Za’atar fried egg and Halloumi sandwich

May 4, 2022

Za’atar fried egg and halloumi sandwich is going to be your fancy breakfast sandwich go to from now on. An egg and a few slices of halloumi fried in Za’atar flavored oil. Serve on a toasted buttered bun with a bit of fresh baby spinach.

Za'atar Fried Egg & Halloumi Sandwich | sarcastic Cooking

I might be late to the whole grilling or fried halloumi trend.

I am usually late to most trends, honestly.

Halloumi is a cheese that originates from Cyprus.

Think like a cheese in Saganaki

It is a semi-hard, unripened cheese made from a mixture of goat’s and sheep’s milk, and sometimes also cow’s milk.

Its texture is described as squeaky and has a high melting point and so can easily be fried or grilled.

The other weekend I made Za’atar oil fried eggs on Instagram.

I asked if you guys wanted to see the cooking method for the egg or if you wanted a whole breakfast sandwich.

Breakfast sandwich won in a landslide.

This sandwich is very minimal ingredient-wise.

Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sando Ingredients

Things needed to make the Za’atar fried egg and halloumi sandwich:

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Za’atar seasoning
  • An egg
  • Halloumi cheese or grilling cheese
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Butter
  • Brioche bun

That’s all you need to make these epic sandwiches.

Dare I say, this might be a great sandwich for Mother’s Day.

Warm, gooey cheese and a runny yolk would make me happy.

First off, you’re going to need a non-stick pan.

The trick to making the fried egg is to heat the oil.

Add the Za’atar and once the sesame seeds start to get slightly toasted, crack the egg into the pan.

Tilt the pan and start spooning the Za’atar oil over the egg.

The hot oil will add the flavor to the egg and cook the top of it at the same time.

Once the egg white sets up, add the cheese slices to the other side of the pan.

Fry the cheese in the same oil.

It only takes a few minutes per side just to add color and caramelization to the cheese.

Za'atar Fried Egg | Sarcastic Cooking

Once everything is hot and cooked through, add them to a buttered and toasted brioche bun along with a little fresh spinach.

The heat from the egg and cheese will slightly wilt the spinach.

It is the perfect combo of indulgent, herby, and healthy.

Make your own homemade Za’atar spice blend or buy the one I use from Trader Joe’s.

It can be added to so many things to add a depth of warmth and flavor.

I hope you make this sandwich for the ladies you love!

Serve with a side of classic breakfast potatoes for a complete meal.

Enjoy!

Za'atar Fried Egg & Halloumi Sandwich | sarcastic Cooking

Za'atar Fried Egg and Halloumi Sandwich

Yield: 1 Sandwich
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Za'atar infused olive oil is used to fry up an egg and Halloumi and then placed on a buttery bun with spinach for a beautiful breakfast sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Za'atar spice blend
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 thin slices of Halloumi cheese or grilling cheese
  • 1 brioche bun
  • butter
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Butter both sides of the brioche bun and then toast under a low broiler or on a griddle until golden. Top the bottom half of the bun with the spinach. Set off to the side.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a medium nonstick pan over a medium flame. Once shimmering, add half the Za'atar seasoning. Crack the egg into the oil on one half of the pan. Tilt the pan and use a small spoon to spoon the Za'atar olive oil over the top of the egg a few times. Add a little salt and pepper to the egg while it cooks.
  3. Tilt the pan so some of the oil goes to the other side of the pan. Add remaining Za'atar spice blend. Add the Halloumi to that oil and press it into the spices.
  4. Once the whites of the egg are set, remove egg, and set on the top bun of the brioche.
  5. Once you can see that the cheese has turned caramelized and golden, use a spatula to flip the cheese. Spoon the Za'atar oil over the cheese as it cooks for about 2-3 more minutes.
  6. When the cheese is browned on both sides, remove it with a spatula, and add it to the spinach topped bun. Transfer the egg on top of the cheese. Cover with the top bun, slice in half, and enjoy.

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Za'atar Fried Egg and Halloumi Sandwich | Sarcastic Cooking

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