Make the most of those eggs with this filling breakfast (or lunch or dinner, it's perfect anytime)



Menemen is a blend of tomatoes, peppers and eggs that’s simmered in one pan and served up with a side of bread. This Turkish classic is a staple on every breakfast table, from humble diners to fancy eateries. Make the most of your eggs with this filling for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Yeser, currently residing in Lisbon, Portugal, is from Turkey.  She introduces the classic Turkish dish Menemen, noting its vibrant and colorful nature. Describing it as a comforting and budget-conscious meal suitable for any time of day. She emphasizes its ubiquitous presence in Turkish homes and breakfast menus, reflecting the culture’s emphasis on sharing and connection through food.

Making menemen is simpler than you might think! Just chop up some tomatoes, onions, and peppers, then sauté them in a pan with a bit of olive oil. Crack in some eggs and scramble away. Season to taste with salt, pepper and a dash of red pepper flakes for a little kick. Serve it hot with a side of bread.

As I took my first bite of Menemen, I couldn’t help but smile. It’s simple yet incredibly delicious, with each bite bursting with the flavors of tomatoes, sweet peppers and scrambled eggs. It doesn’t have to be breakfast time to enjoy it. Menemen is perfect for any meal of the day, whether you’re brunching with friends or cozying up for a solo dinner at home.

With globally accessible ingredients and just a few minutes of cooking time, you can enjoy a taste of Turkey without breaking a sweat or your budget. For just under $4 per serving, you can treat yourself to a flavorful and satisfying meal. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll be hooked!

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  • 2-3 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 green bell peppers
  • 3-4 eggs
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil and/or butter
  • salt, black pepper, and optionally red pepper flakes to taste


  • Finely chop the tomatoes, onion, and peppers.
  • Heat the olive oil and/or butter in a pan. Sauté onions until they are lightly browned/yellow. Add the chopped peppers and sauté for a few minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes to the pan and cook on medium heat until the tomatoes reduce and thicken slightly. Season with salt, black pepper, and optionally red pepper flakes.
  • Crack the eggs directly into the pan. Stir the eggs into the tomato and pepper mixture, scrambling them as they cook.
  • Once the eggs reach your desired consistency, remove the pan from the heat. Serve right away with bread on the side if desired.
Course: Breakfast
Region: Asia
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: Crowd-pleaser


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