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Turkish Menemen Scrambled Eggs With Tomatoes

Menemen garnished with chopped parsley in a traditional pan on a dark background.

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

Ingredients

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  • 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. There are two options after this step:

First option: In a bowl, beat the eggs and pour it all over the tomatoes. Give it a gentle stir so that the beaten eggs can spread everywhere. Cook it uncovered until the eggs are set. It takes no longer than 3-5 minutes. Don’t overcook.

Second option: Using a spoon, make rooms for each egg and break eggs into those hollows. Let it simmer uncovered until the eggs are slightly cooked for 8-10 minutes. Help egg whites cook well with a spoon. If you like the yolks hard, cook longer.

  1. Sprinkle black pepper and red pepper flakes over it. Garnish with herbs like parsley or chopped green onions and serve.

  2. Serve it with your favorite crusty bread.

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.

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