Turkish Eggs

recipe for turkish eggs

Turkish eggs, also known as cilbir, is a popular breakfast dish in Turkey that features poached eggs in a yogurt and garlic sauce, often served with bread or pita. The origins of this dish are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in central Asia or the Middle East, and then spread to Turkey.

The dish is thought to have been popularized in Turkey during the Ottoman Empire, when yogurt and garlic were commonly used in Turkish cuisine. It was traditionally served as a breakfast dish, but can now be found on menus throughout the day in many Turkish restaurants.

The name cilbir comes from the Turkish word for “sprinkled”, which refers to the traditional method of serving the dish with a sprinkle of chili flakes or paprika on top. The dish has also been adapted in different regions of Turkey, with variations that include the addition of ingredients such as feta cheese, tomatoes, and herbs.

Today, Turkish eggs have become a popular dish outside of Turkey, with variations and adaptations appearing on menus in other countries. It is often served as a brunch or breakfast item, and is enjoyed for its creamy texture, rich flavor, and satisfying combination of protein and carbohydrates.

Turkish eggs, or cilbir, is a delicious and popular dish in Turkey that has spread to other parts of the world. While its exact origins are not known, it is believed to have developed from traditional Turkish cuisine and has been enjoyed for centuries. With its flavorful combination of eggs, yogurt, and garlic, Turkish eggs remain a beloved breakfast dish enjoyed by many.

Here’s a recipe for Menemen:


  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 3-4 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped


  1. Heat olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat.
  2. Add diced onion and sauté until it turns translucent.
  3. Add diced tomatoes to the pan and cook until they release their juices and turn soft.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Crack the eggs into the pan (scramble or leave whole).
  6. Let cook until eggs are over-easy (or easy-over?) I like them with soft yolks.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley or cilantro and serve hot with crusty bread or Turkish flatbread.

Enjoy this delicious Turkish eggs recipe, known as Menemen!