Bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, and beans all on one plate: is a Full English breakfast the most ultimate breakfast ever?

Confession: I’ve never had a real full English. At least not in England or anywhere in world in fact, except right here, at home. But a couple of weeks ago, Mike and I were chatting with a dude that moved here from England and the thing he said he missed the most was breakfast, specifically a Full English breakfast. He waxed poetic about the deliciousness for a good five minutes, but I wasn’t sold. Mike was nodding along, agreeing with him because he’s eaten many a full English in London, but me? Nope.

I really wasn’t interested until Mike showed me a photo a couple days later. It was a giant plate and it looked AMAZING. I mean, it might have been because I was very hungry, but at the time, nothing looked better to my eyes. Thus started the Full English Obsession. Mike and I took a casual look around town to see what ingredients we could find and here’s what we came up with!

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What is a full English breakfast?

Sometimes called a fry up, a full English is a hearty, hefty breakfast plate served in the UK and Ireland. Full English breakfasts are so popular that they’re pretty much offered throughout the day as all-day breakfast. Full English breakfasts contain: sausages, back bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, fried bread, and beans.

According to the internet, full English breakfasts need:

  1. Sausages – I think everyone just goes with whatever sausages they like, but sometimes there are 2-3 kinds on a plate. We went with regular breakfast sausages and we also got a bit of black pudding, which seems like most people insist on having as well.
  2. Back Bacon – This isn’t your regular bacon, which is made from pork belly, nope, back bacon is bacon that includes a little bit of the loin, kinda like a super thin pork chop but smoked. From what I can see, this kind of bacon isn’t really crispy.
  3. Eggs – Pretty straight forward, all the full English plates I’ve seen have sunny side up eggs.
  4. Tomatoes – These guys are cut in half along the equator and then seared in the pan and seasoned with salt and pepper. They aren’t really cooked, just given a little bit of color.
  5. Mushrooms – Seems like a take or leave it item, but we’re going all out here so of course mushrooms are needed. They’re cooked in the usual way, nicely browned and caramelized
  6. Toast – Don’t call it toast because I’ve seen some internet fights break out about the bread. You can’t just use a toaster and call it a day. The bread has to be FRIED, either with butter or oil.
  7. Beans – You have to have beans! I mean, I’ve never really had beans at breakfast, but it’s classic. We went for Heinz because that’s what they do in England and because their teal cans are too cute.
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Annotated by Mike

How to make a full English Breakfast

It takes a bit of juggling and two pans, because making a full English is mostly about multitasking. You can do it!

  1. Warm the beans. Open the can of beans and warm in a small pot over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Cook the sausages and bacon. While the beans are warming, cook the sausages over medium to medium low, until browned and cooked through, turning as needed. Push the sausages to one side and add the bacon and fry, flipping as needed.
  3. If you’re having black pudding, add it to the pan and fry, flipping once. Keep everything warm in the pan over a low flame.
  4. Cook the mushrooms and tomatoes. In another pan, sear the mushrooms until brown and caramelized. Move to one side. Add the tomatoes, cut side down and sear.
  5. Fry the bread and cook the eggs. Move the meats from the pan and fry the bread in the drippings until golden and crisp. Cook the eggs in the pan that the mushrooms and tomatoes were in.
  6. Plate and enjoy! Scoop the beans in the middle of the plate then add the bacon at 1-2 o’clock, add the sausages at 3 o’clock, then the eggs at 6. If you have blood pudding, pop that on at 8 o’clock and then fill the rest of the plate with the tomatoes at 11 o’clock and the mushrooms at 12. Fried bread can get tucked in wherever or placed on a side plate. Enjoy!

