Shakshuka

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Shakshuka

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

shakshuka

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

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

  • Excellent! Made the tomato sauce two days before in order to have less work the morning of the breakfast. It was excellent and a nice change from the standard breakfast casserole.

    • — Susan Finlay on September 24, 2021
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  • Any suggestions for adding some additional protein, like quinoa or lentils?

    • — Leah on September 12, 2021
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    • Hi Leah, I’m not sure I’d add lentils here, but I suppose you could serve this over quinoa. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on September 13, 2021
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  • Hi Jen! Absolutely love this recipe! One quick question. I want to make the sauce ahead of time as you suggest, but I don’t know up to what point. Should I stop before or after adding the greens and the cream?

    thanks!

    • — Giselle on August 20, 2021
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    • Hi Giselle, I’d make the sauce completely (with the greens and cream). (And so glad to hear you like the recipe!)

      • — Jenn on August 23, 2021
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  • Fabulous! I used a 12” All-Clad skillet with no issues (do lay a towel over the handle as Jen recommends for safety). I had leftover spaghetti sauce so I subbed that for the diced tomatoes, also adding chopped portobello mushrooms and chose spinach for the greens. This may have been faster since I could avoid cooking the diced tomatoes.

    • — Lauren on June 13, 2021
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  • Another amazing Jenn recipe! I made this for breakfast for my 3 friends. One said “ this is good” and kept talking. My other friend exclaimed very loudly “ this is really good”. Personally I oohed and aahd in my head. I loved the flavors. I did make the sauce the evening prior. Then warmed up. I did use spinach. Maybe kale next time. The spinach got a bit dark in color. It tasted fine but the color was not so pretty. One needs to watch the eggs carefully so they cook without becoming overcooked.Glad I made this. Will make again definitely!

    • — Andrea Saltray on May 16, 2021
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  • I made this last night exactly as the recipe states and it was great. I preferred it without the cilantro even though I do like cilantro. It just overpowered the other flavors. And I had to go with the no-broiler version since my broiler doesn’t work. The seasoning was perfect.
    It’s a recipe I’ll use often because the ingredients are all things I usually have on hand.

    • — Jean on April 13, 2021
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  • Very good, it has just the right amount of spices. We found it came out a little soupy for us, next time, I will add less tomato juices. I served it with your Challah.

    • — Kathleen on March 22, 2021
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  • This is one of my husband’s all-time favorite recipes! I swap out the feta cheese for Violife Feta cheese and heavy cream for Chobani Oat drink to make it gluten free and dairy free. On some occasions where I do not have tomatoes off hand, I use tomato sauce and add Italian spices when necessary. I add a lot more cumin and a bit more coriander and it is just light but decadent and pairs very well with a piece of French baguette/bread. Lastly, I omit the cilantro based upon our preferences.

    • — Charlene L-S on February 3, 2021
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  • Who can argue with eggs for dinner. This is a complete and delicious meal that is quick and easy to make. It would make a great brunch dish also (I’m picturing it along side crispy hash browns).

    • — Gordon on February 2, 2021
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  • Feed Phil featured Shakshuka in an episode. Jenn’s version is both approachable and tasty. I have shared this link with friends and relatives. Once I didn’t have heavy cream, so I used coconut cream instead. This is now in my version.
    Just follow her steps and you’ll be cooking up a storm in no time.

    • — Tom in CP on February 1, 2021
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  • I have lived in Israel, and it is hard to find a better Shakshuka than this recipe! I took the liberty to improvise, if this is allowed: I took this recipe and instead of eggs, I added chicken prepared according to the “Marsala Chicken” recipe on this website. It has become my go-to meal to prepare for company.

    • — Adella Banman on January 30, 2021
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  • This version of Shakshuka encapsulates the essence of this dish. I’d never used coriander seed in the sauce before, but it really adds a lot to it. Any bread will work, but thick sourdough toast is fantastic.

    • — Zach R on January 28, 2021
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  • Delicious! The tomato vegetable sauce was so perfectly flavored that I didn’t even add the cream! I served this over mujadara instead of with bread. Thanks Jenn for another keeper.

    • — Elle on January 28, 2021
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  • I have made this so many times, and it’s always phenomenal. It is a great gluten free, meat free option, and the leftovers are just as tasty as when it’s right out of the oven. The smoked paprika, feta, and cilantro are the stars of the show. I appreciate the super helpful directions for cooking the eggs right, so they don’t get overdone.

    • — Kristin on January 28, 2021
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  • When I made this recipe the first time, I wasn’t sure how my husband and I would like it. My husband is not a huge fan of tomato based dishes. However, we both really enjoyed the spicy, warming meal so much that I have made it twice since then. It’s a really nice way to use any leftover greens you have; I’ve made the dish with chard and kale. It’s also an easy way to incorporate a meat-free meal during the week. We usually have toasted naan alongside this dish.

    • — Brenna on January 28, 2021
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  • This is one of our favorites. It takes a while to come together but it is worth it. I omit the cream and it still tastes amazing. Sometimes I use fire roasted tomatoes to add a little kick. Sauce is delicious on it’s own the next day. Enjoy!

    • — cynthia westlund on January 28, 2021
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  • It turned out great! The chopped greens added flavor and the heavy cream gave a good thickness. Recipe was a hit!

    • — Asiya Siddiqui on January 28, 2021
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  • Great weeknight dinner! I have photos of my husband and son standing over the pot with crusty bread to get every last drop of the sauce. In the future, I think I will double the sauce and save half for a busy weeknight. Assuming the sauce keeps well in the fridge or freezer, talk about a great quick dinner. Thank you.

    • — Felice on January 28, 2021
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