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Shakshuka is a one-skillet dish of eggs poached in a smoky, spicy, vegetable-laden tomato sauce.


One of the best things that I ate on my recent trip to Israel was shakshuka, a one-skillet dish of eggs poached in a smoky, spicy, vegetable-laden tomato sauce. The dish was brought to Israel by Jewish immigrants from North Africa, and it can be served for breakfast, dinner, or anytime in between. It’s also just fun to say: shakshuka!

Shakshuka is traditionally made in a cast iron pan (though any broiler-safe stainless steel pan will work) and served straight from the pan at the table so everyone can dig in and help themselves. Don’t forget a good bread for mopping up the sauce.

What You’ll Need To Make Shakshuka

ingredients for shakshukaVariations of the shakshuka with different vegetables, cheese, and even sausage abound. One popular version called green shakshuka replaces the tomato sauce with a rich spinach and cream sauce loaded with green vegetables. My shakshuka is traditional, with a few small twists. I add a splash of heavy cream to marry the acidity of the tomatoes with the richness of the eggs, and I sprinkle crumbled feta on top.

How To Make Shakshuka

Begin by chopping the onions, peppers, and garlic. Be sure not to chop the garlic too finely or it will burn.

chopped onions, garlic, and peppers on cutting board

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and bell pepper.

onions, garlic and peppers cooking in skillet

Cook, uncovered, for about 8 minutes, until softened.

softened onions, garlic and peppers in skillet

Add the smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, 1-1/4 teaspoons of the salt, sugar, and tomatoes.

Adding the tomatoes and spices to the skillet

Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened.

Simmering shakshuka sauce

While the sauce cooks, chop the greens.

chopped greens on cutting board

Add the chopped greens and heavy cream to the sauce, and continue cooking, uncovered, until the greens are soft and wilted, about 10 minutes more.

adding the cream and greens to the sauce

Turn off (or remove the pan from) the heat. Then, using a spoon, make 6 wells/indentations in the sauce.

making wells in the sauce for the eggs

Carefully crack an egg into each well, then spoon a bit of the sauce over the egg whites (this will contain them and also help them cook a bit faster than the yolks), being careful not to disturb the yolks. Sprinkle the eggs with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. And then sprinkle the feta around the eggs.

skillet with sauce, uncooked eggs and feta

Set the pan on the stove over low heat and cover with a lid. Cook until the egg whites are mostly set but still translucent on top, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and broil until the eggs are cooked to your liking, 1 minute or less for runny yolks. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the cilantro over top.

shakshuka ready to eat

Serve hot with bread.

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Shakshuka is a one-skillet dish of eggs poached in a smoky, spicy, vegetable-laden tomato sauce.

Servings: 4-6
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 50 Minutes


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small yellow onions (or 1 medium), peeled and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 bell pepper (red, orange or yellow), diced
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes, with juices
  • 2 cups finely chopped greens, such as Swiss chard, kale, or spinach, tough ribs removed, gently packed
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 6 eggs
  • Handful chopped cilantro


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and bell pepper and cook, uncovered, for about 8 minutes, until softened. Do not brown; reduce the heat if necessary.
  2. Add the smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, 1-1/4 teaspoons of the salt, sugar, and tomatoes. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened.
  3. Add the chopped greens and heavy cream to the sauce, and continue cooking, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the greens are soft and wilted, about 10 minutes more. While the greens are cooking, set an oven rack in the top position and preheat the broiler.
  4. Turn off (or remove the pan from) the heat. Using a spoon, make 6 wells/indentations in the sauce. Carefully crack an egg into each well, then spoon a bit of the sauce over each of the egg whites (this will contain them and also help them cook a bit faster than the yolks), being careful not to disturb the yolks. Sprinkle the eggs with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, then sprinkle the feta around the eggs. Set the pan on the stove over low heat and cover with a lid. Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the egg whites are mostly set but still translucent on top (check frequently towards the end as cook time can vary). Remove the lid, transfer the pan to the oven, and broil until the eggs are cooked to your liking, 1 minute or less for runny yolks (see note below on cooking eggs further). Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the cilantro over top. Serve hot with bread.
  5. Note: You can cook the dish entirely on the stovetop for just a few minutes longer (without using the broiler) if you like your egg yolks cooked through. If you like your eggs runny, however, I find that the stovetop-to-broiler method is the only surefire way to cook the egg whites thoroughly without overcooking the yolks.
  6. Make Ahead: The tomato sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead of time and refrigerated, or frozen for up to 2 months. Reheat the sauce on the stovetop and proceed with the recipe when ready to serve.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (6 servings)
  • Calories: 254
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12 g
  • Sugar: 7 g
  • Fiber: 4 g
  • Protein: 10 g
  • Sodium: 636 mg
  • Cholesterol: 200 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • We had this for dinner last night with some naan and the leftovers were perfect for breakfast. This is a great recipe! I was initially hesitant to try it because it was so different from my normal recipes, but it was great (just like with everything else I’ve tried from Once Upon A Chef)! It was pretty easy to make too. My husband has a slight lactose intolerance, so I put in half the cream and omitted the cheese, and it was still delicious. I mistimed the eggs, so they were more cooked. This is definitely a recipe to make again!

