The past two weeks have been intense. My husband has been on business trips and my kids haven’t been great sleepers at night. As any mom can testify, the only way to make it through difficult and busy weeks is to fuel up in coffee and focus on the basics. By last Friday morning, I was running low on energy despite the fact that by 10 am I had had 3 coffees already. I decided that the only way to power through the day is to eat something nutritious & high in protein. That’s how I put together this Eggs Halloumi Breakfast. I wasn’t specifically planning this breakfast as a recipe for my blog. But everyone that saw the picture asked me for the recipe, so I’m trying to get it out before I forget what I put in it.Jump to Recipe
What Is Halloumi?
I grew up eating lots of feta cheese in my native country of Albania. Feta cheese however is not the only famous Mediterranean cheese. Halloumi cheese is becoming more known lately outside the Mediterranean region. I was pleasantly surprised to find it recently in my grocery store here in Florida and not have to go to a specialty store.
I was first introduced to halloumi cheese from my college best friend. She is from Cyprus and we were in the same Master’s program for Industrial Engineering and we also worked in the same lab. Deger cooked some amazing dishes and she introduced me to some delicious Cypriot food, one of them being halloumi.
Traditional Cypriot halloumi is made with a combination of sheep and goat milk. However, certain brands that export the cheese have started using cow’s milk as well into the mix. Check the ingredients label for details!
Halloumi cheese is white and has a layered texture, almost stringy like mozzarella cheese. It is salty but not as salty as feta cheese. Because of its high melting point, it is the perfect cheese to fry or grill!! That’s why one of its most known applications is fried halloumi slices served as a side for breakfast, brunch or bbq dishes.
Eggs, Halloumi Breakfast Recipe
This recipe was put together last minute. I was trying to come up with a power breakfast that offered several vegetables as well. Lately I’m trying to eat less carbs while my husband is doing keto, so our breakfast and brunch choices include no bread and plenty of fresh vegetables and cheese on the side of eggs.
One my favorite dishes as a child was sunny side up eggs with fried feta cheese. However, the way we fry cheese in Albania is to dip it in flour then fry it. That allows for the feta cheese not to lose shape and create the crispy coating on the outside. Halloumi is the perfect cheese for what I wanted to achieve without using flour.
Eggs, Halloumi Breakfast
- 2 eggs
- 3 slices halloumi
- 3 oz fresh spinach
- 8 cherry tomatoes cut in halves
- 1 has avocado
- 1 tbsp butter
- pinch red pepper flakes
- pinch salt
- Melt butter in skillet, medium temperature. Add eggs and fry to desired consistency. You can make them omelette or sunny side up, choose your desired egg type.
- Once eggs are ready, remove them and plate them. Add spinach to skillet. Sprinkle with salt, let it welt on one side, flip once and remove few seconds after. It took me about a minute to cook the spinach.
- Remove spinach and place it next to the eggs in the plate. Cut halloumi cheese in slices about a finger thick, add them to skillet. Fry on each side for about 2 minutes or until golden brown.
- While halloumi is getting fried, cut cherry tomatoes and avocado and place them in the plate too. Remove halloumi from skillet and add to plate.
- Add salt and red pepper flakes to taste. Keep in mind that halloumi is salty before you sprinkle too much salt over the plate.
If you would like to save this recipe for later, please pin it in Pinterest. If you are a fan of Halloumi cheese like me, let me know in comments or social media how else you use it in your cuisine. I would love to try more halloumi recipes:). Thank you!!
If you are interested in other breakfast recipes, please check out this Gluten Free Puffed Quinoa Breakfast Recipe.