The Good ol’ British Fry-Up: (English/Irish/Scottish/Welsh Breakfast)

The Good ol’ British Fry-Up:  (English/Irish/Scottish/Welsh Breakfast)

One of the most difficult things to do is to get several culinary elements done, ready at the same time.  This is the problem with the fry-up.

What would you like to do for this breakfast? And how long does each of them take?  ….and can they stay warm without spoiling? That’s the secret.

  • Bacon Fried/Grilled                                  10 mins                 yes
  • Eggs Fried                                                    5 mins                   NO!
  • Sausage Grilled                                          15 mins                  yes
  • Fried/grilled toms Fried/Grilled           15 mins                  yes
  • Baked Beans Saucepan                             5 mins                   yes
  • Black pudding Fried                                  5 mins                   yes
  • Fried bread Fried                                      10 mins                   yes
  • Hash Browns Fried                                  10 mins                  yes

From the above, you’ll see that the whole thing depends on how many eggs you need and whether you have enough pans to fry ‘em in!

If it was a perfect world, breakfast would be ready in 15 minutes, according to the table – but to do that you’d need five frying pans, a saucepan and a grill on a cooker with 6 rings.  It ain’t gonna happen.  Let’s tackle it sensibly:

  • Take a baking tray, place the halved tomatoes, cut side up.
  • Place the sausages, pricked with a fork, on the tray as well. Yes, we’re gonna cheat.
  • Drizzle a bit of oil on each of the tomatoes and season with a little salt – not too much.
  • Drizzle a little oil on the sausages and spread it all over them with a clean finger. They are clean….yes? (The fingers, not the sausages!)
  • Pop those in the oven on about….. say….. approximately…. Perhaps 200C.
  • Take your sliced bread. Cut it corner to corner.
  • Put a frying pan on the heat with a good amount of olive oil (alright – whatever oil you have) in it. Before it gets hot, briefly dip each bit of bread in the oil, both sides, and put it on a plate.  Just momentarily dip it, not soak it.
  • As the oil level goes down and the temperature goes up, the bread can be returned to the pan to fry and go golden. Juggle them so that the bread gets fried up to your standard.  Take the pan off the heat.  The bread can then be left on the surface.  It will cool.  That’s ok.  Bread done.
  • Pan on the heat again. Fry the black pud slices both sides and put with the bread.
  • Open a can of baked beans. Slop it into a saucepan and put onto a very low heat.  Bung a blob o’butter in it and some dried thyme.    You’ll need to stir it every 2 mins.
  • Pan back on – fry the hash browns. There’s only the bacon and those ruddy eggs left to do after these hash browns are done.
  • Put the hash browns onto a plate.
  • By this time, the sausages & toms will need turning over. Do that.
  • At the same time (with the other pair of hands) put all the bits that you’ve cooked (and have sitting on plates all over the ruddy kitchen) onto the same baking sheet as the sausages and toms. Go on – it’ll all fit (it’ll have to!). 
  • Now put that in the oven and turn the oven down to 140C.
  • Bacon into the pan. Turn the heat up.  Get it sizzlin’.  Turn the bacon.
  • Before the bacon is done, take it out and put it in the oven with the rest. Of course it’ll fit….
  • Turn the frying pan down and fry your eggs.
  • Before the whites have set properly, separate the whites from one another so that you don’t get a multitude of eggs coming out in one lump. Use the spatula to separate them into single or pairs, as necessary.
  • So, plate up your eggs, however many each person wants, and hand the plates out.
  • The rest of the breakfast can go onto plates or platters so that everyone can help themselves. YOUR WORK IS DONE!

Well done!  You survived.  It ain’t easy, eh?  But you did it.

Here’s to next time, when you do it for more than one person! 

…….. OH SHIT!   You forgot THE TOAST!

A really very nice indeed Non-Veggie breakfast pan…..

A really very nice indeed Non-Veggie breakfast pan…..

Inspired by watching Jamie – so he should take the credit. (Not ALL of it, mind…..)

Prep:           15 mins.

Cooking:      15 mins.

Course:        Breakfast/Snack

Serves:        As many as……

Rating:         1:  Very easy


  • As much bacon, as many sausages and as many slices of black pudd’n as you wish (you won’t need much, actually)
  • As many eggs as you want to use
  • Red & yellow peppers
  • Mushrooms of whatever description
  • Onions (make yer own mind up how many)
  • Garlic – you make the decision how many cloves!
  • Tins of plum tomatoes – half the number of people; that’s how many.
  • Oil, seasoning, chillies if you would like, Tabasco or Worcester sauce if you don’t.
  • You see, you must be ACCURATE with your quantities….. (Ha!)


  • Chop the meaty bits, de-seed & snip up the peppers, mushrooms – perhaps even a few pre-cooked chestnuts as well if you have ‘em – and pop ‘em into a large, well-oiled frying pan over a high-ish heat. Get ‘em all going and cook them well.
  • Chuck in a bit of water to take the bits of flavour from the surface of the pan (Jamie used a paella pan – you can use whatever you like).

Now do the calculation:

How many people (say 4); so that’s half of 4….. duh….

Ah yes, two cans of plum tomatoes.

  • Open the cans, pour in the juice and then take a table knife to the tomatoes to just cut them in the cans with a couple of strokes of the knife, randomly – you don’t want chopped tomatoes (otherwise I would have specified a can of chopped tomatoes, wouldn’t I ?…..) and pour them in. Keep the heat up.
  • Chuck in a few dried herbs, or fresh if you have them (torn-up basil leaves would be especially good, but that would be best just at the end), and get it up to boiling.
  • You can put the garlic in now as well. Peeled & sliced, or through a garlic crusher.
  • Season, mix in your flavourings, taste, etc. Turn down the heat.
  • When you are happy with the gorgeous taste, make as many holes in the surface of the mixture as you have eggs, cracking one into each hollow.
  • Don’t hang about though or they’ll be cooked at different times – get a wiggle on!
  • Turn out the heat, pop a lid on top (if you have one) or some foil if you haven’t and in about 3 minutes you should have a lovely breakfast suitable for your non-veggie friends.
  • Especially with the black pudd’n.
  • Serve it up onto toast or pop some into flatbreads of some sort, sprinkling the torn basil leaves on top as it’s served.
  • Great for sharing – Just scoff it!