Are you tired of starting your mornings with the same old bowl of cereal or toast? If you’re looking to shake up your breakfast routine and add some Mediterranean flavor to your day, then you’ve come to the right place!
We’ve rounded up a variety of delicious and nutritious Mediterranean breakfast ideas that will not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide you with the energy you need to conquer the day ahead.
Trust us, once you try these mouthwatering recipes, you’ll never want to go back to boring breakfast again!
Mediterranean Breakfast Recipes
1. Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs)
Menemen is the bomb when it comes to scrambled eggs!! It’s all about those hearty, vibrant, and delicious eggs. Perfectly accompanied by a simple yet ridiculously tasty tomato and onion mixture with a few subtle seasonings. So good, you won’t be able to resist!
This Turkish scrambled egg recipe could well be your new go-to for a quick and tasty, protein heavy breakfast. Or a convenient anytime meal that uses pantry ingredients. And hey, don’t forget the crusty bread!
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2. Mediterranean Omelette
Upgrade your breakfast routine with a delicious and easy Mediterranean omelette! It’s got that Mediterranean flair, packed full of fresh flavors and simple ingredients.
Trust us, you’ll be hooked on this breakfast. Plus, it’s a great way to kickstart your day with protein and loads of veggie power from the cherry tomatoes and spinach. Enjoy!
Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Omelette
3. Ful Medames (Egyptian Fava Beans)
Get ready to dive into a delicious blend of creamy fava beans, spicy jalapeños, and aromatic garlic with this amazing fava bean dip – Egyptian style! Whether you’re having a cozy night in or hosting a fun gathering, this dip brings a whole new level of addictive flavor with every scoop.
Seriously, it’s not just any dip, it’s a culinary experience that’ll keep you and your guests coming back for more, again and again.
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4. Crustless Ham and Swiss Quiche
Some quiche lovers might scroll past when they see “crustless” but have faith, this crustless ham and swiss cheese quiche is seriously delicious and silky smooth.
You might even forget about the lack of crust altogether! It’s light, delicious, and an oh-so-elegant staple of French cuisine. Give it a try!
Get the Recipe: Crustless Ham and Swiss Quiche
Shakshuka – not your ordinary eggs! Packed with loads of flavor from the herbs and spices, this Middle Eastern classic is top of the egg game! This shakshuka recipe will take your breakfast to a whole new level of deliciousness.
Relish it at breakfast or brunch, and it can easily hold it’s own as a go-to weeknight dinner too! It’s such a complete meal with protein and veggies aplenty.
Get the Recipe: Shakshuka
6. Pesto Eggs
Make these delightful pesto eggs for breakfast and you’ll understand why they’re internet famous. It’s a quick and easy breakfast that’s simply delicious, especially if you already have some pesto on hand. Trust us, you will definitely be making them again!
Get the Recipe: Pesto Eggs
7. Cilbir (Turkish Eggs in Yogurt)
This Turkish eggs in yogurt and chili oil recipe also known as Çılbır or Cilbir is incredible. It’s perfect for brunch. Or breakfast. Or lunch for that matter!
It’s got all the flavor notes covered – fresh and bright, rich and spicy, creamy and savory. Just grab some pita or toast and pair it with this irresistible goodness! You won’t be able to stop scooping it up until your plate is spotless!
8. Spanish Omelette (Spanish Tortilla)
Let’s take your omelette game to the next level with this awesome Spanish omelette, also known as Spanish tortilla! It’s amazing whether you serve it hot or cold. And the best part? It’s super easy to whip up!
This popular recipe combines crispy fried potatoes and eggs, making it perfect for picnics, parties, BBQs, and of course, a classic tapas spread.
9. Shirred Eggs
Jazz up your eggs with this fancy twist on shirred eggs! Whether you’re treating yourself or your loved ones, these shirred eggs are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
Picture this: two perfectly cooked eggs embraced by a luscious, creamy goodness, topped off with grated parmesan and chives. Oh, and the best part? You can devour them anytime, as you probably have all the ingredients on hand.
10. Eggs in Purgatory (Italian Shakshuka)
Eggs in Purgatory are a quick and spicy way to enjoy your eggs in the morning. With parmesan cheese and eggs poached in a fiery tomato sauce, this Italian shakshuka is the perfect answer for a cozy breakfast or brunch.
