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How to Make Perfect Zucchini Egg Nests (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Learn how to make the perfect zucchini egg nests that are sturdy, easy, and so yummy! They are a healthy breakfast item that's paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Zucchini Sweating Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 egg nests
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Jean Choi


  • 3 large zucchini or 4 small, enough to yield 6 cups spiralized
  • 1 tsp sea salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • Ghee or coconut oil, for greasing
  • 6 Handsome Brook Farm eggs
  • Optional: Crushed red pepper, spices, fresh herbs like dill, cilantro, parsley for garnish


  • Use a vegetable peeler or a spiralizer to slice the zucchini in to noodles. 
  • Place in a colander over a bowl and toss with sea salt until evenly coated.
  • Let the zucchini noodles sit for 20 minutes so they can sweat.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F, and use ghee or coconut oil to generously grease a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin or 6 ramekins that are at least 3.5 inches in diameter.
  • Use your hands to squeeze the zucchini noodles to release as much moisture as possible. 
  • Place in a bowl and add garlic powder, onion powder, and ground black pepper. 
  • Carefully separate the egg whites from the yolk. The easiest way to do this is crack an egg into your hand over a bowl, then pass the egg yolk from one hand to another until the whites drip down between your fingers into the bowl. 
  • Place the yolks on a plate, and add the whites to the zucchini noodles and mix together. 
  • Divide the zucchini noodles into the prepared muffin tin cups or ramekins. Create a nest and leave an indent in the center.
  • Carefully place a yolk in the center of each zucchini nest. 
  • Sprinkle with more salt and pepper.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until the yolks are cooked to your liking. 


Serving: 1egg nest | Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 187mg | Sodium: 465mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 195IU | Vitamin C: 17.6mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1.4mg