Shakshuka, a nice egg dish with tomato

When I say Shakshuka, people look at my like im crazy. “shaka what?”. Shakshuka is a nice tomato-egg dish from the middle east. It is very popular in Israel, where they eat it for breakfast. It is not very hard to make, you only need one pan. I like to eat it as lunch or dinner. I would not eat it for breakfast (but maybe you would?). When you eat it for dinner, I recommend adding a nice fresh salad and some bread to dip in the sauce.

What do you need?

  • olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 2 small spoons of pure tomato paste
  • 1tsp mild chilipowder
  • 1tsp cumin
  • 1tsp paprikapowder
  • A little bit of cayenne peper (optional, if you don’t like spicy food then skip this)
  • A little bit of sugar (optional)
  • 6 eggs
  • fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for decorating)



  1. Cut the onion, garlic and bell pepper
  2. Add olive oil to a pan and add the onion and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes.
  3. Add the bell pepper and cook until it is soft
  4. Then add the tomato dices and paste and let it simmer for 5 mintues, so the sauce reduces a bit
  5. Now you can add the herbs to your taste. Do you want a sweet shakshuka? Then add some extra sugar. Do you like it spicy? Then add some cayenne pepper, but watch out because it is really spicy!
  6. Crack the eggs (one at the time) and divide them evenly over the tomato sauce. The easiest way is to put 1 egg in the middle and place the other 5 around that egg.
  7. Cover the pan and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked. If you like, you can cook them a little shorter to have eggs that are softer. Watch out that the sauce does not reduce too much, otherwise it will burn! Than just add some water.
  8. Serve 1 egg a person with some tomate sauce and decorate the dish with some fresh chopped parsley.

If you want to eat shakshuka for dinner, I recommend eating it with a fresh salad and some nice bread.


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