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Recipe: Shakshuka

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shakshuka recipe

Nourishing meal

Shakshuka is a savory egg and tomato dish. Eat it for dinner or breakfast alongside crunchy toasted bread for dipping.

Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 can (28-ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons harissa paste (see note)
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 3 to 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • Microgreens for garnish, optional
  • Toasted bread for serving


Heat the oil over medium heat in a 12-inch lidded stainless steel or enamel-coated cast-iron skillet. Add the onion, red bell pepper, salt and several grinds of fresh black pepper. Cook until the onion is soft and translucent, 6 to 8 minutes.

Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the garlic, paprika, cumin and cayenne, if using. Stir and let cook for about 30 seconds, then add the tomatoes and harissa paste. Simmer for 15 minutes until the sauce is thickened.

Add the spinach and stir until wilted. Make 3 to 5 wells in the sauce and crack in the eggs. Cover and cook until the eggs are set, 5 to 8 minutes. The timing will depend on how runny you like your egg yolks.

Season with salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the feta, parsley, avocado and microgreens, if using. Serve with toasted bread for scooping.

Note: If you’re sensitive to spice use mild harissa (like Mina Harissa Mild) or for a spicier shakshuka use hot harissa (like Trader Joe’s Hot Harissa). You can also substitute with sriracha.

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

320 calories, 20g fat (5g saturated fat), 780mg sodium, 25g carbohydrates, 13g protein, 13g sugar, 8g fiber

Adapted from: Love and Lemons

Reviewed by PeaceHealth dietitians and nutritionists