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Eggs with Chilli Garlic Sauce

Crispy fried eggs, cold herby yoghurt, and a spicy garlic brown butter sauce are what make this recipe so deliciously addictive. An adaptation of Turkish eggs, these quick and easy eggs with chilli garlic sauce can be made with staple ingredients you likely already have on hand.

Eggs with Chilli Garlic Sauce and yoghurt with toast

A comforting egg dish and ready in under 20 minutes! This recipe requires only 8 ingredients and 6 easy steps. Serve as a weekend breakfast, lazy brunch, or on a mezze platter with crunchy toast.

What makes this such a unique dish is the savoury yoghurt paired with the eggs and chilli garlic sauce. While this may seem like a strange new concept, don’t be put off. There’s a reason why Turkish eggs are enjoyed across the globe!

What are Turkish eggs?

Turkish eggs, or Çılbır, is a Middle Eastern dish of poached eggs on top of a herby, garlic yoghurt. Enjoyed by Ottoman sultans, it can be dated as far back as the 15th century! Traditionally poached, there are several Balkan countries that refer to it as čimbur, which translates into fried eggs. Our interpretation of this classic dish has taken the fried egg route. You can of course also try poached eggs if you’re opting for a healthier option. 

Making perfect poached eggs

If you’re going to poach your eggs, then these simple steps will help you achieve the perfect poached egg:
  1. Boil your water in a saucepan and add a bit of vinegar (this will help your egg white stay in tact). Make sure not to add too much vinegar so the taste doesn’t transfer to your egg.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, stir the water continuously to create a vortex in the middle – don’t go full Twister here, we want to keep the water inside the saucepan. This swirl of water helps keep the egg white and yolk together.
  3. Quickly crack your egg into the vortex of water (only 1 egg at a time to avoid them combining). Cook the egg for 2-3 minutes for the perfect soft boiled egg. Remove the egg with a slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain the vinegar water.
Eggs with Chilli Garlic Sauce and yoghurt with toast

Chef it up

Have fun with this recipe and embrace your inner DIY chef. Create your own chilli garlic sauce (recipe here) and crispy air fryer onions (recipe here) that we’ve developed. These recipes will help you create your own sauces and toppings in under 1 hour! And if you’re still in the mood to have fun in the kitchen, here are a few more sauces you can make at home

If you try this recipe, or any others, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. Happy cooking!

Eggs with Chilli Garlic Sauce and yoghurt with toast

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I poach my eggs instead?

Of course! If you’re opting for a healthier option or a more traditional approach, then poached eggs are perfect. Follow the steps above to get best results.

What yoghurt should I use?

We suggest you use an unsweetened Greek or Turkish yoghurt for this recipe.

Can I use other herbs?

We use dill in our recipe, but you can also try fresh mint, parsley, oregano, or other herbs of your choice.

 

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Eggs with Chilli Garlic Sauce and yoghurt with toast

Eggs with Chilli Garlic Sauce


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  • Author: Jess
  • Total Time: <20 Minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2

Description

Crispy fried eggs, cold herby yoghurt, and a spicy garlic brown butter sauce are what make this recipe so deliciously addictive. An adaptation of Turkish eggs, these quick and easy eggs with chilli garlic sauce can be made with staple ingredients you likely already have on hand.


Ingredients

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  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 Tbsp/4g dill
  • 300g yoghurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 10g butter
  • 1 generous spoon of chilli sauce per fried egg, use shop-bought Lao Gan Ma or make your own

For Serving

  • Crispy onions, shop bought or make your own
  • 2 slices sourdough
  • Dill for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the dill and grate the garlic
  2. To a bowl add the yoghurt, chopped dill and grated garlic. Stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. Place a frying pan, suitably sized to fry your two eggs, over a medium-high heat.
  4. While the pan heats, make your toast.
  5. Once the pan is hot, divide the chilli sauce into two blobs, on either side of the frying pan. Immediately crack the eggs on top of the chilli sauce. Add the butter to the pan then baste the eggs in the browning butter until cooked on top and crispy on the bottom. 
  6. Spoon the yoghurt onto two serving dishes, then slide an egg on top of each.
  7. Finish the eggs with a drizzle of brown butter from the pan, more fresh dill, and crispy onions, if using.
  • Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: breakfast
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