Middle Eastern shakshuka with feta

Shakshuka or “eggs in purgatory” as Nigella rightly names it, is a popular middle eastern dish, consisting of eggs bathed in a rich tomato sauce. The eggs are traditionally oven baked in the sauce, however I have made this recipe a quicker version. This dish is perfect for a brunch, to share with your company. The delicious sauce is best mopped up with some fresh crusty bread. I have added some more ingredients such as butter beans, chorizo and feta to make the dish more filling, however you can pick and choose what you prefer.

Ingredients: (serves 2)

  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped into thick slices
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped (optional)
  • A handful of chopped chorizo (optional)
  • 1 can of tinned tomatoes (tinned plum tomatoes are better than chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 can of butter beans (optional)
  • 1 handful of cooked sweet potato cubes (optional)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 stock cube
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • Small amount of feta cheese (optional if vegan)
  • A few spring onions, chopped (optional)
  • Chilli flakes (to garnish)
  • Avocado (to serve with)


  1. Add the oil to a large frying pan (make sure that you have a lid to the pan, you will need this later. )
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook on a medium heat until softened.
  3. Add the tomatoes, red pepper and chorizo (if using). Leave for a few minutes and keep stirring.img_3173
  4. Then add the tinned tomatoes, butter beans, sweet potato (if using), paprika, stock cube, tomato puree, sugar, turmeric and cinnamon. Season with salt and pepper.img_3174
  5. Leave to simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes.
  6. Then, using a spoon, make 2 ‘dips’ into the mixture in the pan. Crack the eggs gently into these dips, ensuring that the yolk does not break. img_3175
  7. Put the lid onto the pan and leave for about 10 minutes on a low heat, until the eggs are cooked. Alternatively, you can put the pan under a hot grill to cook the eggs.img_3176
  8. Sprinkle the dish with the feta, spring onions and chilli flakes.img_3177

I like to serve this with avocado smashed with olive oil, salt and pepper, and some bread.

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