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Turkish Menemen is an amazingly tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner that you can prepare in a matter of minutes. This is a simple dish of scrambled eggs with tomatoes and peppers (and sometimes onions). Simple, quick and oh so yummy one-pan dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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We LOVE egg dishes for breakfast in Turkey! If you want more Turkish food like this menemen, check out our Turkish eggs recipe and spinach eggs recipe too! Nobody can resist dipping crunchy Turkish simit into these dishes!

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  • What Is Turkish Menemen?
  • Is Menemen The Same As Shakshuka?
  • About The Ingredients
  • How To Make This Recipe
  • Tips
  • Serving
  • As A Part Of Turkish Breakfast
  • FAQs
  • More Turkish Breakfast Recipes
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What Is Turkish Menemen?

Menemen is a traditional Turkish breakfast dish that is mostly served in a pan. It is a simple one-pan dish with eggs, tomatoes and green peppers.

There is always a discussion in Turkey about whether menemen should contain onions or not. It is a matter of taste. We love them both. You can try and decide for yourself.

This simple egg dish gets its name from a Turkish town called Menemen, which is located in Izmir. It is said that this egg dish was made first by the Cretan Turks who moved to this town.

Although menemen is the star of a well prepared traditional Turkish breakfast, this Turkish scrambled eggs with tomatoes can be served for all meals.

It is a quick lunch or dinner for Turkish people especially during summer months when tomatoes and peppers are in season.

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Is Menemen The Same As Shakshuka?

These two dishes are almost the same. They are both breakfast dishes basically made with eggs, tomatoes and peppers.

Shakshuka is from North African cuisine but has become popular in Middle Eastern countries too.

The main difference between menemen and shakshuka is their look. In a traditional menemen recipe, everything is mixed and combined well while the eggs are not mixed with the tomato base in a shakshuka recipe.

That being said, Turkish menemen has a similar version too. You can leave the eggs whole after adding them in the tomatoes and peppers cooking in the pan. It is not as popular as the scrambled egg style though.

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Another difference is the additional flavors used. You can add smoked paprika, olives, chorizo and cilantro in shakshuka while these are never seen in its Turkish counterpart.

If you want to enrich your menemen, you can add pul biber (red pepper flakes or Aleppo pepper), Turkish style sausages called sujuk or top it with herbs (parsley, mint or green onions but never cilantro) and crumbled white cheese. But these are just personal preference, not included in the original recipe.

Finally, shakshuka might be finished in the oven but menemen is never baked.

About The Ingredients

What makes Turkish scrambled eggs with tomatoes so special is the simplicity behind it. You always have the ingredients below, don’t you? Especially during summer. You can easily make this recipe with these ingredients. BEST breakfast ever!

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  • Oil: We use olive oil because we love its flavor in all dishes. Butter is also used when making menemen in Turkey. So you can choose whichever you like.
  • Green peppers: In Turkey, we use fresh green peppers like Turkish sivri biber or çarliston biber in this recipe. But green bell peppers work fine too. You can even use a combination of sweet red, orange and green peppers. We normally use sweet peppers, but you can use hot peppers if you like.
  • Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes are the best option, especially in summer. Try to use the tastiest tomatoes you can find. It affects the final taste a lot. Peeling the tomatoes or not is up to you. If you can't find fresh tomatoes or are in a hurry, use store-bought tomato sauce.
  • Eggs: Organic eggs are the best. There is no strict rule about the number of eggs in this recipe. You can reduce or increase it depending on the number of people who will eat it.
  • Spices: We use spices like sweet paprika / chili powder (toz biber), generous amount of black pepper and red pepper flakes (pul biber or aleppo pepper). You can use cumin and oregano too if you like them in your dishes.
  • Herbs: We use them for garnish. Although it really doesn’t need one, we always like our menemen with some fresh herbs like parsley, dill, mint, thyme or green onions.

How To Make This Recipe

The recipe is quite straightforward and ready in about 15-20 minutes.

