20 Ways to Use Up Leftover Egg Whites
When you're whipping up a recipe that calls for egg yolks only, don't waste the whites. You can use egg whites for a variety of recipes, from meatballs to meringues. Using up leftover egg whites also prevents food waste, a commendable goal for any home cook. Here, we put together 20 unique egg whites recipes. Whether they help bind herbs and spices to nuts or star atop a cheesecake, these ideas for using up egg whites will have something just right for your cooking plans.
Can you freeze egg whites?
You can easily freeze egg whites in an ice cube tray. Just pour in one egg white per compartment, or divide each egg white between two compartments for shallow trays. Once the whites freeze, you can move them to a freezer-safe container. Thaw them the night before you plan to cook them.
Egg whites allow falafel batter to cook to peak crispiness in the waffle iron.
"A big hit with my entire family. Spicy and sweet. Letting them sit in the egg whites really make a difference," Michelle Zamora says.
Best French Macarons
This meaty, cheesy turnover should be reason enough to hold on to that extra egg white. Here, an egg white is used to seal the dough's edges, so all the good cheese and sauce stays firmly inside the stromboli.
Authentic French Meringues
A short and sweet list of ingredients (just egg whites and sugar!) makes this recipe a simple solution to using up egg whites.
This five-star recipe calls for egg whites and extra-lean ground beef, meaning it has less fat and calories than old-school meatloaf recipes.
Bacon Tater Egg Cups
Start your morning with eggs — without resorting to scrambled eggs for the umpteenth time.
"A sweet, marshmallow-y base topped with unsweetened orange-flavored cream and fresh berries makes for an impressive and delicious dessert!" — Kim
Four-Ingredient Gluten-Free Italian Coconut Cookies
"These traditional Italian soft cookies are a hit at any get-together. I've made them gluten free, but you can use the same amount of all-purpose wheat flour," recipe creator Buckwheat Queen says. "Some people add chocolate chips and some drizzle dark chocolate over them once cooled."
Vegetarian Garden Stir-Fry
Egg whites pack a little protein into this vegetarian dish, which makes a delicious main or side.
Crunchy Sugar-Free Granola
Mix three egg whites into this savory granola before baking it to toasty perfection. Egg whites add protein *and* extra crunch.
These colorful, just-tart-enough cupcakes will satisfy your sweet tooth when you have less than 45 minutes to bake.
Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
"These turned out great! I struggle with mashed potatoes as they tend to get gluey, but not these. The texture was perfect." — Soup Loving Nicole
Morning Glory Muffins I
If you're over eating eggs for breakfast, sneak them into these carrot-and-apple muffins.
Buffalo Chicken Fingers
These Buffalo Chicken Tenders turn out nice and crispy thanks to their peppery, garlicky breading. The egg whites help adhere the crust of spiced bread crumbs to the tenders.
Frosty Strawberry Squares
You could freeze egg whites, or you could make and freeze Frosty Strawberry Squares. Just saying.
Italian Bread Bowls
Brushing an egg wash on the outside of these Italian Bread Bowls helps to turn them golden brown and keep them crisp.
Tantalizing Turkey and Blue Cheese Meatballs
"Don't let the somewhat unusual combination of ingredients throw you off. This is a fantastic, flavorful recipe that can be easily altered to suit your own tastes," Chris K. says.
Lemon Meringue Cheesecake
To make our popular Lemon Meringue Cheesecake, you'll need four eggs and four egg whites. The whites give this dessert its ultra fluffy topping.