Crispy and mouth-watering Scotch Eggs recipe

Welcome, my fellow foodies! Today, I’m here to share one of my all-time favorite traditional British recipes – Scotch Eggs! This classic picnic dish is a total crowd-pleaser and perfect for any occasion, be it breakfast or dinner.

For those who have never tasted scotch eggs before, let me introduce you to a savory treat that will leave your taste buds begging for more. Picture a hard-boiled egg wrapped in pork sausage meat and covered with crunchy breadcrumbs. Sounds delicious, right? But wait, there’s more – you can prepare them in so many different ways! You can deep-fry them, bake them in the oven, air fry them for a healthier option, or even wrap them with chorizo or crab meat.

What I love most about this recipe is that it’s versatile and easy to make. It’s perfect for those busy nights when you don’t have much time or energy to cook a full-blown meal but still want something satisfying and delicious. Additionally, it’s a fantastic way to use up leftover hard-boiled eggs from Easter or breakfast.

So, whether you’re a traditionalist looking for the best Scotch Eggs recipe, a Michelin-star chef looking for inspiration on plating garnishes or exploring unique variations like chocolate creme egg Scotch Eggs; come along on this culinary journey as I guide you through this easy-to-follow recipe from beginning to end!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scotch Eggs
Scotch Eggs

If you are a fan of hearty, comforting food that is sure to satisfy your hunger, then this scotch eggs recipe is just what you need. Not only is it a classic British dish that has stood the test of time – it’s got all the makings of a crowd-pleaser.

The beauty of the Scotch egg is that it combines the two best things in the world: eggs and sausage. The hard-boiled egg at the center is coated in a layer of deliciously seasoned sausage meat, before being breaded and deep-fried or baked until golden brown. The result? A hearty, protein-packed snack or picnic dish that can be enjoyed morning, noon, or night.

Plus, with this recipe, you can tailor it to your own preferences – switch up your choice of sausage meat or breadcrumbs to make it vegetarian or gluten-free-friendly. And for those who like things a bit spicy or savory, there are endless possibilities – think chorizo or crab-wrapped scotch eggs.

Whether you’re looking for a quick breakfast fix, an easy snack to take on-the-go, or an impressive appetizer for dinner guests, the scotch eggs have got you covered. So why not give them a try? You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain – especially when it comes to satisfying your taste buds.

Ingredient List

 An egg-cellent way to enjoy breakfast or brunch
An egg-cellent way to enjoy breakfast or brunch

Let’s take a look at the ingredients we’ll be using for these classic scotch eggs. This recipe makes 6 equal portions, so be sure to adjust amounts accordingly if you’re cooking for more or fewer people. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 1 teaspoon egg flour
  • 1/2 bunch fresh parsley, chopped finely
  • 1 cup bread crumbs, plus extra for coating the sausages
  • Salt and pepper to taste

These are the foundational items that bring together the wholesome flavor of this savory British fare. The ingredients are simple but must be of good quality to ensure a successful end product.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect portable protein-packed snack
The perfect portable protein-packed snack

Now that you have all the necessary ingredients, let’s dive into making this delicious and classic Scotch Eggs. This recipe is easy to follow and perfect for breakfast, lunch or as a picnic dish. I like to serve them with a side of mustard dipping sauce and a green salad.


  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Take the hard-boiled eggs you prepared earlier and peel them. Set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine bulk pork sausage with bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon of egg flour, make sure everything is nicely combined.

Assembling the Scotch Eggs

  1. Divide the sausage mixture into 6 equal portions and flatten each into thin circles.
  2. Take one boiled egg, wrap it with the flattened sausage meat until it is completely covered.
  3. Next, roll the egg-covered in sausage meat in coated bread crumbs until fully coated.

Cooking the Scotch Eggs

  1. Place each coated egg on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Place in preheated oven until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the over, then let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

Deep Fryer or Air Fryer

  1. Heat oil to 350°F in either deep fryer or air fryer.
  2. Place prepared scotch eggs in hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes
  3. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels to drain excess oil.


These scotch eggs are perfect any time of day – they make for an excellent breakfast, lunch or picnic snack! For something different for breakfast, serve alongside bacon or toast with grilled tomatoes on the side.

Substitutions and Variations

Want to create unique version of scotch eggs? Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations:

  • Instead of pork sausage, use chorizo for a spicier, Mexican twist
  • For a vegetarian option, replace pork sausage with crab meat or ostrich meat
  • Make them bite-sized by using quail eggs
  • Add some heat by using spicy breadcrumbs or mixing in finely chopped jalapeños


That’s it! A simple yet sophisticated delicacy that is perfect for any occasion. With some practice you can perfect these Scotch Eggs and impress your friends with your gourmet cooking skills.

