Spicy Tomato Baked Eggs

If there’s one thing I don’t eat enough of, it’s eggs. Considering we own three chickens, which produce 2-3 eggs every day, and have done for the past 2-3 years, eggs are rather overlooked on our food eating agenda. This is a shame, since it’s always best to use easily exploitable resources. It would make more economic sense, for us to eat more eggs than we do. The second, and possibly most important, consideration behind this recipe is that I simply don’t eat well enough in the mornings. My breakfast usually consists of some ridiculously over-priced and over-sweet cereal, or nothing at all. Neither of these options are particularly healthy. As such, I want to try and create some new and interesting breakfast dishes, which include egg. This recipe isn’t strictly or explicitly for the breakfasting hour. However, it worked jolly well for me.

The trick with this dish is, as with most other tomato based meals, to cook the tomatoes for a significant period of time. As you’ll see, I cooked mine for around 25 minutes before even putting it in the oven. This does mean that one will have to get up rather early if one wants this for their breakfast. However, let’s face it, it’s going to be more than worth it. Besides, people stay in bed far too long these days. I do hope you all enjoy this post and return tomorrow for my special one-year anniversary post!

Spicy Tomato Baked Eggs

Serves 4


• 4 eggs

• 2 tins of plum tomatoes

• 1 onion, finely chopped

• 1-2 chilis, with or without seeds

• 1 clove of garlic, mashed

• A small handful of coriander, stalks and all

• Olive oil

• Salt and Pepper


1. Fry the onions in a good glug of olive oil. Add the garlic, chilli and cook for two minutes before tipping in the tomatoes. Cook on a relatively high heat for 25 minutes, breaking up the plum tomatoes as you go. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Season to taste, stir in the finely chopped stalks of coriander and pour into a suitably sized oven dish.

2. Make four little wells in the tomato mixture and crack in the eggs. It doesn’t matter at all if the yolk splits. Sprinkle a little more olive oil over the top and bake until the whites are firm and yolk is how you like it. Garnish with coriander to serve, bread is an optional extra.

Cost: Obviously, the eggs didn’t cost me a dime. However, I can’t assume the same of you, so this dish should set you back roughly £1.60. I shall take this opportunity to gloat and divulge the fact that this dish cost my stingy wallet a mere 80p.


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132 comments on “Spicy Tomato Baked Eggs

  1. VogueVegetarian
    January 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Your recipes always look so gorgeous! And by the way, I loved your recent Bio! It was nice to learn a bit more about the author of Frugal Feeding.

  2. Jen R
    January 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Fantastic that has gone on the meal planner for the week ahead, the kids love eggs and tomaotes, will leave out the chilli though…thank you!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:25 pm

      Thanks! OH, great! I love it when people make my recipes!

  3. cookinginsens
    January 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Hi Frugal. Cook the sauce the day before, cool and refrigerate. Next morning, reheat in microwave, then pour into baking dish and continue.

    Nice recipe.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      That had occurred to me – after I prepared it :D. Also, I can’t photograph in the evening! This is a great tip for everyone else though! Thanks, Sens.

  4. Chica Andaluza
    January 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

    A lovely dish and we can make it with our own eggs too (she says smugly!). Really reminds me of a Spanish dish we make here called Huevos a la Flamenca – it just has added some peas and slices of jamon and/or chorizo which obviously ups the price (especially outside of Spain) but turns it into a lovely light lunch or supper dish.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Haha, we can be smug together. I’ve seen dishes like that and intend to blog about them eventually – I have to space out these thing, you know! I love jamon and chorizo – it’s fair inexpensive in Spain though, right? It always has been where I go!

  5. countrywoodsmoke
    January 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

    What a healthy frugal brunch that would make, just need my lazy ducks to start laying and I’ll try this with duck eggs. Mmmmm

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Oh yes, that was the idea :D. Silly ducks. Give them a kick up the arse.

  6. cornstalk
    January 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Oo my new favourite ^.^

  7. Juls (Pepper and Sherry)
    January 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

    I am a firm believer (though admittedly, only a recent practitioner) of a good and healthy breakfast not because of that “most important meal of the day” stuff but because if you kickstart the day on a healthy foot then its easier to continue AND its the meal in which its easiest to cram up to three of your five a day down your throat and then you can saunter on all happy and smug!
    We used to keep chickens and I will do again, but for the time being living in a rented home next to a scary lady that shouts a lot and finds everything to complaion about…I’m leaving a new brood until we move on!
    I’m all over these baked eggs! They look faaaaaaaaantastic!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:22 pm

      I love a nice and healthy breakfast when one comes along! Sometime I do have a rather nice and crunchy apple! :D. Ahha. I bet you can’t wait to get some more chickens! I’m so glad you like the look of this dish.

  8. Hayley (Oat Couture)
    January 28, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Love it! It looks a little similar to huevos rancheros and that is a fave around here! Add lots of fresh crusty bread and something with bubbles you have the perfect brunch! 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Yes, it is very similar. I simply must do that one too – it has been on my list for so long. I’m not such a fan of champagne, but a bottle of cider would do nicely.

