Scotch Eggs


These Scotch eggs make for a delicious and easy special occasion recipe for your family. We serve ours on Christmas Eve over a bed of lettuce with sliced tomatoes and mustard for garnish.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins

Enjoy traditional Scotch eggs in the comfort of your own kitchen with this unforgettable recipe. 

scotch eggs

What Is a Scotch Egg?

A Scotch egg is a boiled egg that has been wrapped in sausage, breaded, and deep-fried or baked. Despite its name, this likely has English (not Scottish) origins. Scotch eggs are commonly found at picnics in the U.K. and packaged Scotch eggs are widely available in British supermarkets, corner shops, and gas stations.

How to Make Scotch Eggs

You’ll find a full, step-by-step recipe below — but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make Scotch eggs at home: 

  1. Boil, cool, and peel the eggs. 
  2. Flatten the sausage, make patties, and wrap the patties around each egg.
  3. Lightly flour the sausage layer, then coat with the beaten egg. Roll in bread crumbs.
  4. Deep fry the sausage-covered eggs until they’re golden brown. 

How to Serve Scotch Eggs

Scotch eggs can be served as an appetizer, snack, or side dish. It could even work as a light meal with a fresh side salad! You might also consider pairing it with a dipping sauce for extra flavor or something with a British flair, such as Basic Mashed Potatoes or British Baked Beans

Can You Make Scotch Eggs Ahead of Time?

If you’d like to make the Scotch eggs one day in advance, boil the eggs and wrap them in sausage. Instead of immediately cooking, store the prepared eggs in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Fry them immediately before you plan to serve them. 

How to Store Scotch Eggs

Allow the Scotch eggs to cool completely, then transfer them to an airtight container lined with paper towels to soak up extra moisture. Seal the container and store in the fridge for up to three days. 

Can You Freeze Scotch Eggs?

While you can freeze Scotch eggs for up to three months, we don’t recommend it unless it’s absolutely necessary. The crispy crust will likely become mushy during the freezing and thawing process. 

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

“Fun recipe,” according to loriaprn. “Easier to make than I thought it would be. My family loved them. Quality sausage is important. I added a little onion powder to my bread crumbs. Yum!”

“Everyone loved these served on lettuce and fresh tomato,” says Heather G. “I even caught my hubby and 2 kids eating the leftover scotch eggs cold the next morning.”

“So easy to make and tastes amazing,” raves Brandy Pallares. “I had never even had a Scotch egg before trying this recipe. I made a quick dip for them that sent it over the top! Mix a half cup of mayo with several dashes of Texas Pete hot sauce.”

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 quart oil for frying

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2 pounds bulk pork sausage

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 large eggs, beaten

  • 4 cups dried bread crumbs, seasoned


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil. Cover, remove from heat, and let eggs sit in hot water for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, and peel.

  3. Flatten sausage and make a patty to surround each egg. Very lightly flour the outer sausage layer then coat with beaten egg. Roll in bread crumbs to cover evenly.

  4. Deep-fry prepared eggs until golden brown while making sure each side is well cooked. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.

  5. Cut in half and serve.

Editor's Note

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)

1489 Calories
88g Fat
108g Carbs
64g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 1489
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 88g 112%
Saturated Fat 25g 123%
Cholesterol 503mg 168%
Sodium 4278mg 186%
Total Carbohydrate 108g 39%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 64g
Vitamin C 6mg 32%
Calcium 326mg 25%
Iron 11mg 62%
Potassium 1010mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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