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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12th Mar, 2013
I added chorizo and a clove of garlic to the cooking peppers and onion for a little extra flavour. The dish was absolutely delicious with nice bread to eat alongside it. Very simple to make but very flavoursome.
10th Mar, 2013
My husband has just said I've not said what I'd do different! Soften and brown onions for longer, throw in garlic, again brown to get the flavour, and use four cloves. Leave the Chilli seeds in if you like it spicy and up the amount of From two to three or four if you like to feel it. Sugar.... NO!!! Why why why?!? I would rather mushrooms than peppers, but that's personal, I prefer mushrooms as they add to a softer texture which compliments other more textured food you may serve with. Two cans of plum tomatoes make it so much juicier. Mmmm Also, again personal preference, I scramble my eggs into the mix as this is how we've had it many times in Turkey and it's lush, and never in all my days have I had it with Parsley and never would I again! Kills the rich beauty of the dish. Finally ENJOY!!!! :0D
10th Mar, 2013
My husband found this recipe and made it for me Mother's Day morning (I usually make it and we both love it and he wanted to surprise me) Nothing like the real Turkish thing! Dry flavourless... Puts Turkey cuisine to shame for what can be a truly marvellous simple dish! That is all!
28th Feb, 2013
Loved it! Put some garlic in with the onions at the beginning (as well as with the yogurt at the end), and used coriander instead of parsley. Quick and delicious!
27th Feb, 2013
We really enjoyed this dish. After reading the comments I added some mushrooms to bulk it out a bit more. Served with bread. Will do again soon as it's so quick when getting home from work.
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5th Feb, 2013
Very very nice we loved it, will deatho make again
22nd Jan, 2013
Fantastic recipe. I also left out the yogurt as my boyfriend doesn't like it. I put the garlic straight into the dish, added a few mushrooms and lots of chillies as we like our spice. I served it with bread and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely make this dish again. So simple, uses ingredients we always have in and works for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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15th Jan, 2013
Forgot to say, I left out the sugar. Absolutely no need for it - the tinned tomatoes make it more than sweet enough IMO.
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15th Jan, 2013
I really liked this dish. Following other people's suggestions, I too fried the garlic (3 cloves) with the onions and peppers and I added some chestnut mushrooms. Garnished with coriander as my family doesn't like parsley. The yogurt helped to balance out the kick of the chilli. Tasted delicious and felt very healthy to me, so would definitely make it again.
10th Jan, 2013
When I made this I struggled to get the eggs to cook completely and found the tomato flavour dominated. Tasted pretty rank and fed it to the bin. Seeing the other high ratings almost tempts me to try again. Almost.


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