My Simple Shakshuka Recipe

I love Shakshuka (Shakshouka) dishes so much that I have to make one at home. I used to order this dish back when I was working. It would be my brunch because it is filling and satisfying. It’s perfect with pita bread!

What is Shakshuka (pronounced as shak-shoo-kah)? Its origin is still a mystery. Others claim it to be a Maghrebi Ottoman dish and others say it came from Yemen. Others even say it is from Morocco. To me, it doesn’t matter where the dish came from because it is still a yummy meal that I want to share with all of you.

This is just a simple recipe that I made up following the traditional recipes posted online. I just used whatever we have available in the pantry and in the ref. This dish usually has cumin, paprika, and some put cayenne pepper as well and chopped cilantro. You can use them too but I only have pepper (and salt!) in my cupboard so this is why my version of this recipe is very simple.

Serving size: 1 to 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tomatoes, or 1 big tomato and diced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 onion, diced
  • pinch of ground pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (capsicum), diced
  • 3-4 eggs
  • Optional:  Feta cheese cubes and pita bread

1. Put olive oil on the pan and heat to a medium. Then saute the garlic and onion for less than a minute. 

2. Add the diced bell pepper, tomatoes, and pour the tomato sauce. Put ground pepper to taste. Stir occasionally until the mixture is a bit thick.

3. When the mixture is slightly thick, make a “well” on the mixture and space them apart. 

4. Put the eggs in the “well” you made on the mixture, you may want to add pinch of salt (but I skipped the salt) but I used chopped and dried parsley for my garnishing.

5. Cover the pan until the eggs’ white has cooked and the yolk is starting to cook well for around 4-5 minutes.

6. You can add feta cheese cubes for added “saltiness” on the dish. It’s really delicious! I put few feta cheese cubes on my Shakshuka.

7. Serve while hot and enjoy your meal!

The recipe’s portion is good for 1 to 2 people only. You can adjust the portions if you are serving to your family and friends. You can enjoy the dish with pita bread or even toast just to add a flair to it. 

Bil-hanā’ wa ash-shifā!

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