Shakshuka – eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce

20 Dec

Shakshuka is an Israeli dish perfect for a spicy Sunday Brunch. It is all cooked in one pan so less washing up and you don’t have to worry about poaching the eggs because they cook in the tomato sauce. This dish is really simple and shouldn’t be as delicious as it is…

Shakshuka Recipe

serves 2 vegetarian

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 chilli chopped
  •  1/2 red onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2- 3/4 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 75 ml veg stock or water
  •  salt & black pepper
  •  4 eggs
  • 5o gr feta cheese
  •  a handful of chopped coriander or parsley plus some leaves for garnish
  • warm bread (I used a rustic baguette but pita or flatbread would be nice)

Heat the oil in a large- ish frying pan over a medium high heat and cook the onions & chilli for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally until softened. Add the garlic, cumin & paprika and cook & stir for 2 more minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and stock/water, reduce the heat slightly and simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened and reduced.(About 8 – 10 minutes). Season with salt and pepper.

Crack the eggs into the sauce, try to do one in each corner. Put the lid on and cook for about 5 – 6 minutes until the yolks are just set. Baste the whites with the tomato mixture but don’t break the yolks. Replace the lid for another minute if you need to cook  the whites more. Sprinkle with the fresh herbs and crumble over the feta cheese.

 If you’re really lazy you can eat it straight out of the pan with some crusty bread. If not serve it on warmed plates with extra coriander leaves and the bread on the side.

I think this brunch could be the perfect  “hangover cure” for the holiday season. Bloody Mary anyone?!!

7 Responses to “Shakshuka – eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce”

  1. Erica December 20, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    Oh wow! One pot (or dish) meals are exactly what I’m looking for! I might go for the straight out-of-the-pot option…I seem to have an affinity to Israeli dishes

    • Doris February 4, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      This is a Lebanese dish…

  2. honeybeeluvsjackfruit December 21, 2010 at 6:38 am #

    This has so many of my favorite things. Tomatoes, feta, coriander. YUm, and with the bread, perfect for brunch!

  3. tony ward December 21, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    will keep this on the back burner ( no pun intended) just in case there’s a need for hangover cures !!! lol

  4. Lau@Corridor Kitchen December 21, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    I love shakshuka! I find it’s something quick and tasty when it’s just me at home. I’ll grab my one-person frypan and half a pita and have dinner in no time…

  5. Lindsay December 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    OH yum, all my favourite things!!! This is totally on the “To Make” list!


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