This easy Shakshuka is a one-skillet meal that can be served for breakfast or dinner. Eggs poached in a rich garlicky tomato sauce for a hearty and satisfying breakfast. This is delicious any time of day but it’s perfect for a memorable family breakfast on the weekend.

All you need to enjoy this Shakshuka recipe is some Pita Bread or Focaccia to soak up the extra sauce.

Shakshuka in skillet served with toast

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Shakshuka

Everyone loves one-pan breakfasts like Frittatas, or a Breakfast Casserole because they are easy and you don’t end up with a sink full of pots and pans to tackle after breakfast. I love that this shakshuka recipe comes together in one skillet and you serve it right out of the pan.

We visited the Seattle area a couple of weeks ago and stayed with my husband’s cousin, Angelina. Their family made us this Shakshuka for breakfast and everyone loved it. He had 2 skillets going at once to feed a crowd. When my 12-year-old son got in line for refills, I knew I had to re-create this yummy dish at home. It has been on our rotation ever since.

We especially love to serve it for holiday weekends like Easter. Even though it’s a simple recipe, it really feels special.

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What is Shakshuka?

The word “Shakshuka” means ‘mixture’ and is essentially eggs poached in a tomato sauce with other vegetables. Shakshuka originated in North Africa but there are so many variations of it across the middle east. It’s also called ‘eggs in purgatory’ in Italy, or ‘huevos rancheros’ in Mexican cuisine. It’s quite popular throughout Egypt and Palestine.

Shakshuka is also widely enjoyed in Israel among the Jewish community and it has various names including shakshouka, shaksuka, shakshouki. If you are looking for a Shakshuka recipe that came out of Israel, our Spicy Israeli Shakshuka is delicious.

Cutting through a soft egg in breakfast Shakshuka skillet

Ingredients

  • Breakfast Sausage – this ingredient isn’t usually added to shakshuka but I think it’s brilliant and adds tons of flavor and protein to the dish. You can use your favorite breakfast sauce, but we’ve had great results with Simple Truth and Hemplers brands. You could also use a spicy sausage or Italian sausage.
  • Unsalted Butter – used to saute onion. You can sub with olive oil if you prefer.
  • Onion – we use a yellow onion, but a Vidalia or sweet onion would also work
  • Garlic – 4 minced cloves should be about 1 1/2 Tbsp. It mellows out in the pan but adds a wonderful garlicky flavor to the tomato sauce.
  • Tomatoes – use canned whole peeled tomatoes.
  • Salt – brings out the flavor of tomatoes
  • Sugar – balances the acidity of tomatoes. A little goes a long way – all you need is 1/4 tsp sugar.
  • Eggs – You can fit 5 to 6 eggs in a skillet to give them room to poach in the tomato sauce. Don’t overcrowd the pan with too many eggs.
  • Parsley – use a generous amount. The heat will soften the parsley
  • Parmesan cheese – add freshly grated parmesan over individual plates when serving.
Ingredients for making breakfast shakshuka

How to Make Shakshuka

  1. Cook Sausage – brown sausage in a 12-inch skillet with 1 Tbsp oil and transfer to a plate.
  2. Sautee onion – melt 4 Tbsp butter in the same skillet and saute onion until golden. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds.
  3. Add tomatoes into the pan with their juice and break them up with your spatula. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until saucy.
  4. Crack eggs – Once the sauce is thick enough to create wells, use a spoon to make indents in teh sauce and crack an egg into each well.
  5. Add sausage and parsley, scattering them around the eggs. Cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until eggs have reached their desired doneness.
Step by step how to make Shakshuka

When is Shakshuka done? Shakshuka is done cooking when the egg whites are set and the egg yolks are still loose. You’re essentially making poached eggs in tomato sauce. Keep in mind, the eggs will continue to cook slightly in the sauce even after the heat is turned off so do not overcook the eggs.

Shakshouka with eggs poached in tomato sauce with sausage and parsley

Common Questions

Can I Substitute the sausage?

You can omit the sausage completely and it will still work well as a vegetarian breakfast, just season to taste. If you prefer, you can substitute it with sautee diced red bell pepper, or substitute it with Italian sausage or even Chorizo sausage for a spicy shakshuka.

Can I make shakshuka in cast iron?

It’s best to use a non-reactive 12-inch pan such as a stainless steel skillet, a non-stick skillet, or an enamel-coated pan. Simmering a tomato product for a long time in a cast iron pan can make your sauce taste metallic.

Is Shakshuka spicy?

This Shakshuka is not spicy, but you can make it spicy if you prefer by adding a spicy sausage, red pepper flakes, or jalapeno (as we did with our Israeli Shakshuka)

What are the best tomatoes for shakshuka?

