Scotch Eggs Recipe

Explore the world of the best African snacks with crunchy, chewy, and delicious Scotch Eggs!

Are you running out of ways to use your boiled eggs? Well, you can turn them into a delightful snack that everyone can enjoy. The boiled eggs will be wrapped in sausage, coated in a breading, and deep-fried until golden brown and crunchy.

It’s soft, rich, and creamy on the inside, flaky on the outside, and meaty and savory in the middle – an awesome mix of flavors at every bite. Once you taste it, you’ll realize why it’s unlike other snacks you’ve tried before.

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Every time you bite, it truly feels like a taste of heaven. It gives so much quality beyond your expectations that you won’t believe how easy it is to make at home. Let’s make Scotch Eggs that will blow everyone’s mind!

How to Make Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs always start with good-quality hard-boiled eggs. You will also need to make and season the meat coating to mold and shape it. Just toss them into the breading mix and deep fry until golden brown and perfect.

Even if it takes some effort to make Scotch Eggs, everything is certainly worth it!

Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to cook Scotch Eggs:

Eggs

Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as boiled eggs can be transformed into fantastic Scotch Eggs?

In this recipe, you will need boiled eggs to easily wrap and coat the eggs in meat and breading mix. Egg yolks have a creamy, soft, and rich quality, while egg whites have a tender and chewy texture.

Although mild in flavor, the meat coating will give the eggs a whole new flavor to make them better. These are also affordable ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen right now.

Health Benefits of Eggs

  • Strengthen your bones and joints with the nutrients you can get from eggs.
  • According to WebMD, eggs are also loaded with protein to promote weight loss.
  • Take better care of your eyes by adding eggs to your diet.
  • Australian Eggs also mentioned that eggs can be good for your eyes and mental health.
  • Eating eggs, especially for breakfast, is a good way of boosting your brain function.

No matter how you cook eggs, they are certainly some of the most versatile foods. You can boil, fry, air fry, bake, and cook them in so many other ways. They also serve as ingredients for plenty of dishes in baking and even deep frying.

Chicken sausage

Give the dish a meaty and savory flavor with chicken sausages.

You will mash the sausage to make it easy to season and wrap it around the eggs. I love using chicken sausage because of how well they complement the natural flavor of eggs.

Depending on your taste, you can also use other sausages, such as beef sausages. If you love sausages, then I suggest making Sausage Rolls for another meaty and crunchy dish for everyone!

Flour

Whenever you need a breading mix, you will want to start with flour.

The flour will add a great layer of crispiness to the eggs. Flour also sticks well to the sausage mixture to properly coat the eggs. With flour, you can be sure that you’re going to get the perfect texture for Scotch Eggs.

I’ve used flour as a coating ingredient countless times, and it is truly effective. It even enhances the color of the crust in fried or even baked food. You can also use it for Nigerian Buns, Crispy Pan Fried Fish Fillet, and Chicken Pie!

Bread crumbs

Let bread crumbs put the “bread” in the breading mix!

Just when you think it can’t get crispier, why not use bread crumbs to improve the effect of flour? You can use ready-to-use bread crumbs or make bread crumbs from your leftover bread.

Bread crumbs can be a great way to give an extra flaky texture to the recipe. They can certainly seal the flavors and textures on the Scotch Eggs. Coating with bread crumbs also prevents the food from becoming too oily.

Spring onions

Make the meat coating better with spring onions.

Add a pungent, spicy, and sweet flavor to the meat mixture with the help of spring onion. Once cooked into the meat and eggs, it will radiate an inviting aroma when you bite into the eggs.

Spring onions are some of the best herbs you can use for meat mixtures. These will surely taste amazing with the chicken sausage and spices. Once you fry them, you’ll also smell how fragrant they are.

Seasoning

The sausage mixture will definitely taste better with the right herbs and spices.

I suggest using cayenne pepper, mixed herbs, nutmeg, garlic powder, turmeric, and all-purpose seasoning for the right balance of flavor. These are suitable for making the meat taste savory and smoky.

These spices will certainly create the perfect balance of flavors to complement the sausages and eggs. Don’t skip these to make the dish extra tasty. Let the seasoning give the meat a refined flavor!

Oil

In any deep frying recipe, I always use oils with a high smoke point. The oil will give you the right texture from the inside out. You can use sunflower oil, canola oil, or even avocado oil for frying. 

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I bet you can already taste and feel the heavenliness of the dish. From the crust to the filling, these Scotch Eggs will leave you wanting more! 

Directions

Here’s how I make Scotch Eggs:

Boiled eggs

  1. Boil water in a pot.
  2. Cook the eggs for up to twelve minutes.
  3. Then, transfer the eggs to an ice bath.
  4. Peel the eggs.
  5. Set them aside.

Meat coating

  1. Mash the sausages in a bowl.
  2. Then, season with mixed herbs, garlic powder, nutmeg, all-purpose seasoning, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and spring onion.
  3. Mix everything with a spatula.

Wrap the eggs

  1. Place the chicken sausage mixture on a flat surface with cling film.
  2. Fold the cling film to flatten the mixture. 
  3. Place an egg in the middle.
  4. Gently wrap the sausage mixture around the egg.
  5. Mold it with your hands to coat it fully.
  6. Then, remove the cling film. 
  7. Prepare a whisked egg, bread crumbs, and flour in separate bowls.
  8. Coat the egg in flour, dip it in the whisked egg, and dip it in bread crumbs. 

Deep fry!

  1. Deep fry the eggs in a deep frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Cook the eggs for about five to six minutes or until golden brown.
  3. Then, toss the eggs in the oil.
  4. Once cooked, transfer to a lined plate and serve!
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How did your Scotch Eggs turn out? The most satisfying part is just slicing into it to reveal the crust and perfectly cooked egg inside! Each bite is surely just as exciting as the first one. 

