Eggs kayanas-strapatsada is one of the easiest Greek recipes packed with flavor and super easy to make. They are delicious scrambled eggs with tomatoes. This easy recipe has only a few ingredients: good ripe tomatoes, eggs, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. Serve with feta cheese, chili flakes, and crusty bread, for a delicious meal in less than 30 minutes.

If you love these Eggs Kayanas or Strapatsada, you will also love these Fried Eggs And Fries-Avga Me PatatesEggplant Shakshuka or Fried Egg Sandwich!

Greek eggs kayanas, the greek version of scrambled eggs on a plate with a fork.

Why this recipe sings

Eggs kayanas is a simple dish that allows the quality of the ingredients to shine. Juicy ripe tomatoes are lightly cooked with lots of chopped garlic in extra virgin olive oil. Lightly beaten fresh eggs are added to the skillet and in a couple of minutes, voila! a delicious dish perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner is ready.

These eggs are not exclusive to breakfast, in fact, in Greece, they are rarely cooked for the first meal of the day. Greeks will likely grab a piece of toasted bread with butter and honey, have yogurt with fruit, or have some savory pastry for breakfast.

Strapatsada or kayana/kayanas/kagianas are some of the names of this egg dish.

The name strapatsada comes from the Italian word “strapazzare,” which means, in the context of eggs, “to scramble.” (Source:

The name kayanas comes from the Turkish word kaygana, which derives from the Persian word خاگینه khâgine, which means omelet. (Source:

Eggs kayanas “my way”

Traditionally the tomatoes are grated, and the skin is discarded. To be honest, I can’t be bothered to grate my tomatoes. I don’t mind the subtle texture of the skin; the better the tomato, the thinner and sweeter the skin will be anyway. By all means, you can grate and take the skin off if you prefer.

Another thing I do differently is not stir the egg-tomato mixture too much. I like the difference in textures, and the dish works just as well this way. Purists will say I should cook the tomatoes more and mix them with the eggs really well. I always found the eggs heavier that way. The tomatoes stay aromatic and fresh with minimal cooking, and the dish is lighter.

Here is what you need

Eggs, tomatoes, a head of garlic, a bowl with olive oil, sea salt, chili flakes and dried oregano small containers and fresh oregano sprigs on a butcher block.
  • Ripe tomatoes. Get the best you can find. They are the key ingredient for this recipe. If out of season, go for a package of Campari tomatoes.
  • Eggs. Ideally, get free-range organic eggs.
  • Garlic. Two or three cloves of garlic will do.
  • Oregano. Dried oregano goes into the egg mixture. Fresh oregano leaves (optional) can be a garnish and add freshness.
  • Chili flakes and feta for serving. Both are optional. I love a little kick from the flakes, and the feta adds a salty component to the sweet, umami tomatoes.
  • Extra virgin olive oil. This is the only fat we use for these eggs. Butter or another vegetable oil is a big no. A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over the finished dish adds a luxurious note.

How to make eggs kayana

Place a skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil, chopped garlic, and sauté for 1-2 minutes. 

Add the chopped tomatoes. Season with sea salt. Sprinkle all over one tablespoon of oregano. Stir tomatoes and cook for 5-6 minutes, occasionally stirring. Don’t break the tomatoes too much.

Add the beaten eggs to the skillet and mix gently.

Cook eggs to your desired texture. I always prefer my eggs to be moist and not totally done.

While cooking, stir a couple of times but don’t overdo it.

A plate with Greek scrambled eggs with tomatoes and a fork.

Serve immediately with crumbled feta cheese on top, a sprinkle of chili flakes, and fresh oregano leaves (optional). Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil for a pop of delicate flavor.

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    Greek Eggs Kayanas-Strapatsada

    by Jenny | The Greek Foodie
    Eggs kayanas-strapatsada is a recipe packed with flavor and so easy to make. The delicious scrambled eggs are cooked with tomatoes, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil.
    5 from 13 votes
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    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 6 minutes
    Course Breakfast, Lunch
    Cuisine Greek
    Servings 2
    Calories 403 kcal


    • Skillet
    • Medium bowl
    • Whisk


    This recipe makes two servings. You can easily double or triple the recipe to cater to more people.

    • 2 ripe tomatoes cut in large chunks
    • 6 eggs organic free range
    • 3 cloves garlic roughly chopped
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • dried oregano
    • sea salt
    • freshly ground pepper

    For serving


    • Add the olive oil in a skillet.
      In medium heat, add the chopped garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes. 
      Add the chopped tomatoes. Season with sea salt and sprinkle all over one tablespoon of dried oregano.
      Stir tomatoes and cook for 5-6 minutes, occasionally stirring. Don't break the tomatoes too much.
    • Beat the eggs and add them to the skillet.
      Cook eggs to your desired texture. While cooking, stir a couple of times but don't overdo it.
      Serve immediately with crumbled feta cheese, some fresh oregano leaves (optional), and a sprinkle of chili flakes—drizzle a bit of extra virgin olive oil if you like.


    When tomatoes are out of season, substitute with eight organic Campari tomatoes; they are sweet and excellent for this recipe.
    You can add crumbled feta cheese or cubed gruyere at the last minutes of cooking. Mix very lightly. Serve with a sprinkle of chili flakes and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
    Nutritional Info – Please remember that the nutritional information provided is only estimated and can vary based on the products used.


    Calories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 18gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 491mgSodium: 195mgPotassium: 492mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1738IUVitamin C: 18mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 3mg
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    Greek Eggs Kayanas-Strapatsada

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