Menemen, or Turkish Style Eggs

Menemen, or Turkish Style Eggs

Menemen is a popular egg dish from Turkey made with tomatoes, onions and chili. We find strong comparisons between menemen and other regional egg dishes such as Palestinian-style shakshouka and Yemeni spiced scrambled eggs (Adeni style) which both use similar ingredients.

Menemen is extremely simple, but packed full of flavor and perfect for a casual breakfast or brunch at home. The tomatoes are cooked down until jammy and stew-like which contrasts perfectly with the spice of the chili and aleppo pepper. We enjoy this traditional egg dish with toasted sourdough and a cup of hot tea!

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 long spicy green pepper, finely chopped (feel free to use jalapeño, serrano, anaheim)
  • 1 tsp aleppo pepper divided
  • 1 tsp salt divided
  • 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • dill and parsley, roughly chopped

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, green pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of aleppo pepper, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and let cook for 3-4 minutes until the onion and green pepper are softened. Add the tomatoes and let cook for 5 minutes until the tomatoes are stewy and jammy. Lower the heat to medium-low and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil into the pan. Add in the beaten eggs, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of aleppo pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Gently fold the eggs till softly scrambled, about 3-5 minutes.

To serve

Serve immediately. Garnish with fresh dill and parsley. Serve alongside sliced and toasted For the Love of Bread organic whole wheat sourdough batard and enjoy!