    • — Amanda W on August 25, 2020
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  • Delicious sauce! Definitely a keeper, but I might have to play around with the egg timing, which is mentioned in the recipe, to get the runny yolks that we like. In retrospect, my sauce should have been a little bit thicker before I added the eggs in order to keep them in place. Since they kind of slipped under, I thought the whites weren’t done and cooked them a little longer than necessary under the broiler. As I said, this was my timing issue, the recipe is yummy…and there were no leftovers (eggs or sauce!) thanks to a loaf of fresh French bread to accompany the meal!

    • — Jill T on August 6, 2020
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  • My cousin and I are debating the ingredients in the recipe. She would like to use fresh tomatoes. Can fresh tomatoes be used instead of canned? If so what would be the amount of tomatoes required?

    • — Hildy on June 19, 2020
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    • I haven’t tried it, but you could get away with using fresh tomatoes here. It really depends upon the size of the tomatoes you buy but you’ll need about 3-1/2 cups of diced tomatoes (be sure to include the tomato juices). I’d love to hear how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on June 19, 2020
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      • The final result was not as red I guess from the lack of the canned juices, however, the taste was awesome! We did not place the skillet in the oven since my cousin prefers a more solid yolk. Next time I make the Shakshuka I will use the canned tomatoes and place the skillet in the oven as I enjoy a more runny yolk. Thanks Jenn, your recipes are top notch!

        • — Hildy on June 20, 2020
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        • Glad it turned out well — thanks for the follow-up!

          • — Jenn on June 21, 2020
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  • Would it be possible to omit the dairy products?

    • — Trevor on June 17, 2020
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    • Hi Trevor, You could use a non-dairy cream in place of the heavy cream or just drizzle some olive oil over top before serving. You can also omit the feta but may need to add a little more salt to the dish to taste when serving. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 18, 2020
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  • We really enjoyed this recipe. My hubby who is a meat and potatoes man, loved it. He actually asked me if I was going to make this again. The recipe was easy and I had all the ingredients but the Feta. I used mozzarella, which was delicious with it. Thanks!!

    • — Susan Resslerr on June 6, 2020
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  • We made this today for Mother’s Day, and it was a huge hit! It was so delicious! We used baby spinach for the greens. I didn’t have ground coriander, so I substituted Garam Masala (because online it said that was a good substitute). It was amazing! Thanks for another wonderful dish!

    • — Marina on May 10, 2020
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  • Excellent light dinner! I made two small changes. I used fire roasted canned tomatoes, (Muir Glen) and after the sauce had cooked for a while but before I added my chopped greens, I used my hand held blender to make the sauce a bit smoother texture. I used chard and it was a lovely easy meal.

    • — Maxine on May 7, 2020
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  • I made this recipe during Lent. It was delicious and easy to prepare. It is similar to Heuvos Rancheros. Feel free to add more heat should that suit your palate.