Substitutions and Variations

 It's like a breakfast sandwich, but better
It’s like a breakfast sandwich, but better

One of the things I love about cooking is adapting recipes to my personal tastes and needs. The same applies to Scotch Eggs. There are various substitutions and variations available that give the Scotch Eggs recipe a unique twist.

– Vegetarian option: For those who prefer a vegetarian option, you can replace the pork sausage with vegetarian breakfast sausage, soaked bread crumbs or chopped mushrooms.

– Alternative coating: Instead of bread crumbs, you can use crushed corn flakes or pretzels for a crunchy texture. This substitution also makes the dish gluten-free.

– Runny yolk: Want an oozy yolk center? Soft boil your eggs for three to four minutes instead of hard boiling them.

– Mini Scotch Eggs: If you’re looking for bite-sized options, why not make mini Scotch Eggs? Divide the sausage mixture into smaller balls and wrap them around quail or ostrich eggs instead.

– Chorizo filling: Another unique variation is adding chorizo to the pork sausage mixture. This gives it a spicy kick and depth of flavor.

– Japanese-style: For an international flair, coat your Scotch Eggs in panko bread crumbs and serve them with a side of Katsu sauce.

Whether you make a simple traditional recipe or get adventurous with different ingredients, there are endless possibilities when it comes to Scotch Eggs. It’s all about experimenting and finding your personal preference!

Serving and Pairing

 Welcome to egg heaven
Welcome to egg heaven

As a chef, I know that pairing the right wine or beer with a dish can elevate its taste and make it even more special. When it comes to Scotch eggs, I suggest serving them on a bed of mixed green salad with a side of garlic aioli dipping sauce. The crisp and refreshing texture of the salad complements the richness of the savory pork sausage and boiled eggs.

For pairing, I recommend serving this juicy and delicious Scotch egg with a cold pint of your favorite ale. The bitterness of the ale cuts through the richness of the dish and makes for an enjoyable experience. Alternatively, you can serve it with a glass of light-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir, which pairs well with pork dishes.

If you want to switch things up and try something exotic, you can pair Scotch eggs with a spicy Cameroonian beer or a bold Japanese whisky. And if you’re looking for something non-alcoholic, try serving it with fresh-squeezed orange juice or iced tea.

For vegetarian guests, you can swap out the bulk pork sausage for vegetarian breakfast sausage or Chorizo. This will ensure everyone at your table is catered for while enjoying traditional Scotch egg flavors.

Regardless of your preference or dietary requirement, this hearty British classic is perfect for any occasion – whether served as breakfast or lunch starter, picnic dish or dinner in Michelin Star restaurants across Britain. It’s one meal that will have everyone licking their fingers and asking for more!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Get ready to crack into something delicious
Get ready to crack into something delicious

One of the best things about Scotch Eggs is that they can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. Once cooked, Scotch Eggs can last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. If you’re planning to meal prep, you can easily make a batch at the beginning of the week and have them ready whenever hunger strikes.

When it comes time to reheat, there are a few options available. One way is to reheat them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10-15 minutes until they are warm throughout. Another option is to use a microwave, which can be quick and easy for busy mornings. Simply microwave on high for 30 seconds, then check if it’s heated through or not. Adjust time accordingly.

If you want to freeze Scotch Eggs instead, wrap them in tin foil or plastic wrap and store them in an air-tight container. Scotch Eggs can be frozen for up to two months, and thawed overnight in the fridge before reheating.

Whether you choose to store your Scotch Eggs in the freezer or fridge, make sure they’re placed within an air-tight container or wrapped tightly in order to maintain its freshly-made taste.

Pro tip: When storing Scotch Eggs, place a sheet of parchment paper between each egg to prevent them from sticking together as well as to avoid any potential breakage.

By preparing these delectable eggs ahead of time and reheating them as needed, you’ll be able to enjoy this classic British dish anytime you want without sacrificing quality or convenience!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The ultimate comfort food
The ultimate comfort food

As a seasoned chef who specializes in British cuisine, I have learned a thing or two when it comes to achieving the perfect Scotch Eggs recipe. Below are some tried and tested tips that will set you on the path to cooking a delicious batch of eggs that are sure to impress.

1. Use cold hard-boiled eggs: The key to making good scotch eggs is using hard-boiled eggs. They should also be cold. When you boil them, be sure to rinse them in cold water and place them immediately into an ice bath to cool them down quickly. This makes them easier to peel and less likely to break apart during the wrapping process.

2. Wrap sausage meat neatly around egg: Take your time when wrapping the sausage meat around the egg. It’s crucial to ensure you cover the whole egg while not allowing any air pockets inside. If you’re finding it difficult, watch some YouTube tutorials or practice with a few extra boiled eggs.

