Today we continue our egg saga with this scotch egg recipe. And everything is made from scratch. Now, although it’s our pick for National Greasy Food Day, we’ll talk about how deep-fried eggs can be healthy, and all the basics to make scotch eggs. First, let’s define scotch eggs.
What Is a Scotch Egg?
Scotch eggs are a beloved staple in British cuisine. This recipe mainly consists of soft- or hard-boiled egg, ground meat, breadcrumbs, and seasonings.
The egg is wrapped in seasoned ground meat— usually pork sausage, and coated in breadcrumbs before being baked or deep-fried. This recipe is usually served with a sauce for dipping as well.
When you bite into a scotch egg, you’ll get to experience literally many layers of different textures and flavors. The crispy exterior, the savory sausage, and the soft, rich egg— all comes together and creates an indescribable gastronomical sensation.
You can serve these flavorful bombs as a snack or an appetizer. Mini versions of scotch eggs use quail eggs to make bite-sized finger food that are perfect for any party.
Are Scotch Eggs Healthy?
Yes, our this recipe is healthy. And here are the reasons why:
Since we’re making everything from scratch, you’ll be eating cleaner and healthier. And by making your own food, you can monitor the amount of calories, saturated fat, and sodium that you eat.
The amount of calories, saturated fat, and sodium per serving in this recipe also adheres to our healthy eating guidelines.
For example, there are approximately 4 grams of saturated fat per serving, which is one scotch egg. It may seem like a lot, but it’s actually not.
In fact, you can consume 2-4 grams of saturated fat per serving of side dish or snack. So it should be fine as long as the saturated fat of your side dish stays within that limit.
In addition, we also keep track of sodium intake by measuring the ingredients to have a relatively accurate nutrition calculation.
Our healthy eating guidelines recommend you consume no more than 300 mg of sodium per side dish per meal. And one serving of scotch egg contains only 215 mg of sodium.
According to our nutrition calculator, there are 206 calories per scotch egg. Although this is enough calories for a side dish, appetizer, or a snack, it’s not enough to fuel your body.
You’ll need to pair these eggs with a main dish to consume more calories and keep your body functioning properly. And we will tell you what to serve with scotch eggs later.
One scotch egg contains about 4 grams of carbs. This is relatively low on carbs so this makes our recipe suitable for a low-carb diet.
How to Make Scotch Eggs
Scotch eggs are another low-calorie way to prepare eggs. Here’s a brief summary of our scotch egg recipe:
Make the sausage: Marinate ground pork with garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, paprika, milk, flour, ground black pepper, and cilantro. Mix well, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest in the fridge for 5 minutes.
Make the sauce: Add ketchup and mayonnaise to a small bowl. Mix well to combine and set aside.
Boil the eggs: Gently lower the eggs into a pot of boiling and cook for 6 minutes to get soft-boiled eggs. Transfer to a bowl of iced water, let them rest until cool enough to handle and peel.
Wrap the eggs: Divide the sausage into 4 equal portions. Wrap one portion of the sausage around the egg, encasing it completely.
Repeat with the remaining eggs and sausage.
Roll in breadcrumbs: Roll the scotch eggs in breadcrumbs to coat evenly.
Fry the scotch eggs: Heat canola oil over medium heat. Gently lower scotch eggs into the oil and cook for 1 minute.
Serve: drizzle the sauce and sprinkle the remaining 1/8 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp fresh cilantro on top of the eggs.
Drizzle the sauce and sprinkle the remaining black pepper and fresh cilantro on top of the eggs.
Optional: you can either drizzle the sauce over the eggs, or serve the sauce in a separate bowl for dipping.
How Long Should I Boil Eggs for Scotch Eggs?
This depends on how you like your scotch eggs:
If you prefer scotch eggs with a runny yolk like we’re doing today, boil your eggs for 6 minutes. On the other hand, if you like hard-boiled eggs, boil for 12 minutes.
We start with bringing a pot of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, gently lower cold eggs into the water and start the timer.
Keep in mind that we use cold eggs straight out of the fridge. If you use room-temperature eggs, you may have a different result.
If you want more information, check out our detailed guide on the best way to boil eggs. With this easy favorite salad, our quick, simple egg curry recipe, and this combination of a few, simple ingredients, you have a handy collection of instructions on boiling eggs!
