The Magpie Anthology

Smokey Tomato and Onion Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a delicious and highly nutritious middle-eastern dish often served at breakfast, yet it’s hearty enough to be served as a light meal too. With my middle-eastern background this was a firm favourite growing up and now with my nutrition background, it’s still a firm favourite! With onions, tomatoes and red pepper as the main basis of this dish, it’s a fabulous way to eat your veggies at the start of the day.


  • 4-6 Eggs, preferably organic
  • 2 large Onions, finely sliced
  • 4 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Large Sweet Red Pepper, finely sliced
  • 4 large Tomatoes, finely chopped or one 400g tin plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 pinch Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Small bunch Flat Leaf Parsley – finely chopped for garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet or frying pan over a moderate heat and add the onions and garlic.
  2. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, allowing them to “sweat” until they are soft, stirring to ensure it doesn’t stick or brown. 
  3. Add the peppers and the paprika and cayenne (if using) and cook for a further minute before. 
  4. Add the tomatoes, reduce heat and allow to gently simmer for approximately 10 mins, until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  5. Gently crack the eggs on top of the tomato mixture around the pan


Shakshuka TIPS:

After 2 mins, cover the frying pan to allow the eggs to cook thoroughly on top yet keeping the yolk soft and runny

If you’re worried about cracking the egg, break it into a small cup or ramekin first and then gentle lower it onto the tomato mixture

Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve your shakshuka warm, straight from the pan. It’s a great sharing dish!

Serving Suggestions:

Serve with chunky bread to mop up all the flavours!

Serve with simple green salad for a light meal.

Recipe May Simpkin

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.


Subscribe to Magpie Anthology News and get the latest updates of new articles and podcasts direct to your inbox.