    • — Dee on April 25, 2020
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  • I’d looked at this recipe several times but a poor runny imitation served at our hotel in Istanbul several years ago put me off trying it. The positive reviews convinced me to try it this AM. I have to say this was amazing. I followed the recipe to the letter and didn’t rush the recommended cook times. The eggs cooked perfectly and it was absolutely yummy. Served over fried potatoes. At some point, I’ll serve this for treasured weekend guests (it’s a very time consuming recipe). Thank you again Jen!

    • — Sherry, Kelowna on April 17, 2020
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  • We had this for dinner tonight. It was a big hit. So full of flavor! Thank you for making me look like a great cook!!! Again!!

    • — Lisa C on April 16, 2020
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  • Dee. Lish. Us.

    We ate this as our low-key Easter dinner. With only the two of us, we were trying to keep it simple, but novel. It did not disappoint and we now have a new meal in our rotation.

    Thank you!!

    • — Sarah on April 12, 2020
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  • I just cooked this for dinner. Absolutely delicious and much easier than I expected!

    • — Ashley on April 2, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn, This was my 1st attempt ever at making Shakshuka and let me tell you..It was soo delicious. I didn’t have any kale handy so I used spinach and baby arugula. I’m such a big fan of cumin and love the flavors of this dish. I’m pretty sure I licked the spoon after every stir. Thank you for the recipe!!

    • — Donna Levy on March 23, 2020
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  • Tried this today and was thrilled with it. The flavour is wonderful. I needed to let the eggs cook a bit longer before I put them under the broiler, otherwise, it was perfect. Thanks for this, Jenn.

    • — Sue McCullough on January 19, 2020
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  • This was so delicious! I wanted to make this when we had guests staying with us but they wanted to go out for breakfast. They don’t know what they were missing!

    I made this for dinner last night and it turned out perfectly. I had some leftover and wasn’t sure if it would be good reheated, but it was surprisingly good.

    Thanks again for another great recipe!

    • — Jan on January 19, 2020
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  • Jenn,
    This was my first venture into cooking your recipes. I would not call myself a great cook, but the flavors in the shakshuka made me feel like a chef! Even my 17 year old daughter thought this was delicious. FYI, the cream adds a lot. Any chance you can come up with more shakshuka recipes? Thank you for this simple, healthy, and outstanding addition to our family dinner options.
    Tanya, Salt Lake City

    • — Tanya Vickers on October 14, 2019
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    • Glad it was a hit! I will keep more shakshuka variations in mind as I develop new recipes. 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 15, 2019
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  • I just made this today. I used spinach for my greens. I didn’t have cream, so I used the whole-milk greek yogurt I had. The flavors were delicious! I love the idea of being able to make the sauce ahead of time.

    • — Jeannie on September 5, 2019
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  • I just made this earlier this week for a quick dinner. I followed the recipe exactly and the flavors were to die for! I did have some trouble getting the egg whites cooked thoroughly without the yolks being overdone. I left it on the stove several minutes longer but the whites were still marginally cooked while the yolks were not quite hard. Will definitely make this again but might leave off the eggs because of the cooking difficulty.

    • — Linda Harden on May 15, 2019
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  • This is an outstanding egg dish with a lot of flavor and good nutrition besides. It’s satisfying as well as filling. It’d be a wonderful dish to serve guests, because so much is do-ahead. I poach the eggs separately on the stove and add them just before serving.

    • — k k daniel on May 9, 2019
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  • “The dish was brought to Israel by Jewish immigrants from North Africa”

    I love the recipes on this blog but it’s disturbing to see traditional Arab dishes characterized as Israeli. Saying it was brought by Jewish immigrants is like saying pizza was brought by Italian Jews and is thus Israeli. Pizza is Italian and Shakshuka is an Arab dish including that of the indigenous Arabs of Palestine. It is not Israeli.

    • — Yasmine Gado on April 21, 2019
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    • Well, before it was Arab it was from Latin America. Tomatoes are a New World fruit and were not in Europe before 1500. More than likely it came about via Spain and on to the Arabs.

      • — Cindylou on May 10, 2019
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  • This dish turned out amazing!!!! I substituted a Habanero instead of Chili flakes.

    My one question is I had no cream so I substituted with milk (1/2 cup) and added 1 Tbl flour to thicken. Seemed to work out!!!