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  1. Heat olive oil in a pan. Sauté chopped peppers in it over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Add in chopped tomatoes with all the juices. Season with salt and paprika and cook over medium low heat until tomatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Now bring it to medium-low heat.
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  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs gently. And pour it all over the tomato mixture in the pan. Cook it uncovered stirring gently so that the eggs can spread everywhere.
  2. It takes no longer than 3-5 minutes. Don’t overcook. This Turkish scrambled eggs recipe is even better for dipping bread. It even turns into a perfect egg dip with this method.
  3. Remove from the heat, garnish with red pepper flakes and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.
  4. Optionally, drizzle a little olive oil over it right before serving.

Want To Leave The Eggs Whole? Follow the steps below:

  1. After the tomatoes and peppers are cooked in the pan, use a spoon and make wells for each egg.
  2. Break eggs into those hollows. Let it simmer uncovered until the egg whites are set and the yolks are still runny for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Help egg whites cook well by pushing and poking into them gently with a spatula. Alternatively, cover the pan with a lid and let it cook until the whites are set. But remember the yolks will be covered with a thin egg white then.
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Tips

  • If you want to make your menemen recipe with onions, use a small onion in the recipe. Cook chopped onions and green peppers together and then add in tomatoes and follow the remaining steps as they are.
  • Use the best tomatoes you can find. If your tomatoes are not red, juicy and tasty enough, you won’t get the desired result. To make it tastier, you can add some tomato paste when cooking peppers.
  • After adding eggs, don’t let them cook on their own. Using a spatula or a wooden spoon, make tiny holes to make sure eggs cook evenly. If you prefer the second option of adding eggs, which is leaving them whole, just gently poke the whites and stir gently a few times to make them mix with tomatoes and leave the yolks as they are.
  • Don’t overcook. Otherwise, it will dry out and won’t taste as good.

Serving

This Turkish style scrambled eggs with tomatoes and peppers, is often served in the pan. No need for plates! We LOVE dipping bread right into the same pan. Get ready to eat more bread for sure! Breads like bazlama, simit or Ramazan pidesi go really well with it.

When serving it for breakfast, in Turkish food culture, it is a must to serve Turkish tea on the side.

Alternatively, we sometimes serve it with Turkish orzo rice pilaf especially when we are having it for lunch or dinner. Obviously, the best companion for this meal is either a glass of cold ayran, yogurt drink or a bowl of refreshing cacik dip. The BEST meal for hot summer days.

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As A Part Of Turkish Breakfast

You might have heard about the world-famous Turkish breakfast, which consists of several appetizer-like foods. Yes we do eat cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, spicy acika spread, jams, butter, honey, pancakes, boreks, all at the same time in the morning. We ALWAYS drink tea at breakfast and a large tea pot is always on the side.

Breakfast is a way of socializing in Turkish culture. We love to organize breakfast occasions on the weekend. Besides lots of tasty savory and sweet appetizers, we always have a version of egg. And this Turkish scrambled eggs, aka menemen is always on top of the list.

FAQs

Where did menemen originate from?

It is from Turkey but has variations in Greece and Middle Eastern countries.

Is it melemen or menemen?

Although this dish is called melemen some parts of the country, it is probably a pronunciation mistake. The correct name is menemen.

Is menemen breakfast?

In Turkey, it is a breakfast food that can also be served for lunch or dinner.

Does menemen have cheese?

Traditional Turkish menemen doesn't have cheese, but some restaurants might be adding it for a richer flavor.

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Menemen Recipe (Turkish Tomato Scrambled Eggs)

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Classic one-pan Turkish egg dish menemen, which is scrambled eggs with tomatoes and green peppers.

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  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Vegetarian
  • Method: cooking
  • Cuisine: Turkish
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 green peppers, chopped (Turkish peppers or any sweet green pepper)
  • 4 tomatoes (1 cup peeled and diced)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan.
  2. Cook chopped peppers in it for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add in tomatoes.
  4. Season with salt and paprika and cook over medium low heat until tomatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Now reduce the heat a bit.
  5. In a bowl, beat the eggs gently. And pour it all over the tomato mixture in the pan. Cook it uncovered, stirring gently so that the eggs can spread everywhere.
  6. It takes no longer than 3-5 minutes. Don’t overcook.
  7. Remove from the heat, garnish with red pepper flakes and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.
  8. Optionally, drizzle a little olive oil over it right before serving.

