Shakshuka/North African Poached Eggs

~Delicious egg dish packed with good for you healthy fats and proteins made by poaching eggs in a spicy sauce comprising tomatoes, onions and peppers~

~Delicious egg dish packed with good for you healthy fats and proteins made by poaching eggs in a spicy sauce comprising tomatoes, onions and peppers~

Shakshuka garnishedImage credit: Shakshuka by Joy via Flickr/BY CC


Say it with me this time a little bit slower, Shak-Shoo-Kah! Perfect!

Or North African Poached Eggs (if you prefer dull, boring and lame)

One thing about me, I am a big fan of eggs. I like love eggs. My breakfast each and everyday has to incorporate eggs in one way or another. Crack my heart open and it is probably in the shape of an egg. Today’s recipe, Shakshuka, has grown to be one of my favorite dishes along with the Simple Avocado Toast With Eggs

What is the Shakshuka?

Shakshuka is an egg dish slow poached in a spicy vegan sauce usually tomatoes, onions and peppers. It is packed with healthy fats and proteins making it a perfect breakfast to keep you feeling full and all powered up. With such a meal adopting a healthy lifestyle is greatly simplified.

The first time I heard of the Shakshuka was on a TV show, The Brave, a military drama series. I’ll have you know that I normally wouldn’t watch such a genre. I am a sitcom/comedy guy. Invite me for a sitcom any time of the day (or night) and I will most certainly show up. Perhaps what led me to watching this military drama that particular day was a higher power that wanted me to be introduced to the Shakshuka.

Originally from North Africa (Tunisia), Shakshuka has spread across the Mediterranean region, Middle East and the entire globe. I suppose this is probably due to its simplicity and use of everyday ingredients. I bet you have the ingredients in your home right now.

How to make Shakshuka

You start with sauteing your onions, garlic, bell pepper and spices till smooth. You then add freshly chopped tomatoes (it is however said that canned diced tomatoes yield better results). Finally crack eggs over the sauce and cook over low heat.

How to serve Shakshuka

Shakshuka is normally served at breakfast due to eggs being the main ingredient. You can however include a salad and crusty bread and serve as a light dinner.

You are now ready to prepare this dish. Hope you like it like I do. Feel free to share your comments and thoughts on this recipe in the comments section below.

Shakshuka/North African Poached Eggs
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: North African
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Serves: 2
Eggs are slow poached in a spicy vegan sauce of tomatoes, onions and peppers in this North African dish that can also be served as a light dinner
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 Green Pepper diced
  • One Garlic Clove smashed
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Paprika
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 4 Ripe Tomatoes roughly chopped
  • A Pinch of Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  1. On medium high heat, place a cast Iron skillet and drizzle it with the olive oil. Let the oil heat up about 30-45 secs
  2. Add the diced onion and let it saute till soft about 1 minute
  3. Mix in the diced green pepper and let it saute for 2-3 minutes
  4. Add the garlic, cumin and paprika and stir about 30 seconds
  5. Stir in the tomatoes and a pinch of sugar
  6. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. Cover and let it simmer till the tomatoes are done about 10 minutes. If the tomatoes aren't moist enough add 2-3 Tablespoons of water
  7. Create two wells in the stew and crack an egg into each well. The wells should be well spaced.
  8. Cover and let it cool on low heat till the egg whites are done and the yolks are still runny 3-5 mins
  9. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve
It is important to create wells in the stew to crack eggs unto


8 thoughts on “Shakshuka/North African Poached Eggs

    1. Thanks Ben. Your feedback is highly appreciated. I am still working on a way to include videos so stay posted

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