Shakshuka (Eggs in Spicy Tomatoey Goat Cheese Sauce)

April 28, 2017
Shakshuka - Eggs baked in a piquant, garlic-flecked tomato sauce that's heavy on sweet onions and lighter on the peppers. It's fantastically good!

Spring is nature's way of saying ‘Let's Party!'  ~ Robin Williams

I can't get enough of the pretty blossoms on the trees – April 2017

(This post may contain affiliate links)

Jump to Recipe

Spring in Iowa feels like a very big deal

It’s the parting of the clouds, the thawing of the ground, the great welcoming of all things warm-weather approved.  It’s the official prelude to summer where our feet will be bare; the drinks will be cold, the days long, slow, and bright

I tell myself I won't, but every year, I forget.  How good it feels when the chill in the air no longer bites at my cheeks.  Instead, it's a soft hand on the small of my back.  Spring is a gentleman in the truest sense of the word

We've been doing a bit of spring cleaning around our house.  This weekend we'll finish the back deck.  We're excited to have it all fixed up, (rather, all dressed up) for quiet evening dinners

After all, spring is knocking on the door, our date is here, and what shall we wear?  Here, a swipe of lipstick.  The black heels or the pretty sandals?  A spritz of perfume (make that two)

Welcome, spring.  It’s great to see you.  How about dinner at our place?

Shakshuka - Eggs baked in a piquant, garlic-flecked tomato sauce that's heavy on sweet onions and lighter on the peppers. It's fantastically good!

Recently tasked with cooking something for a brunch get-together, I turned to a weekend standby, Shakshuka.  Instead of my tried and true Ottolenghi recipe, Melissa Clark's golden tomato with goat cheese version.  Her cookbook my latest culinary obsession

Shakshuka is a humble dish that's ridiculously easy to make

Eggs cracked into a skillet of tomato sauce and baked (or poached) until they're barely set.  In the meantime, sauté some fresh spinach with garlic for on the side.  Toast or broil a few slices of bread (a good sourdough maybe?), which would be extra wonderful rubbed with a roasted garlic clove or a drizzle of olive oil

In short order, breakfast/lunch/dinner is served

It’s one of these dishes, like avocado toast, or Huevos Rancheros that I feel a little silly offering a recipe for because it's so hodgepodge and easy.  But just like tortilla eggs before it, I've gotten hooked.  Warming it up for lunch nearly

every day this week

Shakshuka - Eggs baked in a piquant, garlic-flecked tomato sauce that's heavy on sweet onions and lighter on the peppers. It's fantastically good!

Shakshuka is the kind of dish that never fails when it comes to oohs and aahs.  It's excellent for larger gatherings because, depending on the size of your skillet and number of eggs in your refrigerator, it can be made as small or as large as you'd like. It's always

fantastically good

Not to mention it's budget-friendly, waistline-friendly, and no-time-to-cook friendly.  It can be anything from weekend brunch to a weekday dinner or lunch.  It could be part of a Middle Eastern dinner party, alongside pitas and hummus, or it could be a knock-off of your favorite takeout place down the street

The kind of dish that would make the church ladies proud.  Growing up on an Iowa farm, every family had their own recipe for dishes like meatloaf, sloppy joes, and chili.  They never deviated; this is how it's always been done, amen.

Similar to the recipes from childhood, there are also a million and three ways to make Shakshuka.  The differences are mostly found in the spices, red pepper content of the tomato sauce, and the firmness to which the eggs are baked.

This version has a piquant, garlic-flecked tomato sauce that's heavy on sweet onions and lighter on the peppers.  As for spices, it's nice to taste the cumin and paprika but not be overwhelmed by them.  The cayenne provides a gentle slap of heat that comes on at the end

A few notes about the recipe

The eggs should be just set but not quite solid. The yolks still wiggling and ready to flow at the merest suggestion of contact with a fork

You'll definitely want a hunk of crusty bread for yolk and sauce-mopping



~ Adapted barely from Dinner by Melissa Clark

Shakshuka (Spicy Tomatoey Eggs with Goat Cheese)


