Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Vegan Shakshuka- Plant-Based and Gluten-Free

vegan shakshukah, tofu, vegetables

If you love Middle Eastern cuisine, you'll love this plant-based version of a traditional Israeli favorite- Shakshuka. 

Traditionally, Shakshuka is made with eggs cracked over tomato sauce with onions, garlic and colored bell peppers. When the vegetables begin to cook and the sauce is nice and hot, eggs are poured into the skillet and poached in the tomato and vegetable sauce until done.

vegetables for Shakshookah

Although the origin of the dish is not specifically known, it is thought to have come from Yemen or Tunisia. Regardless, it is a popular dish that can be found in almost any restaurant in Israel. It is eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Shakshuka, Food, Dish, Cuisine, Meal
my husband still eats shakshuka with eggs

With the popularity of Israeli chefs and restaurant owners such as Yotam Ottolenghi  who owns seven restaurants in London and 
wrote a few bestselling cookbooks, including, Jerusalem, 
people have started to become aware of dishes such as shakshuka. 

Another popular Israeli chef, cookbookauthor, and owner of multiple 
restaurants in Philadelphia, Michael Solomonov (Zahav restaurant) has
 helped popularize Israeli/Middle Eastern cooking as well. 

Vegan Shakshuka!!
My love of Israeli/Middle Eastern cooking takes a small twist since I
 no longer eat eggsI veganized the recipe by substituting tofu for the 
eggs and voila- Tofu Shakshuka was born!!

vegan shakshukah with tofu

A plant-based version of an old recipe! Of course, it is gluten-free, 
easy, and delicious.

Shakshuka is traditionally eaten for breakfast- 

1 cup of sliced onions
1 cup of sliced red, yellow, or green bell peppers
4 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 jar of chunky organic salsa
2 cups of marinara sauce
1/2 cup of water
1/2 package of firm tofu, sliced into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup of cilantro or parsley
cracked pepper, cumin, paprika to taste 
optional: green or black olives sliced 

I sautéed 2 cups of eggplant in the mixture and 1 cup of mushrooms

Sauté (I sauté in water or broth) the onions and peppers and garlic. 
Add a jar of mild chunky salsa, water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to
simmer, add tofu and cilantro or parsley, seasoning 
and cover for the remaining cooking to give the tofu a 
chance to pick up the flavors.

Serve as is or over cooked brown or white rice.

My Notes: 
1. If you don't want to use a salsa, substitute marinara sauce. 
2. Laura- this is delicious
3. Vicki- you can leave out the garlic 


  1. I love classic shakshuka with quail eggs :-))

  2. i will try the shakshuka. Trying recipes from around the world helped us cope with the pandemic.

  3. this is a fabulous dish. I might have to stick to eggs though. Cheers sherry

  4. Haha, I love that creation of yours.


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