Turkish one-pan eggs & peppers (Menemen)

Turkish one-pan eggs & peppers (Menemen)

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
This gutsy dish is genuine street food and a brilliant family dish for brunch, lunch or supper.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Healthy

Nutrition: 222

  • kcal222
  • fat15g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre3g
  • protein12g
  • salt0.39g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 2 onions, sliced



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 red or green pepper, halved deseeded and sliced
  • 1-2 red chillies, deseeded and sliced
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • 1-2 tsp caster sugar
  • 4 eggs



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • small bunch parsley, roughly chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 6 tbsp thick, creamy yogurt



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy-based frying pan. Stir in the onions, pepper and chillies. Cook until they begin to soften. Add the tomatoes and sugar, mixing well. Cook until the liquid has reduced, season.

  2. Using a wooden spoon, create 4 pockets in the tomato mixture and crack the eggs into them. Cover the pan and cook the eggs over a low heat until just set.

  3. Beat the yogurt with the garlic and season. Sprinkle the menemen with parsley and serve from the frying pan with a dollop of the garlic-flavoured yogurt.

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Hurst Living's picture
Hurst Living
14th May, 2020
Good recipe, but a bit too much yoghurt. It tasted of yoghurt, and the dish looked a little bit unappetising! Other than that it was great.
Frantic Flapjack
11th May, 2020
This was lovely. I used leeks from the garden instead of onions. Doesn't need the sugar.
2nd Jan, 2020
Made this today for New Years Day brunch. Delicious. My changes are: Definitely doesn’t need sugar. Add 3 cloves of garlic, cook the onion & garlic for 5 mins. Add a tspn ground cumin, a tspn smoked paprika, a tspn chilli flakes. Add spring greens & chopped peppers, cook for another 3 minutes before adding the chopped tomatoes. Cook another 5 minutes before adding the eggs in. Sprinkle some salt & pepper on the eggs. Put the lid on for 7 minutes. Eat with toasted pitta bread & garlic yoghurt.
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9th Apr, 2019
Just yummy
25th Feb, 2019
My grandmother use to cook me this dish and is one of my favourites. This thing with putting sugar in it is something rather tailored to meet westerners taste.
1st Feb, 2019
An excellent recipe. Reasonably quick and easy to prepare and cook. One of those to which you can add your own touches. It really doesn't need the sugar if you sweat the onions and peppers right down. Getting the eggs to the right consistency can be tricky. We have found that if you like a runny yolk then 7 minutes in a covered frying pan over a low heat is just about right. We found that the dip is better with one crushed garlic clove. I added toasted cumin seeds and toasted pine nuts for a bit of extra flavour.
3rd Nov, 2018
Really doesn't need the sugar. I put in a flat tsp and it was too sweet. There are a lot of onions in this dish so they provide natural sweetness. I also added some ground corriander and cumin for flavour.
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Leanne Howee
28th Apr, 2018
Really nice when you fancy a change from boring eggs :) I added paprika generously to the frying onions/peppers and also added chopped coriander to the garlic yoghurt dip for extra yum!
13th Apr, 2017
This was just delicious! I made a few changes though, i made it with 3 onions, 5 cloves of garlic, 2 chilli, 2 tins of tomatoes and a couple of tsps of paprika...it was soooo tasty. Makesure you cook the onions down a bit before you add the rest of the ingredients, and if you struggle to get the eggs cooked do as I did and stick the pan under the grill. Was absolutely perfect with the garlic yogurt and rolls straight from the oven...cannot wait to make again!
dani_lunatik's picture
3rd Jan, 2017
I started 2017 making this recipe and I immediately love it.


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