Munchies Guide to Israel: Shakshuka

Shakshuka (شَكْشُوكَةٌ) is a staple of Arab and Israeli cuisines and can be found at most coffee shops and restaurants around the country.

A spread of Shakshuka, bread, hummus, salad and a few small side dishes.
Starting the day off right!

The dish is not native to Israel, it was brought here by the Jewish immigrants from North Africa. But, in part, due to the Tunisian, Algerian, and Moroccan Jewish communities here, it has become a staple dish.

A close-up shot of Shakshuka. You can see stewed tomatoes and two cracked eggs in a cast iron pan.
The most basic kind of Shakshuka: stewed tomatoes and eggs. Although simple, it is still delicious. Especially when paired with a variety of side dishes.

Shakshuka is typically served in a cast iron pan.

It consists of spiced stewed tomatoes topped with poached eggs. And although simple, the herbs give it a delicious kick of flavour.

I consider Shakshuka as a kind of comfort food. Every bite warms up your soul and makes your stomach happy. Add an Israeli Salad and a set of side dishes, and your meal couldn’t get any better!

A delicious breakfast consisting of shakshuka, hummus, and salad in Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv
An appetizing spread of Shakshuka, salad, hummus, and side dishes. What better way to start off your day?

As one may guess, other variations of the dish can be found with additions such as assortments of vegetables, meats, cheeses, and different kinds of sauces.

If you’re ever in Israel, I would highly recommend trying it out!

A delicious brunch consisting of Shakshuka with fresh herbs, olives, and a refreshing Limonada.
A delicious brunch consisting of Shakshuka with fresh herbs, olives, and a refreshing Limonada.

Where can I get this?

You can find this dish quite literally everywhere. Most Israeli restaurants will have it (especially if they serve breakfast or lunch).

If you ever find yourself in Tel Aviv’s Old Jaffa neighbourhood, you can give Dr. Shakshuka a try.

Have you ever tried Shakshuka? Did you like it? Let me know in the comments below!

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