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  • Sausages. Chose good sausages, preferably ones that are from your local butcher instead of supermarket sausages. Go for a fresh coarse ground pork sausage that’s seasoned simply. In the UK the sausages of choice are usually coarse ground Cumberland or Lincolnshire sausages.
  • Black pudding. Not an absolute necessity but black pudding is super common and for black pudding lovers it’s a hill they will die on. You can get this when you’re buying sausages at your butcher. If they don’t have black pudding, ask for blood sausage.
  • English Bacon. The bacon in the UK is not the bacon we know in North America. Back bacon is made from pork loin with a bit of belly. It’s the same cut pork chops, but thinner and smoked. Again, you can usually get this a good butcher.
  • Eggs. All the eggs I’ve ever seen in a full English are sunny side up but you can go wild and cook them how you like. I don’t think the English breakfast police will come after you ;)
  • Tomatoes. Classic field tomatoes, not romas, not cherry, not anything super fancy.
  • Mushrooms. Simple brown (or cremini) mushrooms, halved.
  • Fried bread. Thick cut bread fried in a pan with oil or drippings and never toasted. I think a standard supermarket white loaf is what’s needed, not a sourdough or country loaf. Definitely not brown!
  • Beans. They’ve got to be Heinz!

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Any sort of potato is frowned upon on a full English. They’re seen as filler. If you even think of putting fries on, someone might get stabbed. You could do bubble and squeak (potatoes and cabbage mixed together and fried) but even then, some people are going to come after you.

What to serve with a full English breakfast

Coffee or tea! Tea is traditionally English but coffee is perfectly acceptable too. Add milk, sugar, and/or cream based on personal preference.

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We made this on a snowy morning and it was perfect! Lots of hot tea, big fluffy flakes falling down outside, and ALL the fried bread. But, to be honest, I’m not sure if I’m a huge fan. Call me a savage, but I think I love regular breakfast more. Mike on the other hand, LOVED it! He said it was as good as the full English breakfasts he had while he was in London. Me on the other hand? I didn’t eat for the rest of the day and went into a food coma – I was definitely full!

Happy breakfasting!

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How to Make a Full English Breakfast

Bacon, sausages, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, and beans all on one plate: is a Full English breakfast the most ultimate breakfast ever?
Serves 2
4.7 from 39 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins


  • 1 can beans Heinz preferred
  • 4 links sausages breakfast sausage preferred
  • 4 slices back bacon or Irish bacon
  • 4 slices black pudding optional... some say
  • 1 cup mushrooms halved or sliced
  • 2 small tomatoes halved
  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 eggs


  • Heat up the beans over low in a small pot. Keep warm on low.
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  • Cook the sausages over medium to medium low heat, turning occasionally, until brown and cooked through. In the same pan, cook the bacon, flipping as needed. Fry the blood pudding slices over medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side.
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  • In another pan, heat up a bit of oil and cook the mushrooms, without moving, until brown and caramelized. Remove from the pan, then sear the cut side of the tomato briefly. Remove from the pan, season everything with salt and pepper.
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  • Wipe the pan down and heat up a bit of oil or butter over medium heat. Fry the bread until golden, flipping and adding more oil or butter as needed. Remove and set aside. Finally, fry the eggs to your liking. Plate everything up: sausages, bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, tomato, bread, and eggs. Enjoy immediately!
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This is really more than enough food for 4 people, but nutritional info is done for the traditional full serving for 2.

Estimated Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Make a Full English Breakfast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1684 Calories from Fat 1051
% Daily Value*
Fat 116.8g180%
Saturated Fat 39.4g246%
Cholesterol 466mg155%
Sodium 4412mg192%
Potassium 1305mg37%
Carbohydrates 73.4g24%
Fiber 17.5g73%
Sugar 16.6g18%
Protein 84.8g170%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Alexia says:

    5 stars
    Boy, the English love their breakfasts. I remember visiting England when I graduated from high school. Their breakfasts are amazingly satisfying, probably better than any other meal (with the exception of their Prime Rib Roast with Yorkshire Puddings). Yum!

  2. Delyth says:

    5 stars
    Just to be clear, please don’t think we eat this everyday! This is more of a treat, perhaps at a bed and breakfast or something once in a while. Also, toast in the regular sense is perfectly acceptable as is losing the black pudding,(ugh)!

    1. Stephanie says:

      heehee, yeah i figured it was a special occasion kind of breakfast :)

      1. Rachel says:

        4 stars
        It’s a hangover and/ or lazy sunday morning breakfast!

        Also, two notes. a) You’re missing the hash browns. I know they came from America originally, but they’re now integral!

        b) The ‘fried’ bread thing is regional, more of a ‘Northern’ thing. I’m from the South East of England (though living in London) and most places back home if a place served fried bread instead of regular toast with their Full English, they’d warn you, because it’s unusual in the South.