Plus, it’s ready to eat in just 30 minutes. Just pair them with some warm, crusty bread to dip in the sauce and simply savor it.
11. Brioche French Toast
This one is the ultimate French toast recipe! It’s without a doubt the best brioche French toast ever, packed with flavor and no hassle. Perfect for breakfast or brunch.
This luxurious pan-fried Pain Perdu is made with a simple custard of eggs and milk, using rich brioche bread, and topped with berries, maple syrup, and whipped cream. Trust us, your breakfast doesn’t get any better than this!
12. Spanish Flamenco Eggs
These Spanish Flamenco Eggs, or as they call it in Spain, Huevos a la Flamenca, are the real deal when it comes to Spanish cuisine. They’re bursting with layers of flavors, quick to assemble, and ready in about 40 minutes.
This skillet recipe is perfect for a chilled out weekend breakfast or a laid-back weeknight dinner. Either way, don’t forget to grab a crunchy baguette to soak up all that deliciousness!
13. Lablabi (Tunisian Chickpea Stew)
Lablabi, also known as Tunisian chickpea soup or stew, is a deliciously hearty meal from North Africa. It’s got chickpeas, rustic bread, warm spices, and much more.
This version of this cozy dish makes for an easy and satisfying vegetarian dinner. So grab a bowl and dig in!
14. Mediterranean Hummus Bowl
This yummy Mediterranean hummus bowl is an excellent choice for a healthy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Packed with fresh and vibrant ingredients, it is super easy and quick to make. Plus, it is gluten-free!
Just spoon the homemade hummus into a bowl and add the tossed salad ingredients. Drizzle with olive oil, crack some black pepper, sprinkle with fresh herbs, and dive in!
15. Mediterranean Hummus Toast with Za’atar
Start your day right or get a tasty afternoon boost with this Mediterranean hummus toast, it’s topped with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, feta, and a sprinkle of za’atar. A tasty and healthy treat!
We bet you’ll feel so satisfied after you’re done eating.
16. Portuguese Style Baked Eggs
Portuguese style baked eggs are amazing for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner! Imagine eggs baked in a cheesy nest, smothered in a quick and spicy tomato sauce then served up with some crusty bread and a salad, and that’s it, your meal fit for a king is ready to devour.
These Portuguese-style eggs are definitely comfort food at its finest.
17. Rioja-Style Spanish Eggs
These Spanish style Rioja eggs, or Huevos a la Riojana, are why Spanish egg dishes rock! Packed with flavors, super easy to whip up, and made with simple ingredients.
You can easily enjoy these Rioja-Style Spanish Eggs for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner. Regardless of when you have it, don’t forget to serve this dish alongside a crusty baguette to soak up all that amazing egg yolk goodness!
18. Portuguese Easter Bread
Searching for a special treat to impress with this Easter? We have got you covered with this delicious Portuguese Easter bread recipe.
This recipe makes 2 beautiful loaves and it is not too taxing, unlike some bread recipes! You just need to follow some easy steps and techniques to make the perfect loaves every time, and we can assure you it will be a hit with all the family.
19. Froġa tat-Tarja (Maltese Pasta Omelette)
Here’s a recipe for Froġa tat-Tarja aka Maltese pasta omelette! It features tender angel hair pasta that is mixed with eggs and cheese, then pan-fried until golden and delicious.
Also, this recipe is a great way to make use of leftover pasta and other ingredients and it comes together in under 30 minutes. What’s not to love?
20. Eggs & Pasturma
This salty and kinda spicy Pasturma is mixed with bell peppers, feta, and eggs, which creates a flavor explosion in just 15-20 minutes. Rustle up this tasty dish for brunch or a quick and satisfying meal any time of the day.
Just grab some warm pita bread, and serve it with your choice of salad. That’s all! It’s super simple, easy to make, and absolutely delicious!
21. Cretan-style Honey Pancakes
Now try these Cretan-style honey pancakes which are made with just 3 basic ingredients and with no eggs or yeast. There are tons of variations all across Greece, so you can enjoy them plain with honey or topped with nuts and spices like cinnamon or served with homemade jam and fruits or even savory, stuffed with different types of cheese.
We think you are going to love this Greek version of pancakes for sure!
