youtube pinterest twitter facebook instagram vimeo Bookmark Entries BURGER NEW Chevron Down Chevron Left Chevron Right Basket Speech Comment Search Video Play Icon Premium Nigella Lawson Vegan Vegetarian Member Speech Recipe Bookmark Comment Camera Scales Quantity List Reorder Remove Open book
Menu Signed In
More Nigella recipes

Turkish Eggs

by . Featured in AT MY TABLE

Introduction

If I hadn’t eaten the Turkish eggs at Peter Gordon’s restaurant, The Providores, I most certainly wouldn’t be tempted by the idea of poached eggs on Greek yogurt. I say that only to pre-empt any hesitancy on your part. For çilbir, pronounced “chulburr”, is a revelation and a complete sensation.

If you can’t get the Aleppo pepper, also known as pul biber or Turkish red pepper flakes, which has a mild, almost sweet heat and a distinctive lemoniness, you could substitute paprika, adding a pinch of dried chilli flakes. But, in these days of online grocery shopping, I’d encourage you to go for the real thing. This is the recipe that helped me overcome my fear of poaching eggs (see additional info below).

If I hadn’t eaten the Turkish eggs at Peter Gordon’s restaurant, The Providores, I most certainly wouldn’t be tempted by the idea of poached eggs on Greek yogurt. I say that only to pre-empt any hesitancy on your part. For çilbir, pronounced “chulburr”, is a revelation and a complete sensation.

If you can’t get the Aleppo pepper, also known as pul biber or Turkish red pepper flakes, which has a mild, almost sweet heat and a distinctive lemoniness, you could substitute paprika, adding a pinch of dried chilli flakes. But, in these days of online grocery shopping, I’d encourage you to go for the real thing. This is the recipe that helped me overcome my fear of poaching eggs (see additional info below).

Image of Nigella's Turkish Eggs
Photo by Jonathan Lovekin

Premium Recipe

This recipe is exclusive to Nigella.com members. To see the recipe in full, just sign in or sign up.

It’s the work of a moment and free. And, rest assured, we don’t pass any of your details to anyone.

Tell us what you think

What 8 Others have said

  • Thought the combination sounded a little odd, but tried it with home made bread for a simple meal after work and it's my new favourite egg dish, delicious!

    Posted by Kryan on 22nd October 2018
  • Pop eggs in their shell into boiling water for 20secs remove with slotted spoon turn down the heat until water stops rolling, then crack egg into the water. Perfect poached eggs every time!

    Posted by Tiny10 on 16th September 2018
  • A cheat's guide to poaching eggs. For each egg: a saucer lined with a square of lightly-oiled clingfilm. Break the egg onto the clingfilm and twirl into a little parcel. Cook in simmering water until done to your liking. Unwrap onto whatever you're eating it with. More coddling than poaching, but a good result.

    Posted by salou on 15th September 2018
  • I made these this morning, though I made sunny side up eggs versus the poached. Loooved the aleppo pepper butter and plan on using my leftover butter on my steak tonight. I was a little leery of the whole yogurt with eggs thing, but it turned out to be devine. My leftover yogurt is going to be made into a cucumber salad dressing tonight since it's already garlicky.

    Posted by WhiskTaker on 10th June 2018
  • I am totally addicted to this dish, I love it. I'm telling everyone about it.

    Posted by jellydene on 5th March 2018
  • I love this dish (and all of Nigella's recipes)!

    Posted by Meia2 on 1st January 2018
  • Made this today. Just so tasty. I've never poached an egg in my life, however, her instructions are on point and it came out like a hotel poached egg. Perfect. This will be on rotation now. Thanks Nigella!

    Posted by bana3 on 24th November 2017
  • Wow, I loved this. Didn't had allepo pepper but because I had to have it IMMEDIATELY I used the paprika/chilli flake subs and it was gorgeous. Creamy, eggy, buttery...a little heat...sourdough toast. Yup, I've just listed the ingredients but SO GOOD. Thank you, Nigella.

    Posted by Becks16 on 6th November 2017
Show more comments