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Shakshuka, a Hearty and Delicious Dish from Tunisia

March 22, 2021

by Sammi Lowe

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 25

Total Time: 35

Author: Emna Trimech, Dietetic Intern

Skill Level: Medium

Keyword: African/Middle Eastern Breakfast

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Servings: 2-3


  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 medium sized green pepper, dice
  • 5 medium sized tomatoes, diced (or 1 can of diced tomato)
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp Harissa (or other spicy pepper sauce)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/3 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup of water
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tbsp shredded cheese
  • Small handful of fresh chopped parsley

Shakshuka is a hearty and delicious North African dish from Tunisia. It consists of eggs topped in a deliciously spiced onion-tomato base. We love how easy it is to make with simple ingredients – and it’s just a one-skillet dish. Full of comforting flavors for breakfast or any meal of the day.

Serve with warm pita, chips, or your choice of bread.

How to Make Shakshuka

  1. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat and add 3 tbsp of olive oil
  2. Sautee the diced onions for 5 minutes or until they become golden brown
  3. Add minced garlic, stir until fragrant
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and sauté for 5 minutes
  5. Add the tomato paste and the Harissa (or spicy pepper sauce)
  6. Add the coriander, and salt and pepper to taste
  7. Slowly pour 1 cup of water into the tomato mixture
  8. Cover pan and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  9. Stir in the diced peppers
  10. Crack the eggs on top of the sauce and cover the pan for 3 minutes on medium heat (you can make a well with back of spoon to give eggs room)
  11. Finish by sprinkling shredded cheese, fresh parsley, and salt and pepper to taste on top of the eggs

Serve with warm pita, tortilla chips, or your bread of choice