Spanish Baked Eggs

SERVES 2 PREP 10 mins COOK 20 mins Easy

I’m a big fan of Spanish food, especially the smoky paprika and chorizo, and this is one of my favourite breakfasts. Remember that the capers and  anchovies are very salty, taste, taste, taste throughout the cooking to check the seasoning.


  • 250 g chorizo, sliced
  • 2 eschalots (French shallots), thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
  • 400 g tinned diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon baby capers, rinsed (optional)
  • 2 anchovy fillets, chopped (optional)
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • Chopped flat-leaf parsley for garnish
  • Chargrilled or toasted bread to serve


Pre heat the oven to 190C. (or 170C for a fan-forced oven).

Cook the chorizo in a small ovenproof frying pan over medium heat until the oil is released and the chorizo is caramelised, about 2-3 minutes. Add the eschalots and garlic and sauté for a further 2 minutes. Add the paprika, cumin and cayenne pepper and sauté for a further minute or until fragrant.

Add the vinegar and deglaze the pan, cooking until the liquid has almost evaporated, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, capers (if using) and anchovies (if using), stir well to combine and continue to cook for another minute.

If you want to serve the eggs in individual dishes, transfer the mixture to two 300 ml ovenproof dishes, otherwise you can just leave the mixture in the frying pan. Make a small indentation in the mixture in the pan or each dish, and break an egg into it. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes, depending on how runny you want your yolk.

Top with some freshly chopped parsley before serving with the chargrilled or toasted bread.


BRENT'S TIP: If you're in a hurry, you can put your baking dishes in the oven at preheating stage to warm them up. This will speed up the cooking of the eggs - but remember the dishes will be smoking hot!


Recipe taken from Brent’s book, Dig In!