This Savoury Fried Toast is fragrant, flavourful and requires only 4 ingredients to make! The perfect meal to make when craving a savoury breakfast or brunch.

Cheers to another Friday! The weekends coming up which means most of us get to sleep in a bit longer AND probably the best part- make a hearty, home made breakfast. Throughout the week, I rush to eat my day time meals because of school and work but weekends are my time to relax. Almost always, I crave sweet breakfasts but on the rare occasion when I crave a savoury breakfast this has been my go-to recipe… which is funny because this born as a mistake (kind of). I was making some avocado toast one day and spilt a jar of marinera my mom was using over my LAST PIECE of bread. I was REALLY craving avocado toast, so I for some reason thought it was a good idea to try and get the sogginess out of the bread by frying it up on a pan and yup, it worked. And it was delicious. Avocado toast taken the the NEXT LEVEL delicious. Try it for yourself 😉

It starts with just 4-5 simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. Marinera, garlic, BBQ sauce and bread. You can see above that you can also just blend up some canned tomatoes and tomato paste if you don’t have marinera! I usually do use marinera but used up the last jar the night before for my pasta (opps). Mix up the ingredients, coat both sides of the bread and let it fry up on a pan for a couple of minutes… and you got yourself a delish flavourful tomato-ey meal.

And it doesn’t just stop there, add on some vegan parmesan, greens and guacamole! The guacamole seriously elevates this simple meal and tomato + cheese? Yes please. And just to add a bit of greens, garnish it with some pea shoots or any herbs you have on hand. On a side note, I think hummus would be super yum with this tomato toast as well.

Savoury Fried Tomato Toast is:

  • vegan friendly

  • only 4 ingredients

  • simple and easy to make

  • crispy on the outside

  • satisfying

  • smokey

  • tender

  • & is the perfect weekend breakfast!

Tips and Tricks to making Savoury Fried Tomato Toast

  • Make sure to cut your slices of bread thick! Stale bread works great for this dish 😉

  • Coat each sides evenly to ensure even cooking

  • If you don’t have a non-stick griddle or pan, oil lightly first to prevent sticking and while it cooking, move it around every minute or so

  • Start with looking on a low-medium so allow the inside of the bread to cook without burning the outside too much (unless you’re into that, like me oppsies)

  • Serve with guacamole or even hummus!

If you recreate this Savoury Fried Tomato Toast please share it and let me know what you think by tagging me on Instagram @lisakitahara, I love seeing all of your tasty recreations!


  1. Mix the marinera, BBQ sauce and mined garlic together in a shallow pan or bowl. If using caned tomatoes, blend all ingredients together except the garlic

  2. Dunk the sliced of bread into the tomato mixture, coating each side.

  3. Heat up pan on medium heat and place the slices of bread over your griddle or pan. Fry each side for 8-10 minutes or until slightly charred.

  4. Serve with nutritional yeast sprouts and mashed avocado!



  • PREP TIME: 5 minutes

  • COOK TIME: 16 minutes




  • ½ jar of marinera OR 1 c canned tomatoes + 1.5 tbsp tomato paste

  • 1 tbsp BBQ sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 4 thickly sliced pieces of bread*

*Can sub gluten-free bread


About Lisa

I'm Lisa, a home cook, recipe developer and founder of Okonomi Kitchen. Here, you'll find a mix of classic and modernized Japanese recipes, and creative, plant-forward meal inspiration using seasonal ingredients. I hope to share more about Japanese cuisine and culture through food and recipes.

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