Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but there’s not need for boring egg on toast. All around the world, people eat comforting, filling meals to start their day. For some countries, breakfast means
runny poached eggs with thick Greek yogurt and pita, and for others, chocolate-filled pastries. In Asia, noodles are king, and breakfast is no exception. Make jams and spreads ahead of time and keep them in the fridge. Then make breads and pancakes in hundreds of ways.
Stateside, we’re comfortable with our oversized bowls of sugary cereal and brown sugar-topped oatmeal, but there’s a whole world of breakfasts out there worth exploring. Here are our favorite breakfast recipes from around the globe. Just add coffee or tea.
Any Chinese noodle—rice, wheat, flat, thin, or broad—can be used in this simple stir-fry from author Francis Lam; it’s one of his favorite breakfast dishes.
Get the recipe for Stir-Fried Breakfast Noodles »
Essentially torn pieces of pancake topped with oozing lingonberry or cranberry sauce, this dessert is a cinch, even for the baking-challenged.
Get the recipe for Brown Butter Skillet Cake with Berry Compote (Kaiserschmarrn) »
The olive oily layers of thinly sliced potatoes, hardboiled eggs, and homemade salt cod in this Portuguese “casserole” are just as good for breakfast as dinner.
Get the recipe for Portuguese Salted Cod, Egg, and Potato Baked Casserole »
Bathed in fragrant curry- and ginger-infused coconut milk, this stew is a popular breakfast dish at Kingston cafés.
Get the recipe for Curried Chicken »
A delectable British treat, these springy pancakes are molded in a shallow ring on the griddle and pan-fried until golden. They get their distinctive nooks and crannies—ideal for a slick of jam and butter—from a yeast-based batter boosted with baking soda.
Get the recipe for Crumpets »
Looking for a March breakfast? This egg dish is perfect. Pair it with warm bread to mop up extra egg yolk and yogurt.
Custards don’t have to be sweet.
Get the recipe for Japanese Egg Custard (Chawanmushi) »
Espresso powder adds a jolt to this sleepy soda bread. We love it as toast for a breakfast sandwich or to mop up rich sauces alongside a dinner roast.
Get the recipe for Irish Coffee Soda Bread »
Test kitchen director Farideh Sadeghin discovered this simple dish while traveling through the Maldives; although fresh-cooked tuna is ideal, water-packed canned tuna works just as well.
Get the recipe for Maldivan Breakfast (Mas Huni) »
These old school Polish pancakes are lighter, fluffier, and cheesier than the batter-based standard.
Get the recipe for Polish Cottage Cheese Pancakes (lindivikis) »
One of the pillars of the Southern breakfast table, buttery biscuits smothered in a sausage-studded white gravy makes a hearty meal any time of day. A hint of cayenne brightens the gravy’s richness, but it’s even better with a dash or two of hot sauce.
Get the recipe for Biscuits with Sawmill Gravy »
For this rich, spicy Iraqi breakfast dish, ground lamb is sautéed with onions, tomatoes, and parsley, seasoned to the hilt with
bahar asfar, yellow curry powder, and then topped with soft-baked eggs. Get the recipe for Iraqi Eggs with Lamb and Tomatoes (Makhlama Lahm) »
Soft apples with a hint of tartness balance a bittersweet caramelized crust, spurred on by rich dulce de leche.
Get the recipe for Giant Apple Pancake With Dulce de Leche »
Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich
Perfect Blue Cheese Quiche With Whole Grain Crust
This dish, which Danny Bowien serves on his breakfast menu at New York City’s
Mission Cantina, is inspired by the Vietnamese soups he ate at Turtle Tower in San Francisco when he was a culinary student. Get the recipe for Danny Bowien’s Hanoi-Style Breakfast Pho »
This garlicky rice is a popular breakfast dish in the Philippines and is delicious served with fried eggs and a drizzle of vinegar sauce.
Get the recipe for Filipino Garlic Fried Rice with Vinegar Sauce (Sinangag) »
Persian Kuku Sabzi
Cinnamon Apple Bostock
This classic French meal of baked, cream-soaked toast and eggs is deceptively simple (and scalable) but lavish. Named for the Alpine region of Bresse, which is best known to the culinary world for its exceptional chickens, the dish is practical country cooking at its finest. As it bakes, the cream soaks into the bread and thickens to a rich sauce right on the platter, resulting in a savory French toast.
Get the recipe for French Baked Toast with Cream and Eggs »
Boni’s writing had few frills, and her rustic recipes followed suit. But a seemingly simple dish of whole sausages braised in marinara has spicy-sweet, cooked-all-day flavor. Garnish with torn fresh basil or Italian parsley leaves for a bright, herbaceous finish.
Get the recipe for Polenta with Sausage Gravy »
Its name derived from the French verb souffler, meaning “to breathe” or “to puff”, a soufflé’s pillowy top will naturally rise in the oven but slightly deflate just moments after removal. The eggy treat’s fleeting moment of perfection is one of the reasons the dish is handled so delicately by chefs and cherished so deeply by diners. This savory cheese version is courtesy of chef Daniel Skurnick of Le Coucou restaurant in New York City.
Get the recipe for Egg and Cheese Soufflé »
Fluffy, eggy, buttery, sweet, coiled like a snail’s shell and generously dusted with powdered sugar, Pan de Mallorca is named for its land of origin, in Spain.
Get the recipe for Puerto Rican Ham and Egg Sandwiches (Mallorcas) »
If Plato had imagined hash browns, they’d have been
rösti: fresh potatoes coarsely grated, pressed, and fried. In the dish’s native Switzerland, recipes include bacon, rosemary, caraway seeds, eggs, pasta, cheese, even coffee. These variations can be delicious, but we found the definitive version in Bern, at Restaurant Della Casa—golden, impeccable, ideal. Get the recipe for Swiss Hash Browns (Rösti) »
This muesli is a flavorful take on the original raw-cereal mixture developed in Switzerland by Maximilian Bircher-Benner in the early 20th century.
Get the recipe for Muesli »
These savory gorditas stuffed with chile-spiced scrambled eggs make a great breakfast meal or afternoon snack.
Get the recipe for Masa Cakes Stuffed With Eggs (Gorditas de Huevos) »