This 15-minute Turkish Eggs Recipe (Cilbir) pairs creamy garlicky yogurt, spiced butter, poached eggs, and fresh dill for a meal that’s satisfying for breakfast or any meal of the day.
Fiery spiced butter, cool garlicky yogurt, runny eggs, and fresh dill. It sounds like a strange mash-up of flavors, but there’s something completely deliciously addictive about Cilbir!
I first had this dish for brunch at Zaytinya in D.C. As much as I loved it, I forgot all about it until a craving hit a couple months ago! I made it and realized it needed to go on my blog.
If this dish is new to you, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make. It comes together in just 15 minutes! And it’s impressive, both in flavor and in presentation. This Turkish Eggs Recipe (Cilbir) is just too easy and too good not to become a staple in your kitchen!
The Best Turkish Eggs Recipe
Cilbir is a Turkish eggs recipe containing three main components: garlicky yogurt, poached eggs, and spiced melted butter. It is very easy to whip up!
You can serve it with flatbread, sliced sourdough bread, or even toasted keto bread to keep the carbs down.
Tips for Making Turkish Eggs
- Make ahead. You can make the garlic yogurt up to 4 days in advance and store it covered in the fridge. However, the spiced butter and poached eggs are best made right before you want to serve Cilbir.
- Easy to scale. This recipe makes just 1 serving so whip it up anytime, but it's easy to scale up if you're feeding multiple people.
- If you like spicy-hot foods. Feel free to add more cayenne pepper, hot paprika, or Aleppo pepper to taste.
Cilbir (Turkish Eggs Recipe) FAQs
Should the Yogurt be Warm?
The yogurt for Cilbir should be slightly warm or at room temperature.
I find that it's perfect if you mix up the garlic yogurt first and let it sit at room temperature while you make the spiced butter and poached eggs.
What is Aleppo Pepper?
Aleppo pepper is a spice that comes from Halaby chile peppers that are ground or crushed. It typically has a medium heat level with 10,000 SHU on the Scoville Scale.
This type of pepper is named after the city of Aleppo in northern Syria, and is commonly used in Middle Eastern cuisine.
How Do You Poach Eggs?
- Fill a shallow saucepan with 2 to 3 inches of water and bring to a boil.
- Add ½ tablespoon distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and turn the heat down to medium to medium-low so it’s simmering.
- Crack each egg into a small bowl 1 at a time, and gently slip the egg into the water.
- Cook until the eggs reach your desired level of runniness, about 3 minutes.
- Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, patting the bottom with paper towels to absorb the liquid.
More Egg Recipes to Make
- Cheesy Mushroom Baked Eggs
- Spicy Masala Omelette
- Cheesy Gougère Baked Eggs
- Herbed Eggs Baked in Cream with Feta
- Sumac-Spiced Baked Eggs with Kale
- Brown Butter Scrambled Eggs
- Cheesy English Muffins with Smoky Balsamic Red Pepper Compote and Fried Eggs
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Cilbir (Turkish Eggs Recipe)
- ½ cup Greek yogurt at room temperature
- 1 clove garlic crushed
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs poached
- 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh dill or ½ teaspoon dried dill
- Salt and black pepper to taste
For the Garlic Yogurt:
- Stir together all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
For the Spiced Butter:
- Melt the butter with the oil in a small skillet. Add the spices and cook another 30 seconds. Set aside.
- Spread the Garlic Yogurt out in a shallow bowl.
- Place the poached eggs on top of the Garlic Yogurt.
- Drizzle the Spiced Butter on top, and sprinkle on the dill.
- Taste and season with additional salt and black pepper as desired.
- Net Carbs: 6g per serving (whole recipe)
- How to Poach Eggs: Fill a shallow saucepan with 2 to 3 inches of water and bring to a boil. Add ½ tablespoon distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar, and turn the heat down to medium to medium-low so it’s simmering. Crack each egg into a small bowl 1 at a time, and gently slip the egg into the water. Cook until the eggs reach your desired level of runniness, about 3 minutes. Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon, patting the bottom with paper towels to absorb the liquid.
- Aleppo Pepper: The Spiced Butter is traditionally made with Aleppo pepper. If you can find it (or if you want to buy Aleppo pepper on Amazon), use it instead of the sweet paprika + cayenne pepper.
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