  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • ½ large yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • fine grain sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (more or less depending on your tolerance for heat)
  • 2 lbs very ripe yellow tomatoes diced (~ 4-5 medium) - red tomatoes are great too or a combination of both
  • 4 oz mild goat cheese, crumbled (~ 1 cup)
  • 3 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped fine + more for garnishing
  • 4-6 large eggs

  • For Serving
  • fresh pita bread, or homemade sourdough bread
  • fresh chives, chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375° F
  • In a 10-12" skillet over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil.
  • Add the peppers, onion, along with a heavy pinch of sea salt
  • Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until they're tender (~ 10 minutes)
  • Add the garlic, cumin, turmeric, paprika, and cayenne and cook until fragrant (~ 1 min)
  • Add the tomatoes, a pinch of sea salt, and a few grinds of black pepper
  • Cook, partially covered, until the tomatoes are very soft and have formed a thick sauce (~ 15-20 minutes)
  • (If the sauce begins to stick to the pan before the tomatoes fully break down, stir in a splash of water)
  • Stir in the goat cheese crumbles and fresh dill
  • Crack the eggs over the surface of the tomato sauce
  • Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake until the eggs have just barely set (~ 7 - 10 minutes)
  • Finish with a few cracks of black pepper, fresh chopped chives, and dill, along with a dollop of yogurt. If you wanted to put more crumbled goat cheese on top, go for it
  • Serve with bread alongside
Serves: 4
Nutrition + Show
Calories 275
Total Fat 19.2g
Saturated Fat 7g
Carbohydrates 12.3g
Fiber 3.3g
Sugars 8g
Protein 14.5g
Print This Recipe

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Dusica April 28, 2017 at 2:43 am

    What is this? Wow looks delicious !!! I’ve never taste itShakshuka! It looks easy to prepare. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  • Reply Dhaval April 28, 2017 at 3:14 am

    i have never been taste it. its so looks so amazing. !!!

  • Reply Marina Rosie April 28, 2017 at 3:19 am

    5 stars
    I’ve never really been a huge goats cheese fan but this certainly does look delicious. I’ve never heard of this dish before either, but now I’m anxious to try it x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x

  • Reply Freya Farrington April 28, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Me too! A spring clean was much needed in our house, I can smell the flowers!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury April 28, 2017 at 3:37 am

    This looks like such a simple dish to make but so yummy. I’m having a thing about eggs at the moment so sounds great x

  • Reply Stephanie Merry April 28, 2017 at 4:01 am

    I love the look of this dish. It looks simple but I bet it tastes amazing! x

  • Reply Alli Smith April 28, 2017 at 4:40 am

    Looks scrumptious! I love the ease of preparation and since there’s always eggs in the fridge, this recipe can be made on the spur of the moment – as long as I have goat cheese on hand. I look forward to making this in the summer when the tomatoes are fresh from the garden.

  • Reply Jemma April 28, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Hooray for Springtime! This recipe looks delicious, love goats cheese 🙂

  • Reply Georgia April 28, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Me and goat cheese have a weird relationship. I like it but in really small pieces because otherwise, it smells too much to me.

  • Reply Candy April 28, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Shakshuka is a new recipe I have never heard of or tried out before. That will be changing in my kitchen. This looks delicious and thinking we could eat this anytime of the day.

  • Reply Tammy April 28, 2017 at 7:07 am

    5 stars
    This looks so yummy. Never heard of this dish but it has everything I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing and a new recipe in my box.

  • Reply Jenny Finney April 28, 2017 at 7:38 am

    5 stars
    OMGosh! This looks so good and your description of it just wants me to try this. Plus…with me being on a low carb diet, this dish sounds perfect! I am going to try this next week! It sounds so easy and something I can make my whole family will love.

  • Reply Christy Maurer April 28, 2017 at 8:00 am

    I have never had anything like that, but it looks so good! I love eggs because they are a great protein choice and they’re yummy!

  • Reply Melanie April 28, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Love your foodie recipes, this one looks yummy. I am going to give this a go over the weekend 🙂 x

  • Reply Libby Reilly April 28, 2017 at 9:26 am

    OMG. Spicy and goat cheese in one sentence? count me in!!

  • Reply Katie Kinsley April 28, 2017 at 9:40 am

    This dish looks entirely tasty and I need to make it asap! This one looks super yummy.

