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Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce

Posted in Breakfasts, Favourites, Mains (Vegetarian) by Janet M on June 1, 2010


One of the things I loved about Turkish cuisine was that despite the typically bland names of the dishes, they would be exquisitely delicious. Eggplant in tomato sauce (patlican soslu)? It wasn’t boring at all! It probably only had a few simple ingredients, but it tickled my palate and make me want to eat more. Divine!


While not Turkish, this is one of those incredibly delicious and flavourful meals where simple ingredients make something special. But the name of the dish is completely lackluster and almost puts me to sleep. Eggs poached in tomato sauce? Um, yeah, no thanks…. I am so glad I tried it, though, because it is easy, healthy and delicious. Of course, the reason I tried it was based on its high praise from the Smitten Kitchen, who was inspired from the Martha Show.


I tinkered with Deb’s recipe a bit because I couldn’t find cans of tomato puree and simply chopped up canned whole tomatoes and added in a tablespoon of tomato paste to thicken it a bit. I originally served it as breakfast, and think it is a fabulous meal for brunch. It would also be appropriate for lunch or dinner with a side of vegetables. I certainly won’t complain if I eat this all day.


This is my submission to this week’s Weekend Herb Blogging hosted by Simona from Briciole.

Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce

14 ounces can whole tomatoes (chopped), including juice (I pulled a half can of whole tomatoes and juice from the freezer, and I think it was Italian style – feel free to add oregano, basil, etc, as well)
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
Big pinch of sugar
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Glug of red wine (optional)
4 large eggs
4 slices toasted country bread, for serving

1. In a small skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring, until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice and tomato paste and bring to a boil; season with sugar, salt and pepper. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes. A few minutes before it’s done, feel free to add a glug of red wine (I forgot it and it was delicious without it!) and let it simmer for a moment.

2. Gently crack eggs one at a time into a cup or mug, and then drop each individually into the tomato mixture. Cover, and let cook 5 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, uncover, and let stand 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Transfer each egg to a piece of toast. Spoon over sauce and season with salt and pepper; serve immediately.

Serves 4.

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  1. Heidi said, on June 2, 2010 at 7:06 AM

    This tasted as good as it looks. I will be adding this to my standard bunch fare. Easy and super tasting all wrapped in one.

  2. Rob said, on June 2, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    I think that you should have dropped the eggs into the tomato sauce in the shape of a smiley face. OR EVEN BETTER: the face of someone being very sassy. Wouldn’t that be saucy?

  3. The Cooks Next Door said, on June 2, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    This looks so good!

  4. Simona said, on June 2, 2010 at 2:50 PM

    I have always loved the combination tomatoes and eggs. My recipe for it is a bit different from yours. Being a fan of poached eggs, I will certainly try your suggestion. Thank you for participating!

  5. Val said, on June 5, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    The non-boring name for this recipe: shakshuka (pronounced shakshooka). Yours is very similar to the North African Jewish recipe of that name which would probably also have a chile and some cumin or harissa mixed into the tomato base. Yum!

  6. [...] made a simple but tasty tomato sauce with poached eggs last time they were over for breakfast, but I keep collecting more recipes to try. Shakshuka, eggs [...]

  7. […] encountered shakshouka (also known as shakshuka or chakchoukah) in Morocco. At its roots, it is a mildly spiced tomato dish in which eggs are poached directly in the tomatoes.  Like most dishes, every city had its own […]


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