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Easy Shakshuka recipe in a large metal skillet with crusty bread, cotija cheese and crusty bread slices


Shakshuka is a delicious spicy homemade tomato-vegetable sauce which eggs are poached in. It's an easy recipe and one that always dazzles for breakfast or another time of the day!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine North African
Keyword shakshuka, spicy poached eggs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 141 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 medium Yellow Onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper destemmed with seeds scraped out; diced
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper stems and seeds removed; chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves diced
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Smoked Paprika (not hot smoked paprika)
  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 28-ounce can Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes
  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Crumbled Cotija or Feta Cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped Cilantro or Italian Parsley


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil’s surface ripples add the onion, red pepper and jalapeno. Cook until soft (5-7 minutes).
  2. Add the garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and salt; cook 2 additional minutes.
  3. Lower heat to medium or medium-low, add the tomatoes with any liquids; simmer uncovered for 20 minutes stirring periodically.
  4. To add the eggs: crack an egg into a ramekin or small bowl. Using a larger dining spoon, make a divot or indentation in the tomato sauce large enough to fit the egg (planning out enough room for all 6 eggs with space between). Gently pour the egg into the divot and repeat for remaining eggs. Cover and cook over medium heat until whites are done but yolk is still runny; 8-10 minutes.
  5. Serve with a scoop of the sauce, egg and crusty bread.

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Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 168mg56%
Sodium 517mg22%
Potassium 169mg5%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1560IU31%
Vitamin C 30.3mg37%
Calcium 66mg7%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.