22. Homemade Labneh
Labneh is a creamy Middle Eastern cheese created by straining yogurt. You can easily make it at home, and it is so deliciously tangy. Perfect for dipping!
Seriously, there’s nothing quite like warm and toasty pita bread dipped into this gorgeous homemade Labneh! It’s pure heaven, and we guarantee it’ll be your new obsession!
23. Greek Eggs Kayanas-Strapatsada
Eggs Kayanas-Strapatsada is one of those effortless Greek recipes that is packed with flavor and is really simple to make. It’s basically a delicious take on scrambled eggs, and you only need a few ingredients like ripe tomatoes, eggs, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil to make this delight.
Serve with feta cheese, chili flakes and crusty bread for a yummy meal that is ready in under 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Palačinke is like a delicious blend of a crêpe and a pancake from Croatia. This savory version is stuffed with creamy mushrooms, caramelized onions, rosemary, and loads of cheese. It’s a total yum!
Also, this delightful recipe is extremely versatile, so you can easily make it your own every time. Just try it, you will love it.
25. Koulouria Thessalonikis (Greek Bread Rings)
Koulouria Thessalonikis are amazing Greek sesame bread rings that are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They’re a genuine classic, and you can find them in every bakery on every street corner all over Greece. So good!
These treats are incredibly easy, but your loved ones will absolutely think they’re from some fancy bakery! They’re perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or even with a hearty stew. Enjoy!
Nothing beats digging into a plate of piping hot veggie-adorned eggs, like this cheesy spinach Frittata for when you’re home late and ravenous.
Here’s how to whip up an easy Frittata in no time. Just grab some veggies and eggs, and you’ll have it on the table in around 20 minutes, Easy-peasy!
27. Zaatar Manakish
There’s nothing quite like the aroma of freshly baked Za’atar Manakish in the morning! It’s a super popular, traditional Mediterranean flatbread that is topped with a mixture of za’atar spice and olive oil. It stores well and makes for a quick and tasty breakfast, brunch, or even appetizer that will definitely satisfy a crowd!
28. Lebanese Eggs with Lamb and Pine Nuts
These simple homemade scrambled eggs become a fancy delight when you jazz them up with some Lebanese flair. Toasted pine nuts bring the crunch, while savory lamb and spices add depth to the dish.
You will love this delicious Lebanese spin on your breakfast, and it is definitely a great addition to the wealth of options when cooking with eggs.
29. Chickpea Fatteh
This chickpea Fatteh is without a doubt one of the best Middle Eastern breakfast dishes out there! It’s got everything – crunchy pita chips, tender chickpeas, tangy yogurt, and toasted nuts – all coming together for one delicious, high-protein meal.
And the best part? It is ready in no time using all your basic pantry ingredients!
30. Mediterranean Breakfast Board
A Mediterranean breakfast is not just delicious, but it is also wholesome and satisfying. When you need to serve a bunch of people, go for a Mediterranean brunch board. It’s got all the savory and nutritious goodies like falafel, hummus, baba ganoush, and tabouli.
You can even prep some of these ahead and assemble when you’re ready. Everyone will adore this Mediterranean board for sure.
We hope you enjoyed this list of Mediterranean breakfast ideas. There’s so many delicious recipes to choose from!
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- 1.5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 poblano or medium green bell pepper, diced
- ½ long hot green pepper, chopped (optional)
- 3 vine-ripe tomatoes, chopped
- 1 tsp Aleppo pepper (or ½ tsp paprika and ½ tsp red chili flakes)
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- salt to taste
- pepper (freshly cracked) to taste
- 4-5 eggs
- parsley, for garnish
- Heat extra virgin olive oil in sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and chopped poblano or bell peppers, along with long hot peppers, and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté for a couple of minutes. Add Aleppo peppers or red chili flakes, along with oregano, salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 5-7 minutes. Stir in butter and mix well.
- Crack the eggs on top of tomato mixture. Let the eggs cook for a couple of minutes. Use a spoon to break the yolks and briefly stir and scramble the eggs into the tomato mixture. Don’t stir too much, you juts need it to mix well well with the mixture. Cook until the eggs reach your desired level of doneness. (Traditionally, the eggs are cooked until just barely set, yet still soft, about 3 to 4 minutes total).
- Garnish with chopped parsley and a few drizzles of extra virgin olive oil. Serve immediately with crusty, warm bread.
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