Cookbook:Shakshuka bil Lahm (Libyan Meat Shakshuka)

Shakshuka bil Lahm
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Shakshuka bil Lahm, also known as Libyan Meat Shakshuka, is a delicious and hearty dish that is popular in Libyan cuisine. This dish features a flavorful tomato-based sauce with tender chunks of meat, traditionally beef or lamb, and poached eggs. It is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or as a satisfying main course. The combination of spices and the richness of the meat make Shakshuka bil Lahm a truly comforting and flavorful culinary experience.






  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add the cubed meat to the skillet and cook until browned on all sides.
  4. Add the diced bell peppers and tomatoes to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
  5. Sprinkle the cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), salt, and pepper over the ingredients in the skillet. Stir to evenly distribute the spices.
  6. Reduce the heat to low, cover the skillet with a lid, and let the mixture simmer for about 15–20 minutes, or until the meat is tender and the flavors have melded together.
  7. Using a spoon, create small wells in the sauce and carefully crack the eggs into each well.
  8. Cover the skillet again and let the shakshuka cook for an additional 5–7 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to your desired level of doneness.
  9. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley or cilantro.

Notes, tips, and variations



  • Adjust the spice level by adding more or less cayenne pepper according to your preference.
  • Serve directly from the skillet or transfer to individual serving plates.
  • This dish is traditionally enjoyed with crusty bread or pita for dipping.


  • Ensure that the meat is well-browned before adding the vegetables. This step adds depth of flavor to the dish.
  • For a vegetarian version, you can omit the meat and increase the quantity of bell peppers or add other vegetables like mushrooms or zucchini.


  • Add a sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese or goat cheese on top of the shakshuka before serving.
  • If you prefer a spicier shakshuka, you can add a few dashes of hot sauce or chili flakes to the sauce.
  • Experiment with different herbs and spices such as oregano or smoked paprika to enhance the flavor profile.