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Tunisian Farmers Egg Recipe

Shakshuka, a delectable dish hailing from North Africa, particularly Tunisia, has captured the hearts and palates of egg enthusiasts worldwide. Beyond its exquisite flavors, shakshuka's history dates back centuries. Learn the origins of shakshuka with a step-by-step guide to prepare this flavorful dish in the comfort of your own kitchen.

The very name shakshuka finds its roots in the Arabic word shakshek, meaning to shake. This aptly describes the cooking process of gently shaking the pan while poaching eggs in a luscious tomato sauce.

North African Shakshuka Egg Recipe

North African Shakshuka Egg Recipe.

Shakshuka is a delicious breakfast dish that originated in Tunisia and was enjoyed by farmers and workers as a nutritious meal to help them get through a hard day's work. Over time, it has become popular all around the world, with each culture adding its own unique twist to the recipe. Today, shakshuka is loved by many for its rich and satisfying egg and tomato flavors.

North African Shakshuka Egg Recipe


4 eggs

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground chili powder

1/2 cup crushed tomatoes

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped


Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add diced onion and bell pepper, sautéing until they soften (approximately 5 minutes).

Stir in minced garlic, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Cook for an additional minute to release the flavors.

Pour in crushed tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and stir well. Allow the mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly.

Create small wells in the sauce and carefully crack the eggs into them. The number of wells depends on your desired servings.

Cover the pan with a lid and let the eggs cook in the sauce for 5-7 minutes, or until the egg whites are set but the yolks remain runny or solid, based on your preference.

Once the eggs are cooked to your liking, remove the pan from heat and garnish with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro.

Serve shakshuka with crusty bread or pita on the side for dipping and scooping up the flavorful sauce and eggs.

Feel free to personalize your shakshuka by adding ingredients such as diced tomatoes, spinach, feta cheese, or olives. Let your culinary creativity shine as you tailor this classic Tunisian farmer's and workers' dish to suit your taste.

As you set out on the culinary journey of preparing the African Gourmet's favorite Tunisian farmer egg recipe, shakshuka, take a moment to relish the delightful flavors and history that come with this beloved dish. Whether you choose to have it for breakfast, brunch, or any meal, shakshuka is a colorful, flavorful, and hearty dish.


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