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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21st Sep, 2016
Have cooked so many delicious recipes from here but this one was just bland, the eggs however were lovely.
28th Jun, 2016
This is great and my kids love it. I don't use any sugar
9th Jun, 2016
I prefer this without the sugar. Loverly jubberly!
12th Nov, 2015
Great recipe tried this for a pick n mix night. Added a few little extras like some mushroom and served with rocket which added a lovely touch to it.. I would note that all the sugar is not needed if you don't like sweet things that is..
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17th Jun, 2015
A good foundation. We found halfway through eating it that the flavour didn't develop anymore, although it was pretty satisfying! The eggs took a long while, and then almost overcooked when I wasn't looking (whoops). So glad they didn't! One of the most satisfying things about this dish is seeing that gorgeous rich buttery yolk spill out and soaking it up with a steaming hunk of bread. (We had some crusty granary rolls straight from the oven - thanks to par-baked goods! - and they were perfect.) The garlic yoghurt is a brilliant foil - I'd urge you not to miss it out. 2 tins of tomatoes means it's actually thick and saucy, and lots of garlic in the sauce gives it greater depth. I didn't bother with the sugar, but did stir in loads of spinach, as it went really well with the eggs. Yum!
12th Apr, 2015
Delicious. I added a teaspoon of tomato puree to make it more tomato-ey. Chillies not essential if seasoned well and making it for the kids.I omitted the sugar, but I guess you could add a smidgen of manuka honey to make it super good for you.
28th Jan, 2015
decided to make this as I fancied something a bit different. its very easy to make and was really, really tasty! to go with it I just toasted some tortillas and cut them into wedges, which worked really well with it.
8th Aug, 2014
Added 4 cloves of garlic and some cayenne pepper - did not add the sugar. Fleshed it out with some zucchini and mushroom. Added greek fetta just at the end. Super easy and tasty!
tim jacob
29th May, 2014
Family liked it. Like Joyjoybird I left out the sugar and used 4 cloves of garlic, 2 tins of tomatoes and added courgettes. The dish needs seasoning with salt and pepper at least. Eggs added whole worked fine. I'll try scambled next time. Yoghurt with garlic (+ seasonng) really gives it that extra dimension - don't skimp on this bit!
15th Mar, 2014
Lovely, added 3 cloves of garlic, courgette and some mushrooms to the mix. Omitted the sugar, as others have said, this really isn't necessary and didn't bother with the yogurt. Eggs took ages to cook so sped up the process by covering the frying pan with a lid so they could steam a bit. Served with a few slices of buttered granary bread. I thought it was yummy, hubby thought it was ok and has requested scrambled eggs next time.


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