Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Lox and Bagels

Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Lox and Bagels
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This overnight breakfast casserole, made with lox and bagels casserole is perfect for entertaining. Filled with cream cheese and plenty of everything seasoning, this casserole would also be great with pastrami. Just plan on refrigerating overnight and then baking it for about 50-60 minutes the next day. Garnish with smoked salmon, tomatoes, capers and onions and you have a savory, showstopping brunch.
This is an updated post from December, 2016.

I love overnight breakfast casseroles. Not only are they easy to prepare, they are perfect for entertaining and can be made ahead. Many breakfast casseroles call for potatoes and sausage, but this is a very different version.

 Bagels and lox overnight breakfast casserole 

is not made with bread. It is made with bagels and then topped with everything that might go on top of a bagel.

Not only that it is made with an amazing everything seasoning, much like you find sprinkled on bagels. Not only does it make this casserole incredibly good, this seasoning, if you make extra, can be used on just a bagel with cream cheese, sprinkled on scrambled or hard boiled eggs and even popcorn!

Easy to prepare, the hardest thing about making this easy overnight sensation is chopping up the bagels. From there it’s a matter of making the everything seasoning, of which I recommend making double. I promise you will find plenty of uses for it!

Not quite bread pudding, but similar!

Then, just like you are making bread pudding, it’s a matter of soaking the bagel mixture in some eggs and cream. Refrigerate and wake and bake the next morning!

Just make sure to read your measurements correctly. My mom called and said this tasted very salty. When asked how much salt she used she told me one tablespoon. Ummm. Well, nope Mom!

Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Lox and Bagels

Zoe arrived home Thursday night for a short visit. Her flame, suitor and one and only, is also from Denver and was visiting this week. Conveniently, Zoe decided to use her last vacation day of the year and come also.

The happy duo decided to spend a night at the Broadmoor, but still allowed time for us. Zoe had several requests before she arrived home. Being a good mother, I was happy to comply.

The first: “Could I please not open a box that was coming?”;  the second: “Was the car available for them to use?” and the third:  “Could I please schedule a massage and come with them?”

Zoe decided they would save money by having a massage here instead of at the Broadmoor because resort prices can be quite costly. Before they left Friday morning she suggested that she and her one and only and of course, me too, all go for a massage at our favorite Chinese massage place.

Wise kids they are. I must not forget that they are both economists! But little did I know how wise.  How could I not treat them to the massage? Very wise kids indeed. After all a free massage is much cheaper than any massage!

Overnight breakfast casserole with lox and bagels

Being a very gracious mother pushover, I offered a bit of a brunch also before they braved icy cold weather on the drive to Colorado Springs.

Yes, this easy overnight breakfast casserole, strata, bread pudding…whatever you want to call it, was ingested into our very pummeled bodies before they hit the road!

I served this with an Israeli salad of cucumbers, tomatoes and onions, along with a simple fruit salad that everyone loved. Honestly all I used was a container of blackberries, a mango and a few clementines, with a handful of coconut. Coconut makes everything extra good.

Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Lox and Bagels

This lox and bagels casserole is saturated with lots of everything seasoning. Layered with cream cheese and topped with everything that would go on a bagel, this makes a perfect brunch or a simple supper.

With Hanukkah actually occurring on Christmas this year,this overnight breakfast casserole would be a fun dish to serve with a side of potato latkes. It would also make a great savory dish for a Christmas brunch.

Either way, I love overnight casseroles. They make the mornings go so smooth! Which of course makes the food taste even better.

It was fun catching up, eating together, and relaxing with a giant nap the minute they walked out the door! 

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Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Lox and Bagels

This recipe can be made with hot smoked salmon also. In which case you may want this one. 

IF you don’t want to make your own everything seasoning here is another option.

I love simple, light colored casserole dishes, like this. Emile Henry also makes my favorite pie plate.


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Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Lox and Bagels

Overnight Breakfast Casserole with Lox and Bagels

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 40 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 60 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This overnight breakfast casserole, made with lox and bagels is perfect for company. Topped with everything you’d put on a bagel, this is a crowd pleaser.


  • 4 large everything bagels (about 1 lb)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 1 bunch scallions, chopped fine
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 1/2 c milk
  • Everything seasoning (Use all below)
  • 48 oz lox (Our family likes a lot)
  • 23 T drained capers
  • 1/3 c minced red onion
  • 2 sliced tomatoes or about 10 baby ones sliced
  • butter for greasing pan

Everything Seasoning

  • 3/4 t kosher salt
  • 1 T white sesame seeds
  • 2 t black poppy seeds
  • 1 T minced dried onions
  • 1/2 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder


  1. Butter a 9 x 13 or 8 x 11 baking dish.
  2. Chop bagels into 1/2″ cubes approximately. Place 1/2 of the bagel cubes into a buttered baking dish.
  3. Make everything seasoning.
  4. Cut cream cheese into cubes. Place 1/2 of the cream cheese over bagel chunks.
  5. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the minced scallions. Top with 1/2 of the everything seasoning. Top with rest of bagel chunks.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining cream cheese, and scallions.
  7. Combine eggs, milk and half of the everything seasoning and whisk together well.Pour over bagels and cream cheese. Press bagels into the liquid. If you need more liquid, add more milk. When everything is moistened, cover with plastic wrap placed directly on the surface of the bagels.
  8. Place in fridge overnight.
  9. When ready to bake, remove dish from fridge and bring to room temperature.
  10. Preheat oven to 350. Uncover the casserole and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until it is puffed and golden brown and set in the center. Let cool on rack for 10 minutes. While it is cooling, scatter the lox, capers, red onions and tomatoes on top.

