Shakshuka (Easy Breakfast Recipe)

Shakshuka (Easy Breakfast Recipe)

Shakshuka is a popular breakfast and brunch recipe found in the Middle East and North Africa. It’s made by poaching eggs with a rich tomato sauce, peppers, onion, and garlic, commonly spiced with cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper.

This is a very simple and healthy dish to make at home. It is perfect for breakfast and actually any time of the day. I like my eggs well done and decided to cook my eggs through. Traditionally, shakshuka is served with pitta bread.

When I visited Israel earlier this year I had my first Shakshuka with chicken shawarma at Shakshukia. It was very delicious, rich in taste and oozing with flavour. There are so many variations you make with Shakshuka and I was eager to make my own when I got back to the UK. 

Serving size: 2-3 | Total Cooking time: 20 minutes (Approx)


  • 6 eggs
  • 6-8 red vine tomatoes, chopped / 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2-3 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika, to taste
  • Shakshuka spice (optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • a handful of fresh coriander or parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large pan on medium heat. Add the chopped onion, red bell pepper and tomato puree, sauteing for 5 minutes. Add all the spices and garlic and let this cook for another minute.

2. Add the tomatoes in the pan and begin to break down the tomatoes using a large cooking spoon and bring this to a simmer.

3. Using the large spoon, create small wells for space to crack the eggs in. Once the eggs have been cracked into each well, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and cook for 5-8 minutes until your eggs are done to your liking. If you like your eggs cooked through, leave the pan covered for longer. If you like your egg yolk runny, do not leave your pan covered for too long.

4. Garnish with chopped coriander or parsley.

Recipe Note:

  • You can add toppings like sliced cooked chicken, tuna or fetta cheese to your shakshuka for an extra touch.

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  1. July 31, 2019 / 1:09 pm

    This is making me so hungry. Definitely pinning for later. Also, I love your current location map on your sidebar – is that from a plug in, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • diywithjoy
      August 3, 2019 / 9:15 am

      Haha me too! Thank you! No it’s not a plugin. It came as part of a customizable tool for my theme design I purchased on pipdig! 🙂

  2. September 2, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    I have enjoyed this dish out and about but have never made it myself. A lovely recipe which I will be trying.

    • September 3, 2019 / 8:10 am

      Nice! Thank you and enjoy ?

  3. September 2, 2019 / 9:10 pm

    This looks delicious and I like the idea of having it with chicken x

    • September 3, 2019 / 8:11 am

      Thank you! Yes it’s really lovely with chicken. It’s one of those recipes where you can diy and add your favourite toppings ?

  4. September 18, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    This is one of my favourite things to do for Sunday brunch, or sometimes even lunch during week. Its such an amazing dish you can make completely to your taste and use all sorts of seasonal vegetables, I love it with butternut squash!

    • September 24, 2019 / 11:50 am

      Ooo butternut squash sounds like a great combo with this recipe. Thanks for reading ?

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