Shakshuka is one of my favourite brunch dishes to make at home. It’s a baked egg dish with tomato and spices that originated in North Africa. I first had it in Fumbally a few years ago and their version had minced beef added to it. I ate around the eggs because I was still in my phase of thinking egg yolks were the devil. I attempted to make it at home and failed miserably which is an achievement since it’s really easy to make. Never one to give up on something, I tried again. I think I was a bit light handed with the cumin the first time. 

Typically the spices used in this dish are cumin, paprika and chilli. I picked up some different spices in Marrakesh and I usually throw some of them in as well just for a change. Ras el hanout works really well in it. I’ve got loads of these spices left if anyone wants any, just let me know. 

Start by frying the onion and pepper in olive oil until soft


Add the garlic and cook for 2-3 min. Add your spices and mix well.


Add the cans of tomato. You could get away with just using one can of chopped tomatoes but I like mine quite saucy so I use two.


Cook for 10-15min until the sauce has thickened slightly. If using feta add it now.


Crack the eggs into the pan and put in the oven.


I like my eggs quite runny so I bake for approx. 7-10min. Add chopped coriander on top and serve. 




Serves 3
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  1. 6 eggs
  2. 50g feta (optional)
  3. 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  4. 3 cloves of garlic
  5. 1 large red pepper, chopped
  6. 1 large onion, chopped
  7. 1.5 teaspoons ground cumin
  8. 1 teaspoon chilli
  9. 1 teaspoon paprika
  10. 3 cloves of garlic
  11. 1 large red pepper
  12. Salt
  13. Pepper
  14. Fresh Coriander
  15. 1 Tbsp Olive oil
  1. Heat oven to 180
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan/skillet and add the onion and pepper and cook on medium heat until soft. 10-15 mins
  3. Add the garlic and cook for another 2-3min
  4. Add the cumin, paprika and chilli and mix.
  5. Add the tomatoes and then season with salt and pepper to taste and cook for 10mins until thickened slightly.
  6. Crack the eggs into the pan and transfer to the oven for 7-10mins.
  7. Sprinkle the coriander over the top and serve.
  8. You can experiment with more flavours but I find the chilli, cumin and paprika work well.
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