    All around great dish!

    • — Robin on April 21, 2019
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  • Absolutely love this recipe; I made it for dinner last night. I didn’t have any heavy cream so I subbed whole milk, and I felt like it turned out just as well! It also looks beautiful in a cast iron pan 🙂

    • — Jacy on April 11, 2019
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  • I am a subscriber. I usually save your recipes to my disk. Every other month I cook for my widowed sister-in-law and my vegetarian brother and his wife, so I am always on the watch for vegetarian recipes. I make you Shakshuka. It was very good, an unusual surprise dish for everyone to enjoy. I used you recipes without adjustments. Thank you for saving me in my hunt for vegetarian dishes, that I, a meat eater, can also enjoy.

    • — Arnie on April 11, 2019
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  • This is my go to breakfast recipe when we have guests over. Even though it doesn’t have any meat the combinations of all the veggies make it amazing!! Also, I wasn’t sure about broiling the eggs because I’ve never done it before but they turned out perfect. This recipe is the bomb dot com!

    • — Dasha on April 11, 2019
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  • Made this dish with some friends for brunch, and we all loved it! We halved the cream due to one friend’s request, but the dish didn’t seem to suffer because of it. Served it with toasted bread and it was oh-so-delicious. My one regret is that it didn’t taste as good when I heated up the leftovers the next day. Next time, we’ll just eat it all in one sitting!

    • — Lauren on April 11, 2019
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  • Simply fabulous. I made it with andouille sauasage for dinner. Easy to make and so yummy!!

    • — LisaP on March 31, 2019
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  • Made this amazing dish for breakfast for my adult children. It was a huge hit! We loved it so much I’m making again 5 days later. It will be in my recipe rotation now! I did not have fresh bell pepper so I substituted a jar of roasted red peppers and I think they worked well. My sauce was a little thick-I used San Marzano whole tomatoes. I will try your suggestion of adding a bit of chicken broth for a looser sauce next time. Thank you for sharing this really delicious recipe!

    • — Jenny on March 27, 2019
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  • Just finished eating the Shakshuka……I consider myself an accomplished cook….but your pictures showing the prep really helped. We did not use the sugar and didn’t miss it at all….oh I forgot to mention how it tasted…. FANTASTIC…..

    • — Auty on March 1, 2019
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  • I first saw this recipe in a cooking magazine but I felt like their recipe was overly complicated. When I googled “Shakshuka” and found that you, my favorite recipe site, had a recipe, it immediately went on my menu plan! So excited to try it! We don’t eat bread, so I’m trying to decide if I should serve this over rice or golden potatoes to soak up and enjoy the sauce. Do you have a recommendation? Thanks so much!!

    • — Kelly on February 20, 2019
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    • Hi Kelly, I think potatoes would be wonderful! 🙂

      • — Jenn on February 20, 2019
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      • Thanks so much for your recommendation! It was DELICIOUS!! Once again, your recipe didn’t disappoint. This dish was so flavorful yet simple. Love it!!

        • — Kelly on February 21, 2019
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  • Wow! I wish I’d made this the first time you posted the recipe, because we could already have enjoyed it more times. My husband kept saying, “This is amazing!” Now I know what I’m cooking the next time we have overnight guests. Thank you!!!
    Next up – your shrimp and grits.

    • — Judy on January 25, 2019
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  • This was a wonderful version of this dish! I’ve made shakshuka before but with less eggs and no feta, both of which added a lot in my opinion. I would suggest only adding as many eggs as you plan to eat that night. Fry up fresh eggs for leftovers. We served with pita bread for sopping up the juices. Delicious!

    • — Renee on January 23, 2019
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  • The flavours in this are amazing. I added a pack of sausages to please my meat crazy boys and they just about licked the pan clean. Thankyou for sharing!

    • — Belinda on January 13, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn,

    I’ve made this several times and my family loves it, but tonight I have no cream…do you think it’s ok to use milk or better to leave it out altogether?

    • — Ellen on January 10, 2019
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    • Hi Ellen, I think it will work with milk; it’s also totally fine just to omit the cream.

