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Tunisian baked eggs (shakshuka)

Nestled in an aromatic, slightly spicy tomato and capsicum sauce and topped with tangy yoghurt, these baked eggs, originally from Tunisia, make for a wonderful centre-of-the-table brunch dish. Serve with pita bread and let everyone help themselves.

Serves 6
Preparation 35min
Cooking 17min
Skill level Easy


1 tbsp olive oil
2 red capsicums, deseeded, cut into thin strips
1 red onion, halved, sliced
1 tsp ground cumin
½ tsp dried chilli flakes
2 x 400 g cans diced tomatoes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 eggs
200 g Greek-style natural yoghurt, to serve
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
½ cup coriander leaves, to serve
pita bread, to serve

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Preheat oven to 220ºC (200ºC fan-forced). Heat the oil in a medium frying pan or saucepan and cook the capsicum and onion over medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until tender. Add the cumin and chilli flakes and cook for a further 1 minute or until aromatic. Add the tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or until reduced to a good sauce consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Spread the sauce over the base of a shallow 1.5 litre capacity (6 cup) ovenproof dish. Use the back of a spoon to make 6 indents in the sauce. Crack the eggs, one at a time, into a small dish and then gently slide into the indents, taking care not to break the yolks. Combine the yoghurt, garlic and lemon juice and spoon half of this mixture around the eggs, in about 6 spoonfuls. Reserve the remaining yoghurt mixture for serving.

Bake for 15-17 minutes or until the eggs are just cooked but still soft in the centre. Serve immediately sprinkled with pepper and coriander, and accompanied by the reserved yoghurt mixture and pita bread.

Baker’s tips

• These baked eggs can also be baked in 6 individual 185 ml (¾ cup) ovenproof dishes or ramekins. Divide the sauce between the dishes, make an indent in each and add an egg. Top with a spoonful of yoghurt and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the eggs are just cooked but still soft in the centre.

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