  9. Catherine
    January 28, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Congratulations on a year of blogging! And those eggs look gorgeous.

  10. spree
    January 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    We love baked eggs at our house and this version looks delicious! This and a salad, some oven-roasted potatoes would be a good dinner too. But it’s a great weekend breakfast! See you tomorrow!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks, Spree! I always love your compliments, they mean so much. To be honest, it’s great for every and any meal.

  11. Eva kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com
    January 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    What an amazing dish, I made something very similar that was middle eastern called Shakshuka http://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/shakshuka-a-middle-eastern-egg-dish/
    A delicious combo of tomato sauce, spices and baked eggs. I made mine in small individual ramekins, but a huge baking dish also looks very impressive!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Yes, I’ve wanted to try that too. It shall happen, no doubt.

  12. mizvaldes
    January 28, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I agree with Hayley, very similar to Huevos Rancheros. You’ve inspired me.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      It is, Huevos is already on my list of things to cook :D.

  13. Corina
    January 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I wouldn’t have time to make anything like this on a weekday but I love making spicy baked eggs at weekends. I’ve made both shakshuka and huevos rancheros recently. It’s a nice change from a typical British cooked breakfast, which of course I love as well!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      You could make the tomato sauce of an evening and simply bake it with eggs for the allotted time… I never have British cooked breakfast – I do prefer to be a bit healthier most of the time.

  14. RecipeAdaptors
    January 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I was just thinking that toast for breakfast was getting a bit boring, and here you are with an answer. Well done.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      It really does, doesn’t it? Thanks. Let me know if you give it a go.

  15. trixfred30
    January 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Looks incredibly colourful!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks – I was so impressed with the way it looked!

  16. La Deetda Reads
    January 28, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Well now, I wish I had this recipe last night when I couldn’t think of a thing to cook for supper. Thanks! I’ll give it a try real soon.
    P.S.-Keep throwing in more very British “jolly well”s we Americans love that.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Oh, I am sorry that I didn’t blog it sooner :D. Oh I shall, I can’t help but use Britishisms…

  17. An Irish Village Pantry
    January 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Handy little number to have in the recipe arsenal.

  18. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    January 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    What a great way to eat eggs, love doing this. Your looks fantastic.

  19. Elaina @ Flavour
    January 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Baked eggs has ALWAYS been one of my favourite breakfasts and have always wanted to know how to make them. I’m so thrilled that you blogged about them 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      And I’m so thrilled you enjoyed the post. You shall have to try them out! I have some other baked eggs kicking around somewhere on FrugalFeeding.

  20. thekalechronicles
    January 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    I am one of those picky people that has to have my eggs broken and whisked (scrambled eggs, omelets), but I love your seasonings and the look of your sauce. I look forward to reading your anniversary post tomorrow.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      My mum is a bit like that, but even more extreme. I’m glad you like the recipe 😀

  21. Bluejellybeans
    January 28, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Hey, tomorrow is my one-year anniversary too!!
    What a coincidence…
    I like your recipe, but I rather have it for lunch… no time in the morning for cooking, is a shame.
    Have a nice day, I’ll check in tomorrow 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Oh wow! That’s so cool! I had no idea we started on the same day. It is good for lunch too – perhaps do what Sens suggests and cook the sauce the night before.

  22. KelseycomK @aslolife
    January 28, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    This looks delicious! I’m totally obsessed with eggs too–can’t wait till I can ha e chickens!

  23. Zoe @ Pantry and Fridge
    January 28, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Wonderful! I love both tomatoes & eggs. Can’t wait to try this one 🙂

    Beatiful, too.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Thanks! Please do and let me know when it happens 😀

  24. mrspedigrew
    January 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I really like your blog, and I Love this beautiful food pic. It would be perfect for the “photogenic food” photo of the week contest over at https://www.facebook.com/DSLRfairytale! The winner is featured on http://dslrfairytale.com/ and here is a link of last week’s winner and runners up gallery http://dslrfairytale.com/photo-of-the-week-gallery/ugly-beautiful-contest-week-of-jan-16th-jan-22nd/. You should come enter this one!

  25. musingmar
    January 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    This would be a great dish to serve at brunch. The colours are stunning and it certainly looks delicious. My city council rejected the backyard chickens proposal a couple of years ago, so there won’t be any eggs to be found in my house save those I buy at the market! Looking forward to your anniversary blog; congratulations!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Yes! Though, I never really indulge in brunch! I’m far too busy :P. I was so happy with the photos. Thanks for visitng so much. why on earth won’t they allow you to keep chickens?

  26. Mama's Gotta Bake
    January 28, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I do eat a lot of eggs, but have never made a dish like this. I will have to give this a try for our Sunday brunch!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Oh, please do. Let me know if all goes ahead!

  27. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    January 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Oh my!