      • — Jenn on January 10, 2019
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  • This dish is amazing- it’s our new go-to holiday breakfast. Very easy to make- and hard to mess up. We used swiss chard and added more than the recipe called for and it was fantastic. Great unami flavor.

    • — Christl on January 1, 2019
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  • This is great – warm and hearty with earthy complex flavors. I opted for your recipe over Melissa Clark’s, the feta I think is essential. I did go with Greek yogurt though. I would say you almost need a sous chef (or eager young apprentice!) when it comes time to getting those eggs into their little beds of tomato’y goodness.
    Yummo and thanks so much…

    • — David Jones on November 5, 2018
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  • I want to make this to bring to a friend for lunch so wondering what I can do ahead of time. Would you suggest cooking it at home and just reheating there? Or getting as far as putting in the eggs and do that and finish at my friend’s house?

    • — Bonnie Adachi on November 1, 2018
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    • Hi Bonnie, I’d prepare it up to the point of adding the eggs. Once you get to your friend’s house, you can add them and finish it off. Hope you both enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 2, 2018
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  • So. Good! If you are hesitating about this dish because it is ‘different’….don’t. Delicious is delicious. I highly recommend serving with a nice crusty bread. It saves people from having to lick the plate. Thanks Jenn for all your amazing recipes. We haven’t found one we don’t like yet.

    • — Sandie M. on October 31, 2018
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  • Hi Jen,
    Thanks for another fabulous recipe. Can i substitute light cream for heavy cream ?
    Kind regards/Hai

    • — Hai on October 19, 2018
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    • Sure, Hai, that should be fine. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on October 19, 2018
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    My 8,7,5 and 3 year old (who eats cookies…and drinks milk…and that’s about it) just ALL ate their veggies because of this recipe; and liked them. Yes!!!
    Ever thought of a children’s recipe cookbook?
    Pray about it!
    God bless!

    • — Kimberly Dillon on October 18, 2018
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    • 😊 So glad you kids (including your cookie-eating 3-year old) enjoyed this!

      • — Jenn on October 19, 2018
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  • MY FAVOURITE GO-TO SUPPER. Absolutely love the flavours. I have been having issues with the cream separating/curdling when I add it though. What should I do about this?

    • Hi Lindsay, Are you using heavy cream (fat content should be between 36-40%)?

  • Just finished dinner – a modified version of this based on what I had in the fridge. Eggplant and carrots instead of peppers and two tablespoons of milk and a tablespoon of cream cheese for the cream. Kept the spices the same. Served over egg noodles. My daughter – not a vegetable eater – inhaled it, pausing only long enough to exclaim, “OMG, this tastes amazing!” Definitely will make it again and pass the recipe on to my vegetarian (and carnivorous!) friends. Wish I could give it more than five stars;but then again, I feel that way about every one of your recipes that I have made.

    • 🙂 So glad you all enjoyed this!

  • Hi Jennifer:
    Looks like another winner.
    What cheese can I substitute for the Feta?
    My wife cannot eat goat cheese.
    I’m thinking Mexican Cotija to get the dry crumbly texture and saltiness.
    What do you think??
    –Lou P

    • Hi Lou, you could definitely try Cotija cheese; you could also get away with something a little milder and gooey-er, like cheddar or Monterey Jack. Hope that helps – I’d love to hear how it turns out!

    • Goat Cheese!!!

  • Oh holy cow – this tastes amazing!! I’ve made this dish twice in the past two days. I could eat the whole pan in 1 sitting!

  • Hi Jenn!

    Can’t wait to make this recipe. When you put the pan in the oven do you leave covered or uncovered? Thanks! (Ps love your site and cookbook).

    • Hi Jill, the pan should be uncovered while in the oven. Hope you enjoy (and glad you like the site/cookbook)! 🙂

  • I would like to reduce calorie/fat what do you recommend substituting the heavy cream with?

    • Hi Kim, You can use half and half or just leave it out – will still be delish. 🙂

    • I did half and half (it’s all i had on hand) and it was wonderful!

      • — Kimberly Dillon on October 18, 2018
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  • Just made this for dinner tonight. Fabulous. Followed directions as written and served with garlic toast. Everyone loved it. Thanks Jen!

