I don’t know if you are like me, but I appreciate more well-prepared eggs as I age. And what I mean is preparing egg dishes, some as simple as hard-boiled eggs. Of course, eggs can be made in many ways. But maximizing the rich, satisfying flavor requires adding extra spices. Even boiled eggs benefit from extra spices.
The good news is, by adding certain spices or other seasoning additives, you can supercharge your eggs to improve their taste and make them more enjoyable. Some spices are commonly found in the kitchen cupboard. Other spices may have to be purchased for a particular recipe.
Please continue reading to discover my favorite holiday egg dish. Made with unique ingredients to make it a supercharged meal for special occasions.
Spices to Supercharge Eggs
These are some excellent spices for adding pizzazz to your eggs.
Basil belongs to the mint family and can be added to egg dishes as a dried or fresh herb. With a sweet, peppery flavor and is loaded with vitamins K and A, iron, calcium, and manganese. Basil adds depth and richness to creamy scrambled eggs and other egg dishes.
A herb related to parsley, chervil is a popular ingredient in French dishes. It has a delicate taste that is reminiscent of licorice or anise. Chervil also contains vitamins such as vitamin C, manganese, iron, carotene, and bioflavonoids.
The classic French herb omelet is a delicious breakfast dish. The flavor is enhanced with chervil and other spices. This omelet is a healthy and tasty way to start your mornings.
An herb made for adding spice to eggs is chives, a close cousin to onions, shallots, leeks, and garlic. Chives have a subtle taste of onion and a touch of garlic. They are an excellent addition to adding a little spice to egg dishes.
Chives are also excellent sources of folate, lutein, vitamin K, and zeaxanthin. For those who love stir-fried dishes, try this unique way to start your morning. The flavorful Chinese chives and eggs dish.
A member of the celery family, dill has a grassy taste with subtle hints of licorice and anise. Dill contains folate, manganese, and vitamins K and C, and excellent antioxidant properties. Dill provides us with many healthy attributes.
Experience a dish with the zing of dill by preparing this Swedish scrambled eggs recipe.
This spice is made from ground-dried sweet peppers. These peppers deliver either mild, sweet, or even spicier flavors. Paprika contains many vitamins and compounds. Among these are carotenoid antioxidants and niacin.
Also, paprika has beneficial antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Paprika is an excellent spice to make a delicious egg salad, perfect for sandwiches.
Tip: I prefer Smoked Paprika for its rich, smoky flavor.
A sunflower family member, tarragon is a mainstay in French cooking. It has a subtle complexity to egg dishes with a sweet, bitter, licorice-like taste. Also, this spice contains potassium, manganese, and iron and with many antibacterial properties.
Change up your morning breakfast routine with this tarragon shallot egg salad recipe.
This aromatic herb is often mistaken for oregano. But marjoram has a sweeter and milder flavor with hints of citrus and floral notes. Marjoram is a source of manganese, potassium, folate, and vitamins.
Majoram, along with thyme work with the rich flavors of butter and milk used in velvet scrambled eggs.
8. Garam Masala
A unique blend of spices originating in India. Garam masala is a blend of bay leaves, white and black peppercorns, fennel seeds, and cloves. Garam masala is sometimes confused with curry. But it is a darker-colored spice and has a sweeter and spicier taste.
The blend of different spices creates a heavy-tasting spice. It also has beneficial anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
For example, try this spice Indian scrambled egg dish. Supercharged with garam marsala, ground turmeric, and cumin.
While in the Middle East, we should mention a spice perfect for spicing up your egg recipes, Za’atar. Besides having such an exotic name, za’atar has a satisfying woodsy and earthy flavor. With a little tang, it complements an egg’s deep, rich flavor.
A compelling blend of toasted sesame seeds, sumac, and wild thyme works wonders on egg dishes. Za’atar contains Vitamin C and A, copper, iron, manganese, and fiber.
Be aware of the spice name and try it with this za’atar fried eggs in olive oil recipe.
Tip: Za’atar is Arabic for a wild mint-like plant.
Bonus Condiments to Supercharge Flavor in Eggs
These condiments are perfect for adding a flavor boost to your egg dishes.
Time to put a little zip into your eggs, then try adding sriracha sauce. This spicy hot sauce is perfect for adding a little extra punch to dishes. So, go ahead and try the sriracha scrambled eggs dish, caramba!
This spicy Mexican sauce is made with small tomatillo tomatoes. The tomato and salsa flavors blend perfectly with eggs. Please don’t knock it until trying this baked eggs with salsa Verde recipe, delicious!
I realize we all relate pesto to pasta dishes. But it can turn a bland egg dish into a decadent meal. This recipe supercharges eggs with a delicious pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese blend. But, of course, these aren’t your typical sunnyside eggs.
So add a little zip to your eggs by making pesto eggs with tomatoes and mozzarella.
My Favorite Holiday Egg Dish
I only make my favorite egg dish on special holidays or occasions. I call it “Cavalier Eggs” because of my college fraternity. I was in the Cavaliers, and, well, I had better not delve any further into that.
Cavalier Eggs Recipe
1 tablespoon room temperature butter
1/2 cup light cream
4 large eggs (room temperature)
6 sprigs of chives
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 tablespoons black caviar (red caviar if black isn’t available)
4 tablespoons sour cream
1. Soften the butter and mix it with the eggs and light cream
2. Add chives and pepper
3. Cook slowly at low heat, occasionally stirring until just set – don’t get in a hurry on this one
4. Remove and mound eggs over hot, buttered savory biscuits
5. Top the biscuit with 1 teaspoon of sour cream on mounded eggs, then add 1 teaspoon of black caviar
6. Garnish with a thin slice of lime if desired.
I hope this gives you the confidence to spice up your eggs – enjoy!