Baked Eggs with Saffron and Cumin

Photo: psfreeman

Many Muslim Chinese restaurants in Shanghai and Beijing specialize in cumin lamb dishes. This is a short, revised recipe for a fragrant comfort food dish that is a piece of cake. Just sauté some shallots or onions in a pan, add the tomatoes, cumin, salt, and pepper, then transfer the mixture to ramekins. Then crack an egg into each ramekin and sprinkle a bit of saffron on top. Perfect for a leisurely weekend brunch or even an easy weeknight meal, accompanied by rice or noodles. By Diana, 9/9/12

Yield: 2 servings
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  • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1 large shallot or 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large or 3 medium tomatoes, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon(s) ground cumin
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch(s) saffron (6 to 8 threads)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Toast cumin in a dry, medium- to large-sized skillet. Add the olive oil, and cook the onions over medium heat until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and sprinkle in the cumin. Cook, stirring, until the tomatoes have softened, about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste
  2. Divide the tomato mixture into 2 medium ramekins. Top each ramekin with 1 egg. Crumble the saffron threads with your fingers and sprinkle them over the eggs. Bake in the oven for about 20 to 25 minutes, until whites and yolk are set (a few minutes less if you prefer your egg yolks slightly runny). Remove from the oven and sprinkle a tiny bit more salt and pepper on top. Cool for 3 minutes or so before serving.
November 2012

This recipe is a personal recipe added by psfreeman and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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