Slimmed Down Egg McMuffin – Healthy and Delicious McDonald’s Copycat Recipe

For a healthier start to your day, make this slimmed down Egg McMuffin for a fast food taste without all the calories and fat that the traditional McDonald option has.

Slimmed down Egg McMuffin

Who doesn’t love the taste of a fast food breakfast? But those tasty meal options come with a high calorie and fat price. Today we’ll be a copycat and try to deliver a bunch of the flavor but at a much more friendly waist line option.

Copycat recipes are often those that try to replicate the traditional restaurant offering so that you can make it at home. I am taking this a step further to copy the original taste but to slim it down for a more healthy option.

As with all New Year’s resolutions in other years, it seems that I am trying to focus on healthy cooking and losing a few pounds.  I am not much of a fast food junkie, but I do like some of the breakfast items on the menus.

This slimmer version of an egg McMuffin tastes great but won’t break the calorie budget and this makes it a healthier breakfast choice.

Making this Slimmed Down Egg McMuffin 

This recipe is ready in just minutes and needs only 6 ingredients! Perfect for those mornings when takeaway seems fast but you can make it quickly to satisfy your desire for a healthy breakfast.

The ingredients

  • English Muffin
  • Large Egg
  • Canadian bacon or thinly sliced low fat deli ham
  • Cabot reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • sea Salt and pepper to taste

The recipe contains no added fat.  I make use of Cabot reduced fat cheese, and use a healthy version of thinly sliced Deli ham instead of regular bacon bacon or sausages to save calories. (Canadian bacon also works well.)

You can use whole grain English muffins to add extra fiber if you would like. An olive oil mister keeps the fat to a bare minimum, making this breakfast option very low in calories.

Directions for the copycat slimmed down Egg Mcmuffin

Start by heating your ham and egg in a frying pan sprayed with olive oil from an olive oil mister. This allows you to heat them without adding extra calories from fat to the recipe.

After cooking the ham and egg comes the fun part.  Remove the English Muffin and start layering. 

I slice my one ounce of cheese very thinly so I end up with about 6 pieces of thin cheese.  Place some cheese on the muffin. 

Add a slice of ham and more cheese.  Put on more cheese and the egg.  Cover the egg with the another slice of ham and top with the rest of the cheese and finish with the ham.egg Mcmuffin

At this point, I put on the top muffin slice and push down.  The heat from the cooked ingredients melts the cheese slightly and the egg makes a gooey mess. 

If you don’t like runny yokes and the mess, just cook the egg a little longer.

Serving options

Serve this copycat Egg McMuffin with some sliced fruit for a healthy slimmed down breakfast.  My version is similar in calories to the lightest fast food breakfast choices, but so much more healthy and tastes a LOT better.

Slices tomatoes and mushrooms would also be quick to do and would make a light side option. A filling mixed bean salad would also go well with this breakfast.

Do you have some fast food make overs  that you would like to share?  Please leave your ideas in the comment section below.

For more great ideas to get you started in the morning, check out these tasty breakfast recipes.

Admin Note: This post for the copycat Egg McMuffin first appeared on the blog in January of 2013. I have updated the post to add a printable recipe card and additional step by step instructions.

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Slimmed Down Egg McMuffin - Healthy and Delicious

Slimmed Down Egg McMuffin - Healthy and Delicious

If you like the taste of McDonald's Egg McMuffin, try making this slimmed down version to save on fat and calories

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 English Muffin
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 oz thinly sliced low fat deli ham (or 2 slices of Canadian bacon)
  • 1 ounce of Cabot reduced fat cheddar cheese
  • sea Salt and pepper to taste
  • Light spray from olive oil mister in a non stick pan.


  1. Very lightly spray a non stick pan with a spritz from an olive oil mister or can of Pam.
  2. Slice your cheese very thinly.
  3. Add the ham slices and cook for just a minute or so on a medium high heat.
  4. Start the toaster with the English Muffin.
  5. Flip the ham over and add the egg next to it in the same pan. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cover and cook until the egg is as you like it. I like my yokes runny so the egg only needs to cook for about a minute or so.
  7. Layer the ham, egg and cheese over the English muffin and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 403Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 204mgSodium: 1241mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 22g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.


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