Almost Turkish Recipes

Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables (Menemen)

Menemen can be defined in a couple of different ways such as Turkish breakfast specialty or lazy dinner option or great summer dish. However you define it, it's delicious. Best part of all is whether you are a great cook or a poor one, you cannot go wrong with menemen; the ingredients secure the taste. Must-have traditional ingredients for menemen are eggs, tomato, onion, peppers (preferably banana peppers), and parsley. I modify the traditional recipe by replacing onions with green onions and adding feta cheese.

Here's how I make menemen for four:

6 eggs, well-beaten
4 juicy tomatoes, diced (you can also use canned diced tomatoes; prefer petite diced ones or put regular one in blender for a couple of seconds)
3 green onions with tops, finely chopped
4 fresh peppers, finely chopped (I used red and orange Italian sweet peppers and 2 green chilies)
1/2 cup crumbled feta
1/2 bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 tsp spicy pepper flakes
1 tsp black pepper
1-2 tbsp oil or butter

Nothing is written in stone, so you can use more or less of anything above. You can use finely chopped onion instead of green onions, and you can also add pitted and chopped black olives.

-In a frying pan heat oil and add onion. Cook on medium until they're soft and then add fresh peppers.
-Once they're cooked, pour in tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Wait until tomatoes cook down a little. -Stir in beaten eggs and feta. Stir constantly.
-Right before eggs are cooked, add chopped parsley.
-Serve with bread.

This recipe with flat leaf parsley is for Weekend Herb Blogging which is founded by Kalyn and hosted by the Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan.


  1. What a lovely, simple dish -- I think that's tonight's dinner!

  2. Sounds very yummy and completely South Beach friendly too! Great dish.

  3. Lovely! I will certainly be trying this one!

  4. Anonymous5:44 PM

    Yes, what a coincidence! I noted the feta variation in yours, and will try that sometime.

  5. Hi Burcu,
    Just coming back to let you know that I'm featuring this as part of my South Beach Recipes of the Week today, where I'm sharing dishes with eggs. I have included your photo, with a credit for you of course, and a link to the recipe.

  6. Anonymous12:23 PM

    This is very similar to the dish prepared for me long ago by a Turkish friend (right on the beach near Adana, I think), and which I've made many times since with just a few things different from your recipe.

    Also I think he taught me (or maybe I did it myself?) that it looks better (but doesn't taste quite as good) to poach the eggs on top of the "stew" instead of mixing/scrambling them in --great presentation for a potluck though. Mine uses zucchini/summer squash (green and yellow for great color) instead of the peppers though, regular onions, and no cheese... but looks almost exactly like the photo!

    Diane B.

  7. Anonymous12:40 AM

    My favourite breakfast...brings back memories. Great blog!!

  8. I love this dish, I usually make it more simple just tomato, green pepper and eggs, and its sooo tasty. See u! Peace! Pablo

  9. Nancy4:16 AM

    We call this dish shakshooka..well loved by our family

  10. Sounds so good, will try this next week, thank you!

  11. Sometimes I get really lazy to make dinner and make make these scrambled eggs with a touch of heavy cream at the very end, a little cheddar and dump on rice.