Shakshuka Capsicum Cups


Shakshuka Capsicum Cups

Did you know that a red pepper in Australia is called as a capsicum?
It's taken me a good 18 months to learn to search for "C" instead of "P" on the self-checkout veggie scale, so in an attempt to continue integrating (and so that my kids don't laugh at me and roll their eyes one day) I now call them capsicums...
Weird, I know.
Anyway this is one of my favourite ways to use up capsicum peppers that have been loitering a bit too long at the back of the fridge and have started to go a little wrinkly and rubbery. It's also a good way to use up leftover mince and pre-cooked quinoa if you have some.


  • 1 Capsicum pepper
  • 2 tbsp leftover cooked mince
  • 2 tbsp cooked quinoa
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 1 tbsp grated cheese of your choice (cheddar, feta, vegan cheese)


  • Slice the tops of the capsicum off to make a little hat, keep to one side
  • Scoop out any seeds inside the capsicum and rinse thoroughly to remove any chemicals if shop-bought or dirt if homegrown
  • Thoroughly dry the capsicum and rub all over with olive oil, salt & pepper
  • You can either oil the lids of the capsicums at this point and place them alongside the stuffed peppers if you would like to roast them as well. Or leave them out if you don't plan to use them as a garnish
  • In a mixing bowl combine the mince and quinoa and mix until incorporated
  • Scoop the mincey quinoa into the capsicum, pushing down with the back of a spoon. Filling on 3/4 full
  • Using the back of the spoon create a dent large enough to contain the egg
  • Crack the egg first into a small jug and then pour it into the dent inside the pepper
  • Continue with the desired amount of capsicum peppers
  • Turn on the oven to 200C or use an air fryer
  • Line the prepped capsicums on a baking tray or stack them in your air fryer depending on your preferred method of cooking
  • Add into the oven or air fryer and bake until the egg is cooked. Bearing in mind all other ingredients are pre-cooked, so it's just about cooking the egg and roasting the outside of the pepper
  • a few minutes before it's due to come out of the oven or air fryer sprinkle each capsicum with your choice of cheese and place back under the heat to melt the cheese
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