Tips

How to Boil Eggs

There are plenty of ways to boil eggs, and here are some of the most effective methods you can try. 

On the stove
  1. Boil the eggs in about two cups of water in a pot.
  2. Then, cook the eggs for up to 12 minutes.
  3. You can prepare them in an electric kettle too.  
Oven
  • Bake the eggs in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  • It is also suggested to use cupcake trays and a temperature of 160°C.
Instant Pot
  1. Put a cooling rack in the instant pot.
  2. Then, place the eggs on top.
  3. Pour water and let it boil for seven minutes.
  4. Set the instant pot to high pressure. 
Air Fryer
  1. Cook the eggs in a preheated air fryer for 12 minutes.
  2. Then, set the air fryer to 135°C.
  3. Once cooked, remove the eggs from the air fryer to serve.
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Scotch Eggs Variations

No matter what happens, be sure to make Scotch Eggs with hard-boiled eggs.

Aside from sausage meat, you can also use ground meat, pork, chicken, or beef. It’s also good to try other coating ingredients that are best for your diet. Include a bit of flour and egg to make it easy to shape and wrap.

Meanwhile, you can buy vegetarian or vegan sausages in supermarkets for other versions. The seasoning is also highly customizable to your liking. Use your preferred herbs and spices to make the crust tastier.

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Alternative Ways to Cook Scotch Eggs

If you don’t want to deep fry the eggs, then check out several ways how to cook them. 

Air fryer
  1. Preheat the air fryer to 200°C for a few minutes.
  2. Then, lightly grease the basket with oil.
  3. Place the coated eggs inside.
  4. Let them cook for 12 minutes to 16 minutes on each side.
Oven

Bake the eggs in a preheated oven for 35 minutes at 200°C. 

More Egg Recipes

  • Deep frying pan Cook the Scotch Eggs in a pan.
  • Glass bowl: Prepare the sausage mixture and coat ingredients in glass bowls.
  • Wooden spatula: Use a wooden spatula to combine seasoning with sausages.
  • Cling film: To make it easy to coat the egg, use cling film.

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How to Serve Scotch Eggs

You won’t believe how many ways there are to serve Scotch Eggs.

At home, I love making them for appetizers or snacks. Scotch Eggs can be served whole, in slices, or on sticks. You can drizzle them with sauces and dips such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, marinara sauce, and more. 

It’s also a good idea to pack lunch or snacks for your kids or husband. These eggs will even taste well with your salad, sandwiches, and wraps. You can also make it to go on your charcuterie board.

These are also excellent with the following dishes:

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Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Eat the Scotch Eggs within two hours to enjoy how crunchy it is.

make ahead

In the fridge: Put the eggs in containers or resealable bags. Refrigerate them for up to a week. 

To freeze: According to Freeze It, scotch eggs can be frozen in freezer bags for up to three months. However, freezing is not suggested as it can affect the texture. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Scotch egg made of?

A Scotch Egg is made of boiled eggs, chicken sausages, flour, herbs and spices, spring onions, and oil. Make sure that the eggs are hard-boiled, so they can keep their shape as your coat and deep fry them.

Are Scotch eggs served hot or cold?

You can serve Scotch Eggs either hot or cold, depending on how you like your eggs. I especially like cold eggs when I need snacks on a hot day. In the morning, I prefer to serve them hot or warm.

What does a Scotch egg taste like?

The Scotch Egg has many flavors because of how it is made. You will first taste the delicious breading mix as the first layer. Then, you will enjoy the meaty and savory layer of sausage meat. Finally, there’s a rich and creamy taste from the boiled eggs.

Is Scotch egg soft or hard?

It is hard because the egg needs to be hard-boiled. However, once you coat it in the meat mixture, it can have a tender or even crunchy texture.

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Scotch Eggs

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Make these perfect and delicious scotch eggs wrapped in flavorful sausage meat and coated in bread crumbs and ready in just 25 minutes! Perfect for a picnic or as a snack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine England
Calories 413kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 450 g chicken sausages
  • A pinch garlic powder
  • A pinch nutmeg
  • A pinch all-purpose seasoning
  • A pinch turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 spring onion (finely chopped)
  • 6 eggs (hard-boiled) or as you prefer
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • A pinch mixed herbs
  • cooking oil (for deep frying)

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the sausage mixture.
    Remove the casing of the sausages. Season it with mixed herbs, garlic powder, nutmeg, all-purpose seasoning, turmeric, cayenne pepper, and chopped spring onion.
  • Wrap the eggs.
    Boil eggs depending on the doneness you prefer. Roll them on a napkin to dry. Place chicken sausage mixture on a flat surface with cling film. Fold the cling film and flatten the mixture.
  • Place an egg in the middle and gently wrap the chicken sausage mixture around the egg. Ensure that the whole egg is covered. Mold it with your hands. Remove the cling film.
  • Coat the eggs.
    Prepare a whisked egg, bread crumbs, and flour in separate bowls. Coat the egg in flour, dip it in the whisked egg, and coat it with bread crumbs.
  • Deep fry the eggs.
    Deep fry the eggs over medium heat and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Turn the egg over at regular intervals. Once cooked, transfer to a lined plate and serve!

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Notes

  • If you don’t want to deep fry the eggs, then you can also cook them in the oven or in the air fryer.
  • You can use other sausages or meat variants to coat the egg.
  • It is not recommended for babies, but you can feed it to toddlers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 6)Calories: 413kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 23gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 267mgSodium: 972mgPotassium: 136mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 584IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 3mg
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