South African Spiced Shakshuka

Weeknight Meals | March 29, 2017 | By

Shakshuka is an unbelievably delicious, beautiful, and easy brunch or dinner that you will love! 

Have you made shakshuka before? I’ve been seeing posts on this delicious looking brunchy meal for some time…… I’ve been dreaming of this dish.

My dreams finally became a reality, and I’ll be the first to report how completely delicious it is, and it’s stupidly easy too. Seriously, so easy.

Here’s a South African take on this traditionally northern African and Middle Eastern dish, it’s just as delicious, but smokey and totally different. Hope you love it-

South African Inspired Shakshuka
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

Shakshuka is an unbelievably delicious, beautiful, and easy brunch or dinner that you will love! 

Course: Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine: African
Servings: 4 people
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots and celery
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons South African smokey spices I used Trader Joe's "South African Smoke" spice
  • 4 fresh eggs
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 slices low moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups tender greens I used arugula
  1. Heat cast iron skillet on medium-low heat. Add olive oil and chopped vegetables once warm. Sautee vegetables until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes

  2. Pour diced tomatoes over vegetables, add salt, pepper, and spices. Let simmer until it thickens up, about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn on the bottom. 

  3. Once sauce is thickened up, make 4 indents with a wooden spoon into tomato mixture for the eggs. Carefully crack eggs into indented spots, let cook for about 6-8 minutes, or until desired doneness. Whites will be white and firm, yolk is best runny. If you have a lid big enough, cover dish to ensure even cooking of eggs

  4. While eggs are cooking, toast 4 slices of whole wheat bread. Top bread with greens and thin slices of mozzarella.

  5. Once eggs are to your desired doneness, spoon tomato sauce and egg mixture over toast. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately.

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  1. Kelly Jones

    March 30, 2017 at 5:09 am

    Just love Trader Joe’s spice blends! Great idea for one of my favorite dishes lately 🙂

    • Rebecca

      March 31, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      I love their blends too! and yes 🙂

  2. Anne|Craving Something Healthy

    April 1, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I have never had shakshouka, but I do see recipes for it all the time! Maybe it’s time to give it a try! Beautiful photos!

  3. Lauren Harris-Pincus

    April 3, 2017 at 8:52 am

    That Trader Joe’s spice sounds incredible. I need to scour their spice rack.

    • Rebecca

      April 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

      yes! it’s so so good!

  4. Farrah

    May 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Shakshuka is such a beautiful dish! I’m glad you made one too! I need to try this version! :]

    • Rebecca

      May 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      it’s so good & easy. LOVE shakshuka

  5. Kathryn

    May 8, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Love the unique flavors for this Shakshuka!! Next stop TJs for the North African spice blend! Thanks Rebecca!

    • Rebecca

      May 9, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Me too! Go get it! & let me know how it goes

  6. Ariella

    May 12, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Looks great, love playing around with Shakshuka flavors.

    • Rebecca

      May 15, 2017 at 11:49 am

      me too! Fave new pasttime 😉


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