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Let's Make Shakshuka

I remember the first time I ate Shashuka, sitting at a beachside restaurant in Tel Aviv. I was thinking to myself how delicious it was, how the flavours were so rich and complex, and that it must be complicated to make. Boy, was I wrong!

Shakshuka is a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish and one that’s traditionally eaten for breakfast. It’s made from simple, healthy ingredients and is vegetarian. Shakshuka literally means “a mixture” and the traditional version uses tomatoes, onions and spices as the base with eggs poached on top. I top mine with tangy feta cheese and fresh cilantro or parsley. Today, you can find many variations of Shakshuka. I adapted it to my family's taste (we like it spicy!) and whatever I have in the fridge and pantry (olives, artichokes and pimento are also lovely additions). The options are endless – which is what makes this dish such a firm family favourite.

This is the perfect recipe for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Servings: 4

Keywords: Egg dish, Stewed egg, Baked eggs

  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins





  1. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped bell pepper and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add garlic and spices and cook an additional minute.
  3. Pour in the can of chopped tomatoes into the pan and stir gently using a large spoon to break down the tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and bring the sauce to a simmer.
  4. Use a large spoon or soup ladle to make small wells in the sauce and crack the eggs into each well. Sprinkle the crumbled feta cheese on top (reserving 1/3 cup to garnish).
  5. Cover the pot and cook for 5-8 minutes stove top or quickly pop into the oven at 220C, or until the eggs are done to your liking.
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro and/or parsley and the remainder of the crumbled feta cheese.


I served it with some toasted sweet potato sourdough I made the other day, with some Labneh and Za’atar as well.

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