Menemen Recipe (Turkish Tomato Scrambled Eggs)

Menemen in a pan and a piece of bread in it.

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


  • 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


  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.


  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.