Za’atar Quail Eggs

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Graze or Gobble: Za’atar Quail Eggs! This isn’t just another hard-boiled egg post that makes you go “meh”. It’s one that will take you on an adventure; an adventure for the tastebuds. Everyone has figured out that eggs keep midday food cravings at bay. Imagine bringing your lunch to work, let’s say a half a dozen quail eggs, rolled in a crown of za’atar seasoning and sea salt. Already people are gathering around the refrigerator to see what makes them so special. You could tell them quail eggs provide more protein, have a rich taste, are hypoallergenic, and can boost the metabolism. But don’t get carried away. Otherwise come break time you may discover only 3 quail eggs in your lunchbox and suddenly everyone is too busy to chat.



12 quail eggs, natural farm raised

1 teaspoon sea salt

2 teaspoons za’atar seasoning


Gently place quail eggs in a medium pan of cold water. Bring to a boil for 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon. Immediately transfer eggs to a bowl of water filled with ice to completely cool. In a shallow dish, combine sea salt and za’atar seasoning. Carefully peel each quail egg, removing tiny bits of shell and membrane. Roll each egg in the za’atar mixture to coat. Set upright on a platter or place eggs on a bed of mixed greens to serve.

Quail Eggs 101

What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Graze or Gobble: Quail Eggs 101. You may have noticed, at the grocery, a row of miniature egg cartons featuring cream-colored brown speckled eggs next to the typical domesticated chicken varieties. Introducing quail eggs. As I picked up a carton to place in my shopping cart, the woman next to me asked, “What are you going to do with those?” Sparing her the nutritional value of a super-protein food, I simply smiled and replied, “Oh, I’m going to hard-boil them and then roll each one in za’atar seasoning.” Her face lit up, her head nodded in approval, and she responded with delight, “Yes. Za’atar.” Prepare to pay a little more for these coveted jewels. They are about a third the size of chicken eggs. For special occasions, though, quail eggs are definitely a conversation-starter.



12-15 count quail eggs

Ideas for Serving:

Quail Egg Morning Smoothie

Deviled Quail Eggs

Pickled Quail Eggs

Omelets or Frittatas

Salad Toppers or Garnish

Bacon-Wrapped Quail Eggs

Fried Quail Eggs

As you can see, quail eggs can be the star attraction. Cracking them can take a little practice, due to their size. Avoid using undo force to avoid crushing them into the palm of your hand.