Avocado Toasts

This basic avocado toast recipe has endless possibilities. Learn how to perfect and customize yours with these tips

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FNK AVOCADO TOAST Food Network Kitchen Food Network Avocados, Whole Grain Bread, Garlic, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Red Pepper Flake
Level: Easy
Total: 10 min
Active: 5 min
Yield: 4 servings

Article by Emily Saladino

Equal-parts creamy and crunchy, avocado toast is satisfying at any time of day. By swapping in different breads or adding toppings, it’s easy to customize or turn it into a meal.

How to Make Avocado Toast, According to Food Network Kitchen

Take your avocado toast from good to great with tips from our recipe developers.

Use a ripe avocado. Green, unripe avocados will be less creamy and spread unevenly. Look for dark, almost black skins, or ripen your avocados by storing them at room temperature for 1 to 2 days before using.

Crisp — don’t burn — the bread. The toast should be firm enough to hold the avocado mash without buckling, but not so dark that its flavor overpowers everything else.

Rub the bread with garlic. After you toast the bread, rub it with the cut side of a peeled clove of garlic to add layers of subtle flavor.

Soften the butter (if using). There’s nothing worse than jabbing through toast while trying to spread too-cold butter. You can quickly soften butter by grating it, putting it over indirect heat or making a hot water bath. Or opt for olive oil instead.

Finish with your flakiest sea salt. It seasons the avocado mash and provides crunch for a super satisfying textural contrast.

The Best Bread for Avocado Toast

We like the texture of whole grain bread or whole wheat bread, but you can swap in sourdough or country bread, English muffins or even half a bagel. Depending on the thickness of your slice, you may want to add toppings or use more avocado to keep flavors balanced.

Avocado Toast Variations

Transform your avocado toast with different toppings and flavor profiles.

Add an egg. Scramble or poach an egg while your bread toasts. Place it on the avocado mash, then sprinkle with flaky sea salt and red pepper flakes (if using).

Top with smoked salmon. Food Network Kitchen likes to use pumpernickel for this avocado toast topped with silky slices of smoked salmon and dill.

Try BLT toast. This avocado BLT toast is easy to assemble and perfect at any time of day.

Or a breakfast salad. Get your greens in early with this protein-packed avocado toast with arugula, feta and sliced almonds.

More avocado toast ideas: From caprese to breakfast tostadas, check out some of our other favorite avocado toast recipes here.

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Avocado Toasts

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mash the avocado with a fork in a shallow bowl until chunky. Season with fine salt and black pepper.
  2. Toast the bread until browned and crisp. Lightly rub 1 side of each slice with the cut side of the garlic until fragrant; discard the garlic. Lightly brush the toasts with oil, and season with fine salt and pepper. Divide the mashed avocado evenly among the toasts, and top with more flaky sea salt, more black pepper and red pepper flakes if using.