        1. Stephanie says:

          ooh, i didn’t know about hash browns! i totally thought those were an american thing LOL
          i quite liked the fried bread :)

        2. Neil Frankham says:

          4 stars
          Doesn’t have to be hash browns. Any form of fried potato will do, including chips, though they’re more common with an All Day Breakfast. Fancier places will do sauté potatoes, or some bubble and squeak (which you should definitely try making).

        3. Andrew Neaves says:

          4 stars
          Fried bread is not a northern thing. I’m from the south east and it’s everywhere.
          Hash browns are a definite no in a full English. Bubble and squeak yes.

    2. Shameer Mulji says:

      You should be eating this everyday.

    3. Caen says:

      5 stars
      As an englishman who cooks a full english every weekend, it can get kind of busy on the hobs. So in order to make this easier, i tend to cook the sausages in the oven on a lower heat as well as the bacon singlularly layered beteen two bits of parchment paper. It helps free up a hob.

    4. Cairidh says:

      Some brits do eat it every day. My parents generation it used to be a weekly breakfast every Sunday. These days it’s not as common because it’s seen as unhealthy.

  3. Marian N says:

    Tomatoes for breakfast is also a Southern US thing.

  4. geoffrey corthout says:

    4 stars
    Hello, I like the idea behind this recipe, but I would change a few things myself. I would replace the beans and sausages with vegetables. I think the beans and sausages are too much because you already have bacon on your plate and I think it will be too heavy.instead of using beans and sausages, I would make a nice salad. What I certainly like about this recipe is the combination of the tomatoes and the champigons. In short, I think it’s a good recipe when small things are changed.

    1. LG says:

      You can’t change it. It’s a ‘Full English’

    2. Simon says:

      The beans are vegetables, and these beans do not have bacon or sausage in them like the American Baked Beans do. They’re just beans in tomato sauce and you need the tomato sauce, so the bread can soak it up and for dipping your sausage in.

    3. nc says:

      It’s an English Breakfast you wanker!

    4. Andrew says:

      It’s an English breakfast. If anyone in England heard the word salad you would have a fork in your eye


    5 stars
    tomatoes have to be tinned ones, fried bread and toast, but deffo no hash browns, never an english brekkie with them

  6. Tina says:

    What about kippers?? We had them in Southern England ( Tonbridge Wells, Lyme Regis) And Ft. William, Scotland (very fresh).

    1. Cairidh says:

      Kippers are a traditional Scottish breakfast. Often served in Scottish bnbs. But they’re never part of a full English or full Scottish.

  7. Hodgie3a says:

    My suggested contents (not all at the same time): –
    Eggs (traditionally fried but scrambled acceptable or poached at a pinch)
    Bacon (back or streaky, the latter being well done – traditionally fried but grilling might help you to live longer)
    Sausage (use plain, boring pork; save your lincolnshire, cumberland and others for “bangers and mash” – with thick onion gravy, of course – again fry or grill)
    Tomato (personally I hate cooked, fresh toms, tinned are better for breakfast)
    Mushrooms (simmer in milk for a few minutes, drain well then fry; they don’t tend to soak up so much cooking fat)
    Beans (Heinz, of course; I think people who say they can’t tell the difference are kidding themselves)
    Hash Browns (forget them as they’re tasteless and Irish potato cakes are infinitely superior)
    Irish Potato Cakes (lightly fry, grill or toast – lovely any way)
    Irish Soda Bread (lightly fry for a wonderful addition)
    Black Pudding (for some reason b.p. rings taste better than the large sausage shaped stuff and can be eaten uncooked.
    White Pudding (grains replace the congealed blood of the b.p. and make a great alternative/addition)
    Fried Bread (use white sliced bread and soak both sided in the fat from the bacon & sausage then fry both sided until crispy and mid-brown)
    Kidneys (half and cut out the core then fry – warning they’re an acquired taste and can ruin a meal!)

    1. Drea says:

      Y’all need to try salsa in place of the tomatoes. It’s a game changer <3

  8. Robin says:

    5 stars
    A full English is simple. The original ingredients as above. NO lettuce, hash browns, soda bread, vegetables etc. If you want to add these, go ahead but don’t call the muck in front of you a Full English ‘cos it just isn’t!!! (Yorkshire born and Yorkshire bred strong of t’arm and thick of t’ead. And an honourary Scouser) But we can’t have everything.

