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Shakshuka (Tomato and egg scramble)

I'll tell you what you can put there :
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 Tbs tomato paste
  • cilantro to garnish
  • Spices: black pepper, salt, etc. to taste
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Shakshuka is great breakfast or brunch food, and is the Iraqi equivalent of "juevos rancheros!" It also goes great in a pita sandwich with some hummus and fresh vegetables! This recipe serves 1-2 people.

I'll tell you what you can do :

I start out by frying the onion on a medium-low heat in a bit of olive oil until they start to turn yellow, about 5 minutues. Then I add the diced tomato and the tomato paste and continue cooking a few more minutes. Sprinkle on some salt and a whole lot of freshly ground black pepper (at least one teaspoon).

With the sauce now cooked, I move it off to one side of the frying pan. I add a bit more olive oil to the cleared section, and slowly add the beaten eggs, cooking and scrambling them quickly. In less than a minute your eggs should be cooked and you can turn off the heat. Mix in well with the tomato sauce and, why not, add some more pepper!

Garnish with cilantro and enjoy with pita bread and hummus! It's sooo good!


The only people I've ever met that don't like scrambled eggs are those that overcook them. Eggs cook quickly in a frying pan, and they should be a little runny for the best texture and flavor!

On a diet? Used poached eggs instead!

Best of luck,


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Cassie writes: (01 Oct 2015, 19:04)
Dear Moti,

I just had this prepared by an Iraqi man in Morocco and went crazy for it. I wondered if you could give a sample of the spices you put in and the approximate amounts? I know he mentioned that he put in some tumeric.
Linat writes: (21 Aug 2014, 00:13)
Dear Moti,

Thank you for sharing this. I remember Shakshuka being prepared in a similar way (scrambled) as a child, and it's the only non-runny egg Shakshuka recipe that I came across online.

I am looking forward to trying it out! I haven't had Shakshuka since I was a kid!

Fairus writes: (06 Sep 2013, 20:52)
Dear Moti,
i'm from Indonesia. Thanks for your recipe. this dish almost same like scrambled egg, but more yummy, i think :)
Rafa writes: (30 Jun 2012, 17:34)
Dear Moti, this is my most favorite I serve a lot and I like to serve it with pita and sour cream garlic sauce.
Jenn writes: (24 Jun 2010, 08:14)
Dear Moti,

I have not tried this recipe for shakshuka, but I grate the tomato and add freshly roasted, diced green and red bell peppers and tomato puree instead of tomato paste. I also add a few cloves of chopped garlic, a liberal amount of dried basil and crushed red pepper. Try it! I think you'll like it!
Laila writes: (10 Jan 2010, 19:23)
Dear Moti,
Thank you for sharing! This is exactly how my mother always made this dish for us growing up. As I searched the net everyone else says to leave the eggs whole and runny-Yuck!

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