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26 Reasons Shakshuka Is The Most Perfect Food

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern and North African dish that combines eggs, tomatoes, and spices to create the perfect meal for any season and time of day.

1. Shakshuka is a delicious combination of eggs, tomatoes, and spices popular across the Middle East and North Africa.

Shakshuka comes in many shapes and sizes. The dish is likely of Tunisian or Yemini origin, and the name is thought to originate from either Arabic or Amazigh (Berber) for “mixture.”

2. Some say it’s like the Mexican breakfast dish huevos rancheros — but it’s better.

The Israeli version (largely popularized by Tunisian Jews) usually involves eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce, with optional feta on top. In Egypt, Shakshuka is cooked as more of an egg scramble, and often sold in leaky sandwiches in the streets. In Jordanian, Yemeni, Moroccan, Iraqi restaurants, and beyond, Shakshuka always comes a little different: The eggs can be firm or “luzzy”, the sauce can be thick or thin, the vegetables can vary, and the dish can be made vegetarian, dairy, or meat. (Sorry, vegans.) Any way, it’s always delicious.

3. Shakshuka is really, really easy to make.

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4. Here’s the basics of what you do:

1. Fry up some onions and garlic with salt and pepper in a deep pan.
(Optional: Spice it up with cumin, paprika, or zaatar.)
2. Add chopped tomatoes.
(Bonus: Include some seasonal vegetables like eggplant, Zucchini, peppers, or cauliflower.)
3. Add in a can of diced tomatoes.
(Here’s where you could also add another protein like meat or fish.)
4. Heat and then simmer.
5. Crack in as many eggs as you can fit. (Poach or mix, as you like.)
6. Cover and simmer for about 15 mins.
(Cheese can be added at any point from here.)
7. Sprinkle with parsley and… Enjoy!
8. Repeat.

Recipes here, here, here, here, and here. And even more, here.

5. The best part: it can all be done in just one pan.

6. Cooking Shakshuka is like watching a science class experiment — but this time you don’t have to worry about tasting it.

7. Shakshuka makes a great meal for one —

8. — Or many.

Or still all for yourself. Why not? Eggs are healthy.

9. It’s an intelligent food —

10. — That still tastes great when it looks weird.

11. Even better: it plays nice with the others.

Pictured on the bottom right of this Mediterranean mezze spread.

12. You can add cheese.

13. Or make it with meat.

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14. Or lots of hot peppers — and secretly hope that the spice will scare off everyone but you.

15. It’s perfect for both yolk lovers —

Cholesterol balls, yum!

16. — and for those who aren’t into that.

17. You can make shakshuka in scenic places like this —

18. — Using only this.

19. Shakshuka is the perfect pair to your morning coffee.

20. But also in a sandwich for lunch, making only a little mess.

Bonus: Add french fries to soak up the juice.

21. And Shakshuka’s always down for a juice box.

22. You can add lots of vegetables and feel great about yourself.

23. Or not, and still feel mighty fine.

24. Rest assured, even this will taste good.

25. Because eggs can be elegant — and you can, too.

26. Shakshuka, Habibi.

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