Carbonara-Style Corn Shakshuka Recipe

fried eggs with cooked corn
fried eggs with cooked corn - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

Shakshuka is a Middle Eastern egg dish we've come to know and love over the past few years ever since it started popping up on the brunch menus of every trendy bistro in town. The classic version is made with tomatoes, but every so often chefs like to experiment with something slightly different such as tomatillos, instead. Here, however, we're giving the standard shakshuka quite a makeover by replacing the tomato sauce with corn and adding a few other extras.

Developer Jessica Case calls this recipe "a fun and unique way to make shakshuka using corn." She suggests that it can make for "a perfect end of summer meal when corn season is about to end," but allows that you can actually prepare it in the middle of winter as well since frozen corn makes an acceptable substitute for the fresh kind. In addition to eggs and corn, Case also incorporates pecorino Romano cheese and pancetta into the shakshuka, telling us that "This idea comes from cooking pasta carbonara."

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Collect The Ingredients For The Carbonara-Style Corn Shakshuka

eggs corn cheese and pancetta
eggs corn cheese and pancetta - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

The main ingredients for this dish are corn, pancetta, pecorino Romano, and, of course, the eggs without which no shakshuka would be complete. Additional ingredients needed to make it include olive oil, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, and basil.

Prepare The Corn And Pancetta

diced pancetta in frying pan
diced pancetta in frying pan - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

If you're making this dish with fresh corn, you'll first need to cut the kernels off the cobs. Case says to do so by running a knife down the sides of each ear and rotating the cob until you get all of the kernels off. While you could work on a cutting board, she instead suggests, "Use a bundt pan so the corn doesn't fly everywhere."

You'll also need to pre-cook the pancetta to crisp it up and remove the grease. Brown it in the oil for 5 minutes over medium heat, then drain it on paper towels.

Cook The Carbonara-Style Corn

corn and pancetta in pan
corn and pancetta in pan - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

The leftover pan grease from the pancetta can be used to fry the corn kernels, which you should now season with salt and both black and red peppers. Cook the corn for about 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring it every so often. Once it's looking somewhat brown, stir in half of the cheese along with the pancetta.

Fry The Eggs Just The Way You Like Them

raw eggs on cooked corn
raw eggs on cooked corn - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

Make a well in the top of the corn to accommodate each egg, then crack the eggs into these wells. Cover the pan and cook the eggs for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes depending on whether you want your yolks soft or hard or somewhere in between. When the eggs are done, sprinkle the dish with the rest of the cheese and the basil (plus more pepper, if you wish), then, in Case's words, "Dig into this meal for brunch, lunch, or dinner."

Carbonara-Style Corn Shakshuka Recipe

corn with pancetta and cheese
corn with pancetta and cheese - Jessica Case/Tasting Table

Prep Time: 10mCook Time: 15mYield: 4 ServingsIngredients

  • 4 large ears fresh corn, shucked

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 4 ounces pancetta, diced into ½-inch cubes

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 1 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese

  • 4 large eggs

  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves


  1. Slice the kernels off each ear of corn by running a knife down the side while rotating the cob.

  2. Heat olive oil over medium heat. Fry the pancetta for 5 minutes until the fat melts and the meat is browned and crispy.

  3. Drain the pancetta on paper towels.

  4. Fry the corn kernels for 5 minutes in the leftover pancetta grease along with the salt, pepper, and red pepper, stirring occasionally.

  5. Stir the pancetta into the corn along with half of the cheese.

  6. Make 4 wells in the corn and crack an egg into each well.

  7. Cover the pan and cook the eggs for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how hard you want the yolks to be.

  8. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the shakshuka along with the basil and additional pepper if desired.

  9. Serve right away.

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