Keywords: overnight breakfast casserole, overnight breakfast casserole easy, overnight breakfast casserole with bread, overnight breakfast casserole recipe

More great breakfast ideas:

       Everything Scrambled Eggs  

Everything Scrambled Eggs

              Bagel Bombs   

Bagel Bombs

               Easy Cheese Blintz Casserole

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  • Marcelle
    January 27, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Abbe this breakfast casserole looks amazing! I love anything that is saturated with everything seasoning! 🙂

    • Abbe
      January 29, 2020 at 11:32 am

      Everything seasoning is so good, isn’t it? I could put it on just about everything!

  • Pam
    January 20, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    Mercy! How delicious this sounds! Fantastic dish I have to try! Glad you re-posted it! Thanks!

    • Abbe
      January 29, 2020 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Pam! It is great for company!

  • Nammi
    January 18, 2020 at 12:01 am

    I should give it a try during a weekend!, although we dont get bagels over here, maybe I can try with some other kind of bread :).

  • Mimi
    January 17, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    Wow Abbe! This is brilliant! I love the cream cheese in there with the bagels. Great idea. And then topping with lox and goodies? Brilliant!!!

  • sherry
    January 16, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    this sounds amazingly wonderful Abbe. i love a bread and butter-type pudding. and i love smoked salmon! it looks so fresh too. happy new year to you! cheers sherry

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    January 16, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Fun reading this recipe again! This looks great, and I’ll bet it tastes terrific. 🙂

  • Bobbi Marshall
    December 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Loving this recipe for the morning of the holidays. Loads of flavor and a winner recipe! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season.

  • Cheri Savory Spoon
    December 21, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    My goodness this is the perfect breakfast or brunch, we love lox and all the little goodies that you added. Great post Abbe, I always enjoy the way you write. Happy Holidays!!!

  • Liz Berg
    December 21, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Overnight casseroles are the best! And I love this lox and bagels combo. So glad Zoe made it home—sounds like you two have been having some fun!! xo

  • Holly @ abakershouse.com
    December 21, 2016 at 1:56 am

    I love the overnight casserole thought and yours looks like it rivals anything served at the Broadmoor! I hope you've had a lovely birthday today.

  • Sippity Sup
    December 20, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    A beautifully colorful meal I'm sure they enjoyed. GREG

  • Laura Dembowski
    December 20, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    This is such a unique twist on all the overnight casseroles out there. I thought I didn't like lox, but I had it a couple times this year and fell in love.

  • Chris Scheuer
    December 20, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    What a fun variation on Bagels and Lox, it sounds wonderful! Happy holidays!

  • Anna and Liz Recipes
    December 20, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    WOW, brillant! These dishes look amazing, especially the Israeli salad !! Hope you have a very Happy Hanukkah!!

  • Kitchen Riffs
    December 20, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Good dish. And fun to see Zoe (and her flame) again, I'm sure. Happy Holidays! And Happy Birthday, too. 🙂

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    December 20, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    This sounds wonderful, Abbe! My favorite are 'everything' bagels and the first I pick when I'm buying some. Capers too? So good! Happiness is a good massage, especially when someone else pays for it 🙂 Happy Hanukkah, Abbe!

  • Karen Harris
    December 20, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    This looks ahhhh-mazing!

  • Angie Schneider
    December 20, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    This looks so very comforting! I guess sourdough bread would be a nice sub. here.

  • La Table De Nana
    December 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    It does look fresh and good..happy holidays!
    Glad you got to see your daughter:)

  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch)
    December 20, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Happy Holidays Abbe! And enjoy that visit with Zoe and suitor. The Casserole sounds wonderful, but I'm also interested in that Israeli Salad. I'll do a search on your blog to see if you've posted it.

  • Tricia Buice
    December 20, 2016 at 9:12 am

    My goodness Abbe – this looks fantastic! It's absolutely brilliant – hope you have a very Happy Hanukkah!

  • Ansh
    December 20, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Happy Holidays. This casserole looks divine. Glad you got to spend some time with your lovely Zoe and her one and only 😀

  • The Ninja Baker
    December 20, 2016 at 4:47 am

    Wow! Think you get Mom of the Year Abbe. Massages at the Broadmoor, brunch with baked bagels (and fresh lox) and allowance to use the car – you've got my nomination! And I've got your recipe now =) Happy Holidays!