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North African Spicy Shakshuka

The Home Cook's Kitchen
This North African spicy shakshuka recipe is a beautiful combination of spicy meatballs, covered in an Israeli couscous tomato based sauce. Perfect for breakfast or dinner!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Cuisine African, North African
Servings 4 people
Calories 649 kcal



  • 1 lbs beef ground
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp paprika ground
  • 1 tsp harissa ground
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed or finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • zest of half a lemon


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow/brown onion finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed or finely diced
  • 2 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/2 tsp paprika ground
  • 1 tsp harissa ground
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 cup Israeli/pearl couscous
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 eggs optional
  • parsley for garnish
  • zest of half a lemon for garnish
  • 2 oz goat cheese for garnish


  • In a cast iron pan or skillet, heat olive oil over medium to high heat.
  • Add onion, and fry for 5 to 10 minutes until soft.
  • Add garlic and fry 2 more minutes.
  • Add cumin, harissa and paprika and fry off until fragrant.
  • Stir in tomato paste, and tomatoes.
  • Add beef stock and couscous. Stir until well combined. Simmer 10 minutes until cous cous starts to soften.
  • Add meatballs and carefully stir to combine.
  • Reduce to low, cook lid off, 20 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. Be careful to keep stirring as couscous will stick to the bottom of the pan. Add more beef broth for a thinner stew.
  • If using, make 4 small holes and add a cracked egg.
  • Turn heat to low. Put on the lid and cook until egg whites turn from clear to white.
  • To serve, garnish with goat cheese, lemon zest and parsley. Serve with crusty bread.


Calories: 649kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 38gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 332mgSodium: 728mgPotassium: 938mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 980IUVitamin C: 13.6mgCalcium: 176mgIron: 7.1mg
Keyword baked eggs, breakfast recipe, spicy baked eggs
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