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June 22, 2024
Difficulty: easy
2 servings
30 min
Menemen: photo of the finished dish.

Menemen is a classic Turkish dish made with eggs, tomatoes and peppers. It is simple and delicious, perfect for breakfast, brunch or a light lunch. Menemen is especially good when paired with slices of fresh baked bread or flatbread, so don't be lazy and make them too.

This recipe is a great way to add variety to your morning menu. Just follow the simple steps to make a truly authentic Turkish menemen. And be sure to share your impressions in the comments!


Cooking Instructions

  1. Take a Ramiro pepper, cut it in half (lengthwise), set one half aside, and remove the seeds from the other half and cut it into small pieces.

    You can also use bell peppers instead of Ramiro peppers.

    Menemen - how to cook, step 1

  2. Prepare the tomatoes. You can simply grate them on a coarse grater (as I did) or chop them with a knife. In the latter case, I recommend removing the skin from the tomatoes first. To do this, put them in boiling water for 30 seconds and then cool them in ice water. The skin will then be very easy to remove.

    Menemen - how to cook, step 2

  3. Break the eggs into a separate bowl and beat well with a fork.

    Menemen - how to cook, step 3

  4. Heat the butter and vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil) in a skillet over medium heat.

    Menemen - how to cook, step 4

  5. When the oil is hot, add the chopped peppers to the skillet and sauté until soft. Then reduce the heat to low and add the chili flakes, finely chopped garlic, tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper. Stir, cover and simmer over low heat for about 10 minutes.

    Menemen - how to cook, step 5

  6. Then remove the lid, carefully and evenly add the eggs and cook for another 5 minutes (the whites should be firm and the yolks liquid).

    Menemen - how to cook, step 6

  7. Classic Turkish menemen is served with slices of crusty bread or pita, so I recommend frying a few slices of fresh bread in a separate pan in oil until golden.

    Menemen - how to cook, step 7

  8. Before serving, sprinkle the menemen with fresh herbs (parsley or coriander). Enjoy!

    Menemen - how to cook, step 8

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What is Menemen: Omelet or Fried Eggs?

Menemen is a unique dish that combines elements of both omelettes and fried or scrambled eggs, but it's a little more complex and interesting.

Fried eggs are simply eggs in a frying pan. An omelet is the same, except that the eggs are beaten before being fried (sometimes milk is added). The result is a denser and more consistent texture. Menemen, on the other hand, is juicier, spicier and more flavorful due to the use of fresh vegetables and hot peppers.

Menemen is more like shakshuka, a popular Middle Eastern dish, than an omelet or fried eggs. It's practically the same thing, but shakshuka is thicker and spicier.

How to Make the Most Delicious Menemen: Tips from the Chef

  1. Use fresh, ripe tomatoes. The more flavorful the tomatoes, the more flavorful the Menemen. Try adding cherry tomatoes for a sweeter and more intense flavor.
  2. Take your time. Give the tomatoes and peppers enough time to release their juices. This will give the dish a rich flavor.
  3. Cook over low heat. It is very important not to overcook the eggs. The yolk should be runny! Don't even think about covering the pan with a lid after adding the eggs, or they will just cook and lose their texture.
  4. Add more spices. Try adding paprika, cumin or coriander for even more flavor. And be sure to use a good, fairly hot chili pepper to brighten the flavor of the dish.

What You Can Add to Classic Menemen to Make it More Varied

  1. Cheese: feta or kaşar (a Turkish semi-hard cheese that melts well - you can add it during cooking to melt it and give the dish extra creaminess and richness).
  2. Meat: sujuk (Turkish spicy sausage) or pastirmu (thinly sliced beef jerky).
  3. Vegetables: eggplant or mushrooms (simply chop and sauté with peppers).

Nutrition Facts


Calories 641 kcal

Total Fat 55 g

Total Carbohydrate 21 g

Dietary Fiber 4 g

Protein 22 g

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