  28. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    January 29, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Yum! We have fresh eggs too, so this is definitely something to try!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Oh, it is. Fresh eggs can’t be beaten 😀

  29. Bam's Kitchen
    January 29, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Wow a early happy 1 year anniversary to you! Congratulations. With some nice hearty bread, this dish is just lovely. BAM

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Thanks, BAM. I’m glad you like the dish 😀

  30. Natalie Kaye
    January 29, 2012 at 3:37 am

    I can’t wait to try this!!

  31. Savory Simple
    January 29, 2012 at 5:34 am

    This looks wonderful!

  32. Good Cooks
    January 29, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Mmm… I know it’s delicious, we also make it and it’s middle eastern (arabic) name is shakshuka, thank you so much for sharing.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      No problem – thanks for the comment. Shakshuka is also on my list 🙂

  33. onceuponarecipe
    January 29, 2012 at 6:45 am

    I’ve never tried baked eggs before, but this looks really tasty! I can just imagine dipping a big ‘ol hunk of bread into that delicious sauce and runny yolks…

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Oh, you should! That’s exactly the idea, it was delicious.

  34. grainnep
    January 29, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Love eggs in our house too… Only 3 of us and we go through about 3 doz per week,… Sadly no cluck clucks chez moi to reduce the cost!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Oh my lord, that is a lot of eggs. Surely that must cause digestive… problems!? Haha. Get some!

  35. Claire
    January 29, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Your blog is inspirational! Thank you. I can’t wait for my hens to start laying. They’re only little now, but in a few months I’ll have to do an eggblog special!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks, Claire! It’ll be wonderful when they do!

  36. Prerna
    January 29, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Made this today- it was brilliant! Thanks for sharing the recipe and congratulations on finishing a year of blogging here. Looking forward to many more interesting and yummy posts from you. 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      Glad to hear it! I’m sure I can come up with a few more 😀

  37. todayimlovin
    January 29, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    This looks so incredible, I’m definitely going to try a few of your recipes out. I love that you put the cost of the ingredients up.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks! I really hope you do! I shall revisit your blog too 😀

  38. Lorna
    January 29, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    This looks lovely! We are hoping to get our own chickens when we move…

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks! How exciting! They are a really good investment.

  39. Smedette
    January 29, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    This looks like a lovely dish to prepare for brunch or to bring to a potluck.

    Fresh eggs are so wonderful. I miss my hens (moved across the country – the city I now reside in has very strict restrictions for owning hens and I do not qualify. Boo.)

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks! I think it would make a wonderful brunch. I don’t understand this chicken restriction business – it’s so needless.

  40. Can't live without....
    January 30, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Reading other comments…this dish seems like a world wide phenomenon!! I recently blogged about Indian/Israeli version….Tomato Curry/Shakshuka!! Of course mine was all on stove top.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      I know! I couldn’t quite believe it. I shall get round to making them all eventually!

  41. thecompletecookbook
    January 30, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Eggs and tomatoes always pair so beautifully together.
    🙂 Mandy

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Oh yes, they really do. A timeless combination.

  42. Sara
    January 30, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I’ve made something like this out of a moosewood cookbook called “shakshouka” or something like that (I believe it is Moroccan). I haven’t made it in a while, you’ve reminded me. I don’t mind the getting up so much, it’s the then having to wait patiently to eat! And how lovely to have your own chickens.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Oh yes, I’ve heard of that and intend to make it in the future – I need to save some recipes you know :D. It’s good to get up early anyway, one can get more done.

  43. itaglish
    January 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Eggs – my favourite food 🙂 yummmm

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      I do love eggs, in all forms! I’m glad you agree 🙂

  44. threeblondesandatomas
    January 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    oh my goodness i would LOVE to have my own chickens!!! i am an egg freak!! this looks delicious!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Well, get some. they are relatively cheap! Thanks!

  45. memeinge
    January 30, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    this looks so good! I will have to make this for breakfast this week

  46. todayimlovin
    January 31, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I tried this out last night for dinner. It didn’t look quite as good as yours but it tasted fantastic! Thanks for posting this recipe.
    I posted my attempt on my blog. http://todayimlovin.wordpress.com/2012/01/31/54/

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Awesome! I’m so glad you gave it a go! It looks just fine 🙂

  47. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    January 31, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Looks very delicious! I’m always thinking I don’t eat enough eggs too even though I like them. Must try this.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Thanks! I don’t eat that many eggs either… I’m going to try and include a few more.

  48. kim's scrapbook
    February 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    that just became the next breakfast i make on a weekend
    i shall post and tell you how fabulous it was – only cos i may modify it a little 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Awesome! I’m so glad you think it worthy of breakfast time.

  49. twoguysandakitchen
    February 1, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    That looks amazing!!! Definitely going to try this one.

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks! You should, it was yumm and the colours are fabulous!

  50. Paige
    February 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Beautiful picture and wonderful recipe… definitely going on my breakfast rotation!

    • frugalfeeding
      February 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm

      Oh awesome – I wish I had a breakfast rotation 😛

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    February 4, 2012 at 5:09 pm