  • Hi jen! I have eaten shakshuka in a similar tomato sauce but which also has lentils. Can you please advise which lentils I could use and when they can be added in? Thanks in advance. Vanita

    • Sounds like an interesting addition – I’d suggest brown or green lentils here.

  • Shakshuka is a genius simple dish. You mention that that Shakshuka was brought to Israel by migrants from North Africa. I’d like to note that my family in Palestine has been making this dish for generations long before there was ever a country called Israel and before immigration of North African Jews. It has always been a part of the Palestinian harvest season where they would cook it in a skillet over woodfire in their farms. Thanks.

    • I’m happy to see this noted, thank you 😊

    • Thanks for pointing this out.

      • — Yasmine on July 16, 2019
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  • I have made this several times to the raves of hubby and the in-laws. My only changes are to cook in the cilantro and blend the mixture before adding eggs. (Hubby likes more of a sauce than chunky version.) This meal is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and healthy. Can I challenge you, Jenn, for a “green” version? “Spring Shakshuka” is popping up at restaurants and I would love a tested recipe. 😉

    • I’m on it, Jane – I LOVE green shakshuka!

  • Recipe sounds great but I don’t eat any type of bell peppers. Any suggestions for replacements? Maybe sun dried tomatoes? Onions?

    • Hi Judi, Eggplant or carrots would be good here, and so would sun-dried tomatoes. You really can’t go wrong!

  • This was delicious and my husband loved it too. It reminded me of a greek saganaki dish. Great, substantial choice when I did not have any meat and was not sure what to make for dinner. My heavy cream had gone off so I used some cream cheese and low fat milk in place which worked fine. Used fresh spinach as the greens.

  • Wow, this was amazing! It will for sure be in heavy rotation as an easy and comforting weeknight meal at my house. It felt like a more substantial, next level tomato soup. Great flavor. I had never heard of shakshuka before this, so happy you posted this recipe, Jenn!

    My only issue is that I do not have a skillet with a lid, and so I used my dutch oven instead and completed it on the stovetop. I would have loved to use the broiler method for runny egg yolks.

  • My daughter and I had shakshuka for the first time in a little breakfast place in Alexandria, VA. I was so excited to see this recipe on your blog! We made this for the family on Sunday night for dinner. It was easy to follow and AMAZING! We used fresh spinach in our recipe. More than 2 cups- we love spinach. We also used crushed tomatoes instead of diced. We will definitely make this again! Can’t wait for your cookbook! Hope you will be doing a book tour!

  • Loved it. Better than the one I get at Tatte. Over cooked my eggs though 🙁

  • Just made this. The only change we made was to use half and half in place of cream. You are definitely right about making sure to have bread with it. Absolutely delicious!!

  • This is a great dish. Its easy to make and the sauce is very flavorful. I used chopped kale and cooked the eggs on the longer side. May try goat cheese next time. Works really well as leftovers to warm up on busy work mornings.

  • Amazing recipe, as usual. I could eat this once a week for the rest of my life and be a happy woman. I don’t know how I stumbled on your site years ago but I’m so grateful I did. If the meal we’re eating is really good my hubby knows it I got the recipe from you. Thank you!!!

  • My 15 year old daughter woke up this morning and asked me what she can have for breakfast. I said to her, “I’m making Shakshuka!” She was bewildered! I’m always looking for ways to add vegetables to breakfast entrees. It turned out delicious and my daughter is not a big fan of eggs but she ate it up. I didn’t have tomatoes so I used Rao’s spaghetti sauce. I like to cook the spices in the vegetables until fragrant before adding the tomatoe sauce. I put the sauce in single serving baking dishes and poached the eggs separately.

  • Made this today for the first time and it was delicious. Ate it with fresh home-made bread. My pan must be smaller than yours, as it was full to the brim. The eggs got a little bit lost in there, and because of that I overcooked the yolks, but it was still delicious. I will make it again and hopefully will get runny yolks next time around. Thank you for another wonderful recipe.

  • I’m looking forward to making this for brunch this weekend, but I had a hard time finding ground coriander. What would be a good substitute for this dish — more fresh cilantro or ground cumin? Dry cilantro? Something else? Thank you!