  9. Gareth says:

    That is the best Full English I’ve ever seen attempted in the USA. Served with HP sauce it is the best hangover cure.

  10. SIMON ATKINSON says:

    5 stars
    It’s either Toast or it’s Fried Bread, the two are not the same. However, you can have both on the same plate. For good fried bread, the English sometimes use a broiler (aka grill in UK). My mum’s Yorkshire method: Cook the bacon using a broiler, catch the bacon fat in the broiler tray, dip the bread in the bacon fat (both sides), then place the bread on the broiler to cook. It’s actually toasting the bacon oiled bread. Delicious!

    1. Jon says:

      4 stars
      Try deep frying bread in a chip pan full of melted beef dripping. Thick sliced white bread is best, and the fat needs to be hot when you drop the bread in. Each slice will brown very quickly so give them only about 30 seconds on each side. You will not regret it, although your arteries probably will.

  11. Jason says:

    I miss this. South America has hardly any necessary ingredients for this and yes this is an everyday brekkie.

  12. Rob says:

    Why is very difficult to find English Crumpets in the US .. used to get them in Publix super market but no more.. & I love them, kinda like English muffins but much better ..yum

    1. John says:

      I’ve seen English Crumpets at Trader Joes

  13. Jon says:

    How can you have a full English without bubble & squeak?

  14. Steven says:

    Undercooked eggs, undercooked beans, poor quality bacon and uneven cooking of the sausages. 5/10

    1. Jed says:

      5 stars
      Everything else is obviously cooked to preference, but how can you tell the beans are undercooked from a photo? Is it true that the English overcook everything because they hate their food?

  15. Maarit says:

    5 stars
    I’ve had several English breakfasts while in London and I love them. It sure keeps you going for the whole day! You can also order a half breakfast.
    Although I live in Finland, we can acquire all the incredients here.

  16. David Gilroy says:

    5 stars
    Yes, the beans should be Heinz, but not because of the attractive packaging, but because they don’t contain pork, brown sugar or maple syrup as do traditional US recipes. If you can’t get imported British ‘tins’ then Heinz vegetarian beans are available in the US, also in teal.
    When I left the UK (Newcastle) in 1981, nobody, and I mean nobody! ate potatoes for breakfast. Look out for the ‘spatter’ when frying the blood sausage or ‘black pudding’ , that stuff can take an eye out.

  17. Matt says:

    5 stars
    Mate, that is an awesome Full English. Well done!

  18. Daniela Maia says:

    Could you please confirm which kind or type of mushroom is used for the English Breakfast? I know that they are little, round and brown but I am not sure about which kind to buy. Are they Portobello? Or Shitake? I am in Brasil and I’d like to do a similar Breakfast here.

    1. Stephanie says:

      hi, they are brown cremini mushrooms!

  19. Gabardine Angus says:

    4 stars
    You are quite correct that you would NEVER put hash browns (American), or any other potato products on an English breakfast. I must however put you straight on something (and it should be written in law). Baked Beans have no place whatsoever as part of an English breakfast, they are a modern day edition by people who live on council estates and can’t hold their cutlery correctly. Even worse are people who think that it is acceptable to put CANNED tomatoes on the plate. Remove the beans, add a couple of perfectly grilled lambs’ kidneys and you’ve just about got the perfect hangover cure.

    1. Cairidh says:

      I agree no potatoes in a traditional full English unless it’s bubble and squeak. However a full Irish breakfast or full Scottish breakfast would contain potato. Scottish = tattie scones made from mashed potato. Irish would contain boxty made from raw grated potato or potato bread, potato cakes or some other potato. Irish and Scottish are known for their heavy use of potatoes in general hence it’s mainly the addition of potato that makes it a full Scottish breakfast or full Irish breakfast.

  20. Krish says:

    As a proud Londoner I can tell you this is a proper description of a full English. Lots of variants out there but yours is the classic.

  21. Laurie Rasor says:

    5 stars
    Have A Good Day

  22. Max says:

    5 stars
    Cherrio! Love the full English, but I’d add German potato pancakes and risk the mob. You need carbs with breakfast for energy, and your bread wont be enough. But I love the beans and tomato.

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