Is it just me, or is shakshuka everywhere these days? The Middle Eastern dish has become wildly popular for a good reason: it’s comforting, easy to make, and downright delicious. Like pizza, shakshuka is one of those dishes that are pretty darn good even at its worst.
Here is why I love this recipe:
- It’s quick and straightforward. The dish comes together in under 30 minutes.
- It is versatile, and the variations are endless. You can add garlicky leeks and greens to make green shakshuka. For a meat version, try adding chorizo or some other meat of your choice. I like to garnish mine with crumbled feta and black olives and serve it with crusty bread. The garnishes are entirely optional, but I highly recommend the feta (cheese makes everything better).
- You can scale the dish up or down easily, depending on the number of people you’re feeding.
- It’s fun to say – who’s ready for some Shakshuka? (see what I mean?)
- It works for any meal – breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, or a midnight snack (no one is judging here).
The Best Shakshuka Recipe
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 medium onion, diced or thinly sliced
1 red pepper, stems and seeds removed, diced or thinly sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced with the stems, seeds, and ribs removed (serrano and Fresno chilies work as well)
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ tbsp paprika
2 tsp cumin seeds
1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
¼ cup cilantro, parsley, or a mixture of both, chopped
Crusty bread, for serving
Garnishes – feta, black olives, artichoke hearts (optional)
- In a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil over high heat. Add the onion, red pepper, and jalapeno and spread into an even layer. Cook (do not stir), until the vegetables are deep brown on the bottom and beginning to char, about 5-6 minutes. Stir, and continue to cook until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about another 4-5 minutes.
- Add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the paprika and cumin, stirring for another 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and stir to combine. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes—season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir in half of the cilantro and/or parsley.
- Using a large spoon, make a well near the pan’s perimeter and break an egg directly into it. Spoon a little sauce over the edges of the egg white to partially submerge it, leaving the yolk exposed. Repeat with remaining eggs, working around the pan as you go. Season the eggs with a little salt, cover, and reduce heat to the lowest setting. Cook until the egg whites are barely set and the yolks are still runny about 5-8 minutes.
- Sprinkle with remaining herbs, along with optional garnishes. Serve immediately with crusty bread.
If you decide to try this recipe, let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d love to hear your feedback.