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Shakshuka – A Spicy and Flavorful Middle Eastern Delight

Transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of the Middle East with Shakshuka, a bold and aromatic dish that combines poached eggs with a rich tomato and bell pepper sauce. Bursting with spices, this one-pan wonder is a culinary journey that captures the essence of warm hospitality and bold flavors. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any meal that calls for a spicy and comforting kick.
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The Story

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern and North African specialty that marries the richness of poached eggs with a robust and spicy tomato sauce. The base, made with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, and a blend of aromatic spices, provides a savory and flavorful bed for the eggs. This dish is both comforting and adventurous, offering a symphony of tastes that awaken the senses.


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 bell peppers (red and/or yellow), diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
Salt and pepper to taste
4-6 large eggs
Fresh parsley or cilantro for garnish
Feta cheese or crumbled goat cheese (optional)
4 Servings

Prep Time:

0 Hrs 15 Mins

Cook Time:

0 Hrs 30 Mins

Total TIme:

0 Hrs 0 Mins



In a large, oven-safe skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onions and diced bell peppers. Sauté until vegetables are softened.


Stir in minced garlic, ground cumin, ground paprika, ground coriander, and cayenne pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the spices become fragrant.


Pour in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Simmer the mixture for about 10-15 minutes until it thickens.


Make small wells in the tomato mixture and carefully crack the eggs into the wells. Cover the skillet and let the eggs poach for 7-10 minutes or until the whites are set but the yolks are still runny.


Sprinkle fresh parsley or cilantro over the Shakshuka. Optionally, crumble feta cheese or goat cheese on top for added creaminess.


Place the skillet on the table and let everyone dip into this flavorful dish with crusty bread or pita.

Tips for this recipe

For an extra layer of richness, consider adding a dollop of Greek yogurt or labneh on top just before serving. The cool and tangy yogurt complements the spiciness of the Shakshuka beautifully.

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