Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes)


This hearty Turkish breakfast features a fragrant, tender tomato sauce with peppers and onions. The eggs add a silkiness to the dish, and a boost of protein. Serve with crusty whole-wheat bread to soak up all the sauce.

a recipe photo of Menemen Turkish Eggs
Photo: Ali Redmond
Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup finely chopped yellow onion

  • 1 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper, plus more for garnish

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 ½ cups finely chopped tomato (about 1 extra-large)

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

  • 4 slices crusty bread, preferably whole-wheat, warmed


  1. Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion, bell pepper, paprika, crushed red pepper, salt, cumin and oregano; cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add tomato and tomato paste; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced slightly and thickened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and add eggs; cook, stirring, until the eggs are fully cooked but still soft and saucy, 3 to 4 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Garnish with crushed red pepper, if desired. Serve with warm bread.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

327 Calories
20g Fat
27g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 3/4 cup menemen & 1 slice bread
Calories 327
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 11g 22%
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Vitamin A 2379IU 48%
Vitamin C 28mg 31%
Vitamin D 41IU 10%
Vitamin E 3mg 22%
Folate 90mcg 23%
Vitamin K 42mcg 35%
Sodium 697mg 30%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 3mg 17%
Magnesium 43mg 10%
Potassium 613mg 13%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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