Shakshuka; Perfect at any Time

Shakshuka; Perfect at any Time

Shakshuka, a North African one-skillet, vegetarian dish, is basically eggs dropped into tomato sauce and baked until yolks firm up to your liking.

But there are as many riffs on this dish as there are cooks in the kitchen. So we’re sharing our most basic and favorite version here and you can add or subtract ingredients as you like.

Use the freshest eggs you can find and their richness will shine here. You’ll love the  bold flavors as they come together, first on the stovetop and then in the oven. 

photo: Liz Rueven
photo: Liz Rueven

Once I received my 15 inch cast iron pan as a gift from SC last year, I began fantasizing about the many variations of shakshuka I would simmer/bake in it.  YUP.  That’s how delicious this dish is. And relax; any oven-proof pan will do just fine.

With this basic recipe as your starting point, feel free to add in any of the following:

Greens: beet greens, kale, chopped collard greens, spinach.

Other veggies: cubed or thinly sliced potatoes (par-boiled), fried eggplant (diced or sliced), sliced mushrooms, red or yellow peppers, zucchini, fresh tomatoes

Cheese: feta, mozzarella or any other cheese that melts nicely

Spices: cilantro, parsley, cumin, fresh garlic, thyme, saffron threads, jalapeno peppers, freshly cracked pepper.

What’s your riff on shakshuka? Let us know in the comment section below.


  1. I’ve tried all three diets- veganism, vegetarianism, and a meat diet and I’ve always felt the healthiest with a vegan diet. Eating meat always made my energy levels decline and milk and eggs did the same but to a lesser degree. Plenty of protein can be found in so many natural vegan sources so the myth that vegans don’t get enough protein is wrong too. Keep up your good work.

  2. I love egg based mains and will try this one this week with some zucchini added to the sauce as suggested. Do you think a substitution of smoked paprika (hot or sweet) would work ok in the dish? Looking forward to my meal already. Thanks for the great recipe!

    • I love smoked paprika and either sweet or hot would be super in this shakshuka. Zucchini is already flooding the markets here in CT. Buy the smallest ones possible and enjoy their firm texture and sweet flavor.

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