Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs and Tomatoes)

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Menemen is a Turkish dish of scramble eggs, tomatoes, peppers and onions. It sounds like a shakshuka, and the truth is, it is really really similar, except shakshuka is slightly spicy, and the eggs are whole poached instead of scrambled. The ratio of egg to other ingredients vary alot, and I like it more tomatoey than eggy. Some people like it half half, and others like more egg like in a regular omelette. Whatever it is, it is a delicious and easy dish to make. Add your choice of herbs to make it truly your own!

In Turkey, it is served with bread and you can dip the bread in the sauce. For more ooomph and texture, toast the bread a little! Yummy!


  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 large tomatoes, diced
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • a pinch of dried red chili flakes
  • salt and black pepper to taste

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In a large pan, add oil and fry the onions and peppers until transparent and fragrant.

Add tomatoes, dried chili flakes, salt and pepper, and turn the heat down to low. Simmer for 12-15 minutes.

Crack the eggs on top of the tomato sauce, and piece the yolks.

Mix the egg with the tomato sauce a little, then cover the pan for 2-3 minutes.

When the eggs are cooked, serve and enjoy!

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