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Turkish Eggs – Simplified but as Delicious

Turkish egg

Turkish eggs are a spicy and creamy delight for your next brunch

Turkish eggs will transport your taste buds to the vibrant streets of Turkey with its Middle Eastern flavours. Combining poached eggs, velvety yogurt, fragrant olive oil, and a touch of spices, this dish offers a delightful fusion of flavors and textures. The Turkish egg, also known as “Cilbir,” is a versatile dish that can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch, or as a light and satisfying meal any time of the day.

Turkish eggs is the perfect blend of spices and texture

At the heart of the Turkish egg lies the runny, poached eggs. The silky smoothness of the runny yolks beautifully contrasts with the creamy yogurt, creating a luscious and indulgent base. A drizzle melted butter infcused with spices makes this dish pop – visually and tastewise!

Creamy Yogurt – the Star of the Dish

Yogurt plays a central role in Turkish cuisine, and it shines in this recipe. The creamy and tangy yogurt brings a refreshing element that balances the richness of the poached eggs and the flavors of the spices. Opt for plain Greek yogurt or strained yogurt for a thicker and smoother consistency. You make replace it with plant-based options, but try to go for a thicker, high fat version.

Poached Eggs – a Delicate Delight

Poached eggs are the centerpiece of the Turkish egg, and mastering the art of poaching ensures a sublime culinary experience. But don’t worry, your poached egg might not look as pretty as in your favorite brunch spot, but it will taste just as good! Gently simmer fresh eggs in water with a splash of vinegar until the whites set while keeping the yolks beautifully runny. The resulting poached eggs, when combined with the yogurt, create a velvety sauce that coats each bite with luxurious goodness.

Make this recipe fully yours

The Turkish egg offers a canvas for endless customization. For additional flavor and texture, you can add garlic-infused olive oil, or chop up fresh herbs such as dill, chives or mint, or even a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds. Serve it with warm crusty bread or pita to scoop up the egg and yogurt mixture, adding an enjoyable element of contrast.

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The Turkish egg, or Cilbir, is deeply rooted in Turkish culinary tradition and reflects the country’s rich history and cultural influences. This iconic dish has been enjoyed for centuries and remains a beloved staple in Turkish households. Embrace the cultural heritage and savor the flavors of Turkey with each delectable bite. There are many versions of this dish around Middle Eastern cuisine that are all amazingly delicious and reflect local cultures.

Simplified Turkish Eggs

This beautiful dish is inspired by Turkish eggs, aka Cilbir. It's not only a delicious and satisfying brunch idea but great for any time of the day. These Turkish-inspired eggs consists of a poached egg that is served on top of a bed of garlicky yogurt and a drizzle of melted, spicy butter. Top it with some herbs, such as dill or chives and enjoy with warm slice bread for dipping.
Prep Time10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: Turkish egg
Servings: 1 serving


  • 150 g greek yoghurt
  • 1 garlic clove (grated or finely chopped)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 poached egg
  • optional: dill or chives (the dish is traditionally made with a lot of dill)

Spicy butter

  • 40 g butter
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¼ tsp chili powder


  • In a deep plate, combine greek yoghurt, minced garlic and dill or chives. The traditional dish is made with a lot of dill, but depending on taste and availability, chives will give it a fresh kick. Mix together and add salt to taste.
  • In a pan, melt the butter. Turn off the flame and add smoked paprika and chili powder. The spices burn really fast, so make sure the butter is not bubbling hot anymore. Set it aside.
  • Poach an egg: Crack an egg into a mug. Add 1 tbsp white vinegar in a pot of water. Bring it to simmer (not boil). Using a spoon, create a whirl by stirring really fast. Then gently pour the egg inside the whirl. Let it cook for 2.5 minutes.
    It might not look as pretty as at your fav brunch spot, but it tastes just as good!
  • Place the eggs on top of the yoghurt, and drizzle over the spicy butter. Top with some fresh herbs and enjoy!

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Made with love by Katja & Youssef | 2023