French toast is quite possibly one of the most perfect foods ever—for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even dessert, it’s always a good idea. If you don’t eat dairy, you don’t have to miss out; this comfort food can be made without milk.

French Toast 101

Traditional French toast is served warm, with a moist, custard-like center and crispy fried edges. To achieve this dichotomy of textures, use a drier, firmer bread and soak it briefly in a mixture of eggs and liquid. Day-old bread or a dry French or brioche bread soaks up more batter while holding together better during cooking.

Prepare the egg mixture by blending eggs with liquid at a 1:1 ratio—one large egg is about 3 tablespoons, so you need 3 tablespoons liquid. Other ingredients like sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, can be added to the batter according to taste.

Briefly soak each side of the bread in the batter and transfer bread to a hot skillet with melted butter or oil. Cook each side over medium to high heat until golden brown and serve with your choice of toppings. French toast is done when it’s firm to the touch and the edges are crispy.

Substitutions

To make batter without milk, sub in any of the following:

  • Soy milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond milk
  • Water
  • Diluted non-dairy creamer

Substituting other liquids for the milk may slightly change the taste, texture, nutritional value, and caloric content.

Permission for Omission

You can make French toast by omitting the milk or liquid altogether. The finished product will be less custard-like and more egg-like. When skipping the liquid, soak the bread in the egg mixture longer.

Cooking Methods Galore

While many recipes call for frying the toast in a hot pan over the stove, you can cook French toast on an electric griddle, in the oven, and even on the grill. When cooking on the stove, on a griddle, or in the oven, use a little grease and cook over medium to high heat. In the oven, use a baking pan to prevent any batter from dripping onto the bottom of the oven. If you’re brave enough to grill your French toast, keep the flame low to prevent burning.