Menemen | Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Peppers

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Menemen is a Turkish breakfast dish made with eggs gently scrambled with peppers and tomatoes. It makes an amazing brunch served with plenty of bread.

Simple, easy but so delicious!

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White bowl of menemen with bread and a gold fork

Turkish Breakfast Recipes

As I’ve mentioned before, Will is half Turkish and so we’re always especially keen to try out any classic Turkish recipes we come across. This one was actually given to us by Will’s dad and features my new favourite spice; aleppo chilli flakes.

I am as obsessed with breakfasts as the next person and on weekends it’s my favourite thing to have a big tasty breakfast often featuring bacon and eggs but sometimes mixed up with a shakshuka or something completely brand new like this menemen.

What is menemen?

It is a traditional Turkish breakfast dish. It’s basically just fancied up scrambled eggs and peppers and is a beautiful example of the simplicity of Turkish food. Fry up some onion, green peppers and tomatoes. Add a bit of spice then scramble some eggs gently through the vegetables. We had this with some crusty bread and Greek yoghurt on the side with a little extra aleppo chilli flakes sprinkled on top.

Menemen in a white pot with a spoon

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Why we love this Turkish menemen recipe:

  • It’s so quick to make which makes it perfect for a morning when you need something to eat quickly
  • It’s also super easy which means that you can throw it together even on extra busy mornings
  • You can add whatever other vegetables you like to this to make it super healthy. We kept it classic with peppers, onions and tomatoes which is what you would traditionally include in menemen
  • It’s also a healthy brunch recipe thanks to the combination of eggs and vegetables
  • Menemen is a gluten free and vegetarian breakfast so pretty much everyone can enjoy it!

White pot of menemen with a spoon and topped with coriander

White bowl of menemen with a gold fork and bread on a blue background

Menemen Ingredients:

  • Onion, Pepper & Tomato: These are fried in a little olive oil until softened
  • Aleppo Pepper: This is one of my favourite spices, it’s not particularly spicy but it’s got a sweet smokiness that tastes amazing
  • Dried Oregano: Another common ingredient in Turkish cooking which tastes delicious mixed into the eggs
  • Eggs: Whisked and gently scrambled with all the veg

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White bowl of menemen with bread and a gold fork on a blue bowl

Menemen Instructions:

  1. Fry the vegetables: Heat the oil in a pot or frying pan and add the onion and pepper followed by the tomatoes and fry until everything is softened. Add the spices.
  2. Add the eggs: Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Turn the heat down then pour the eggs into the pan and cook gently, stirring occasionally until just set. Serve with bread and yoghurt. 

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White bowl of Turkish scrambled eggs with a gold fork on a blue background

Close up of menemen with bread

Expert tips for making menemen:

  • Make sure you turn the heat down to low when adding the eggs, they should gently scramble until just set so make sure you don’t overcook them!
  • I strongly advise that you get aleppo pepper for this recipe because it adds so much flavour (scroll up for the Amazon link) but if you can’t get hold of it then you could use smoked paprika instead
  • I like these eggs served with yoghurt but if you prefer you could try them with hot sauce instead
  • Want a different way to serve this dish? Try using tortilla wraps and making menemen breakfast tacos!

Want more? Try these other egg recipes!

 

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Menemen | Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Peppers

Menemen is a Turkish breakfast dish made with eggs gently scrambled with peppers and tomatoes. It makes an amazing brunch served with plenty of bread.
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Turkish
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 1 Green Pepper chopped
  • 4 Tomatoes chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Aleppo Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 4 Eggs
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Bread to serve
  • Greek Yoghurt to serve
  • Coriander chopped, to serve

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium low heat. Fry the onion and pepper for a few minutes. Add the tomatoes and wait until they have released their juices and everything is softened. Add the aleppo pepper and oregano to the pan along with salt and pepper to taste and mix in.
  • Break the eggs into a bowl and whisk together with a fork. Turn the heat to low and tip the eggs into the pan and use a wooden spoon to gently scramble them and mix them with the other ingredients. Once the eggs start to set remove from the heat and allow them to continue cooking in the pan for a few minutes. Serve them with bread or toast and some Greek yoghurt.
Nutrition Facts
Menemen | Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 327mg109%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 888mg25%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 5g20%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 2895IU58%
Vitamin C 85.6mg104%
Calcium 93mg9%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Patty
    25/04/2019 at 8:56 AM

    5 stars
    This looks like such a hearty and delicious brekkie, need to make it, my family will devour it in seconds!

  • Reply
    Annie @ Annie's Noms
    25/04/2019 at 9:24 AM

    5 stars
    I have never heard o menemen before, but it looks right up my street! I love brunch/post workout meals which pack the flavour in but are healthy and this looks perfect. I need to try this with a big chunk of homemade bread!

  • Reply
    Danielle Wolter
    25/04/2019 at 10:49 AM

    5 stars
    i am loving all the flavors in these eggs! what a quick, easy and delicious breakfast – totally trying this!

  • Reply
    Noelle
    25/04/2019 at 10:53 AM

    5 stars
    I make eggs almost every morning and I love finding new ways to make them, this has been one of my new favorites! Not your average boring eggs here!

  • Reply
    Rosa
    25/04/2019 at 11:38 AM

    5 stars
    This looks so flavourful and simple to make! Sounds like a great breakfast or dinnee option!

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