Avocado toast is one of those things you can eat any time of day (and any season, right??). Bright and early breakfast? Lunch during the work week? Late afternoon weekend brunch? A quick dinner that you need to pull together? Avocado toast. This recipe for Avocado Toast with Everything Bagel Seasoning is one of my favorite versions. It's crunchy, savory, and salty with a little bit of heat, and packs so much flavor!
You can get ripe avocados almost any time of year, but of course they're particularly wonderful in the summertime. There is nothing better than slicing into an avocado, opening it up, and seeing the most perfect, pristine green, ripe interior!
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The recipe name really says it all. There are just a few ingredients you need to pull this Avocado Toast with Everything Bagel Seasoning together.
- Crusty bread: The bread will be toasted, but you want to make sure it's a nice, crusty bread that is going to hold up and keep its shape once you add the avocado on top. No one wants floppy avocado toast!
- Avocados: You'll need 1-2 ripe avocados for this recipe (depending on how much you want to load up your toast!). I like to be pretty generous with the avocado - more is better! Also, if your avocados are a little past their prime, smashing them for avocado toast is a great way to use them up.
- Everything Bagel Seasoning: This adds such a wonderful flavor to the recipe. I like to use the Everything Bagel Seasoning from Watkins, but there are many different brands available. Before you get started, be sure to take a look at the salt content of the mix you're using; that will help you determine how much flaky sea salt you might want to use (or skip if it's already in the mix!).
- Red pepper flakes: This brings just a bit of heat and really elevates the avocado toast. If you'd rather leave this off, you can!
- Flaky sea salt: The best way to finish a dish! I like to use Maldon Sea Salt for their extra-large salt flakes.
See full recipe below for detailed instructions.
This Avocado Toast with Everything Bagel Seasoning comes together in just a few steps. There are many different ways you can add your avocado to the toast, but I'm going to walk you through how to make beautiful slices that lay nicely on the toast.
First, toast your bread and let it cool. If the bread is too warm when you start, the avocado will start to melt.
Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Use a spoon to scoop the avocado out of the casing in one piece.
Place the cut-side down on a cutting board, and use a knife to carefully and thinly slice the avocado. Leave it in its "whole" shape.
On the cutting board, press the avocado in one direction so it "lays down," then use a knife to transfer the entire laying avocado to the toast.
You can also place avocado slices or chunks on the toast and smash them with a fork to create smashed avocado. Once your avocado is on the toast, drizzle with lemon juice, everything bagel seasoning, red pepper flakes and flaky sea salt.
Hint: The star of the show is the avocado, but don't forget about the toast! You want to choose a bread that will hold up well and support the sliced or mashed avocado. A thick-sliced, crusty bread is my favorite choice for a recipe like this!
Mashing vs. slicing avocados
Slicing avocados create a beautiful presentation, but you can also mash the avocados! If your avocados are really ripe (or even a little past their prime), smashing them will give a better result and help hide any over-ripe or brown spots. In order to make slices that lay nicely like in the images above, the avocado has to be ripe, but also firm enough to hold its shape.
When mashing avocados, you can either do this in a small bowl, or you can mash the avocados directly on the piece of toast with a fork.
There are so many wonderful variations to avocado toast. Below are a few that I love:
- Avocado Toast with Tomatoes - Topping your avocado toast with juicy tomatoes and crunchy bacon is always a winning combination!
- Avocado Toast with Honey - If you're looking for a sweeter version, drizzle your avocado toast with honey (and keep the red pepper flakes) for a sweet and spicy combo.
- Fried Egg Avocado Toast - Add a fried egg (or scrambled, if you prefer!) to make this a more filling meal with protein.
Avocado Toast with Everything Bagel Seasoning requires hardly any equipment at all. To bring it together, you'll need a cutting board and knife, a toaster or oven (to toast your bread), and a fork to smash your avocado. That's really it!
Avocado Toast with Everything Bagel Seasoning does not store well, so I suggest making it just before you're ready to eat it. If you let it sit too long, the bread starts to get soggy from the avocado and lemon juice. Luckily, this recipe comes together in just a few minutes, so it's easy to whip up!
If you're making this for a crowd, consider setting this up as a build-your-own breakfast bar. Prepare all the ingredients and let guests create their own avocado toast. That way, they can choose the toppings they prefer, and their toast will be fresh when they want to eat it.
Since there are just a few ingredients to this recipe, it's important they're really great quality. A nice, crusty bread will make a huge difference in giving this recipe some crunch. Beautifully ripe avocados will look incredible and taste amazing. Fresh lemon juice and just a sprinkling of the seasonings bring this together into a truly elegant dish.
Yes! I'd recommend cooking the bacon and then crumbling some on top of the toast along with your everything bagel seasoning.
Yes! You can add any kind of egg (fried, scrambled, over-easy, anything!) to the top of the avocado toast to make this a more filling meal with some additional protein.
If your avocados are a little past their prime, it's ok! Avocado toast is a great way to use them up. Rather than slicing them to lay on top of the toast, mash them in a small bowl or directly on the toast. You won't even notice any soft spots that way, and it will still be delicious!
The lemon juice in this recipe is what keeps the avocado turning from brown as it sits out. Don't skip the lemon juice!
Avocado Toast with Everything Bagel Seasoning
- 4 slices crusty bread toasted
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon everything bagel seasoning
- pinch red pepper flakes
- pinch flaky sea salt
- Toast the bread and let it cool (avocado will melt if put directly on hot toast).
- Cut the avocado in half and remove the seed. Use a spoon to scoop out the avocado half in one piece and discard the skin. Place cut-side down on a cutting board, and thinly slice the avocado*. Use your hand to press or push the avocado to one side, laying it down. Use a knife to slide under the avocado and transfer it to the toast in one piece.
- Drizzle the toast with lemon juice, then sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning, red pepper flakes and flaky sea salt. Serve immediately.