It has been said over and over again, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we fully agree! That is exactly why we have compiled some of our favorite Greek-inspired breakfast recipes.
Some of these are extremely quick and easy to make, while some require a bit more work and patience. Others are perfectly suited for on-the-go snacking, but of course, we have also included recipes for those slow relaxing Sunday mornings.
No matter what you are looking for, we guarantee that we have the perfect delicious, healthy, and hearty Greek breakfast recipe for you!
We are starting our list with a very simple yet extremely delicious dish that even has a bit of fame attached to it. This Greek breakfast pita has been made on a very popular TV show called Dinner Spinner.
It is an extremely hearty breakfast that is made from all Greek ingredients. These include classic breakfast ingredients like bacon and eggs, breakfast sausage, and an incredibly creamy homemade tzatziki sauce.
The addition of some fresh greens, tomatoes, and onions helps balance the recipe and gives it a much-needed fresh crunch. Once all of the ingredients have been prepared, they get stuffed into crispy toasted pita bread.
The homemade tzatziki sauce is incredibly easy to make and only uses Greek yogurt, grated cucumber, minced garlic, and finally, some salt and pepper.
All in all, this recipe takes about 50 minutes to make 8 portions. While this may seem like a lot of time for breakfast, we would recommend frying the bacon and sausage in a pan.
This will save you a bunch of time. You can also pre-make some tzatziki sauce and keep it in a jar inside the fridge.
This is a very easy recipe to make and is very easy to adapt to each person’s preference. You can even turn it into a build-your-own-breakfast-pita day!
Strapatsada is also commonly known as Kagianas, but we just like to call it Greek eggs with tomatoes. It is possibly one of the simplest Greek recipes you will find and only takes about 15 minutes to make.
To make this incredibly easy and filling recipe, all you need are ripe and juicy fresh tomatoes, eggs, and a few seasonings like salt, pepper, and fresh oregano if you like.
Simply grate the ripe tomatoes with a box grater until only the skin is left in your hand. Then, cook the grated tomatoes over medium heat. Add the beaten eggs and some season and then you basically make scrambled eggs.
This dish not only makes an excellent breakfast recipe but can be served as lunch or even dinner! It goes great with some fresh Greek-style feta cheese and freshly baked bread.
What we love about this particular recipe is its versatility. There is so much room for added vegetables, spices, and even many different kinds of meat.
You can obviously add meats like bacon, ham, or even chicken, however, for a more authentic Greek dish, rather add some Greek cured meats.
We love Lefkada salami, Greek prosciutto, or Pastirma. These are all delicious and extremely flavorful classic cured meats from Greece.
You have probably already heard of or even have made spanakopita. Well, this is a low-carb version of a classic Greek dish. What makes it so low carb is that it doesn’t use any phyllo pastry as the authentic recipes do.
Instead, it only has a delicious spinach and feta filling, topped with some baked eggs.
For the filling itself, the recipe suggests using frozen spinach; however, we personally prefer using fresh. Fresh spinach contains a lot more nutrients and has a more authentic and fresh taste.
The filling consists of spinach, some chopped yellow onions and scallions, crumbled feta, salt and pepper, and lastly, for the finishing touches, some freshly squeezed lemon juice, and freshly chopped dill.
This is a relatively quick recipe to make and half of the time is spent baking the eggs inside the oven.
And something we appreciate immensely is that this is a one-pan recipe as well! Now, you don’t have to spend a ton of time cleaning!
You can serve this delicious dish with some fresh cut fruit, or some form of breakfast potatoes like hash browns! If you are serving this for dinner, it goes fantastic with some grilled chicken or even salmon.
Traditional Bougatsa is a classic breakfast pastry that can either be salty or sweet. An authentic recipe consists of layers of phyllo pastry with a filling in between. This filling can either be made from semolina, custard, cheese, or minced meat.
This is a sweet custard-based filling that uses a basic custard recipe with the addition of semolina flour.
The semolina flour changes the consistency of the custard a bit as well as the overall flavor of the dish.
To make it is quite simple, but still requires some skills. Custards aren’t the easiest to make and a lot of recipes don’t properly explain all the steps and ways to prevent the eggs from curdling.
This recipe however is very well written and even an amateur custard-maker will be able to get a silky smooth product.
If you are looking to make a sweet treat for a special occasion, then this is definitely the recipe to make!
Not only is it an authentic Greek breakfast dish, but it can also be served as a Greek dessert or an accompaniment on a high tea spread.
We love casseroles! Wait, let’s rephrase that…we’re obsessed with them! There is nothing as delicious, filling, and visually satisfying as a freshly baked, colorful casserole.
What makes this one even better is that it uses some of our all-time favorite ingredients.
This Greek-styled casserole uses Turkey meat. The recipe suggests turkey sausage or ground turkey, but we reckon it is safe to say you can use any form of turkey you would like.
Then, it also contains some bell peppers, red onions, and cherry tomatoes. All of these ingredients add some sweetness to the dish and a beautiful pop of color!
And, what Greek recipe is complete without some crumbled feta cheese and Kalamata olives?
To make this recipe, all you have to do is place all of the prepared ingredients into a baking dish, add the beaten and seasoned eggs, and bake!
And as with most egg-based dishes, the most time is spent waiting for the eggs to set inside the oven. Once fully baked, allow the casserole to cool a bit and serve with some fresh herbs!
