Simple Cast Iron Shakshuka.

  • August 29th, 2020
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 14 oz can of peeled, whole tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • Cilantro
  • Cotija cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Makes: 2 servings


Refer to process photos below.

  1. Dice the yellow onion, red bell pepper, and garlic.
  2. On a medium-high heat, sautée the onions, red bell peppers, and garlic in a skillet with oil.
  3. Once the vegetables have softened, add the spices and stir to combine.
  4. When the spices are aromatic, add the can of peeled, whole tomatoes. Crush up the tomatoes with a spatula.
  5. Cook the tomatoes in the spices for about 5 minutes, until tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Turn the heat to low. Create 2 wells in the tomato sauce and drop the eggs in the wells. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes, until the eggs are cooked to the desired doneness.
  7. Take the skillet off the heat. Sprinkle with cilantro, cotija cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Enjoy with pita or some crunchy bread!

I love this recipe’s perfect blend of spices in a rich, tomato sauce. Topped with gooey, poached eggs, shakshuka is a must-try dish at home!

why i love this recipe

This recipe is simple, delicious, and perfect for any time of the day. Shakshuka has become a very popular brunch food, but it really is a great lunch or dinner as well! I love this recipe because it’s simple to prepare and an impressive-looking meal to share with others. With some pantry staples and easy to find grocery store items, this recipe can be a showstopper!

Tips and Suggestions
  • Really keep your eye on the eggs as they're cooking. I like my egg yolks very runny, so it was finished in about 3 minutes.
  • I prefer to use canned tomatoes instead of fresh because peeled, canned tomatoes have already been lightly cooked during the canning process. This makes it a little easier to cook down. You can definitely use fresh tomatoes if you'd like!
  • I prefer my shakshuka smokey and fragrant with a lot of sweet, smoked paprika. This is my favorite combination, but adjust the level of spices to fit what you love!
Let's wrap this up

Shakshuka is perfect for any time of the day. Enjoy it with some pita or toasty bread! Tag us @chowwithjao on Instagram if you make it at home!