3. Refrigerate before coating with breadcrumbs: Refrigeration is essential when making scotch eggs, especially after wrapping the sausage meat around the egg. Leave it in the fridge for at least an hour to allow the sausage meat to firm up before continuing with the recipe.

4. Coat with flour before breadcrumbs: Coating your wrapped eggs in flour before dipping in beaten eggs and then covering in breadcrumbs improves both texture and taste by making them crispy on the outside while keeping them moist on the inside.

5. Double coat for extra crunch: A single coating may not be enough for those who enjoy their scotch eggs crispy; adding a double coating of beaten egg and breadcrumbs can give that extra crunch.

6. Deep fry, air fry or bake: There are several ways you can cook a scotch egg. Traditional methods involve deep-frying until they turn golden brown, baking in an oven preheated to 400°F (200°C), or cooking for 15-20 minutes at 350°F (180°C) in an air fryer. Experiment with each method to find your own favorite way of preparing them.

7. Use a meat thermometer: Using a meat thermometer when cooking scotch eggs is essential to ensure the internal temperature reaches 160°F (70°C), which will guarantee your eggs are cooked all the way through while remaining moist and tender.

By following these simple tips, you will be able to achieve perfectly cooked Scotch Eggs that will not disappoint. Remember, patience is key, and practice makes perfect. Happy cooking!


As with any recipe, it’s natural to have questions or concerns, especially if it’s your first time making it. Here are some frequently asked questions that I’ve put together to help guide you through any potential roadblocks while making this delicious Scotch Eggs recipe. Let’s dive in!

Why is a Scotch egg called a Scotch egg?

The renowned dish known as ‘Scotties’ was first introduced by William J Scott & Sons. These delectable eggs were initially coated with a luscious fish paste before being enveloped in breadcrumbs, a rather unique take on the traditional sausage meat covering.

What do you eat Scotch eggs with?

When it comes to side dishes, potatoes are a versatile and delicious option, and nothing beats a serving of freshly made homemade chips. Alongside chips, options like beans, salad, cold meat cuts, barbecue sauce, mustard, mashed potatoes, and cabbage are also great choices to enhance the taste of your meal.

What can I use instead of breadcrumbs for Scotch eggs?

For a unique twist on the traditional crispy exterior of Scotch eggs, try substituting bread crumbs with almond flour, almond meal, coconut flour, or crushed pork rinds. An extra level of flavor can be added by sprinkling some parmesan cheese on the outside. Furthermore, have you considered using an air fryer to cook your Scotch eggs? Give it a try for a crispy outcome that is sure to impress.

Are Scotch eggs a British thing?

One of the most iconic and beloved British dishes is the Scotch Egg. This hearty and flavorful snack features a hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage and coated in breadcrumbs before being fried or baked to a crispy, golden finish. Often enjoyed in pubs or as part of a picnic spread, the Scotch Egg is a classic dish that holds a special place in the hearts of many Brits.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Scotch Eggs are one of the most delightful and versatile dishes you can make. They’re perfect for breakfast, as a picnic dish or a starter at dinner parties. This recipe can be easily customized to suit your taste buds by substituting ingredients or adding variations such as chorizo, bacon, crab or even vegetarian options. But no matter how you prepare it, this classic British dish is loved all over the world and has earned its place in the pantheon of Michelin star cuisine.

If you’re looking for a recipe that combines simplicity with gourmet flair, then Scotch Eggs have you covered. They’re easy to make, yet plating them can be a work of art. Whether you choose to deep-fry, bake, air-fry or use an oven to cook the Scotch Eggs, the end result is always delicious.

The runny yolk and sausage coated bread crumbs give it that signature flavor that we all adore. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ways of presenting this traditional dish – whether you sprinkle it with fresh herbs or add a dab of creme egg sauce, there’s no denying that Scotch Eggs are truly a culinary masterpiece.

So why not try out the superb Scotch Eggs recipe provided and take your taste buds on an adventure? I assure you won’t regret it!

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs Recipe

A good way to use up those leftover Easter eggs. My kids will even eat hard boiled eggs this way.
Course Appetizer/Breakfast
Cuisine British
Keyword < 60 Mins, Breakfast, Easy, High In..., High Protein, Lunch, Very Low Carbs
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 eggs
Calories 326.8kcal


  • 1 lb bulk pork sausage
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup crushed corn flakes


  • Divide the sausage into six portions; flatten each.
  • Shape each portion around an egg.
  • Roll in beaten egg then in cornflake crumbs.
  • Place ona rack in a baking pan and bake uncovered at 400 for 30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, turning every 10 minutes.


Serving: 824g | Calories: 326.8kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.7g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 21.9g | Saturated Fat: 7.7g | Cholesterol: 318.3mg | Sodium: 154.1mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g

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