How to make it

  • Place large frying pan over medium heat, add oil and heat.
  • Add onion and saute until lightly browned.
  • Add garlic and bell peppers, and saute for a couple of minutes more.
  • Add fresh and canned tomatoes, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add paprika, turmeric, salt, pepper and sugar.
  • Stir for 1 minute.
  • Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  • Gently crack eggs into pan, taking care not to break yolks.
  • Simmer until whites solidify but yolks remain slightly runny, about 8 minutes, or as per personal preference.
  • Sprinkle with za'atar to taste and serve with warm pita bread.
  • Note: Za'atar is a blend of spices and seasonings.
  • Za'atar Mix
  • 2 cups roasted, ground sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup dried ground thyme
  • 2 tablespoons dried leaf oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried leaf marjoram
  • 2 tablespoons dried leaf savory
  • 1 tablespoon salt, or to taste (optional)
  • Mix all the ingredients together except the salt.
  • You may not want the salt for some za'atar uses.
  • Taste and add the salt if desired.
  • Keep the za'atar mix in a tightly sealed jar (the sesame seeds will last 5-6 months maximum).
  • It will stay fresher in the refrigerator or freezer than in a cupboard.
  • Makes about 4 cups.

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  • ren83 7 years ago
    Another recommended shakshuka recipe
    You must try that one!
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  • AFoodSage 8 years ago
    Why spend all that time chopping and cooking the onions, garlic peppers and fresh tomatoes? We found a prepared cooking base that is really good. We didn't know we were making Shakshuka with it but we used it to make eggs just like this recipe. They were great. You can find this cooking base at:

    It also makes a great seasoning for beef stew, pot roast, chicken and rice, paella, Latin-inspired sloppy joes and more.
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  • ttaaccoo 9 years ago
    This looks sooo good!! thanks, ChaCha--your name makes me want to dance.
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  • fateefa 10 years ago
    You can buy zatar at
    I buy a lot of spices thru their site.
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  • tj4kats 10 years ago
    tj4kats love this mix thanks
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    " It was excellent "
    ronnymarcus ate it and said...
    Great! Very popular here in Israel as well.Here's a 5 for you. By the way , For those who don't know it, Za'atar is Hyssop in English. Hyssop is a small bush with tiny leaves. The leaves are dried ,(I love 'em fresh), and then mixed with salt to make the Za'atar spice. It is used in all middle eastern cooking and as a condiment for salads. It is also used as a dip for bread.
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    This turned out great, Chacha - thanks so much. I loved it...
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    " It was excellent "
    ahmed1 ate it and said...
    Have you ever visit Egypt or what?? This is so famous and so delicious here in Egypt..Thanks for a great post.
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  • jenniferbyrdez 10 years ago
    Sounds good to me hon, but what is zaatar mix?
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