17 Ways to Use Up Leftover Egg Yolks

Fettuccini Carbonara

When you're baking an egg white frittata or a batch of meringues, don't you dare ditch the egg yolks. Egg yolks are basically liquid gold, perfect for thickening a sauce, puffing a pastry, or amping up pasta's creaminess. Use leftover egg yolks in everything from salad dressing to desserts. Here are some ideas.

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Can you freeze egg yolks?

Fresh organic free range chicken eggs in black stone bowl on black rustic background
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You can freeze egg yolks in ice cube trays. But first, you'll want to mix about 1/3 tsp. of salt or sugar into each yolk. This keeps the yolks from gelling in the freezer. Once the yolks have frozen, you can transfer them to a freezer-safe container. Just thaw them the night before you plan to cook them.

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Chef John's Homemade Mayonnaise

a spoon in a jar of mayonnaise
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Make the most of your leftover egg yolks with this old-fashioned mayo. "It turns out perfectly if you blend all ingredients a bit before very slowly adding in the oil," Linda Trzos says.

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Peach Cobbler with Buttermilk Ice Cream

Peach Cobbler with Buttermilk Ice Cream
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Leftover egg yolks make this buttermilk ice cream ultra rich.

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Classic Restaurant Caesar Salad

Classic Restaurant Caesar Salad
Deb C

"When I saw this called for an egg yolk I knew it was a traditional recipe," Michelle Lane says.

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Mediterranean Puff Pastry Chicken

Mediterranean Puff Pastry Chicken
Nigora Bowles

Marinate the chicken in garlic and... egg yolk? You bet. "I only wish I could give this recipe more stars! It is so flavorful, and the chicken is moist and delicious," reviewer MESPARROW writes.

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White Chocolate-Orange-Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies

White Chocolate-Orange-Pistachio Thumbprint Cookies
SunnyDaysNora

"Nutty pistachio cookies filled with creamy, citrusy white chocolate are an impressive and tasty little treat!" says reviewer SunnyDaysNora. The extra egg yolks keep the cookie tender but firm.

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Fettuccini Carbonara

Fettuccini Carbonara

"This carbonara is a delectable, mouth watering pile of yummy goodness," Sarah W. Lennox says. The egg yolks combine with cream and cheese for a luscious and elegant sauce that's entirely too simple for how decadent it tastes.

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Canelés de Bordeaux

Canelés de Bordeaux
rupertsruth

The secret ingredient in these crispy French custard cakes? Beeswax. Egg yolks are used to create a batter that's airy but firm enough for the tall cake's height.

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Homemade Peach Crumb Bars

Homemade Peach Crumb Bars
Allrecipes Magazine

Reviewers have replaced peaches with plums and blueberries. You'll need the egg yolk for the pastry regardless!

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Blender Hollandaise Sauce

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"If I could give more stars, I would! This recipe is by far the easiest Hollandaise sauce recipe I have ever made." — SavvyTech

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Tasty Shrimp Tempura and Sake Dipping Sauce

Tasty Shrimp Tempura and Sake Dipping Sauce
Soup Loving Nicole

You'll be glad you held onto that extra egg yolk once you've tasted these tempura shrimp. "Five stars on the batter! I have made tempura quite a few times and this batter worked better than any of the others. The measurements are spot on," writes reviewer Soup Loving Nicole.

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Gateau Breton

Gateau Breton
Yoly

"I had lots of left over egg yolks and this was a nice, easy recipe to use them up," reviewer Abigail says of this French dessert.

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Blackened Chicken Alfredo Pizza

Blackened Chicken Alfredo Pizza
Ashley Geist

Reviewers rave about this pizza's sauce, made with heavy cream, butter, garlic, two egg yolks, Parmesan, and Romano cheese.

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Jan's Pretzel Dogs

Jan's Pretzel Dogs
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Brush the top of the dough with an egg yolk to ensure that these pretzel buns turn golden brown.

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Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)

Portuguese Custard Tarts (Pasteis de Nata)
Chef John

Six egg yolks thicken this Portuguese pastry's creamy custard filling. Notes of lemon, cinnamon, and vanilla are just a bonus.

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Mashed Potato Casserole with Mozzarella

Mashed Potato Casserole with Mozzarella
Soup Loving Nicole

These mashed potatoes call for simple ingredients (like milk, egg yolks, and mozzarella) and just 15 minutes of prep time.

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Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream

ganache-topped profiteroles filled with creme patisserie
Chef John

One whole egg plus two egg yolks equals this silky pastry cream.

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