Scotch Eggs

A white plate with a halved Scotch egg, showing a soft-boiled egg encased in sausage meat and breaded coating.

Scotch Eggs are a delicious British culinary specialty that combines simple ingredients and traditional preparation techniques to create an irresistible dish. They consist of hard-boiled eggs wrapped in a generous layer of minced meat, breaded, and fried until they achieve a golden and crispy crust. The crunchy and savory exterior contrasts perfectly with the soft and succulent filling, making them simply delightful.

The origins of Scotch Eggs date back to the 18th century when they were created by the famous London department store Fortnum & Mason. Initially conceived as a practical snack for travelers, they quickly became popular. Today, Scotch Eggs are a classic of British cuisine, often found in pubs, cafes, and picnics.

Preparing Scotch Eggs requires a certain level of skill and attention to detail. The eggs are first boiled to a firm yet still soft consistency in the center. They are then wrapped in an even layer of minced meat, which can be seasoned with herbs and spices to add more flavor. After being breaded with beaten eggs and breadcrumbs, the Scotch Eggs are fried or baked until they reach a golden and crispy crust.

A white plate holds two halved Scotch eggs, each with a soft-boiled egg encased in sausage meat and coated in breadcrumbs.

Modern variations of Scotch Eggs are numerous and creative, reflecting contemporary culinary trends. You can find versions with turkey, lamb, or even vegetarian options that use ingredients like legumes or cheese instead of meat. Additionally, some recipes include spices and special seasonings to give this traditional dish an international twist.

Served hot or cold, Scotch Eggs are perfect for any occasion. They are often accompanied by sauces like mustard, mayonnaise, or chutney, which further enhance their flavor.

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs are a delicious British culinary specialty that combines simple ingredients and traditional preparation techniques to create an irresistible dish.
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine english
Keyword egg, scotch eggs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 lb minced beef
  • Salt and pepper

For breeding

  • 100 gr plain flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp tabasco
  • 200 gr breadcrumbs or panko
  • Grated nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 l Oil (peanut or sunflower) for frying
Servings 4 people


Cook the eggs

  • Boil the eggs in water for exactly 6 minutes.
  • Cool the eggs immediately in cold water.

Prepare the meat

  • Finely chop a bunch of parsley.
  • In a large bowl, mix the parsley with the minced beef.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Mix well with your hands or a spoon.
  • Peel the eggs and wrap them in the minced beef, forming an even sphere.
  • Let the spheres rest in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

Bread the Scotch Eggs

  • Beat the eggs and add salt, pepper, nutmeg, and Tabasco.
  • Flour the Scotch Eggs.
  • Dip the Scotch Eggs in the egg wash.
  • Coat the Scotch Eggs in breadcrumbs.


  • Heat the peanut oil to 375°F (180°C).
  • Fry the Scotch Eggs until they are well golden.
  • Enjoy your meal!

Tips and Tricks

Cook the eggs in boiling water for 6 minutes and then cool them immediately. Cooking them longer will make the yolk firm rather than creamy.

Various types of ground meat can be used, from sausage meat to turkey, but it’s important that the meat you use is always at room temperature; otherwise, it will be difficult to shape the spheres.

Always check the oil temperature with a kitchen thermometer; if the oil isn’t hot enough, the Scotch Eggs will absorb too much oil.

Any type of frying oil works well, but never use olive oil, as it imparts too strong a flavor and is much more expensive.

How to Store

Scotch Eggs can be kept in the refrigerator for 1-2 days without any problems. Do not freeze them.

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