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Easy One Pot Shakshuka (with a SECRET Ingredient) – 10 Days of Cozy One Pot Recipes

Welcome to Day 5 of my 10 Days of Cozy One Pot Recipes! Today, I have a treat for you – a lazy and easy Shakshuka recipe (featuring a SECRET INGREDIENT) that’s perfect for a leisurely Sunday brunch. Can you guess what the secret ingredient is?….. It’s Salsa!

The best part? It comes together in a mere 10 minutes or less, making it an ideal choice for one of your lazy weekend mornings. ☀️

What is Shakshuka?
  • This dish originated in North Africa and the Middle East and is usually eaten as breakfast but it also works for any other meal in the day!
  • Core ingredients include tomatoes, eggs, and a variety of spices but also often includes bell peppers, onions, garlic, and chili peppers
  • Shakshuka is often served with crusty bread, pita, or challah for dipping and sopping up the flavourful sauce
  • It has gained popularity worldwide in recent years as a trendy and flavourful brunch option so often you’ll see it at many brunch restaurants
Why is Shakshuka so delicious?

Shakshuka boasts a delightful combination of flavours and textures that make it an irresistible dish for brunch or any meal.

  • Uses Vibrant Ingredients: Ripe grape tomatoes burst with flavour, and creates a vibrant and tangy base for the Shakshuka
  • Customizable Veggies: You can use any leftover vegetables in your fridge, so it’s a perfect clean-your-fridge dish!
  • The Secret Ingredient – Salsa!: Salsa brings a zesty kick and depth of flavour with very little need for more seasoning
  • Soft Poached Eggs: Nestled within the tomato mixture, the soft poached eggs provide a creamy, velvety sauce
  • Crusty Bread: The perfect vehicle for sopping up the saucy goodness, adding a satisfying crunch to each bite! Pita bread and other breads also work well with this dish
Got Leftovers?

It’s best eaten immediately but if you do have leftovers, they store perfectly well in the fridge for 2-3 days. Just microwave it to hit it up and it’s ready to be eaten with bread again!

Secret Ingredient: SALSA! 

The reason why Salsa is the magical secret ingredient is because it provides an intense depth of flavour that really brings out the tomatoey and herby flavours of the dish without having to do a lot of work. Salsa traditionally contains a medley of tomatoes, onions, peppers, along with a lot of spices (and sodium for that matter) so a little goes a long way. Just adding 1/4 or 1/3 of a cup is enough to flavour your whole Shakshuka dish. I hope you give this hack a try!

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Easy One Pot Shakshuka (with a SECRET Ingredient)

This easy 10 minute or less Shakshuka recipe uses a little hack and secret ingredient that will blow your mind!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American, Canadian, middle eastern, moroccan, north african
Servings 2 people


  • 1 non-stick pan


  • 1.5 cup grape tomatoes cut in half
  • 1 cup kale or use other leftover veggies in the fridge
  • 1/2 cup onion chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup salsa
  • 1/3 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/2 crusty baguette
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped parsley optional
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Add oil to a non-stick skillet and turn heat to medium low.
  • When the pan is hot, add your onions and kale (or whatever leftover veggies you have on hand).
  • Saute for 1 minute until slightly wilted and add in your chopped grape tomatoes.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let it cook on medium low for 3-5 minutes.
  • Uncover and add in your salsa and water. Stir until combined and put the lid back on.
  • Turn heat to low and simmer for another 3-5 minutes or until all the tomatoes have released their juices and the mixture is melding together.
  • Make two wells in the mixture with a spoon or spatula and crack one egg in each well.
  • Season salt and pepper to taste. The salsa will have given it a lot of flavour already so start small and add more once you've tasted it!
  • Cover the lid and let eggs poach until it is at your desired doneness. I like to keep mine soft poached so the egg yolk is still runny but the whites are set.
  • Serve with fresh crusty baguette and enjoy! Make sure to dip the bread in the runny egg yolk for maximum deliciousness!

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And there you have it – a lazy easy Shakshuka that will elevate your Sunday brunch to a whole new level! The combination of ripe tomatoes, flavourful veggies, and that unexpected twist of salsa creates a symphony of flavours that’s simply irresistible. So, why wait? Head to the kitchen and whip up this dish in no time.

I hope you’re inspired to try this recipe for yourself and don’t forget to comment on my IG reel/TikTok or in this blog post telling me what you thought of this recipe!

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