These Best Scotch Eggs are delicious! Hard boiled eggs, wrapped in ground pork sausage and coated breadcrumbs before being fried until crisp and golden. Delicious served warm with your favorite dipping sauce.
Best Scotch Eggs
My Best Scotch Eggs are often referred to as “Breakfast in One Bite”, as you really do have everything here for the perfect breakfast.
These easy Scotch Eggs make a great appetizer, snack, or even a light meal.
While many people enjoy these Traditional Scotch Eggs around Easter, I know others, especially my Scottish friends, who have these at most family gatherings, including Thanksgiving and Christmas.
What is a Scotch Egg?
A Scotch Egg is a traditional British dish. A hard boiled egg is encased with sausagemeat and then coated in breadcrumbs, before being deep fried to form a crispy crumb coating.
How to make Scotch Eggs:
- Look out all your ingredients, ready to start.
- Mix the sausage, garlic powder and pepper and set aside.
- Split the sausage into 4 equals size balls and form each ball of sausage into a thin patty, approximately 4 inches around.
- Place an egg into the center of each patty and form it around the egg, making sure to completely seal it. Set aside.
- After all four eggs have been wrapped in sausage, set up three bowls for dipping. One with the flour, one with the beaten egg and one with the Panko.
- Roll each egg in the flour, then the beaten egg, and then the Panko.
- Gently press the Panko into the sausage to completely cover it. Set aside.
- When your oil is heated to 340 degrees, gently lower one egg at a time into it.
- You can fry two at time.Cook for 4-5 minutes or until a deep golden brown all the way around.
- Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and place on paper towels.
How to cook Scotch Eggs:
Traditionally, Scotch Eggs are deep fried, as I’ve done here as that’s how I cook them at home.
However, you can also cook them in an Air Fryer so I thought I’d add those instructions too for anyone with an Air Fryer at home.
How to cook Air Fryer Scotch Eggs:
- Preheat the Air Fryer to 350F degrees.
- Follow the recipe below for preparing the Scotch eggs, up to the point of frying.
- Instead of deep frying, place the bread-crumbed eggs in an air fryer basket and cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Scotch Eggs ingredients & flavor variations:
- EGGS – you can use any size of egg that you have in your larder. You will need eggs to boil for the Scotch Eggs and a further two beaten eggs to help the breadcrumbs to stick.
- PORK SAUSAGE – I use ground pork sausage to make these Scotch Eggs, you could also use regular pork sausages and just remove the skin to get at the sausage-meat.
- PANKO BREADCRUMBS – are always my go-to when breading anything as they result in the best crispy crumb coating. You can use any other dried breadcrumbs in this recipe.
- SEASONING – a combination of garlic powder, pepper and salt season the pork mixture. You can add in other spices and dried herbs to the mixture if you wish.
Tips for Hard Boiled Eggs:
- To cook hard boiled eggs, start by placing the eggs in a saucepan and add enough water to fully cover the eggs. Add a teaspoon of salt to the water and bring to a rolling boil. Then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Immediately drain the hot water and place the eggs in a bowl of ice-cold water to cool completely.
- Worth mentioning that slightly older eggs tend to peel easier than fresh eggs.
- You can also buy Hard Boiled Eggs at the Supermarket to save time, but I find that Fresh Made yield the best results.
Do you serve Scotch Eggs hot or cold?
You can serve Scotch Eggs hot or cold. However, I ALWAYS serve mine hot. They’re made with pork, and I am terrified of food poisoning.
When pork or chicken are involved, I always want those meats cooked thoroughly, and consumed while they’re at a safe temperature. I immediately put away leftovers, as well.
These make a great lunch or light dinner option. I like to serve my Easy Scotch Eggs with the spicy mustard dipping sauce that you will find in the recipe card below.
However, you could also serve with Dijon mustard or ketchup, or whatever dipping sauce you have in your larder.
As the eggs themselves are rich, I serve with a green salad and some potato wedges or crusty bread alongside.
How to store leftover Scotch Eggs:
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Cooked eggs will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
If you are preparing in advance and want to store them until you’re ready to cook, you can store Uncooked Scotch Eggs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Then just cook in the hot oil when you are ready to serve.
Can you freeze Scotch Eggs?
Yes! They can be frozen. Store in an airtight, freezer safe container that is clearly labeled with the contents and use by date. They can be frozen for up to 2 months.
How to reheat Scotch Eggs?
I prefer to reheat these Best Scotch Eggs in the oven.
Start by preheating the oven to 350F degrees. Then place the eggs into an oven safe dish and heat for about 10 minutes or until desired temperature is reached.
DO NOT microwave leftover Scotch Eggs as they will explode!
- Panko burns quick, so do not make your oil too hot!
- Many people eat these with soft or medium boiled eggs so cook the eggs to your own preference.
- Do not be tempted to overcrowd the pan, instead cook two eggs at a time, otherwise you risk the oil cooling down too much and you won’t get the crispy crumb coating that you are looking for.
- These eggs cook pretty quickly, so I suggest frying two at a time and get on with preparing the other two while they cooked.
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- 12 ounces ground pork sausage
- 4 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 cup flour
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Vegetable oil for frying
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 750Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 353mgSodium: 1318mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 3gSugar: 5gProtein: 36g