How to Make Shakshuka

A 1 minute video on how to easily make this delicious Israeli dish.

Be sure to check eggs for bloodspots before using.

Comments (6)

(5) Rabbi Dr. Alan Ira Silver, May 11, 2016 10:58 PM

Checking Eggs for Blood Spots in America

Even in pre-modern farms, Halacha did not require that one check eggs for blood spots before eating them. Shulchan Aruch states that one does not even have to check eggs generally and the "one can eat toasted eggs even though one cannot check them." However, Rama adds that:
One does not have to check eggs to see if they have blood spot, as one relies on the fact that most eggs do not; nonetheless, people have the custom to be strict and check the eggs for blood spots when cooking during the day.
The reason for this custom is obvious. First, if one does not check an egg for a blood spot, and one sees the blood spot during the cooking process or even later, one might have to discard all the food. Second, one might miss blood spot and eat food which is prohibited to eat.
The crucial question is whether the Halachic custom to check eggs must still be observed or whether it is possible to be lenient on this matter and simply not check any eggs generally. The answer to this question is not simple. It might be that one does not have to check eggs for blood spots, but when one is seen, it is still required to remove it according to Jewish law, and thus, it is prudent to check the eggs before placing them in a situation where it is difficult to remove the blood spot.

Thus it is possible to conclude that Jewish law does not require that one check eggs for blood spots prior to their use if one purchases grade A or AA eggs from a supermarket in America, although there is a minhag to check eggs, and one who checks for such eggs is in the category of Hamachmir tavo alav bracha, (pious conduct for which one is blessed for being strict).

(4) Wilfried, May 6, 2016 7:02 AM


Has to be tried, has to be experienced, has to be approved, sees out wonderful and full of taste

(3) Ben grill, May 5, 2016 10:05 PM

I agree with ann.......

(2) Anonymous, May 5, 2016 9:21 PM

no checking the eggs?

I was surprised to see the chef cracking the eggshell and pouring the egg straight into the pan without checking for blood. I watched a second time to make sure that I saw correctly.
The first egg came straight out of the shell, the other two were in some dish.
Do we not have to check eggs before use, especially if being cooked?
Please answer...
And - of course - thanks for everything!

Anonymous, May 8, 2016 9:46 PM

Yes - check the eggs

You should always check eggs, even if the likelihood of finding a blood-spot is minimal (as is the case with battery eggs). In any video regardless of the source, you should not use a guidance for halacha or Jewish religious practice, but rather consult your local Orthodox Rabbi.

(1) ann, May 5, 2016 2:24 PM


no one in Israel adds avocado to the shakshuka


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