Fried Eggs with Za’atar and Cheese

Fried eggs with za’atar, like some of my favourite recipes, was invented from leftovers. While making breakfast one Sunday morning, I found some extra za’atar spice mixed with some olive oil and a chunk of mozzarella in our fridge.  I had already started frying some eggs, so I sprinkled the spice and chopped cheese right into the hot pan.

I received the greatest compliment from Donatello – he told me it was his favourite style of eggs I’ve ever cooked. Considering he eats eggs every day, I was very flattered.

Za'atar Spice Mix

Most of my favourite recipes don’t require a lot of forethought because I usually have everything in my fridge or pantry. I do admit that my cupboards are bursting with packs of noodles, spices, dried beans, and so many other goodies that sometimes the doors don’t exactly close, but I do think that za’atar mix is a necessity in my kitchen.

I also always have eggs and some sort of cheese in the refrigerator, and the beauty of this recipe is that any melting cheese will work. I tried mozzarella and brie, which were delicious, but a cheddar or even a blue cheese would work if you’re feeling adventurous.

The sides can also be varied depending on what you have on hand. In the photos here I paired it with Arabic flatbread, but some toasted pita or even rice would work. I also love to serve a salad with my eggs, but some chopped fruit would also be delicious as an accompaniment.

Fried Eggs with Za'atar
  • oil for frying
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp chopped cheese
  • 2 tsp good olive oil
  • 2 tsp za'atar spice mix
  1. Drizzle some oil in a frying pan and turn on heat to medium.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together olive oil and za'aatar mix.
  3. When pan is hot, crack in the two eggs.
  4. After about a minute, use a spoon to sprinkle the za'atar mixture and then the cheese evenly on top of the eggs.
  5. Allow egg whites to fully cook, or to your preferred doneness.
  6. Serve with flatbread and a small salad.

See our other za’atar recipes here.


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