Turkish Menemen

Turkish Menemen

The Turkish Menemen is a tasty dish full of nutrients that keeps you full until the next meal. This dish very popular in Turkey is also known by the name of Shakshuka in other Mediterranean countries. In particular, this meal is very easy to cook and can be served for breakfast brunch, lunch, and even dinner!

I always opt to cook this in a large skillet so as to have enough space for the eggs. Generally if eaten in a small group of 2-3 persons, Turks like to eat it from the same dish or skillet in which it is cooked. It’s fun popping the soft runny egg yolks and everyone enjoying dipping in it freshLY baked bread.

Step by Step Guide

Turkish Menemen served with Bread and yogurt cucumber dip
Turkish Menemen served with Bread and yogurt cucumber dip.

This recipe is very simple if you follow these suggestions. First, start by choosing a skillet large enough to accommodate all the eggs and vegetables.

I always take some time chopping and cutting the onions and red peppers well. I find that the vegetables cook much better and faster when I chop everything finely. Furthermore, this makes it much easier to eat and share.

In a skillet, heat the oil, and when hot add the onion and garlic. I admit using garlic powder very often because it is less strong and therefore more suitable especially in the morning. Fry for a few minutes until the onions become soft and translucent.

After a couple of minutes, add the sliced or chopped red peppers together with some of the green onions, and the white and the cayenne pepper, mixing everything thoroughly. Cover with a lid and leave for a couple of minutes on medium heat until the red peppers are well cooked. Usually, the red pepper contains lots of moisture, and if you cover with a lid the moisture is kept in the skillet thus avoiding drying too much the mixture. Otherwise, you might prefer to leave it uncovered and mixing continuously until the vegetables have softened.

When the red pepper is almost cooked, add the chopped tomatoes or tomato sauce and leave to simmer for a few minutes. If you prefer to use fresh tomatoes, I always choose beef tomatoes. However, in this case, you have to allow them some more time to cook until the tomatoes melt into the mixture.

Optionally together with the tomato sauce you can add butter beans for extra proteins and leave to simmer for 10-15 mins or until the butter beans are soft to eat.

Make room for the eggs using a spoon, breaking the eggs into the hollows. Let it simmer uncovered until slightly cooked for 5 minutes to have runny yolks or 10 minutes if you prefer well-cooked eggs.

When cooked, serve hot with chopped green onions on top for garnish and fresh bread.

Recipe

AuthorwellbeingbaristaCategory, , DifficultyBeginner

Yields2 Servings
Prep Time5 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time1 day 18 hrs 5 mins

 1 tbsp Olive oil
 2 cloves, Garlic, crushed
 1 Red Onion, finely chopped
 1 Red Pepper, finely sliced
 1 tin, Tomatoes, chopped, 400g
 4 stalks, Green onions
 0.50 tsp White Pepper, ground
 0.50 tsp Cayenne Pepper, ground
 4 Eggs, medium
 1 400g tin Butter beans, drained (optional)
Nutrition Facts

Servings 2


Amount Per Serving
Calories 384Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g16%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 370mg124%
Sodium 550mg23%
Potassium 737mg22%
Total Carbohydrate 36g12%
Dietary Fiber 10g40%
Sugars 6g
Protein 22g44%

Vitamin A 168%
Vitamin C 392%
Calcium 14%
Iron 27%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

1

In a large skillet, heat the oil, and when hot add the onion and garlic.

2

Fry for a few minutes until the onions become soft and translucent.

3

Add the red pepper together with the green onions and the white and cayenne pepper mixing everything well.

4

Leave for a couple of minutes until the red pepper is well cooked.

5

Add the chopped tomatoes and leave to simmer for a few minutes. Optionally, for extra proteins, add the butter beans and cook until softened or an extra egg.

6

Make room for the eggs using a spoon, breaking the eggs into the hollows. Let it simmer uncovered until slightly cooked for 5 minutes to have runny yolks or 10 minutes if you prefer well-cooked eggs. Finally, add the butter beans and leave to simmer for 10-15 mins or until the butter beans are soft to eat

7

Finally, add some chopped green onions on top for garnish and serve hot with fresh bread.

Ingredients

 1 tbsp Olive oil
 2 cloves, Garlic, crushed
 1 Red Onion, finely chopped
 1 Red Pepper, finely sliced
 1 tin, Tomatoes, chopped, 400g
 4 stalks, Green onions
 0.50 tsp White Pepper, ground
 0.50 tsp Cayenne Pepper, ground
 4 Eggs, medium
 1 400g tin Butter beans, drained (optional)

Directions

1

In a large skillet, heat the oil, and when hot add the onion and garlic.

2

Fry for a few minutes until the onions become soft and translucent.

3

Add the red pepper together with the green onions and the white and cayenne pepper mixing everything well.

4

Leave for a couple of minutes until the red pepper is well cooked.

5

Add the chopped tomatoes and leave to simmer for a few minutes. Optionally, for extra proteins, add the butter beans and cook until softened or an extra egg.

6

Make room for the eggs using a spoon, breaking the eggs into the hollows. Let it simmer uncovered until slightly cooked for 5 minutes to have runny yolks or 10 minutes if you prefer well-cooked eggs. Finally, add the butter beans and leave to simmer for 10-15 mins or until the butter beans are soft to eat

7

Finally, add some chopped green onions on top for garnish and serve hot with fresh bread.

Turkish Menemen

Accompaniments & Sides

The Turks like to accompany the menemen with a yogurt cucumber dip.

I find that this tastes wonderful with toasted bread and cheese. Honestly, I always accompany this with a cup of tea and orange juice in the morning.

Additionally, if you prefer you can opt to add another egg, butter beans, and even mushrooms to the meal.

Nutritional Information

The Turkish Menemen is an ideal snack for maintenance and weight loss.

 CaloriesCarbsFatProtein
Macros 384 36 1022 
Macros %  44.7 28 27.3
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