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South African spiced Shakshouka on a white plate

South African Inspired Shakshuka

Shakshuka is an unbelievably delicious, beautiful, and easy brunch or dinner that you will love! 
Course Breakfast, dinner
Cuisine African
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Rebecca


  • Large Skillet
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • knife
  • cutting board


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped carrots and celery
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons South African smokey spices I used Trader Joe's "South African Smoke" spice
  • 4 fresh eggs
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread
  • 4 slices low moisture mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cups tender greens I used arugula


  • Heat large skillet on medium-low heat. Add olive oil and chopped vegetables once warm. Sautee vegetables until softened and translucent, about 5 minutes
  • Pour diced tomatoes over vegetables, add salt, pepper, and spices. Let simmer until it thickens up, about 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally so it doesn't burn on the bottom. 
  • Once sauce is thickened up, make 4 indents with a wooden spoon into tomato mixture for the eggs. Carefully crack eggs into indented spots, let cook for about 6-8 minutes, or until desired doneness. Whites will be white and firm, yolk is best runny. If you have a lid big enough, cover dish to ensure even cooking of eggs
  • While eggs are cooking, toast 4 slices of whole wheat bread. Top bread with greens and thin slices of mozzarella.
  • Once eggs are to your desired doneness, spoon tomato sauce and egg mixture over toast. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy immediately.


  • The South African spice mix is made up of paprika, basil, garlic powder, and salt
  • Don't leave the tomatoes in a well seasoned cast iron skillet for longer than 30 minutes. If you plan on leaving them in the pan for longer, or if you don't know if your skillet is seasoned enough, use a regular skillet instead.