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Chef John's Scotch Eggs

Rated as 4.71 out of 5 Stars

"In my version of Scotch eggs, I keep the egg soft, so when you bite in, you get that amazing contrast in texture between the molten yolk and the crispy sausage shell."
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50 m servings 542
Original recipe yields 6 servings (6 Scotch eggs)


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  1. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large saucepan to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Fill a saucepan with 1/2-inch water; bring to a boil. Carefully place cold eggs into saucepan, cover the saucepan with a lid, reduce heat to medium-high, and cook until eggs yolks are soft, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and pour cold water over eggs to halt the cooking process. Cool eggs to room temperature in cold water; peel and dry eggs on paper towels.
  3. Mix sausage, mustard, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. Shape into 6 equal-size balls.
  4. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on a flat work surface. Place 1 ball of sausage mixture into the center of the plastic wrap, fold the plastic wrap over sausage, and flatten into an 1/8-inch thick oval shape. Pull plastic wrap back and place 1 egg in the center of the sausage. Pick up plastic wrap, moisten fingertips, and press sausage around egg to cover completely, sealing sausage around egg. Repeat with remaining eggs and sausage.
  5. Place bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Pour flour into another shallow bowl. Beat remaining 2 eggs in another shallow bowl.
  6. Gently press eggs into flour to coat; shake off excess flour. Dip eggs into the beaten egg, then press into bread crumbs. Gently toss between your hands so any bread crumbs that haven't stuck can fall away. Place the breaded eggs onto a plate.
  7. Working in batches, cook eggs in the preheated oil until golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool, at least 5 minutes.


  • Nutrition:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 542 calories; 40.5 24 24.3 286 996 Full nutrition

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Made these this morning and they were lovely with a soft center. I serve these with honey mustard dip on a bed of romaine. Also, it did not take long to clean up afterwards!! Cheers for posting ...

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Egg steaming technique left me with eggs so soft they collapsed when I tried to peel them, making a huge mess. Not happy about that. There is maybe good reason to use boiled eggs for something l...

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Made these this morning and they were lovely with a soft center. I serve these with honey mustard dip on a bed of romaine. Also, it did not take long to clean up afterwards!! Cheers for posting ...

Thanks Chef John. I like finding different meals that aren't common. When I saw your recipe I was inspired to make this; what could be better than eggs and deep fried sausage! Mine turned out pe...

Chef John it right! (As usual) Having a soft center makes all the difference! How lusciously sexy! These are terrific!!! Be sure to make the sauce as well, it enhances the flavor to a screa...

Just went an extra minute on the egg part at my wifes request, wanted the yolks a little less runny. I made the dip with a honey Dijon and mayo with the cayenne. Bought an Italian style bread cr...

Made it again this time 8 eggs in more water on stove for 7 min then covered with fire off for 8 mins . Did not work out. The yolks were set. The sausage I used were white colored German ones w...

I followed the techniques used here, but used ingredients I had available. They turned out great! My Scottish boyfriend was impressed and was especially amazed that I managed to cook everything ...

I make these all the time. Everyone here loves them. Breakfast in a bite! And the perfect hangover food. In the warmer months I cook them on the grill instead of frying or baking, gives them add...

Loved this recipe. I made my own homemade sausages which I've gotten really good at. And decided to make these scotch eggs. Wow, did they turn out delicious!!!! The soft boiled eggs really mad...

Fantastic! I have made these several times. So good and his tips on the perfect soft boiled egg are so helpful! I tried these last week using my new air fryer...wonderful! I have changed the...