderful flavor profile.
    It will be quite difficult to go back to my old way of making eggs for breakfast after discovering this gem.

  4. Alixie

    5 stars
    This is SO so good. It’s fantastic over rice or with a piece of bread to dip. Usually I’m boring with my breakfast, but what a great way to add extra nutrients like garlic to the morning! I also served with a pile of arugula.

  5. Susan

    5 stars
    This is delicious!!! Also, it’s a quick and easy meal. I make it at least once a week because it is crave inducing. Thank you for sharing your recipe! 😋💖

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