How to make shakshuka…a delicious and healthy baked egg dish
15th July, 2021
Shakshuka is a famous dish of eggs baked in a smoky, spiced tomato sauce that is thought to have originated in the Middle East or possibly North Africa.
It’s delicious, it’s healthy and best of all it’s really easy to make. Just a bit of chopping, a sprinkle of spices, break some eggs...it all goes into one pan. Shakshuka makes a great breakfast dish. Apart from being a bright, spicy start to your day, the eggs are high in protein so they help to keep you feeling full for longer. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants. And if you mop up the delicious sauce with some good quality whole grain bread you’re getting the additional benefits of fibre and healthy omega-3s.
- 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 large red capsicum, seeded and thinly sliced
- 2 or 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper, or more if you like it hot
- 400gm can whole plum tomatoes with their juices, coarsely chopped
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 free range, preferably organic eggs
- Chopped coriander, for serving
- Using a frying pan that has a lid, heat oil over a medium-low heat
- Add onion, capsicum and garlic and cook gently until very soft, about 5-8 minutes.
- Stir in cumin, paprika and cayenne, and cook for another minute
- Add the tomatoes and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. You need a thick tomato sauce to support the eggs in this recipe, so don’t cut the simmering time short!
- Gently crack each of the eggs into the pan, nestling them into the sauce.
- Put the lid on the pan, then cook over a low heat for 6-8 mins, or until the eggs are done to your liking. Keep in mind that they’ll continue to cook in the hot sauce after you take them off the stove
- Scatter with the coriander leaves
Shake your shakshuka up a little by trying these variations and extras
- Try adding chopped up spring onions to the onion for a bit of freshness
- Sprinkle crumbed feta over the finished dish for some fresh saltiness
- Add a dollop of natural yogurt for some creaminess
- Replace the cayenne pepper with harissa for a more complex warmth
- Serve with sliced avocado for some extra indulgence and a boost of healthy fats
- Add chickpeas for extra protein