Get whole peeled tomatoes. Organic Muir Glen brand or Italian San Marzano tomatoes work great.

Canned whole tomatoes on a spoon

Make-Ahead

A finished Shakshuka is best enjoyed fresh, but you can make the tomato sauce ahead of time. Stir in the meat then let it cool, cover and refrigerate. Reheat on the stovetop until simmering, then crack in the eggs, add parsley, and proceed with the recipe instructions.

To Serve

We love to serve this for breakfast topped with grated parmesan with a side of toasted bread. This is also a smart way to make day-old or stale bread taste great again. Use French Bread or sliced Dutch Oven Bread. If you’re going all-out for a special occasion, pair it with:

Pro Tip: To Toast Bread, slice bread and butter on both sides. Place a large pan over medium heat and toast bread until golden brown on both sides.

Shakshuka served in a bowl with toasted bread

This Shakshuka feels like a special breakfast and it’s so easy to make. I hope it makes it into your regular breakfast rotation. For us, it’s right up there with Fluffy Waffles, French Toast, and Crepes. It’s been a few years since we fell in love with Shaksuka and my son keeps requesting it for breakfast.

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Easy Breakfast Shakshuka Recipe

4.98 from 45 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Shakshuka breakfast served in skillet
Shakshuka is a one-skillet meal that is perfect for breakfast or dinner. It's a protein-packed, hearty and satisfying meal that's perfect for company or a memorable weekend breakfast. We love serving it with toasted bread.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 5 people

For the Shakshuka:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 lb breakfast sausage
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 medium onion, (1 cup chopped)
  • 28 oz canned whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • 4 garlic cloves, (1.5 Tbsp minced)
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 5 large eggs

To Serve (optional):

  • Parmesan grated over the top to serve
  • Sliced Bread, buttered and toasted on a skillet

Instructions

  • Place a large 12-inch non-reactive skillet over medium heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and breakfast sausage. Sauté 5 minutes or until browned, breaking it up with a spatula, then transfer to a plate.
  • Melt in butter, add diced onion and sauté 4-5 minutes until soft and golden. Add garlic and stir another 30 seconds.
  • Add tomatoes with their juice and roughly break up the tomatoes with a spatula. Stir in 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp sugar to the pan, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tomatoes into smaller pieces. Simmer until tomatoes are no longer watery but saucy and thick enough to create wells for the eggs.
  • Crack in 5 eggs into wells and lightly sprinkle salt on each egg.
  • Sprinkle cooked sausage around eggs then top with parsley. Cover and simmer on low heat 5-8 min (depending on desired doneness – check at 5 min) or until whites are cooked through and yolks are still soft and moist. Remove from heat and serve with freshly grated parmesan and toasted bread.

Nutrition Per Serving

347kcal Calories10g Carbs14g Protein28g Fat12g Saturated Fat3g Polyunsaturated Fat11g Monounsaturated Fat1g Trans Fat220mg Cholesterol815mg Sodium533mg Potassium2g Fiber5g Sugar991IU Vitamin A21mg Vitamin C94mg Calcium3mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Easy Breakfast Shakshuka Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
347
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
28
g
43
%
Saturated Fat
 
12
g
75
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
11
g
Cholesterol
 
220
mg
73
%
Sodium
 
815
mg
35
%
Potassium
 
533
mg
15
%
Carbohydrates
 
10
g
3
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
14
g
28
%
Vitamin A
 
991
IU
20
%
Vitamin C
 
21
mg
25
%
Calcium
 
94
mg
9
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Shakshuka, shakshuka recipe
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 347
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  • Sawsan Armanious
    April 14, 2024

    Excellent recipe…reminded me of my mom’s shakshuka…I used a little twist! instead of normal sausages, I used Armenian sausages…and it was heavenly…thank you Natasha!! all your recipe are definitely 5 stars!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2024

      Aaaw thank you so much for your wonderful feedback!

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  • Katerina
    January 30, 2024

    I made it for dinner. It was a hit! I used turkey breakfast sausage. It was so good. Definitely making it again!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 30, 2024

      Hello Katerina, thank you for sharing that with us! We’re so happy to know that you enjoyed our Shakshuka recipe.

      Reply

  • Aunt J
    September 7, 2023

    So good. I suggest trying this with fresh garden veggies: quartered tomatoes, jalapenos and chopped cilantro.
    I had great success. The toms cooked down perfectly to a yummy sauce. The chopped cilantro added so much. Was a mighty popular dinner for our fam. Oh, the toasted bread got thumbs up as well.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 7, 2023

      Hi Aunt J! I’m so glad you loved this recipe. Thank you for sharing with us.

