Shakshuka

Famous Shakshuka

The origin of Shakshuka might be in Turkey, Spain, or Tunisia. The Israeli version with a beautiful top of poached eggs became famous around the world. This flavorful tomato stew with vegetables has usually a bit of heat. Our Turkish Marash pepper flakes add more flavor than heat.

The Magic of Zaatar

Pouch [2] contains the versatile Zaatar blend. The key ingredient for this magic spice blend is a Mediterranean thyme, called zaatar.

Zaatar is more flavorful than the thyme from the common spice boards. Sumac adds a citrus note and sesame seeds a slight nutty crunch. Use it for a dip or marinade.

Variations
  • Adapt the recipe to your liking: without eggs, with hot chilies, and/ or other vegetables, for instance, pumpkin, leek, sweet potatoes, or mushrooms.
  • Instead of the dip, marinate 1 lb strips from chicken breast or sirloin beef in Shakshuka Spices [2], 2 tbsp oil, and salt to taste for 1-2 hours before frying.
The Shakshuka Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:
[1] Cumin, paprika, Marash pepper

[2] Sesame, sumac, coriander, thyme, cumin, black pepperĀ 

Zaatar Spice Blend
Zaatar Spice Blend
Print Recipe
Shakshuka
Cuisine Israeli
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • pita bread or other flatbread
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • [1] Cumin, paprika, Marash pepper
  • [2] Sesame, sumac, coriander, thyme, cumin, black pepper
Cuisine Israeli
Servings
Ingredients
Shopping List
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 3 ripe medium tomatoes chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 bunch parsley chopped
  • pita bread or other flatbread
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped or grated
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
Culinary Spice Kit
  • [1] Cumin, paprika, Marash pepper
  • [2] Sesame, sumac, coriander, thyme, cumin, black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry bell peppers for 10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, Shakshuka Spices [1], and salt to taste.
  4. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well.
  6. Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes until the sauce thickened a bit. Stir.
  7. With a tablespoon, form a little well in the sauce and crack one egg into the well. Continue with the remaining eggs.
  8. Continue to cook until the egg whites are set but the yolks are still running.
  9. Sprinkle with parsley.
  10. Dip: In a small CUP, add olive oil and Shakshuka Spices [2] to taste.
  11. Serve with warm bread.