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Full English Breakfast

Fry up Breakfast

The famous Traditional Full English Breakfast is also known or referred to as a fry-up breakfast and is loved by most of us here in the UK. 

Rather than searching for a full English breakfast near me, just make it yourself, that way you can tweak it to suit your taste.

Full English Breakfast or fry up breakfast.

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*Post updated October 2022

There's nothing quite like a good-sized English Breakfast to keep you full pretty much all day long.

Even when you travel abroad, to Mediterranean resorts in Spain for example, you will find a Full English breakfast on the menu in numerous bars and restaurants.

Serve with a nice cup of tea, coffee or fresh orange juice, or just a refreshing glass of cold water from one of the best water filters out there.

What's included in a full English breakfast?

For non-vegetarians, proper bacon (smoked back bacon) is the only way to go in my opinion and nicely seasoned meaty sausages are essential and both have to be just right.

Of course, vegetarians will have their meat-free version as there are plenty of meat-free options available these days.

Use good quality ingredients and you can't go wrong.

Fry up ingredients

  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Baked beans
  • Egg
  • Thick sliced and buttered bread

Is a full English breakfast healthy?

Researchers have discovered the perfect reason to tuck into a full English breakfast and the best news that dieters have had in years!

They found that starting the morning with a fatty meal may boost the metabolism for the rest of the day and prime the body to burn fat more efficiently.

A lot of people have their breakfast with black pudding too and these days, the addition of hash browns is popular but to me, that's odd. 

I like to stick to leftover cooked potatoes, just fry them till they start to brown along with the rest of the breakfast.

Portobello mushrooms

I LOVE baby portobello mushrooms because they are so tasty. 

Pronounced [por-toh-BEHL-loh]. Some people think they're named after the famous Portobello Road in London but they are not.

They are sometimes called Portobella mushrooms.

The colourful Portobello Road retains is full of magic, mystery and romance. It's most famous for its half-mile-long market selling antiques, which is the largest in the world.

The street is transformed every Saturday into a glittering treasure arcade.

Portobello mushrooms.

Don't forget a nice big tomato is essential along with a lovely golden yolked fried egg or two; always, always, free-range eggs, please. Baked beans are another favourite.

A nice mug of hot tea and some nice crusty buttered bread on the side of the plate and you're done. Eat that lot and you won't need feeding again until the evening meal 😉

There are many regional versions of this breakfast

For example, the Ulster Fry always includes black pudding, potato cakes and soda bread. Talking of black pudding, I prefer Clonakilty White Pudding which I tried a while back.

The Scottish breakfast boasts a tattie scone (potato scone) and the Welsh breakfast features laverbread (barra lawr, which is made from seaweed).

The Cornish breakfast often comes with Cornish hogs pudding (a kind of sausage) and Cornish potato cakes made from mashed potatoes mixed with flour and butter and then fried.

Full English Breakfast - fry up.

So, what does your favourite Full Breakfast or 'fry-up' include?

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Author: Jan Bennett
Full English Breakfast - fry up breakfast

Full English Breakfast - fry up breakfast

Full English breakfast or fry-up will keep you full all day long! You can add or remove any of the ingredients to suit your taste.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Min


  • vegetable oil
  • 4 rashers of back bacon - preferably smoked bacon
  • 2 sausages
  • 2 beefsteak tomatoes - sliced in half
  • 8 baby portobello mushrooms
  • sliced potatoes - taken from tin and drained well
  • 1 x 400g tin of baked beans
  • 2 eggs - free range of course
  • buttered bread for dipping and mopping


  1. Slice and butter your bread and set aside.
  2. Add a tiny splash of oil to your frying pans and start by frying the sausages and bacon.
  3. Then in another frying pan, fry the potatoes - as they are already cooked they won't take long.
  4. Heat the beans in a saucepan - meanwhile, fry the mushrooms and tomatoes.
  5. Make sure everything is nicely cooked and dish it up onto plates.
  6. Wipe one of the frying pans and add a splash of oil and fry the eggs. Add the fried egg to the plates and serve with thick crusty buttered bread.
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