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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mediterranean, North African
Servings 3


  • A frying pan with a lid, flat bottomed


  • 2 tbs Olive oil [plus, a little extra for drizzling]
  • 3 - 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Onion [finely chopped]
  • 1/2 cup Capsicum / Bell Peppers [finely chopped]
  • 3 Tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika [can be replaced by red chili powder]
  • 1 tsp Ras el hanout Spice Mix [can be replaced by cumin powder]
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Dill
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper [freshly ground]
  • Salt [to taste]
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Coriander Leaves


  • Chop the garlic, onions, tomatoes and peppers fine.
  • Heat olive oil in a flat-bottomed frying pan and add the garlic when hot. Stir-fry the garlic for about 30 seconds and add the onions and peppers1. Cook these until the onions are shiny and translucent.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and a pinch of salt to the onion mix; cover with a lid and simmer for 4 – 5 mins.
  • Once the tomatoes have softened, add half a tsp of Smoked paprika2, a tsp of Ras-al-hanout3 spice mix and half a tsp of dried dill. Stir well, pop the lid back on, and allow to simmer for an additional 2 – 3 mins. You could also add a third of a cup of water to the tomatoes at this point, if you feel the mixture is getting a bit dry. We are looking for a thick, semi-gravy consistency.
  • Make small wells in the tomato mixture and crack an egg into each well.  Top the eggs with salt and pepper, cover and allow to simmer for 2 – 3 minutes. Turn the heat off, but keep the lid on for an additional 5 mins to allow the eggs to poach in the residual heat.
  • After about 5 mins, when the egg whites have set firm, top the dish with fresh, chopped coriander and a final drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Serve the Shakshuka right out of the frying pan. It goes great with any kind of bread. My go to is whole wheat bread with a nice firm crust; just soaks up all that tomato-y goodness so well!
Keyword Arabic Eggs, Breakfast, Breakfast Eggs, Eggs, Mediterranean Eggs, Ras el hanout, Shakshuka, Tomato-y Eggs