This is another recipe that is extremely easy to adjust and adds some additional Greek ingredients.
If you have never heard of Greek bars, then you are in for a treat! Literally! Pastelis is a type of sesame-honey bar that makes the perfect on-the-go snack for busy mornings, or your kids’ lunch box!
They are incredibly easy to make which is a good thing considering they are extremely addictive!
All of the ingredients that you are using (or at least should be using) are unprocessed and unrefined. These bars are gluten-free, vegetarian, and also Paleo-friendly.
To make these incredibly delicious bars, all you need is honey, seeds, and nuts.
This recipe uses sesame and sunflower seeds specifically, and you can choose any type of chopped nut you want. We love using almonds, pistachios, macadamia nuts, or cashews.
Bring the honey to a boil in a saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients and stir them to combine. Spread the mixture on a sheet of parchment paper and allow the bars to set in the fridge. Easy, right?
To make this recipe vegan, you can use date syrup or maple syrup. There are a ton of other vegan-friendly honey substitutes you can choose and each will add a unique flavor to the recipe.
If you are looking for an extremely healthy and hearty breakfast recipe, then you have to try this delicious breakfast salad. It consists of fresh baby spinach, red onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, pita chips, and finally, some eggs.
This recipe is one of our favorites because you can easily change elements without changing the flavor too much.
For example, you can make boiled or poached eggs instead of fried. This is a great way to change up a recipe so it doesn’t become too bland and repetitive.
You can also substitute the herbs with others, and even swap out the baby spinach leaves for some kale or Swiss chard.
One of our favorite additions to this salad is some spiced roasted chickpeas. They add additional protein, flavor, and crunch.
This recipe also makes a fantastic accompaniment to more neutral dishes and can be served for lunch and dinner.
Okay, fine! We’ll admit it; we love sweet treats for breakfast! We simply cannot stop ourselves. Although this isn’t a completely dessert-like dish, it still isn’t a classic breakfast item.
But are waffles really breakfast? Or pancakes? Or crepes? Exactly our point!
Why we have included this specific recipe on our Greek breakfast recipe list is because of how easily you can make it a complete breakfast meal.
Traditionally these Greek treats consist of a couple layers of thin unleavened dough and soft whey cheese.
This dough almost looks like French crepes, but that is where the resemblance stops. What makes this dish so unique is that the dough is made with the accompanying ingredients, then rolled and cooked.
Many people also refer to it as a sweet Greek breakfast pie! The combination of sweet honey, crunchy nuts, and salty feta gives this recipe an incredibly complex, well-balanced, and mouth-watering flavor profile.
If you want to make an even more authentic recipe, use mizithra cheese instead of feta, and raki instead of brandy. These can be hard to find depending on where you are located, however, they are definitely worth the look.
Of course, we wouldn’t have a Greek breakfast recipe list without including some form of Greek yogurt, and what could possibly be a better breakfast dish than fluffy Greek yogurt pancakes!
One thing we want to mention is that Greek yogurt is very much like Champagne and is often labeled under different names for legal reasons. Basically, it is an extremely thick yogurt made only in Greece.
At your local supermarket, it might be labeled as “double-thick”, “double cream” or “full fat” yogurt.
These are virtually the same as Greek yogurt, but they are just not made in Greece. You can also make your very own Greek-style yogurt at home if you are up to the challenge!
This is an incredibly healthy and protein-packed pancake recipe that can be paired with any topping, garnish, and syrup. And to make this recipe you would simply use the same method as with regular pancakes.
Combine all of the wet ingredients, add the dry ingredients, and mix the batter until it is smooth and lump-free.
Add about 1/3-1/2 a cup of batter to a medium-hot pan and cook until the bubbles pop on the surface. Flip the pancake and cook it on the other side.
To make it even healthier, you can substitute the whole wheat white flour with virtually any type of flour you would like. Try some almond flour or oat flour to change up the flavor every once in a while.
This is an incredibly fun Greek breakfast idea for the kids and will even bring the kid out of adults!
What we love the most about these Greek breakfast pizzas is how versatile they are. You can set out different toppings and allow your kids to make their own pizzas.
Once the toppings have been added, simply crack an egg on top and bake until it has set. Just like that, an easy and fun breakfast that can also be served for lunch and dinner!
If you don’t have access to the spread the recipe recommends, you can try any type of spinach and feta spread – or even make your own! There are a ton of recipes available on the internet that are easy to make and cost-effective.
This recipe suggests toppings like cherry tomatoes, Bella mushrooms, turkey or ham, scallions, and some roasted peppers. You can also use a wide variety of other toppings like olives, rocket leaves, and other cured meats.
We would even recommend serving it with some freshly made tzatziki that will add some refreshing flavors.
These bread rings are the Greek equivalent of bagels and have deliciously soft, yet crunchy and chewy textures. They are a type of bread ring made from a yeast-leavened dough and garnished with a ton of sesame seeds.
They make the perfect breakfast bread and can be served with many different garnishes.
Serve these with some scrambled eggs and cured meats, with butter, preserves, and cheese, or make a fancy sandwich with some cream cheese and salmon.
Not only do they make a fantastic on-the-go breakfast, but you can also serve these for lunch or at picnics.
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