Middle-Eastern shakshuka with feta

Recipe for Middle-Eastern Shakshuka with feta

If you’ve been following me on Instagram since before my blog hiatus, you probably know that I love shakshuka. It is a really simple and easy breakfast/lunch/dinner meal, and it ticks all the boxes for what makes a meal healthy in my opinion: lots of veggies, plenty of fiber, and a good source of protein too. However, it isn’t a very pretty dish. It is in fact so ugly, that I avoided posting my recipe on the blog for literally years. That changed when I saw the first few episodes of Ugly Delicious by Dave Chang (of Momofuku) on Netflix last week. In one of his episodes, Dave says “I just reached a point where I’m okay making really ugly food. […] I think it is a mixture of age and me coming into my own a little bit.” That really resonated with me, and I would never claim to be on the same cooking level as him, but it did inspire me to finally post this delicious (but ugly) dish.

Basically shakshuka is a super simple dish that originated in North-Africa, that consists of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce with herbs and bell peppers. Nowadays it is more popular in the Middle-East, especially in Israel, than in North-Afrika. It is a relatively cheap, healthy, delicious and filling meal. To turn it into a proper dinner (or a large breakfast) you can add fresh bread and/or salad on the side.

Recipe for Middle-Eastern Shakshuka with feta

This recipe is the first in my new “ugly recipes” series. It is probably not the ugliest recipe you are going to see, so prepare for loads of curries and stews haha! Hope you guys don’t mind the ugly food photo’s every now and then. But as we now know, ugly food can be delicious too!

PS: I highly recommend watching the Ugly Delicious show on Netflix, it is super interesting to have a look at different kinds of foods and how they are made. Plus, it is also very inspiring if you’re a foodie like me!

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Middle-Eastern shakshuka with feta
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Serves: 3 portions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced (about 100 gram)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (400 gram)
  • 3 eggs
  • fresh cilantro to garnish
  1. Put the olive oil in a large skillet-type pan over medium to high heat.
  2. Sauté the onion until translucent. Then, add the garlic and sauté for another minute or so. Be careful not to burn the garlic.
  3. Add the dried spices and herbs, diced bell peppers and diced tomatoes. Turn down the heat to low/medium and let the sauce simmer for a few minutes.
  4. Turn down the heat to low and make three wells in the sauce. Break one egg into each well and cover the pan with a large lid.
  5. Let the eggs poach until they have reached your preferred done-ness. I like my eggs with a fairly cooked yolk, so for me this took about 10 minutes. It may take more or less time depending on your preferences.
  6. Garnish with loads of fresh cilantro and serve! Enjoy while warm, but leftovers keep well in the fridge too.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ⅓ of the recipe Calories: 293 kcal Fat: 16.9 g Saturated fat: 6.6 g Unsaturated fat: 7.3 g Trans fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 18.2 g Sugar: 12.1 g Fiber: 5.1 g Protein: 16 g


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  • Reply Tom Outdoor March 6, 2018 at 19:23

    Waauwww ziet er mega lekker uit zeg!!!
    Ik ben zelf niet heel fan van Feta.
    Kan vast ook zonder!

    • Reply Emma March 6, 2018 at 19:50

      Dankjewel!! Kan zeker zonder feta, dan is het ook hartstikke lekker :)

  • Reply Eva March 6, 2018 at 20:27

    Ik houd niet van feta, maar dit ziet er wel erg goed uit!

    • Reply Emma March 7, 2018 at 10:54

      Je kan de feta ook weg laten, in het “originele” gerecht zit ook geen feta namelijk :) Het is zeker het maken waard!

  • Reply Frederique March 6, 2018 at 22:11

    Haha it’s not ugly at all, it’s very colorful. I love Middle Eastern food but am not a big fan of eggs though.

    • Reply Emma March 7, 2018 at 10:50

      Thank you so much Frederique!! :) You could also leave out the eggs and enjoy it with some tofu perhaps!

  • Reply Laura March 6, 2018 at 22:19

    Never heard of this dish before, but it looks delicious!

    • Reply Emma March 7, 2018 at 10:51

      It is absolutely delicious!! If you ever see it on a menu somewhere, try it! Or make it yourself of course haha. It is really good :)

  • Reply jorien March 7, 2018 at 00:12

    That sounds and looks delicious!

    • Reply Emma March 7, 2018 at 10:52

      Thank you Jorien!!

  • Reply nicole orriens March 7, 2018 at 09:25

    Het gerecht oogt zo vrolijk! Ik word blij van al die kleurtjes.

    • Reply Emma March 7, 2018 at 10:53

      Ah super lief, dankjewel Nicole! Leuk he! Komt door alle verschillende kleurtjes paprika :)

  • Reply Heleen Schrijvershof March 7, 2018 at 12:01

    Heerlijk, ik had ‘vroeger’ nog nooit van Shakshuka gehoord, tot ik Hello Fresh boxen had. Nu is het één van m’n favorieten. Maar als ontbijt had ik er nog nooit naar gekeken, dus dat is nog wel een tip voor in het weekend. Thanks!

    • Reply Emma March 7, 2018 at 14:17

      Aah ja leuk is Hello Fresh he! Een huisgenootje van mij had ook een tijdje een abonnement, en het is echt leuk hoe veel nieuwe gerechten je dan ontdekt! Is zeker een aanrader voor het ontbijt ook. Lekker en vullend :)

  • Reply Sjoukje March 7, 2018 at 13:44

    Ohhh that looks great! Please bring me some! :-)

    • Reply Emma March 7, 2018 at 14:18

      Thank you Sjoukje!! Haha I already ate everything, but I am confident you can make it yourself too! It is not a very hard recipe, and definitely worth the effort taste wise :)

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