Tunisian Baked Eggs

Stay in for brunch this weekend with this trendy North African dish that doubles as a quick and healthy dinner.

This classic North African dish (shakshuka) is now hugely popular as a brunch option in caf├ęs but also very easy to make at home. Serve with plenty of crusty bread for mopping up the spiced tomato sauce.

30 min


  • 450 g/1 lb. ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red (bell) pepper, chopped into strips
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon harissa
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • freshly chopped coriander/cilantro, to garnish
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


Roughly chop the tomatoes, reserving the juices.

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed frying pan/skillet set over a medium heat. Add the onion, (bell) pepper and garlic and fry, stirring often, for 5 minutes, until softened.

Mix the cumin with 1 tablespoon of water in a small bowl to form a paste.

Add the harissa and cumin paste to the pan and fry, stirring, for a minute. Add the tomatoes and brown sugar, season with salt and pepper, and mix well. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

Uncover and simmer for a further 10 minutes, stirring now and then, to reduce and thicken the tomato mixture.

Break the eggs, spaced well apart, into the tomato mixture. Cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes until the eggs are set.

Sprinkle with coriander/cilantro and serve at once.

Excerpted from The Flexitarian Cookbook: Adaptable Recipes for Part-Time Vegetarians and Vegans, compiled by Julia Charles; Ryland Peters & Small, 2019. Reprinted with permission.