Eggs Shakshuka (Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce)

You'll be in heaven after one bite of these sunny-side up eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. A perfect dish for brunch, or when you want breakfast for dinner.

Eggs in Purgatory

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Serves: 4 Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle on at the end
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 anchovy filet, minced (or a ½ teaspoon of anchovy paste)
  • 4 teaspoons fresh oregano
  • a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 4 large eggs (shown with 3)
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to garnish (or you can use crumbled feta)
  • 4 slices of toasted country bread of your choice



On a cutting board, combine garlic, parsley, anchovies (if using paste you will add that later), oregano and pepper and chop them all up together until they’re finely chopped. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Once hot, swirl in the olive oil. When the oil shimmers, add garlic-parsley mixture to the pan and cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. If using anchovy paste, now is the time to add that and stir it into the mixture. Add tomatoes slowly and carefully (because they’ll most likely splatter a bit when you add them), and stir to combine.


Lower heat to medium-low and simmer sauce for 10 minutes. Taste and season with salt, pepper and extra red pepper flakes (if you like things a bit spicy!)


With the back of a wooden spoon, make a small indentation in the sauce for each egg and crack them directly into the pan. Sprinkle the eggs and sauce with Parmesan and cover pan partially with a lid.


Let the eggs cook for about 5-7 minutes. You want the whites to be firmly cooked, but the yolks to be runny, so keep an eye and add a couple of extra minutes if need be.


When the eggs are cooked, drizzle entire pan with a little extra olive oil, then finish with more pepper, cheese and parsley. Serve immediately with toasted bread.


Inspired by Smitten Kitchen

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