Full English Breakfast

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An overflowing plate of savoury breakfast foods including bacon, sausages, hashbrowns, eggs, beans, fried bread, and toast. And don't forget the cup of tea.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 40
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Fried
  • Cuisine: British


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 sausages
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 4 pieces of black pudding
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can of Heinz baked beans
  • 2 eggs
  • butter

Amounts are merely suggestions. If it's easier to just cook the whole packet of bacon or sausages, etc. just do that and have leftovers. 


Making a Full English Breakfast is much more about math than cooking technique. You're basically just heating up a bunch of stuff without really adding anything. Make your own battle plan. Do it all in the oven. Customise your favorite ingredients. Mix and match. Here's what I did:

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Cut your sausage links apart if necessary, and spread them on a foil-lined baking sheet. Put the sausages in the oven and cook for about 12 minutes. Use tongs to turn them all over, then put them back in the oven to finish cooking for another 12 minutes or so. Check the cooking instructions on your package because cooking time will vary by size.
  2. While the sausages are in the oven, put a large skillet over medium heat, and start cooking your bacon to your desired level of doneness. Again, times will vary depending on whether you use back bacon or streaky bacon. Go with what you like.
  3. After your bacon has started to cook, tip your can of beans into a small saucepan, and place this over the lowest heat possibly to simmer gently while you get on with the rest.
  4. When your bacon is cooked through, remove it to a paper towel-lined plate. I cover this with a pot lid to help keep things warm. 
  5. Add your black pudding slices to the same frying pan you cooked the bacon in. Cook these for about three minutes per side. Again, check packet instructions for your particular brand. Remove to the same plate as your bacon.
  6. Up next, toss your tomatoes into the hot skillet and lightly fry them in the fat left over by the bacon, etc. Cook them until they just start to blister on the outside, then remove them to a bowl.
  7. Somewhere during all this, you can also be making toast and buttering it. If you can put someone else on toast duty, all the better.
  8. Possibly the most delectable part of the homemade Full English Breakfast is the fried bread. If your bacon has given off lots of good grease, you just need to slap a couple pieces of bread into the hot skillet to soak it up and get brown and crisp. If you need a little extra help in the bacon grease department, you can spread reserved bacon grease (that you've been saving in a jar in your fridge for just such urgent need) just like you would butter, then fry for a few minutes per side until brown and crisp.
  9. I like to fry my eggs in a separate small frying pan just because that's easier for me. You can do them in the same frying pan as everything else if that's easier for you. I like mine over easy.
  10. Once everything is ready, start loading your plate. Don't forget the tea.



  • Okay, this is not really a recipe so much as a list of things that go on a plate and a strategy for cooking them. Obviously, this is just one way to do it. Go nuts!
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