  • Reply Megan Indoe April 28, 2017 at 11:11 am

    We just got back from Israel and I ate shakshuka almost daily! Soooo good! The day we got back I had made shakshuka haha! I love it! I will try this recipe too it looks amazing!

  • Reply Paula Schuck April 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    5 stars
    I have heard people talk about Shakshuka before and have yet never tried. This one looks delicious. I love the addition of Goat Cheese.

  • Reply Joanna April 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    I have always wondered how to make this recipe, as I have read many times about how delicious it is. I love that you used goat’s cheese, it is one of my favorites and I like how it gives the perfect saltiness to any dish you use it in.

  • Reply lisa April 28, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    5 stars
    Holy Smokes as Batman would say, now this looks so delicious! Creating the Shakshuka (Spicy Tomatoey Eggs with Goat Cheese will be on my list to try and I surely hope it turns out like yours. P.S. don’t tell anyone but I am not a good cook…LOL!

  • Reply Jessica Hughes April 28, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    I’ve never heard of this dish before, but oh my is it pretty and it sounds so scrumptious! I love the healthy ingredients it is made from and I adore goat cheese. It really does look pretty easy to make, which is necessary for me!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey April 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Oh my goodness how absolutely delicious does this sound, I have to admit I don’t think I’ve tried anything like it before but it is now high on my must try list.

  • Reply Lindsey April 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    How delicious does this Shakshuka look. I have never had it before, but it does look scruptious and I bet it packs an explosion of delicious flavours. A certain must try.

  • Reply Leah April 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    This is my idea of heaven! I love anything that sits in one pot and is warming and homely. I would love to make this! x

  • Reply Chelsea Elizabeth April 28, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Goats cheese is not something I’ve ever tried but I’ve heard great thing about it and in so many delicious recipes!

  • Reply Deb April 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    This sounds delicious, I am just starting to like goats cheese and cooked like this I am enjoying, this sounds amazing I am going to have to try this x

  • Reply Betsy April 28, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I just finished lunch but one look at the picture and I was hungry again lol. This looks like a pretty simple one to make! I’ll definitely have to give it a try!

  • Reply Jessica April 28, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    It looks so delicious! I love that it is budget friendly. I’m always looking for budget friendly meals! I will have to try making this soon.

  • Reply Pam April 28, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    I have a friend who makes shakshuka all the time. I have never actually tried it before though. It sounds delicious.

  • Reply Cindy April 28, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    This looks really good! I love that this is a budget friendly, waistline friendly and no time to cook friendly dish. I can;t wait to make this for my family.

  • Reply Karen Jolly April 29, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Is this recipe your won piece? I think it’s delicious for an egg with cheese. I should try this.

  • Reply Elizabeth O. April 29, 2017 at 1:23 am

    I’ve had this before but never really cooked it myself. I think this dish will be a hit with my girls and I’d love to make this for them.

  • Reply Carol Cassara April 29, 2017 at 1:24 am

    I’ve never tried this dish and it sounds so lovely. It’s a good choice to serve at brunch, without a doubt. I love how you described Spring!

  • Reply Amanda Love April 29, 2017 at 1:26 am

    Spring is a gentleman indeed. Lovely description! I think this recipe is worth a try. It’s packed with the beautiful Spring flavors and it looks so good too.

  • Reply Rachel Joy Krych April 29, 2017 at 1:51 am

    5 stars
    Oh my, that looks delicious! How have I never heard of this dish before? I’m definitely going to try this out!

  • Reply Rebecca Swenor April 29, 2017 at 2:48 am

    5 stars
    Shakshuka is something I have never had or made before so I will have to try it. My family likes spicy foods too and it could be made for a different meal other than breakfast. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Reply Laura H April 29, 2017 at 4:53 am

    Shakshuka is my latest obsession but I haven’t been brave enough to try it out at home! I’ll have to follow your recipe 😀

  • Reply Lex April 29, 2017 at 6:25 am

    4 stars
    never heard of this one before, but the tomatoey and cheese sauce part of it makes it a yummy delight for me.

