These Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins are light and fluffy, plus loaded with veggies and 7 grams of protein!

Other must-haves for our morning routine are cottage cheese egg bites and egg white bites.

Cottage cheese egg muffins on a wooden board with a bowl of cottage cheese, egg and napkin.

Having a healthy breakfast like egg muffins and broccoli cheese egg muffins on hand has always been a lifesaver for our hectic mornings. And they have inspired me to try out a cottage cheese egg muffins recipe.

I’m totally hooked on cottage cheese recipes at the moment! They’re perfect for getting that protein fix we all crave, and honestly, they always turn out so well. These muffins are delicious!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Delightful texture: They’re moist, fluffy and firm with a creamy touch. Not deflating much either.
  • High in protein: Each muffin packs 7 grams of protein. If you eat 2 at a time, that’s 14 grams per serving.
  • Convenient: Whip up a dozen or two of tasty egg cups in 30ish minutes, perfect for meal prep. They store so well, in the fridge or freezer!
  • Get creative: There’s a world of veggies, meats, and herbs for endless flavor possibilities.

Ingredients for Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins

You’ll need 7 simple ingredients to make these egg muffins with cottage cheese.

  • Eggs: 8 large eggs. No need for room temperature eggs.
  • Cottage cheese: I used 2% fat but you can use reduced fat, non fat, or full fat cottage cheese.
  • Vegetables: I added chopped red bell pepper and fresh spinach for flavor, color and nutrients. See more fun combination ideas below!
  • Cheese: I loved how cheddar cheese paired with the eggs and veggies. You can switch it up with whatever cheese you have on hand.
  • Spices: A touch of salt and black pepper to taste.

How to Make Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins

Here’s a quick overview how to make high protein egg muffins with minimal prep, all in one bowl for easy mixing. There is a full recipe card below.

Step by step process how to make egg muffins with cottage cheese.

First, preheat your oven to 375 F, line a muffin tin with parchment paper liners, and set aside.

  • Combine base ingredients: Add eggs, cottage cheese, salt and pepper to a large bowl, then whisk with a fork.
  • Add your mix-ins: Toss in bell pepper, spinach, and cheese and whisk once more.
  • Bake: Evenly distribute the egg mixture into each opening of the prepared muffin pan, each should be filled nearly to the brim. Bake for about 23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the muffins have puffed up.
Baked egg muffins in a muffin tin.
  • Serve: Remove protein egg muffins from the oven and enjoy right away, or let them cool down before popping them in the fridge or freezer for a grab-and-go breakfast or snack whenever you need it.

Tips for Best Results

Here are my best tips and tricks for making the most delicious cottage cheese egg muffins!

  • Blend the cottage cheese egg mixture: If you really don’t love the taste of cottage cheese, you can blend the eggs, cottage cheese, salt, and pepper until smooth in a food processor or blender to mask the taste.
  • Egg muffins are ready when: They should be puffed up, no longer wet in the center, and just barely golden on the edges.
  • Don’t overcook: The longer they bake, the spongier the texture becomes. If you notice browned tops, it means they’re overcooked. Also, cottage cheese releases whey when heated, resulting in a more watery consistency.
  • To avoid sticking: Use parchment paper liners, not just regular paper ones. Or a silicone muffin tin works great too. Eggs stick a lot, so if you are 100% sure in your non-stick muffin pan, then you can try it. Just spray it with cooking spray, but I wouldn’t, even to avoid the cleaning.
  • To use all egg whites: Swap 8 large eggs for 2 cups egg whites and the cooking time should remain the same.
Looking down on cut in half  cheese egg muffin and more muffins around it.

Flavor Ideas

  • Broccoli and cheddar
  • Spinach and feta
  • Tomato, mozzarella, and basil
  • Ham and Swiss cheese
  • Red pepper and goat cheese
  • Green onion and Havarti cheese
  • Bacon and onion
  • Sausage, bell pepper, and onion

How to Store and Reheat

Store: Place muffins in an airtight container in the fridge, they’ll keep fresh for up to 5 days.

Freeze: Once they’re cooked and cooled down, transfer them into an airtight container with a lid and freeze for up to 3 months.

Reheat: I pop a couple on a plate in the microwave for about 1-1.5 minutes if they’re frozen, or 30 seconds if they’re fresh.


Why did my egg muffins deflate?

Some deflation is normal and will happen. A lot of deflation should not happen if you follow the recipe.

What can I use instead of cottage cheese?

I don’t recommend skipping cottage cheese because it is 1 of 2 main ingredients. Maybe instead, ricotta cheese or extra cheese will work.

More High Protein Egg Recipes to Try

Side view of egg muffins served on a platter.
Cottage cheese egg muffins on a wooden board with a bowl of cottage cheese, egg and napkin.

Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins

These Cottage Cheese Egg Muffins are light and fluffy, plus loaded with veggies and 7 grams of protein! Perfect for meal prep.
5 from 1 vote
Servings 12 egg muffins
Calories 86
Diet Low Calorie
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes



  • Preheat oven to 375 F and line muffin tin with parchment paper liners. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add eggs, cottage cheese, salt and pepper. Whisk with a fork.
  • Then add bell pepper, spinach and cheese. Whisk again.
  • Divide egg mixture evenly between openings of a muffin pan, filling each one almost full. Bake for 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of center comes out clean and egg muffins have puffed up.
  • Remove from the oven and enjoy.


  • Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days. To reheat pop a few on a plate in the microwave and reheat for 1 – 1.5 minutes from frozen or 30 seconds for fresh.
  • Freeze: Cook and cool. Transfer in an airtight container with a lid and freeze for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1 egg muffin | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 232mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Welcome! I grew up in Ukraine watching my grandma cook with simple ingredients. I have spent the last 11 years making it my mission to help you cook quick and easy meals for your family!

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