Home > Breakfast > Eggs, Meat & Potatoes > Shakshuka Shakshuka April 18, 2023 | 2 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Vibe Israel generously gifted me a trip to Israel to help me create this post. However, I want to clarify that all opinions expressed in this post and my affection for Israel are entirely my own. Are you tired of the same old boring breakfast routine? Spice things up with Shakshuka, a vibrant and delicious dish that has become a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Picture this: a bubbling, spicy, garlicky tomato sauce with perfectly poached eggs nestled on top, all waiting to be devoured with warm, crusty bread or pita. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught a glimpse of my recent trip to Israel, where I had the pleasure of tasting a wide variety of delicious dishes. I’m thrilled to share the favorites that have inspired my recent recipe creations. The first recipe I shared after this trip was my quicker version of Mujadara— a delicious lentils, rice, and onion dish. And today, it’s all about a new favorite breakfast recipe: Shakshuka! We had Shakshuka quite a few times on the trip and I could not get enough of it! What Is Shakshuka? Shakshuka is a popular breakfast dish made by simmering a flavorful tomato sauce with spices and poaching eggs directly in the sauce. The dish is often served with crusty bread or warm pita for dipping. What do you eat with Shakshuka? Shakshuka is traditionally served with warm, crusty bread or pita. However, you can also pair it with a variety of other side toppings such as avocado, feta cheese, or a simple salad. To truly enjoy this dish to its full potential, you simply must warm up your bread of choice, whether it’s a good crusty baguette or charred pita. QUICK TIP To warm up a crusty baguette, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Wrap the bread in foil and place it in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can slice the bread and toast it in a toaster. To heat pita bread, warm a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Once hot, place the pita bread in the skillet and cook for about 30-45 seconds on each side until slightly charred and warmed up. Watch carefully to not overcook or burn. Alternatively, char on the stovetop over an open flame by spraying both sides of the pita with olive oil cooking spray and “grilling” over medium heat until slightly charred, about 10-15 seconds per side (flip with tongs). Do You Eat Shakshuka In A Bowl? Serve Shakshuka in the skillet or pan it was cooked in and enjoy it directly from the dish with bread or pita on the side for dipping. While you certainly can use a fork or spoon, traditional serving uses bread or pita as a serving utensil. Shakshuka Sauce Ingredients Olive oil: Don’t skimp here! We need the oil to sauté the onion and pepper and to provide richness and flavor to the dish. Red onion and roasted red pepper: These veggies provide a sweet and slightly sharp, smoky flavor to the dish. You’ll find roasted red peppers near jarred pickles, artichoke hearts, and capers. Garlic: Garlic provides a pungent, savory flavor. Tomato paste: Paste delivers a more concentrated tomato flavor while keeping the sauce from being too watery. Spices: Ground cumin, paprika, and red pepper flakes bring depth, complexity, and vibrancy to this dish. Use smoked paprika for a smokier flavor. Feel free to increase or decrease the amount of red pepper flakes to personal spice preference. Crushed tomatoes: I recommend the best quality tomatoes you can find since these really form the flavor base of this dish–the better the tomatoes, the better the flavor! If you can find fire-roasted crushed tomatoes, even better. Eggs: Eggs top the dish and provide protein, richness, and a creamy texture when cooked. Optional fresh parsley or cilantro: This is not just a garnish; it also adds freshness and color. Recipe Tips Use the very best tomatoes: For maximum flavor, choose high-quality tomatoes such as Cento Marzano®, Carmelina Marzano Italian®, or Muir Glen®. Good quality crushed tomatoes have a bright, fresh flavor and are not too acidic– which can result in a sweeter, well-rounded taste. They’re also thicker and have a smoother consistency, making a more substantial base. Cook the onions and peppers slowly: Take time to sauté the onions and bell pepper until they are soft and slightly caramelized. This will create a sweeter, more flavorful base for your sauce. Simmer the sauce: Let the tomato sauce simmer for at least 5 minutes to thicken and develop its flavors. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, and more spices if needed. Don’t overcook the eggs: Make sure to keep an eye on the eggs as they cook in the tomato sauce. The yolks should be slightly runny, and the whites should be set. Overcooking the eggs can make them tough and rubbery. Customize the spices: Shakshuka is very versatile, so adjust the seasonings to your liking. Add more or less chili flakes, cumin, paprika, or any other spices you prefer. QUICK TIP My favorite tip: Straining the eggs before adding them to the dish helps remove the watery parts from the egg whites (which increase as the egg gets older). This will prevent them from spreading and affecting the taste of the dish. Using a fine mesh sieve will ensure that only the watery part of the egg whites is removed while the rest of the egg remains intact. This is a simple yet effective technique that can make a big difference in the final result. Shakshuka FAQs1What is the difference between Huevos Rancheros and Shakshuka?Huevos rancheros is a Mexican dish made with fried eggs served on a tortilla and topped with salsa. Shakshuka is a North African and Middle Eastern dish consisting of poached eggs in a tomato-based sauce with spices and vegetables. 2Why is Shakshuka healthy?Shakshuka is a nutritious dish high in protein and fiber, thanks to the eggs and vegetables in the sauce. It is also low in carbs and calories and is packed with vitamins and minerals. 