      Reply

  • Mary
    May 10, 2023

    Looks delicious. I’m not a fan of poached eggs. I know, I know. I should try it before I think I won’t like it. Would it ruin the recipe if I used scrambled eggs?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2023

      Hi Mary, I haven’t tested that yet but I think that’s fine.

      Reply

  • Rana Hillis
    April 18, 2023

    I rarely leave reviews-I just don’t have a lot of time to do it and it’s not at the top of my list. This recipe is fabulous! My whole family loved it, even my picky, adult son-it is sooo flavorful and rich. I love to season and added 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp smoky paprika, 1/8 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp chili powder. The flavors were amazing!!! We ate the whole pan, lol. Thank you, Natasha, for the delicious recipe!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 18, 2023

      Hi Rana! I’m so glad to hear that it was enjoyed. Thank you for sharing your experience.

      Reply

  • Steven
    April 10, 2023

    My new favorite word, Shakshuka! I’ve read the recipe, and now I must make this, I must eat this! Thanks Natasha! This will be a Winner! Winner! Winner! I’m sure! I’m certain it will be another Natasha’s Kitchen family favorite!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 10, 2023

      Hi Steven! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Anahera
    April 8, 2023

    Hi, my family and I are such big fans of recipes and your cooking. When we tried this recipe, this dish immediately became our number one favourite. Although I am just a child(13 years), I have a huge obsession for cooking. I hope to grow up with great cooking skills like yours ☺️

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 8, 2023

      That is amazing, Anahera! Keep up the great work. Thank you for trying my recipes, I’m glad that your family is enjoying them.

      Reply

  • Charles McGowan III
    April 7, 2023

    How can there be a simple way to get to print the recipes that a want. I just watched your recipes fire the egg in the tomatoes with sausage. But can’t find the print button.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 7, 2023

      Hi Charles, that the top of the page you’ll see a “jump to recipe” button. If you click on that, it will take you to the recipe card where you can click on the printer icon in the right upper corner. I hope that helps! 🙂

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  • April
    April 7, 2023

    I just cannot resist a good one pan meal – this one has fast become my favorite breakfast! Super easy and even the kids love it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 7, 2023

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, April!

      Reply

  • jess
    April 7, 2023

    when you eat this on a piece of baguette, its just like making a warm bruschetta for breakfast and it is one my of my most favorite things! thank you for sharing

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 7, 2023

      Yum! I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Jess!

      Reply

  • Jenn
    April 7, 2023

    I’ve made this many times for breakfast! My whole family loves it so much.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 7, 2023

      That’s wonderful, Jenn! I’m glad it’s a hit.

      Reply

  • Judy Jackson
    February 13, 2023

    I made this for our Valentine’s Day Breakfast, Amazing! 🤤💕

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2023

      Glad you enjoyed it, Happy Valentines!

      Reply

  • Jill
    December 25, 2022

    Made this for Christmas breakfast for my daughter in law who is avoiding dairy. It was such a hit and so pretty!!! ❤️❤️ Wish I could post a picture. Thank you for all your wonderful recipes!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 26, 2022

      Hi Jill! That’s wonderful. I’m so glad it was a hit. I love to see pictures. You can always tag me on Instagram of Facebook. #natashaskitchen

      Reply

  • Donna Hrehor
    July 1, 2022

    Natasha this was delicious!!! We had it for breakfast this morning. Didn’t have breakfast patties so we used some Polska Kielbasa. Yummy!!! Thanks for all the great recipes you show us!!! Donna here in Tillamook, Oregon (formerly CDA, ID)!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2022

      I bet this was so delicios with Polska kielbasa! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Donna!

      Reply

  • Michaela West
    May 18, 2022

    Thank you so much, made this for dinner tonight. All I can say is it was wonderful! Wanted to tell you about an addition I made, which was delicious. I cooked 1/2 cup of pearl couscous and folded it into the tomato mixture, prior to adding the eggs. Love your recipes!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 18, 2022

      You’re so welcome! Thanks for sharing that with us, good to know that it worked so well in this recipe.

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  • David Zael Gugger
    May 10, 2022

    I made this for my wife last night – she really liked it! The directions were easy to follow. I’ll be making this for years to come. Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 10, 2022

      Yay, great to hear that! Thanks a lot for sharing that with us.

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  • Valerie Burke
    May 9, 2022

    I Just love the way you cook you make it easy to understand also so family oriented and you involve your kids comment

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 9, 2022

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Valerie!

      Reply

  • Maryanne
    December 30, 2021

    DELICIOUS!!! So easy to make and so tasty! My daughter loved it and had seconds. All of your recipes are easy to make, delicious and are a family favorite. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 30, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles

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