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5 from 2 votes

Turkish eggs - cilbir

This egg dish might seem a little unusual, with poached eggs over garlicy yogurt, but it's a wonderfully delicious and light combination.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine: Turkish
Servings: 1
Calories: 291kcal
Author: Caroline's Cooking


  • ½ cup Greek yogurt 120ml, or other thick plain yogurt
  • ½ clove garlic small
  • 1 teaspoon chopped dill plus a little more to garnish
  • teaspoon salt approx
  • teaspoon pepper approx
  • 1 tablespoon butter 15g, or a little more, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon Aleppo pepper or smoked paprika for non-spicy version
  • 2 eggs (or 1, if you prefer)


  • Finely grate the garlic into the yogurt. Add the chopped dill, salt and pepper and mix well. Pour into a wide bowl and create a slight well in the middle of the middle of the mixture. Set aside. Prepare a wide pot with boiling water to cook the eggs.
  • Warm the butter in a small skillet/frying pan over a medium heat until melted. Add the Aleppo pepper or paprika and cook a minute or two, stirring, then remove from heat.
  • Add the eggs to the boiling water and poach for around 2-3 minutes until the white becomes translucent but the yolk is still soft. Remove from the water with a slotted spoon (or a regular large spoon and drain).
  • Place the eggs in the middle of the yogurt mixture then drizzle the pepper/paprika butter over the top. Garnish with a couple pieces of dill.



There are a few methods out there for poaching eggs to try to keep them together/neat - eg some suggest making a slight whirlpool in the water and adding the egg to the middle. Others cook the egg in a little cling wrap/film twisted bundle, and yet others add a little vinegar to the water. Personally, I don't like the vinegar method as I feel you taste it, and I always have mixed success with the others. But do as you prefer/know works for you.


Calories: 291kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 362mg | Sodium: 568mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1135IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 2mg