3How do you pronounce Shakshuka?Shakshuka is pronounced “shahk-SHOO-kah.” 4What is Shakshuka called in English?Shakshuka is also commonly referred to as Eggs in Purgatory. 5What does Shakshuka taste like?It has a rich, savory flavor with a hint of spiciness from the red pepper flakes in the sauce. The eggs add a creamy texture that balances out the acidity of the tomato sauce. 6Do you eat Shakshuka by itself?It can be eaten on its own or paired with a variety of side dishes such as avocado, feta cheese, or a salad. 7Why is Shakshuka so popular?It has gained popularity due to its bold flavors, simplicity, and versatility. It is a comforting and satisfying dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or any time of day. More Egg Recipes: Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche with a store-bought deep dish pie crust Egg Skillet with potatoes! Egg Wrap using egg whites Scrambled Eggs our favorite way to scramble eggs Egg Salad with fool-proof hard-boiled eggs! FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Shakshuka 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe Are you tired of the same old boring breakfast routine? Spice things up with Shakshuka, a vibrant and delicious dish that has become a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Picture this: a bubbling, spicy, garlicky tomato sauce with perfectly poached eggs nestled on top, all waiting to be devoured with warm, crusty bread or pita. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Shakshuka 5 from 2 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe Are you tired of the same old boring breakfast routine? Spice things up with Shakshuka, a vibrant and delicious dish that has become a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine. Picture this: a bubbling, spicy, garlicky tomato sauce with perfectly poached eggs nestled on top, all waiting to be devoured with warm, crusty bread or pita. Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Brunch Cuisine Healthy, Vegetarian Keyword Shakshuka Prep Time 15 minutes minutes Cook Time 10 minutes minutes Total Time 25 minutes minutes Servings 4 servings Chelsea Lords Calories 262kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $8.12 Equipment1 Large oven-safe skillet (Note 1) Ingredients▢ 3 tablespoons olive oil▢ 1 large diced red onion (1½ cups)▢ 1 cup diced roasted red peppers (or 1 red pepper)▢ Fine sea salt & pepper▢ 2 teaspoons minced garlic▢ 2 tablespoons tomato paste▢ 1 teaspoon each: ground cumin and paprika▢ ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional▢ 1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes (fire-roasted if possible)▢ 4-6 large eggs (as many as you can comfortably fit) ▢ 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or cilantro, finely chopped▢ For serving: charred/warmed pita or crusty bread, Optional: feta cheese and a ripe avocado (Note 2) InstructionsPREP: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. VEGGIES: Add oil to an oven-safe skillet (See Note 1) over medium-high heat. Once the oil is shimmering, add in the diced onion and pepper. Season to taste (I add ½ tsp salt & ¼ tsp pepper). Sauté, stirring frequently until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. SEASONINGS: Add in minced garlic, tomato paste, paprika, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Sauté until very fragrant, about 1 to 3 minutes. Finally, add in the crushed tomatoes and stir well. Lower heat to a gentle simmer, simmering for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. PRO-TIP: STRAIN EGGS: Crack 1 egg at a time into a small mesh strainer set over a bowl. Jiggle around a little bit so those watery egg whites come through. This will keep the Shakshuka from having messy whisps of egg whites throughout. EGGS: Use the back of a spoon to make a well in the tomato mixture and gently pour egg from strainer directly into it. Immediately, gently spoon a little bit of the tomato mixture over the whites to help contain the egg. Repeat with the remaining eggs, depending on how many can fit in the skillet. Add a small sprinkle of salt and pepper on top of each egg. BAKE: Carefully transfer the skillet to oven (it's heavy!) and bake for 7 to 12 minutes until whites are set but yolks are still runny (or to your preference). Check frequently once you reach 7 minutes. (The egg whites should be an opaque white and yolks still soft; they should jiggle in the center when you shake the pan since they'll continue to cook after you remove them from the oven).ENJOY: Carefully remove the skillet from oven/stove and serve immediately, topped with fresh herbs and, if desired, feta cheese and a diced ripe avocado. Serve right out of the skillet with warmed/charred pita or crusty bread. Video Recipe NotesNote 1: Oven-safe skillet: It's important to use an oven-safe skillet, as it will be transferred to the oven during the cooking process. While cast iron pans are a popular choice for this dish, make sure that the pan is well-seasoned to avoid any metallic taste in the final result. If you're not sure about the seasoning of your cast iron pan, it's best to use a stainless steel skillet instead. Note 2: Nothing beats charred pita or a warmed crusty baguette for dipping! I like to warm either while the Shakshuka is baking. To warm up a crusty baguette, slice the bread and toast it in a toaster. To heat pita bread, warm a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot, place the pita bread in the skillet and cook for about 30-45 seconds on each side until it becomes slightly charred and warmed up. Watch carefully--don't overcook or burn. Alternatively, char on the stovetop over an open flame by spraying both sides of the pita with olive oil cooking spray and "grilling" over medium heat until slightly charred, about 10-15 seconds per side (flip with tongs). Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 880mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1646IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 4mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.