scotch eggs


I’m always hearing about people frying crazy things. There’s the twinkies, and the snickers bars, and now brownies. I had a fried oreo at a street fair in Manhattan, and it was delicious. Of course it was delicious – it’s a deep-fried oreo. It’s also kind of absurd.

Speaking of absurd, what about peeling a hard-boiled egg, covering it in sausage, breading it, and frying it? Oh, and then serving it for breakfast (alongside cake).

In the Scotch egg’s defense, my understanding is that these are pub fare in Scotland, and therefore probably not served for breakfast. Whatever, we ate them for breakfast, and we were happy.

My mom used to make these for brunch parties when I was a kid. When I asked her for the recipe, she gave me two and was wishy-washy on which she uses. I found two more and ended up with four similar but distinct recipes.

My biggest question concerned the sausage to egg ratio. My four recipes had four different ratios varying from 2 to 5 ounces of sausage per hard-boiled egg. I settled on three ounces, which ended up being pretty much perfect. Any more and the sausage would overwhelm the egg, but with much less, it would be difficult to evenly coat the egg.


Each recipe had a different frying temperature as well, ranging from 325 to 375 degrees. I generally try to maintain an oil temperature between 350 and 375 degrees while deep-frying, and that worked perfectly here. Two recipes used fresh bread crumbs, one used cracker meal, one used dried bread crumbs. I used panko (Japanese coarse-grained dried bread crumbs) because it’s all I had, but I’m thinking fresh would work great as well.

So, there you go. Scotch eggs. Not very healthy, but really freakin’ good. Serve with beer! Or for breakfast! But probably don’t drink beer for breakfast. Ew.

Scotch Eggs

1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ cup (2½ ounces) unbleached flour
1 pound bulk sausage
2 cups breadcrumbs, either panko or fresh
5 eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
vegetable or peanut oil for frying

Mix egg and mustard in a medium bowl to blend. Place flour in another bowl. Place breadcrumbs in another bowl. Roll 1 hard-boiled egg in flour. Using wet hands, press 1/5 of sausage around egg to coat. Roll sausage-covered egg in beaten egg mixture, then roll in breadcrumbs, covering completely and pressing to adhere. Place Scotch egg on plate. Repeat with remaining eggs. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Add enough oil to heavy large saucepan to reach depth of 1½ inches. Attach deep-fry thermometer and heat oil to 360-370 °F. Add 3 prepared eggs to oil; fry until sausage is cooked through and coating is deep brown, about 6 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer eggs to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining 2 eggs. Serve warm.



  1. lrfoodies says:

    Coming from the land of fried food (i.e. the south), most of the fried stuff I see just isn’t that appealing, but these look so interesting that I might just have to try them. Thanks for the post and the recipe comparisons.

    Another interesting fried thing: this past year, the state fair unveiled “fried coke.” Basically it was coca cola syrup that had been frozen into a tube, then cut up, battered, and fried. I personally didn’t try any, but I heard it just tasted like fried sugar.

  2. WOW! These are amazing!! I’ve never seen anything like this before! My husband would flip for these!

  3. Being Scottish we ate these often growing up. Most people cringe when I tell them that it is a boiled egg wrapped in sausage and deep fried. But they are sooooo good.

  4. You don’t have to fry them – they can also be baked in the oven.

  5. When my son was in middle school he had to make these for an international food day they had in one of his classes. They were a little messy to make but turned out pretty good. I forgot about them until I saw your pictures.

  6. this looks soooooo tasty. I am going to make these for the boyfriend and serve with beer this week! Thank you for this yummy idea!

  7. Veronica says:

    We make these but bake them instead of frying and use lean sausage. They taste just as good and are much better for you


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