Easy Mediterranean Shakshuka Recipe

Easy Mediterranean Shakshuka Recipe

Shakshuka is a North African and Middle Eastern meal of poached eggs in a simmering tomato sauce with spices. It’s easy, healthy and takes less than 30 minutes to make.

Shakshuka is an easy, healthy meal in Israel and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. It’s a simple combination of simmering tomatoes, onions, garlic, spices and gently poached eggs. It’s nourishing, filling and one recipe I guarantee you’ll make time and again.



Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Servings: 6 servings 


⭐2 tablespoons olive oil

⭐1 medium onion diced

⭐1 red bell pepper seeded and diced

⭐4 garlic cloves finely chopped

⭐2 teaspoon paprika

⭐1 teaspoon cumin

⭐¼ teaspoon chili powder

⭐1 (28-ounce can) whole peeled tomatoes

⭐6 large eggs

⭐salt and pepper to taste

⭐1 small bunch fresh cilantro chopped

⭐1 small bunch fresh parsley chopped


⭐Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium heat. Add the chopped bell pepper and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion becomes translucent.



⭐Add garlic and spices and cook an additional minute. Pour the can of tomatoes and juice into the pan and break down the tomatoes using a large spoon. Season with salt and pepper and bring the sauce to a simmer.



⭐Use your large spoon to make small wells in the sauce and crack the eggs into each well. Cook the eggs for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the eggs are done to your liking. You can also cover the pan with a lid to expedite the eggs cooking.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and parsley before serving.


If you’re not dairy-free, crumbled feta or goat cheese on top is delicious addition. Traditionally it’s also served with pita, but I love to serve it with slices of avocado.



It’s quite common to serve pita or some type of bread with shakshuka. You can dip it in the sauce to soak it all up! I was fortunate in Tel Aviv to find several restaurants that served gluten-free pita, much to my delight! But here are a few other ideas:


For breakfast: Make my falafel or falafel flatbread for a delicious bread alternative. I’ve been known to break the falafel in half and then dip them in my serving. Can’t let any of that sauce go to waste! A side a fresh fruit is always a great idea as well.


⭐For lunch or any time of day: Serve up a tasty mezze platter with sides of hummus, baba ganoush or white bean dip. And for salads, my Mediterranean chickpea salad, lentil salad, or Israeli salad are always winners

Nutritional Info:

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 409mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1371IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 3mg

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