Turkish Eggs (Çılbır)

July 08, 2021

 Turkish Eggs or Çılbır is an absolute delicious breakfast.

 Turkish egg


What are Turkish Eggs?

Turkish eggs also known as Çılbır, is a simple yet delicious Turkish dish of poached eggs, serve with garlic yoghurt and drizzle with chilli oil.

You may wish to garnish with either dill or parsley.

Turkish eggs are best serve with turkish bread.

How to Make Turkish eggs?

It is very easy and not many steps involve to make this cilbir.

Let us quickly go through the steps as shown in the photos below.

However, list of ingredients and methodology is in the printable recipe card below. 

1. Add mince garlic to greek yoghurt, add salt.

 grate garlic into greek yoghurt for cilbir

2. Poach some eggs. 2 eggs per person.
See my previous post on how to poach eggs.

 make poached eggs

3. Make chilli butter. I used Aleppo chilli. 
Aleppo chilli has a mild warm taste with gentle spice heat.

 melting butter
 Add aleppo chilli flakes to melted butter

4. Put all 3 above together in a bowl, and voila!!! you have turkish eggs.
Serve with toasted crusty bread.

 eggs turkey

How do you serve turkish eggs?

Turkish eggs are best serve as soon as possible while the eggs are still warm, turkish chilli butter is still runny.

Leave this turkish eggs too long, then the chilli butter will start to solidify.

Serve turkish eggs with turkish bread but if you have none, serve with toasted bread.

Can I keep this Turkish egg overnight?

I strongly suggest NOT to do so with poached eggs and yoghurt.
Heating up turkish eggs in microwave will definitely change its structure and perhaps taste too.

Enjoy Çılbır as soon as its ready.

 How to make turkish eggs

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A Quick Video on How To Make Turkish Eggs

Turkish Eggs | Turkish Çılbır

Turkish Eggs | Turkish Çılbır
Yield: 2
Author: Lisa Ho
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 40 Min
Turkish Eggs or Çılbır is an absolute delicious breakfast.


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup greek yoghurt 
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 3 tablespoon butter (50g)
  • 1 tablespoon Aleppo chilli
  • chopped parsley
  • toasted bread


Garlic yoghurt
  1. Add greek yoghurt into a small mixing bowl
  2. Add finely chopped garlic or grate garlic into yoghurt
  3. Add salt
  4. Stir and set aside (see note 1 below)
Aleppo chilli butter
  1. Melt butter in frying pan.
  2. Cook over slow heat until the butter turn golden brown.
  3. Add Aleppo chilli
  4. Stir for 1 minute 
  5. Set aside. (see note 2)
Turkish Çılbır
  1. Divide yoghurt into 2 bowls
  2. Poach eggs (see my previous post)
  3. Place 2 eggs in each bowl.
  4. Drizzle Aleppo chilli butter
  5. Garnish with chopped parsley
  6. Serve with toasted bread


  1. Warm up yoghurt using bain marie method. Place bowl over simmering water for few minutes.
  2. Substitute butter with olive oil or mix both.

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Turkish Eggs or Çılbır is an absolute delicious breakfast. Turkish eggs served with garlic yoghurt sauce, Aleppo chilli butter and crusty bread.