Middday Meal :: Shakshuka

This midday meal is easy as pie when made for one or four or five. It is so simple and wholesome, but feels like a comfort food indulgence—a great midwinter breakfast, lunch or dinner. Shakshuka is a North African dish consisting of poached or fried eggs cooked in a sauce of tomatoes,onions, and spices (you may add peppers, and spices to your liking). It is often served communally in a large skillet, with a nice warm bread.

Recipe: Shakshuka

4 cloves garlic
1 onion in
2 Tbsp olive oil + more for drizzling
1 cup crushed tomatoes
2 fresh tomatoes chopped
1 tsp harissa
8 eggs
Coarse salt + pepper
+ a nice warm bread

Because we’re giving you proportions for 4 people you will need a large skillet to accommodate all the eggs. Downsize your skillet according to your egg quantity. Saute the Garlic and onion in your olive oil till onions are fragrant and translucent. Add crushed tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and Harissa, and cook the sauce down on a medium heat for about fifteen minutes. Add 8 eggs cracked directly into pan. Drizzle olive oil lightly over them and add coarse salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.

Recipe: Shakshuka

4 cloves garlic
1 onion in
2 Tbsp olive oil + more for drizzling
1 cup crushed tomatoes
2 fresh tomatoes chopped
1 tsp harissa
8 eggs
Coarse salt + pepper
+ a nice warm bread

Because we’re giving you proportions for 4 people you will need a large skillet to accommodate all the eggs. Downsize your skillet according to your egg quantity. Saute the Garlic and onion in your olive oil till onions are fragrant and translucent. Add crushed tomatoes, fresh tomatoes and Harissa, and cook the sauce down on a medium heat for about fifteen minutes. Add 8 eggs cracked directly into pan. Drizzle olive oil lightly over them and add coarse salt and pepper to taste. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.

24 comments
  1. mix&matchy says: February 2, 20104:58 pm

    ooOOOoo!! love it! what would you suggest as a substitute for harissa if we can’t find it?

  2. red ticking says: February 2, 20105:06 pm

    this is insane… will try it this weekend… thank you! x pam

  3. Letter Paper Flower says: February 2, 20105:34 pm

    Yum! My fiance is Moroccan and we eat this all the time. Two twists: we like to add a little turmeric into the tomatoes, and sprinkle cumin on top of the eggs :)

  4. The Italian Dish says: February 2, 20105:51 pm

    this is similar to what Italians do!

  5. The WV Girls says: February 2, 20106:22 pm

    My Dad makes it with those huge anaheim peppers (saute first)…so insanely good! xo

  6. Sunday Suppers says: February 2, 20106:25 pm

    mixandmatchy – i would try some dried chile pepper flakes if you cant find harissa, or maybe a spicy pepper like the wv girls suggested

  7. lisawbwalker says: February 2, 20106:51 pm

    How is it without spice? Could you use paprika?

  8. Chubby Chinese Girl says: February 2, 20107:59 pm

    that looks really good for brunch!

  9. flwrjane says: February 2, 201010:14 pm

    My mouth watered when I read recipe. You have turned me into a lab. Can’t wait to try.

  10. my spatula says: February 2, 201011:29 pm

    looks AMAZING. midday or anytime! thank u!

  11. dining room table says: February 3, 20102:35 am

    These are yummy eggs! Perfect for breakfast or even anytime of the day!

  12. maya tutorials says: February 3, 20105:25 am

    Well I love to eat eggs and if they are cooked in different ways then it’s too yummy. I think it will made my day if I eat it in breakfast.

  13. confettina says: February 4, 20101:32 pm

    we do shakshuka in my country but it’s a little different, your recipe sounds DELICIOUS! thanks!

  14. Indie Mom and the Reluctant Banker says: February 5, 20105:51 am

    I had an amazing shakshuka in Tel Aviv last summer, apparently it’s a pretty big thing there. This one looks very good too!

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  15. SogniSorrisi says: February 5, 20105:44 pm

    We make something similar, but just with the fried eggs and sauce.

  16. Queenie Bee says: February 10, 201012:11 pm

    Wow! This looks great, and even I could make it!

  17. oneshotbeyond says: February 13, 20105:26 pm

    beautifully photographed!

  18. Miss B says: February 14, 201012:35 am

    We’ve been making an Italian version for years. I thought my dad invented it, lol! This is great.

  19. ViSart-DaLi Happy Mom and Passionate Artisan says: February 17, 20101:44 pm

    Mmmmmm… shakshukah is our favorite dish, we’ve been cooking it every Friday

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  22. Sara says: August 3, 20131:06 pm

    I will try this weekend. Never done this before!

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