Introduction: Easy Shakshuka
This simple recipe takes only about 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook.
Being based in Dubai, one dish we keep seeing on the menu is shakshuka. Many people enjoy it for breakfast, but its rich flavors are well suited for lunch or even dinner. Shakshuka translates from Arabic to mean "all mixed up", but don't worry, the steps for a good shakshuka are simple and straightforward.
To get started you will need to collect the ingredients below as well as a large skillet or cast iron pot.
- 5-6 eggs
- 1/2 onion chopped
- 1/2 tbsp chopped parsley (cilantro works well too)
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 bell pepper
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- 1 tsp chili powder for taste
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp paprika
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- Pinch of sugar
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Step 1: Step 1: Onion, Garlic, Bell Pepper
Start with the diced onion and garlic and cook them in about a tablespoon of olive oil until tender.
Add bell pepper and continue to cook for about 5-7minutes.
Step 2: Step 2: Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice (like Tomatoes)
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, pinch of sugar and spices (1 tsp cumin and 1 tsp paprika).
Cook for another 5-7 minutes.
Step 3: Step 3: Extra Seasoning for Extra Flavor
Now is the time to add salt, pepper and chili powder to flavor it.
Pinch by pinch, taste and adjust as needed.
Step 4: Step 4: Egg Time
If the sauce is starting to look too thick, add a splash of water.
Then, crack those eggs into the tomato mixture.
Space them apart and let them cook over easy on top of the sauce.
Cover them and let them cook for 10-15 minutes.
Take a peak every now and then to make sure the sauce doesn't reduce too much and start to burn.
Step 5: Step 5: Dish Is Done, ...Dig In!
When the eggs look cooked, take it off the heat, and sprinkle with parsley or cilantro for added color and flavor.
Try your own variations of shakshuka with cheese or ground beef.
Serve with toasted bread or pita and enjoy.
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