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Fast 800: Shakshuka

A hugely popular brunch dish from the Middle East and North Africa made with eggs poached in a lightly spiced tomato sauce





  • 1 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped 
  • 1 yellow or red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced 
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 
  • 1 tsp ground cumin 
  • ½ – 1 tsp hot smoked paprika (to taste) 
  • 1 × 400g can chopped tomatoes 
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée 
  • 4 medium eggs 
  • small handful fresh coriander or flat-leaf parsley, leaves roughly chopped, to serve (optional) 

Heat the oil in a medium nonstick frying pan or shallow casserole that has a lid, add the onion and pepper and gently fry for 5-6 minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly.

Add the garlic, cumin and paprika and cook for 20-30 seconds, stirring.

Tip the tomatoes into the pan, add the tomato purée, a good pinch of sea salt and lots of ground black pepper.

Bring to a simmer and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the tomato sauce has thickened, stirring regularly.

Make four holes in the vegetable mixture and break an egg into each one. Cover the pan with the lid and cook very gently for 3-5 minutes, or until the whites are set but the yolks remain runny.

Sprinkle with the fresh herbs, if using, and season with more ground black pepper to serve. 


If your frying pan doesn’t have a lid, use a large heatproof plate (take care when you remove it as it will be extremely hot) or use a large piece of kitchen foil. Covering the pan helps the eggs cook and prevents the tomato sauce from becoming too thick.

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Crumble feta over the top after adding the eggs and serve with warmed wholemeal pitta bread. 


CALS 312, PROTEIN 19.5g, FAT 17g, FIBRE 5.5g, CARBS 17.5g