  • Reply Jennifer April 29, 2017 at 6:51 am

    5 stars
    This dish looks so appealing to the eye. I have wanted to make something like this for a really long time. I thought it might be too difficult, but you have shown me how easy it really is. This would be the perfect brunch dish to serve my girlfriends one day when I have an afternoon weekend brunch party.

  • Reply Eileen April 29, 2017 at 9:47 am

    5 stars
    This looks like the perfect brunch item! I love how it’s hearty and healthy too. I’ll have to try this recipe out!

  • Reply Erinn Sluka April 29, 2017 at 10:51 am

    5 stars
    What a great dish to serve for a brunch. Love adding a bit of spice to breakfast

  • Reply Ana De- Jesus April 29, 2017 at 10:52 am

    I am so glad that spring is finally here and this spicy egg recipe would be perfect for my dinner tonight before I head out. Maybe a silly question but our oven is playing up at the moment, do you think this recipe would be okay in the microwave? x

  • Reply Julie April 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    5 stars
    Thanks for the recipe. I love quick and easy to prepare meals like this. It looks delicious and I am positive my boys would love it! The spicy kick to the dish sure makes it interesting and of course, the goat cheese! Yum.

  • Reply Laura April 29, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    This looks amazing, and so unusual too! I love goats cheese, I could eat it all day long! I would definitely give this a try!

  • Reply Emily April 29, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    5 stars
    Oh I have never had eggs this way before. It sounds amazing and full of great tasting ingredients!

  • Reply Elena April 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    5 stars
    This looks so yummy, I have to try it since I love goat cheese.

  • Reply DR April 29, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    4 stars
    The blossom is quite stupidly beautiful at the moment, as well as the food you seem to prepare! Every time i read one of these articles carefully prepared so i can’t screw up making it just makes me so much more confident when im trying to do this. Thanks!

  • Reply Kita Bryant April 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    I have to say, I’ve never gotten fancy with my eggs before. This seriously looks and sounds amazing.

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay April 29, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Looks like a yummy recipe. Spicy too. Will try it without the eggs though. Hope my vegetarian twist comes out as well.

  • Reply Jaime Nicole April 29, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    You had me at goat cheese sauce! This with eggs has got to be such an amazing flavor combination!

  • Reply Bonnie April 29, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    That looks really good! I am going to try to make this, this weekend.

  • Reply Mimi Green April 29, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    I love the story line, it’s so cute. I’ve never heard of Shakshuka but I’ve learned something new.

  • Reply Elena Nemets April 30, 2017 at 1:31 am

    5 stars
    Shakshuka is very popular dish for breakfast in Israel. I love it (although it takes time, so we only cook it at weekends).

  • Reply David Elliott April 30, 2017 at 8:21 am

    This looks awesome. Of course, I will be upping the cayenne, as I love my meals a little more spicy. I will be trying this out in the near future.

  • Reply Jenni April 30, 2017 at 10:03 am

    This is making me hungry! These looks delicious. They look like they have a lot of flavour.

  • Reply Brian April 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Alison, I just had this for the first time in Tel Aviv last month. Before visiting there, I’d never heard of it before.

  • Reply Helen April 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    I’ve never heard of or tried anything like this before. I’m going to pin this and make sure I try it soon, it looks and sounds delicious!

  • Reply Melanie April 30, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    This looks really appealing I might need to give this a go once i get the ingredients in. It looks like some thing I will love!

  • Reply Crystal Lopez April 30, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Oh my! This looks and sounds AMAZING! I love goat cheese and the combo with the eggs and the fact that the dish has a little spice to it it right up my alley! Definitely want to try it out!

  • Reply Echo April 30, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Oh my god, this looks so good! I am a huge fan of eggs and a perfectly cooked egg is amazing! The rich yolk goes all over everything and makes it so delicious!

  • Reply Rose Cottrill April 30, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    That’s the kind of breakfast my husband would enjoy. Thanks for sharing this, I would love to give it a try one day.

  • Reply Marilyn April 30, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    MMM, you are making eggs so interesting again! I try to eat eggs most mornings, so they do become boring after a bit.

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc May 1, 2017 at 12:13 am

    5 stars
    Never tried this Shakshuka dish before but it does look tasty. Well, anything with goat cheese is sure to be tasty! I’m saving the recipe and make some for breakfast. This is going to be an awesome power breakfast!

