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01 Heat the olive oil in a large, lidded frying pan. Add the garlic and chilli flakes and fry for one minute.

02 Add the onions and peppers and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a medium heat until just softened. Sprinkle in the cumin and paprika. Stir in the tomato and cook for a couple more minutes until the paste starts to separate. Add the tomatoes with a splash of water

03 Simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered, until reduced a little. Taste after 5 minutes and add a little sugar if you think the tomatoes need it. Keep an eye on the texture – you don’t want it runny, but it mustn’t get too dry, either. Add another splash of water if necessary. When the sauce is reduced, stir in the herbs.

04 Make 3 small wells in the sauce. Break an egg and drop carefully into a well, repeat with the remaining eggs. Cook for a few more minutes until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny. Sprinkle over the remaining coriander. Serve with yogurt or labneh on the side


  • 15g mealworms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large red bell pepper, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander, plus additional coriander for garnish
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 eggs

Eat Grub are stirring things up in the kitchen, adding edible insects to your favourite dishes! Grub’s Up is a series of step-by-step recipe videos for you to try at home. Today we present our mealworm shakshuka. Healthy, hot and bursting with flavour our edible insects are the perfect substitute for chorizo. Mealworms are not only delicious they are also packed full of high quality nutrients. Mealworms are an excellent source of protein, fibre, Omegas 3&6, iron, calcium, Vit B12 plus many more micronutrients. This will elevate the nutritional good stuff in any plant-based dish.

That’s not all. The nutrients in edible insects are completely sustainable. Insects require a fraction of the land, resources and energy compared to traditional livestock. However, you get the same nutritional benefits.

Our favourite thing about this dish is it’s so simple and very quick. So making healthier choices with a busy schedule even easier. We think this is a dish for two, but hey who’s judging? You can eat the whole lot, completely guilt free. Or keep some for lunch the next day.

Some people say “You can’t put mealworms in a Shakshuka”. We say “ShakshuCAN”. Our crunchy mealworms are the perfect addition to this already delicious dish, adding a mild meaty flavour with a nutritional punch. How do you like your eggs in the morning? We like ours like this.

Serves 2-3

We will be adding plenty more of our videos and recipes to keep things fresh, for you. We have created recipes using each of our Eat Grub edible insects. So you can try a dish for grasshoppers, buffalo worms, mealworms, crickets and cricket powder. We believe that adding edible insects to familiar dishes will make insects a staple in your diet. Once you taste how delicious insects are, and reap the nutritional rewards you will never go back. For more inspiration check out our other insect recipes.

Now that you love cooking with edible insects, help us spread the grub love further. Show your friends and family! You can give them our discount code – grublove for 15% of their order to get them started.