To Leave The Eggs Whole:

  1. After the tomatoes and peppers are cooked in the pan, use a spoon and make wells for each egg.
  2. Break eggs into those hollows. Let it simmer uncovered until the egg whites are set and the yolks are still runny for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Help egg whites cook well by pushing and poking into them gently with a spatula. Alternatively, cover the pan with a lid and let it cook until the whites are set. But remember the yolks will be covered with a thin egg white then.

Notes

  1. There is always a discussion in Turkey about whether menemen should contain onions or not. It is a matter of taste. We love them both. You can try and decide for yourself. So if you want, you can use a small onion in the recipe. Cook chopped onions and green peppers together and then add in tomatoes.
  2. Use the best tomatoes you can find. If your tomatoes are not red, juicy and tasty enough, you won’t get the desired result. To make it tastier, you can add some tomato paste when cooking peppers.
  3. After adding eggs, don’t let them cook on their own. Using a spatula or a wooden spoon, make tiny holes to make sure eggs cook evenly. If you prefer the second option of adding eggs, which is leaving them whole, just gently poke the whites and stir gently a few times to make them mix with tomatoes and leave the yolks as they are.
  4. Don’t overcook menemen. Otherwise, it will dry out and won’t taste as good.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 portion
  • Calories: 158
  • Sugar: 3.7 g
  • Sodium: 369 mg
  • Fat: 12.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.1 g
  • Protein: 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 186 mg

Keywords: menemen, Turkish menemen, menemen recipe, scrambled eggs with tomatoes

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  1. Tim says

    This is my first time to look at this kind of cuisine...will look for recipes on your blog as you send them to my e-mail.

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  2. Ariane Pamay-Ochoa says

    These are the best eggs I have ever had!! I used tomatoes, bell peppers and parsley from the garden. The tomatoes peeled themselves! If only my Turkish father were still alive. He would have loved them! Thank you so much. I look forward to making your other recipes.

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    • Zerrin & Yusuf says

      Hi Ariane,
      So happy to hear this! You are most welcome! Thank you for such a nice comment!
      This is an easy recipe with simple ingredients but quite pleasing. We are sure your father would have been proud of you!
      Enjoy the recipes and feel free to ask if you have any questions. We are more than happy to help 🙂

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  3. Dan says

    Anyone else using a sahan for this? I am having trouble with the eggs sticking to the pan...

    Still tastes amazing though!

    Reply

    • Zerrin & Yusuf says

      Hi Dan,

      If you are using a copper sahan (pan), it is normal. Although it looks nice and authentic, cleaning sahan is not as quick as a non-stick pan. If you don't want to spend time on washing the pan, just use a non-stick pan. The taste won't be different.

      Reply

  4. Diana Spatz says

    This looks delicious. The pan that it's in is so cute.

    Reply

    • Yusuf says

      Thank you Diana!

      Reply

  5. Anna Rayne Levi says

    This looks a lot like shakshuka.
    My best Anna Levi.
    PS I make my shakshuka with potatoes and/or garbanzo, too.
    The mint garni looks fabulous.

    Reply

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FAQs

What's the difference between Shakshuka and menemen? ›

Both Shakshuka and Menemen serve as rich, cultural embodiments of their respective cuisines. Shakshuka, with its layered flavors, mirrors the diversity of North African and Israeli culinary heritage. Menemen, by contrast, champions simplicity and freshness, epitomizing Turkish cuisine's essence.

What does menemen mean in Turkish? ›

Menemen is a traditional Turkish breakfast dish. An easy way to think of it is as Turkish scrambled eggs with tomatoes, and green peppers.

Who invented menemen? ›

Where Did Menemen Originate From? The name of this straightforward egg dish comes from the Turkish town of Menemen, which is situated in Izmir. It is said that the Cretan Turks who settled in this town invented this egg dish.