Sauce for Scotch Eggs
For today’s scotch egg recipe, we’re going to make a simple ketchup and mayonnaise sauce. But you can customize the sauce to your liking.
You want to look for a type of sauce that cuts through the rich flavor of the eggs. We recommend something tangy like mustard sauce, or spicy like hot sauce.
Can You Freeze Scotch Eggs?
Yes, you can. We recommend freezing uncooked scotch eggs because if you cook, freeze, and thaw, they’ll lose their flavor.
To freeze, you should wrap them individually in plastic wrap and put them in a ziploc bag. This will allow you to sneak one out and thaw it faster when you’re hungry.
But whether you’re freezing them cooked or uncooked, it is best to use hard-boiled eggs. Soft-boiled eggs are technically undercooked— this may increase the growth of bacteria when you freeze and then thaw them.
How Long Do Scotch Eggs Last in the Fridge?
For scotch eggs with a soft-boiled yolk, we recommend eating it up as soon as possible. Just to be on the safe side and avoid the increasing risk of bacteria growth.
Hard-boiled scotch eggs, on the other hand, can last up to one week in the fridge. Be sure to let them cool completely before putting them into an airtight container and in the fridge.
Both raw and cooked hard-boiled scotch eggs can stay good in the freezer for one month.
What to Serve with Scotch Eggs
Traditionally scotch eggs are served as a cold snack that goes with beer in the UK. But this is not a very healthy combination.
In the US, they are often served hot with a sauce or gravy for dipping. They can be a great finger food and/or appetizer.
Although they are delicious on their own, they are not nutritious enough for your body. And eggs alone can’t make you feel full either.
That is why we need to pair scotch eggs with other foods. Here are some suggestions:
Since the scotch eggs are savory and decadent enough, you’ll need a salad. An addition of greens gives brightness and fiber, thus balances out the meal.
We recommend a simple mix of vegetables such as arugula, cherry tomatoes, and red onions with a lemon dressing. Or just pick your favorite veggies and put them together to create your very own favorite salad.
2. Plan a 3-Course Meal
Have scotch eggs as a starter for a 3-course meal. And then pich whatever protein you want for the main course.
Build your own perfect meal, as long as it’s healthy and full of fiber.
And for desserts, instead of having sweet treats, we suggest cleansing your palate with refreshments. A simple juice or juice-based cocktail should do the trick.
When you do plan a 3-course meal, remember to keep track of your calorie, sodium, and saturated fat intake. We don’t want to over-consume anything.
And that concludes our suggestions on what to serve with scotch eggs. Choose whichever you like because at the end of the day, it’s up to you to plan your perfect meal.
Scotch Egg Recipe
- 6 oz 85% lean ground pork
- 1/2 tsp garlic finely minced
- 1/4 tsp oregano
- 1/4 tsp fresh thyme
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 2 tbsp whole milk
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp fresh cilantro chopped
- 1 tsp Heinz ketchup
- 1 tbsp Japanese mayonnaise
- 4 medium eggs cold
- 1/2 cup plain panko breadcrumbs (*)
- 1 cup canola oil (*)
- Make the sausage: In a large bowl, mix ground pork with garlic, oregano, thyme, salt, paprika, milk, flour, 1/8 tsp black pepper, and 1/2 tsp chopped cilantro. Mix well, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest in the fridge for 5 minutes.
- Make the sauce: in a small bowl, combine ketchup and mayonnaise. Mix well and set aside.
- Boil the eggs: while the pork is resting, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, gently lower the eggs into the pot and boil for 6 minutes. Turn off the heat and transfer the eggs to a bowl of iced water, let them rest for 2 minutes before peeling the shells.
- Wrap the eggs: lay a piece of cling film on the cutting board. Divide the sausage into 4 equal portions. Spread one portion thinly on the plastic wrap. Place one egg in the middle, gather the corners of the cling film, and wrap the sausage around the egg. Repeat with the remaining eggs and sausage.
- Roll in breadcrumbs: add breadcrumbs to a large bowl. Roll the scotch eggs in breadcrumbs to coat evenly.
- Fry the scotch eggs: in a saucepan, heat canola oil over medium heat for 1 minute. Gently lower scotch eggs into the oil with a slotted spoon and cook for 1 minute. Once cooked, remove and transfer to a dish lined with paper towels to remove excess oil.
- Serve: drizzle the sauce and sprinkle the remaining 1/8 tsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp fresh cilantro on top of the eggs.