    • Hi Flo, I would just leave out the ground coriander. It will still be delicious. Hope you enjoy!

      • Thanks so much, Jenn. Eight eggs were perfect and it was a success — I was sopping up the last drops of sauce at the bottom of the pan! 😋 (And we ended the meal with your super delicious Irish Cream tiramisu!)

  • I made this today. It was delicious. I was skeptical. The vegetables (tomato taste) remind me of ratatouille from south of france.

  • Jen, your recipe for shakshuka was absolutely delicious. I made it for myself and a friend for lunch one day and she just raved about it. The only change I made, since I didn’t have cilantro on hand, was to substitute Italian flat leaf parsley. I then served it with a warm whole grain baguette. Thanks again for your wonderful recipes.

  • Love this dish! I made it with spinach and added some basil for extra flavoring, and omitted the heavy cream because I didn’t have any on hand. Super simple and so yummy, especially on a cold day!

  • Great brunch dish on a cold day- we all loved it. I used spinach & only about 1/4 cup of the cream. Delicious!

  • Jenn I’ve always noticed a funny metallic taste whenever I use my cast iron cookware to cook an acidic dish. It could be that my pan is not seasoned enough? Anyway, could I use my stainless steel pan to make this? With the high moisture content would it stick?

    • Hi Gary, Yes, I’m guessing your pan is not seasoned enough – a well-seasoned cast iron pan should be able to handle acidic foods. But no need to risk it – stainless steel will work just as well.

  • One pot wonderful!

  • Wonderful flavors! This recipe is definitely a keeper. We ate it with French bread and I think I could have ate the whole pan by myself.

  • We love this. I am lactose, so could not add the cream. Did not miss this one bit. We followed the other instructions, but since we are only 2, we had left overs. The next night I added another bag of baby spinach and more eggs on top. It was fantastic.
    Try this one!!

  • We tried this about a month ago, and my husband and I both loved it!! We’ve had to be intentional not to make it weekly, just so our kids don’t hate us for not having any variation in menu. Thanks for this amazing dish!

  • Shakshuka was great!! My daughter is a vegetarian so we tried it as a family meal made it with sausage on the side and bread.
    Everyone loved it we will make it again it is very easy to make.

  • This is a fantastic recipe. I love the veges and adding the eggs for protein topped it off. The second time I made this, I added some sautéed breakfast sausage and it amped it up just a bit. Love your recipes and the variety you offer.

  • I’ve made Shakshuka 3 times. So delicious! This is VERY easy to make, too! The ingredients are things I typically have on had, so this is a super easy weeknight meal. The 1st time, I followed the recipe exactly, the next 2 times I changed one thing: I just put a lid on the skillet and finished the eggs on top of the stove. This saved me heating up the oven. Kitchen not so hot, and a little quicker for me. The stovetop method worked just fine and I di not find the egg yolks got hard, that is, I kept an eye on them and they seemed nice and “over easy” consistency. Great recipe!

  • OK Jenn, you took me way out of my comfort zone trying something I never heard of before. But I have come to trust you and your recipes completely so I tried it. Let’s just say this dinner made me and my family extremely happy.

  • This was great! Loved the flavors and it was surprisingly easy to make. We added crumbled sweet Italian sausage and used goat cheese instead of the feta. Not sure why but my sauce turned out very thick, so the bread was nice to have but couldn’t really use it to sop up any sauce. While this was still amazing, I am hoping for a little more sauce-like consistency for next time — any suggestions on how to do that?

    • Glad you liked it, Kathryn! You could add a bit of chicken stock to the pan to make it a little more liquidy/saucy.

      • Have you ever used cod instead of egg!? Saw a recipe that used cod instead of egg and thought intetesting

        • — rhonda Helfand on January 4, 2020
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        • Can’t say I have but it sounds like an interesting take on this dish. Please LMK how it turns out if you try it!

          • — Jenn on January 5, 2020
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  • Where I live in Central America it’s very difficult to find greens…I hunted for spinach yesterday but was unsuccessful. Do u think cabbage would work instead? I know the flavor is kind of strong but I really want to try this!

