This is a recipe that is popular across the world and actually much easier than you think to make. Filling and healthy you will soon be making it regularly.

Origination of Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a very popular North African dish that is traditionally eaten for breakfast!  

Shakshuka translates to “mixture” and that’s what this dish is, a simple combination of tomatoes, peppers, spices and eggs which means it is super easy to make and guaranteed to comfort you each time!

Now, depending on where you are in the world you determine the variation of the dish and many different cultures add their own touches such as different vegetables, meats and olives, however, the base of the recipe remains the same!

I think Shakshuka makes a fabulous light lunch and a perfectly hearty and healthy evening meal. 

chopping fresh tomatoes
Chopped fresh tomatoes

All things spice and nice 

There are a number of different herbs and spices used in this recipe however it doesn’t necessarily mean the dish is ‘spicy’. My family enjoy a fiery kick, so we like to add chilli! However, it’s just as warm and comforting without the spices.

The main spices you’ll need are; Paprika, personally I like to add smoked paprikaground cumin powder and chilli powder, this can be as hot as you like, or you can completely omit this ingredient! For fresh herbs, parsley or coriander (cilantro) is perfect!



The base of the dish (the tomato-based sauce) makes excellent leftovers as it would just need reheating back up in the microwave or on the stove. It is also great for using up things that you have in the cupboard that needs using to reduce food waste!

However because this recipe uses fresh eggs baked on top of the sauce, it means it’s best eaten straight away. The eggs would need to be cooked fresh each time.

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Enjoying this Shakshuka recipe for weight loss

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

The only aspect of this recipe that is synned on the Slimming World diet is the 2tbsp of olive oil. There is no reason at all you couldn’t swap the olive oil for a low-calorie cooking spray like Frylight if you prefer?


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Chicken and lime tacos

Refried beans, the healthier way!

Tex Mex Quinoa

Moroccan tagine
Moroccan tagine

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Healthy low-calorie Shakshuka recipe

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal
  • Method: Hob and oven
  • Cuisine: North African
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Shakshuka translates to “mixture” and that’s what this dish is, a simple combination of tomatoes, peppers, spices and eggs which means it is super easy to make and guaranteed to comfort you each time!



800g chopped tomatoes ( 2 x 400g tins if you are in UK )

2 large red peppers

4 cloves of garlic finally chopped

1 large brown onion

4 large fresh eggs

2 tbsp of tomato puree

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp of chilli powder (if using)

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 tbsp of fresh herb of choice

2 tbsp of olive oil


Preheat your oven to 180°c 

In a large ovenproof deep pan or skillet, slowly warm up your oil and gently sauté the onions and peppers for 5 minutes.

When they have softened slightly, add the garlic, tomato puree and spices and mix together on a low heat. Frying the spices this way releases all the fragrance and aroma.

After 2 minutes add in your chopped tomatoes and half of the fresh herbs, let it all simmer together for 5 minutes on a low heat. Season with salt, and taste. 

Using the back of a spoon, make 4 wells, spaced apart for your eggs to be placed.  Gently crack in each egg being careful not to burst the yolk! 

Season each egg with a little salt and pepper if you like

Turn off heat and transfer the pan to the oven for around 6-8 minutes.  

The eggs are cooked when the egg whites turn from translucent to opaque. The eggs should still have a little wobble to them!  If you like your eggs well-cooked, leave them cooking for another couple of minutes. Baring in mind that when the pan is taken out of the oven, the eggs will continue to cook whilst serving! 

To serve, use a ladle to carefully spoon out the eggs to serve alongside a generous helping of the rich and warming tomato sauce, top with the remainder of fresh herbs.

Serve with warm crusty bread! Yum!  

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