What is the origin of menemen? ›

Menemen is thought to have originated in the Aegean region of Turkey, where it was first made by shepherds who cooked eggs with vegetables that were readily available to them, such as tomatoes, onions and peppers.

How to cook eggs in 5 steps? ›

How to Make a Perfect Fried Egg – 5 Easy Steps
  1. Heat the Pan. Start by putting your pan on the burner on high heat. ...
  2. Add Oil. Even with a non-stick pan, you're going to want to add some oil. ...
  3. Add Your Egg… Slowly. ...
  4. Add Water and Cover. Let your egg cook until it's turned white around the edges. ...
  5. Remove and Serve.
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Is shakshuka Israeli or African? ›

Even though many people today associate shakshuka with Israel, it actually originated in North Africa and the Ottoman Empire: the only reason shakshuka is eaten in Israel is because North African Jewish immigrants brought it there.

Is shakshuka Arabic or Israeli? ›

Many think of this dish an Israeli breakfast food because it is quite popular in places like Tel Aviv, but these eggs in tomato sauce are something you'll find in many parts of North Africa and the Middle East. Fun fact, the origins of the word shakshuka comes from the Arabic for "all mixed up" or "shaken."

What is menemen similar to? ›

The dish is similar to Egyptian dish shakshouka also found in other Arab countries. Menemen is commonly eaten for breakfast and served with bread. Its name originates from a small town in Izmir Province.

What kind of cheese is in menemen? ›

If you're a cheese lover, some menemen recipes also contain some crumbled beyaz peynir (Turkish white cheese or feta cheese) or grated kaşar (similar to Cheddar cheese).

How do you say girl in Turkey? ›

So first “kız” - easy - old Turkish Word. From Ottoman Turkish قیز ‎ (qïz, “girl, daughter”), from Proto-Turkic *kï̄ŕ (“girl, woman”).

What is menemen in Greek? ›

According to Yasmin Khan, it derives its name from the Greek menemnos, “meaning to 'flood' or 'overflow'”, which, as she observes, “makes sense when you see a pan of menemen with its eggs flooded in juicy, sweet tomatoes, just waiting for you to scrape up with some freshly baked pide ekmek”.

Are Turkish eggs the same as shakshuka? ›

Turkish menemen is very similar to shakshuka, but there's a lesser-known Turkish eggs recipe that's incredibly delicious too. This, called cilbir, involves poaching eggs, then laying them on a swirl of garlic-infused yoghurt, topping with a nutty chilli butter and fresh dill fronds.

Are onions popular in Turkey? ›

Frequently used ingredients in Turkish specialties include lamb, chicken, beef, fish, rice, eggplants, green peppers, onions, garlic, lentils, beans, zucchinis, chickpeas and tomatoes.

What country started eating eggs? ›

According to food historians, humans have been eating eggs for about 6 million years, originally eating them raw from the nests of wild birds. Jungle birds were domesticated for egg production in India by 3200 BC, and it is thought that Ancient Egypt and Ancient China were the first societies to domesticate hens.

How to prepare raw egg and milk? ›

Milk with raw egg is a traditional beverage that is popular in some cultures. It is made by whisking together raw eggs and milk and is often sweetened with sugar or flavored with vanilla or cinnamon.

How to make eggs without stovetop? ›

Bake them on a sheet pan.

Just crack them onto a sheet pan over a bed of greens, like Healthy Nibbles and Bits, and bake them in the oven. Fifteen minutes later, you've got perfectly runny sunny-side-up eggs, with zero time spent slaving over the stovetop.

How are Panera eggs made? ›

But if they didn't then, Panera uses some egg shortcuts now. The sandwiches with folded scrambled eggs include liquid whole eggs in the ingredients, while anything with an over-medium egg uses a pasteurized egg. Everything is still cooked to order, however.

How do you cook Turkey eggs? ›

Method:
  1. Place the eggs in the smallest pan available and only add enough cold water to cover them.
  2. Put the lid on the solid based pan and place over the highest heat possible.
  3. When the water comes to the boil, remove the pan from the heat and wait for: Small turkey egg 6 minutes,Large turkey egg 6.5 minutes.

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