Shakshuka for Two #SundaySupper

Shakshuka for Two #SundaySupper |

The Middle Eastern cuisine is one of my favorite cuisines! I love the spices and bold flavors. The cuisine encompasses so many cultures which share similar dishes as well as possessing dishes that may be unique to a particular region. This is no surprise since this part of the world is steeped in thousands of years of history and is known as the “cradle of civilization”.

Shakshuka is a dish that has intrigued me since first reading about it a couple of years ago. Its simplicity and heartiness piqued my interest. It is believed to have origins in Tunisia and Libya. Some food historians believe it was invented during the years of the Ottoman Empire which included the land that is now known as Turkey. It is purportedly a peasant dish which at its simplest is comprised of tomatoes, peppers, onions, and eggs.

Many of the recipes that I looked at were often made to serve at least 4 and up to 8 people. I wanted a dish with a smaller yield so that I could share it with one other person, my husband. He was skeptical of the dish having not heard of it before, but after tasting it, he commented that it reminded him of huevos rancheros.

Notes: Jalapeno is one of my favorite peppers, not overwhelmingly hot, but enough heat to wake me up. I’m sure you can substitute your favorite peppers here. 

Shakshuka for Two #SundaySupper
A classic Middle Eastern dish can be served as an entree for any meal of the day.
Recipe type: Entree, Breakfast
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 2-3
  • ⅛ cup olive oil
  • 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 14-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, undrained
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • Crusty bread or baguette, for serving
  1. Heat oil in a 8" skillet over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onions and cook until onions are softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, cumin, red pepper, a pinch of salt, and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring often.
  2. Crush the tomatoes with your hands as you're adding it to the skillet. Add the remaining tomato juice from the can. Lower the heat to medium-low and let simmer until sauce thickens, about 15-20 minutes. If the sauce starts to get too thick, you can add about ¼ cup of water.
  3. Crack eggs over the sauce so that it is evenly distributed. Cover and let cook until the yolks are just set, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the shakshuka with the crumbled feta cheese and parsley and serve immediately with bread.

Recipe adapted from

Amanda of MarocMama is hosting this week’s Middle Eastern Sunday Supper! We’re defining Middle East as the countries of North Africa, the Gulf States, the Levant or region traditionally thought of as the Middle East, and we’re also including Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Check out these other Middle Eastern and Middle Eastern inspired recipes by the Sunday Supper crew!

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  • The Ninja Baker

    Huevos rancheros sans eggs or shakshuka or anything touting feta cheese has my attention. Appreciate your sharing a recipe which has a smaller yield, Amy. Thanks, too, for the interesting intro into the Middle East =)

    • kimchi_mom

      As always, thanks for stopping by!

  • Amanda M

    This is a dish I often make at home for lazy dinner nights. In Morocco we add small spiced meatballs but I’ve never added cheese – will be trying it soon!

    • kimchi_mom

      I can see why…it’s so fast and simple. I like the idea of adding meatballs!

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    This is an amazing brunch dish Amy! The name itself is intriguing, and then it’s such a simple mix of great flavors!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Paula!

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  • Alice Choi

    oh my gawd, Amy! this looks fantastic! at my first quick glance last night on FB, I thought this was soon tobu jjigae! :) looks delicious!!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Alice! I suppose one could always switch out the eggs for tofu! :-)

  • littleredkitchen

    I love Shakshuka! It’s the perfect B,L or D meal and yours looks amazing Amy!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Susan!

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  • Constance

    What a gorgeous dish! I’d love to get up to that in the morning

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Conni!

  • Family Foodie

    This dish looks fabulous Amy! I am very intrigued and really enjoying this week’s event that has given me so much inspiration!

    • kimchi_mom

      I love this week’s theme! Sunday Supper has really become a culinary adventure!

  • Liz

    What a glorious way to start the day, Amy!!! Beautiful dish!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Liz!

  • Shaina Wizov

    This takes some of the best flavors of Middle Eastern cuisine and puts it into one fab breakfast! Great recipe

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Shaina!

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  • Marie@citronlimette

    This looks like a fabulous dish to start the day!

    • kimchi_mom

      I wouldn’t have having it everyday! I love savory breakfasts! :-)

  • Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson

    This sounds amazing!! It will be served for breakfast in the very near future!!

    • kimchi_mom

      Give it a try and let me know how it goes!

  • Renee Dobbs

    I see eggs for dinner in my very near future. I also see me sopping up every last drop of this with a nice crusty bread.

    • kimchi_mom

      I can see it too! :-)

  • Hezzi-D

    Such a pretty dish! It looks like it would be wonderful with crusty bread, yum!

    • kimchi_mom


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  • Courtney @ Neighborfood

    I have been wanting to make this for ages and your gorgeous photo finally convinced me to do it! I’m pinning this!

    • kimchi_mom

      Hi Courtney…can’t believe it took me this long to try it! Better late than never! :-)

  • Susan Pridmore

    Shakshuka is one of my very favorite dishes. I love, love, love it. I’ve decided peasant food is the best whether it’s from Turkey, Italy, or Spain.

    • kimchi_mom

      I agree. Always hearty and satisfying.

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  • Roz

    Although I’m not familiar with many Middle Eastern dishes, I have to say that this looks absolutey delicious!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Roz!

  • Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

    Oh my! This looks just amazing.

    • kimchi_mom


  • supperforasteal

    This looks delicious! I have not had shakshuka that I can remember, but I think I need to try it.

  • cupcakekalechip

    I do the same thing with salsa and cheddar cheese on tortillas. i wiill have to try the middle eastern flavors with feta and some pitas!

  • Jmk

    Traditional does not have feta. It’s saltiness and sourness can dominate in my taste. But luckily there is no “pope” when it comes to food!

    • kimchi_mom

      Hi JMK – yes, the traditional does not include feta, nor does it include jalapeno or cumin. But I liked the feta though! :-)

  • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere

    I almost made this one! It sounds like such a perfect breakfast (or dinner). Yours looks beautiful!

    • kimchi_mom

      Thanks Sarah!

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