    • Hi Grace, I probably wouldn’t use cabbage but it’s perfectly fine to omit the greens (or you could always use frozen, if that’s available).

  • This was very yummy, the flavor was delicious. There are only 2 of us so I only made 4 eggs. I was going to freeze the extra sauce but when my husband saw me taking chicken cutlets out of the freezer he asked if I could make them smothered “in the sauce from the other night.” It was very good that way as well.

  • We just finished dinner and this was amazing!!!! I love so many of your recipes. The only change I made was using fire roasted diced tomatoes with garlic because that was all I had on hand. We served it with naan bread and it was amazing. We will definitely have this again.

  • Like Jenny, I was skeptical as I was putting all the ingredients together. I even told my husband I wasn’t sure we’d like it, however, it all comes together amazingly! It is absolutely delicious!
    Thank you Jenn for another winning recipe!

  • We are trying to eat more veggies and less meat so this was a perfect start for us. The flavor is great and I love that I can make the tomato sauce ahead of time. I didn’t have smoked paprika so I used regular, but I think I will use smoked next time. We like firm yolks so left the pan on the stove top for about 12 minutes until they were just firm. I served it was crusty multigrain bread to sop up the extra sauce. My 2 year old son who has suddenly become picky finished his bowl and asked for more!

  • Simply amazing! Made this for dinner tonight for our 5 children ages 9-20 and they all loved it. They were skeptical watching all the ingredients go in but the flavors are just perfect. We served it with a huge platter of pita bread and your feta dip. I have made several of your recipes and they are always a huge hit with the family. Our 20 year old is leaving on Sunday for Israel and the timing is perfect for all your new recipes. Can’t wait to try more! Thank you!

  • FABULOUS! Made this for dinner the other night and my family is STILL talking about it! I did manage to squeeze in an additional egg in the pan as we are soft yolk lovers 😉 Thanks Jenn!!

    • Wondering if you think 8 eggs would be too much? We are big egg eaters! 🙂

      • You should be able to squeeze another one in, Flo. Enjoy!

  • Amazing as always! Only thing I changed was fat free ricotta for the heavy whipping cream. So delicious! Thanks as always…you’re my go-to!

  • Wow! This was so so so good and easy! Thank you for the delicious recipe!!!!

  • I had no idea that the dish was brought to Israel by north american immigrants! That is such a neat twist! I sound like a giant nerd! But I LOVE the background behind how certain cuisines came to be. And Shakshuka is indeed one of our favorite foods!

  • LOVED this recipe!

  • Eating it right now. It is so good and very easy to make. These are not spices I normally use, other than the red pepper flakes, so I was worried I would not like it just by the smell of it cooking. But this is by far one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time.

  • So delicious!!! The second time making it I used half of the red pepper flakes, as it had an bit of a kick the first time. I also used fresh parsley instead of cilantro. I made the sauce and then portioned out single servings to make with the eggs. My new favorite meal!!! Thank you so much!

  • Ok Jenn!!! One of your best. Delicious!! Healthy!!! Perfect!!! My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this recipe. Just perfect. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Absolutely delicious!!! We used Glen Ellen roasted tomatoes and fresh chard from our garden. So flavorful. We believe meat would detract from the melded flavors. Serves 2-3 for a full dinner with sopping bread of course. So glad you went to Isreal!

  • We made this tonight for dinner. It was delicious beyond belief. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

  • Hello Jenn, I would love to try this but the cream puts me off. Is it necessary or would a non dairy milk be acceptable?

    • You can leave it out, Susan – just drizzle some olive oil over top before serving.

  • Looks yummy.
    Can I reduce to make for one or two. Or,’can I follow recipe and refrigerate ?
    There’s a Jewish market in my town that sells the Persian bread sanjak

    • Hi Ellen, You can easily cut the recipe in half – or make the full quantity of sauce and freeze half for another time.

  • Looks amazing! What other cheeses might you recommend if we don’t particularly like feta?

    • Hi Kathryn, I think goat cheese would be a good choice, but you could also try something a little milder and gooey-er, like cheddar or Monterey Jack.

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