Authentic Turkish Menemen: A Savory Egg and Vegetable Skillet Dish

Easy Traditional Turkish Menemen Recipe - Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes, Onions and Chilies

Discover the rich flavors of Turkey with this traditional menemen recipe – a delightful medley of softly scrambled eggs, ripe tomatoes, and vibrant peppers.

Imagine strolling through the bustling streets of Istanbul, the aroma of spices and sizzling pans filling the air. That’s where our culinary journey begins, with a dish that captured hearts and taste buds alike: menemen.

This humble yet irresistible breakfast staple became our daily craving, earning itself a playful nickname set to the tune of a familiar Muppet song. One bite of this Turkish delight, and you’ll find yourself humming along too!

The Secret to Perfect Menemen: Choosing the Right Peppers

While many recipes call for bell peppers, the key to authentic menemen lies in using slender, slightly spicy green peppers. Shishito, Padrón, or Chinese long green peppers bring the perfect balance of heat and flavor to this dish.

Can’t find these specific varieties? Don’t worry! We’ll guide you through some clever substitutions to ensure your menemen tastes just like it does in the heart of Turkey.

Mastering the Art of Turkish Egg Scrambling

Menemen isn’t just about ingredients – it’s about technique. We’ll show you how to achieve that coveted soft, silky texture that sets this dish apart from ordinary scrambled eggs. Get ready to impress with your newfound Turkish cooking skills!

Menemen (Turkish-Style Scrambled Eggs With Tomatoes, Onions, and Chilies) Recipe


  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (1g) hot paprika (see note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
  • 1 small onion, finely diced (about 3/4 cup; 39g)
  • 3/4 cup (90g) finely diced shishito, Padrón, or Chinese green long pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup (100g) chopped peeled ripe fresh tomatoes or drained canned tomatoes
  • 4 large eggs (200g), lightly beaten
  • Minced fresh chives, for garnish (optional; see note)


  1. Start by gently warming olive oil in a medium nonstick or cast iron skillet over low heat. Add the paprika, oregano, onion, and peppers, seasoning generously with salt and plenty of black pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetables become wonderfully soft. Introduce the tomatoes and continue cooking until the colors deepen and flavors meld. Here’s a pro tip: remove and reserve half of this aromatic mixture – it’s the secret to achieving the perfect texture later!
  2. Return the pan to the heat and add your lightly beaten eggs, seasoned with salt and pepper. This is where the magic happens! Stir frequently, watching closely as the eggs begin to set. The moment they reach that perfect, barely-set consistency, remove from heat. Now, gently fold in the reserved vegetable mixture, creating a beautiful marbling effect. If desired, sprinkle with fresh chives for a pop of color and flavor. Serve immediately and watch as your guests fall in love with this Turkish delight!


For an authentic Turkish touch, try using Aleppo or Urfa chilies instead of paprika. While not traditional, a sprinkle of chives adds a delightful freshness to the dish – feel free to include or omit based on your preference.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
355 Calories
30g Fat
8g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 355
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 39%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 372mg 124%
Sodium 516mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 41mg 204%
Calcium 83mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 354mg 8%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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