Eggs Baked in Tomato-Paprika Sauce

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Eggs Baked in Tomato-Paprika Sauce

Fennel seeds and smoked paprika amp up the flavor of this tomato sauce, which is topped with eggs and then quickly baked. Serve with toasted bread for an easy brunch dish or a simple weeknight supper.


Eggs Baked in Tomato-Paprika Sauce


2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

1 small yellow onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp. fennel seeds

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 can (28 oz./875 g) whole peeled tomatoes with juices, tomatoes lightly crushed by hand

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 eggs

Fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves for garnish


Preheat an oven to 400°F (200°C).


In a 12-inch (30-cm) cast-iron fry pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, fennel seeds and paprika and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


Using the back of a spoon, create a pocket for each egg in the tomato sauce. Crack 1 egg into each pocket. Transfer the pan to the oven and bake until the egg whites are just set and the yolks are still runny, about 8 minutes. Season the eggs with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley leaves. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

3 comments about “Eggs Baked in Tomato-Paprika Sauce

    1. Williams-Sonoma Post author

      Hi Dave, acidic foods can contribute to removing the cure from the pan, but it depends on how well you’ve seasoned your pan and how acidic the tomatoes are. Just make sure you keep your pans well seasoned, and making a recipe with acid from time to time in the pans is probably fine. Also, the damage can be more severe if the acidic sauce is in contact with the pan for longer times (ex. slowly simmering a tomato sauce for hours). You can always reseason, too. If you do wash/scrub with soap, sometimes just drying and rubbing in a little oil will work wonders. Hope this helps!

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