  • Reply Ruthie May 1, 2017 at 2:48 am

    5 stars
    Eggs and goat cheese are my favorites! I have to make this Shakshuka dish. It looks so yummy. Breakfast tomorrow will be good!

  • Reply Nadine Cathleen May 1, 2017 at 8:48 am

    5 stars
    Bookmarked – this looks so yummy, I will try it out 🙂

  • Reply Katie Kinsley May 1, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I eat recipes like those all the time that are super easy and I’m not sure if I need to share or not. A lot of my meals look more like appetizers. This dish looks really yummy!

  • Reply Ana Ojha May 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    5 stars
    Shakshuka looks so colorful, tempting and delicious! I’m pinning this and can’t wait to make it this weekend!

  • Reply Hayley Warren May 1, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    This sounds amazing! Goats Cheese is my favourite!

  • Reply Ashley May 1, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Goats cheese is one of my fave things but I struggle with eggs, am wondering if this could convert me?

  • Reply Claudia Blanton May 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    5 stars
    oh my, I can imagine how good that must smell – tomatoes and goat cheese are a perfect combination – yummy, will try it out shortly – blessings!

  • Reply Tatanisha Worthey May 1, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    4 stars
    Oh, you’re making me hungry just reading about this. Yes, I’m glad spring is on the way as well. Second, This Shakshuka looks AMAZING, and your photos are GORG! We may have to give this a try, it’s the perfect way to wake up to a delicious breakfast!

  • Reply Dana Vento May 2, 2017 at 12:16 am

    It’s one of my favorite dishes—a simple, go-to meal that works as a breakfast, lunch, or dinner (“brinner” might be the more appropriate word, since eggs are the star of the dish). I always have the ingredients for shakshuka on hand, and it never fails to make people say “yum!”

  • Reply kathryn Maher May 2, 2017 at 6:56 am

    This looks like a very comforting egg dish and if we don’t get a good summer in Ireland this year I may very well need to be comforted. I’m so glad that you are enjoying the start of the Summer in Iowa. The cherry blossom has cheered up my day. Take care Hun x

  • Reply Harriet May 2, 2017 at 7:38 am

    5 stars
    This literally couldn’t be more delicious sounding to me if it tried!! YUM!!

  • Reply Eloise May 2, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    hahaha! now I have the recipe to make this! YUM, I can’t wait to try it, thanks for sharing this it looks so amazing : )

  • Reply Ashleigh May 3, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Amazing! I might give these a go soon. They look amazing for brunch?!

  • Reply Kimberly C. May 3, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    This looks like art on a plate. It looks delicious. I’m not good in the kitchen at all, but I might just try this one.

  • Reply Ankit Agarwal May 4, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    5 stars
    mmm this looks yumm. I have been experimenting on egg recipes recently and this was on my list since I saw Jamie Oliver on his show cooking the same without effort. thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Reply Louise May 5, 2017 at 4:41 am

    Oh wow, these look ridiculously delicious! I have all the ingredients in to be able to have a go at making them as well. Guess what’s for tea tonight? Hehe

    Louise x

  • Reply Yuen Mi May 6, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    Oh my, this looks delicious. I’ve never had Shakshuku before so I will have to give this a try. It looks like such a comforting food. You take beautiful food photography by the way, I got a lot to learn from you.

  • Reply Jennifer L May 8, 2017 at 12:14 am

    5 stars
    This looks really good! The surprising thing is that I don’t really like Goat cheese but I could definitely see myself try to give your recipe a go.

  • Reply Whitney Abigail May 8, 2017 at 7:08 am

    5 stars
    I love cooking with eggs so ridiculously versatile, I love anything spicy – this looks yum

  • Reply Dustin May 8, 2017 at 7:46 am

    WOW! This looks so good. I love that you use a cast iron skillet and put turmeric and cumin in the recipe. I’ll have the try this.

  • Reply Deborah Regen November 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I first tried this dish when I was traveling in Israel some years ago. It is delish! I believe it originated in Yemen, or so I was told.

  • Leave a Reply

    Recipe Rating