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Scotch Eggs
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Scotch Eggs are a hard (or soft!) boiled egg encased in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs, and then deep fried until golden and crisp. Perfect lunch box, picnic, or protein rich on-the-go snack!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Deep Fried Hard Boiled Eggs, hard boiled eggs, Scotch Eggs
Servings: 6
Calories: 470 kcal
  • 6 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 1 pound sausage (sweet breakfast or mild Italian)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • mustard or hot sauce, for serving
  1. Shape sausage meat into a flat round and then wrap around each egg until completely enclosed and sealed. 

  2. Place the flour in one shallow bowl, beat the egg and milk together in another shallow bowl, then stir together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and a touch of salt and pepper in a third shallow bowl.

  3. In a medium pan, heat about 2 cups of oil. While it heats up, dredge each sausage-coated egg in the flour, shaking off any excess, then roll in the egg mixture, then in the breadcrumbs, making sure it is completely covered with each step.

  4. Drop a few breadcrumbs in the oil; if it sizzles right away, the oil is ready.

  5. Using a small stainless steel slotted spoon or Asian Spider Strainer, gently place the eggs in the hot oil once at a time, maintaining an oil temperature of about 350 degrees F, so the breadcrumbs don’t burn. Gently turn the egg with the strainer on all sides, doing this frequently, until the sausage is cooked through and the breading is golden brown and crispy, about 5 minutes.

  6. Transfer eggs to a paper towel-lined plate to drain off grease.

  7. Serve warm or cold with some grainy mustard or hot sauce!

Recipe Notes
  1. you can use a hard boiled egg or soft boiled for Scotch Eggs, just keep in mind that the eggs will continue to cook as they’re being fried. So, I recommend boiling your eggs just a touch shorter than you normally would. For example, I usually cook my eggs for 12 minutes, but for these Scotch Eggs I cooked them for 10 instead. Just depends how you like your yolk. 
  2. You don’t want to overcrowd your pan, causing the oil temperature to drop, so cook the eggs in batches if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
Scotch Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 470 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 14g70%
Cholesterol 278mg93%
Sodium 668mg28%
Potassium 294mg8%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 390IU8%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 86mg9%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.