Egyptian Shakshuka

Mediterranean poached eggs in a spiced tomato sauce - a classic Egyptian breakfast

This simple recipe is one of our favorites. It's so easy to make and is guaranteed to satisfy. The blend of spices, the eggs, the cheese - all out of this world. Plus, if you have to leave the kitchen - the sauce can never sit for "too" long; the more it simmers, the better it gets. Toast up your favorite bread, and impress your brunch guests with your new hit dish.


1 tbsp oil
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 cup chopped bell pepper (green or red)
2 tbsp tomato paste (tomato purée)
2 x 400g canned diced tomatoes (substitute 4 cups diced fresh tomatoes)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp red chili powder
½ tsp white sugar
6 eggs
Salt and pepper, to taste
Chopped parsley or cilantro (coriander) leaves, to garnish

Prep Time:m


Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
Add onions, and sauté, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes or until they turn soft and translucent.
Add garlic. Sauté, stirring, for 1 minute or until aromatic.
Add bell peppers. Sauté, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until tender.
Add tomato paste and canned tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4-5 minutes or until the mixture thickens slightly.
Add cumin, paprika, chili powder, and sugar. Stir.
Season with salt and pepper.
Sauté, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
Make 6 large indents in the tomato mixture using a spoon.
Crack an egg into each indent.
Reduce the heat to low.
Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the eggs are cooked to your liking (runny to well-cooked).
Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro (coriander) leaves

Cook Time: 20 m


Serve by spooning sauce and eggs onto plates 

Additional accouterments

Toasted bread (we suggest seeded or rustic) for soaking up sauces
Feta cheese - add right after reducing the heat and covering for gooey pockets of cheesy salty goodness
Chickpeas - add 1/2 can after your bell peppers and saute for an additional minute or two to pick up the flavors, then add tomatoes 

Serves 6

For single servings, create the same base in individual pans and either serve in pans to guests or enjoy solo! 

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