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Perfect Homemade Scotch Eggs

Updated on January 8, 2018
homemade scotch eggs by Peterb6001
homemade scotch eggs by Peterb6001

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Homemade Scotch Eggs are 1000 times better

Shop bought Scotch eggs are always dry on the inside, with a hard, flaky and pale looking light yellow yolk. Although a tasty concept, home made Scotch Eggs, if done well by following this recipe suddenly become absolutely delicious. This recipe guarantees a slightly runny and soft yolk in the inside, wrapped in delicious homemade sausage meat with golden crispy breadcrumbs on the outside.

As the name implies, Scotch Eggs are a Scottish speciality, once eaten as part of a breakfast, or served as a snack, as part of a picnic or at high tea.

My family were absolutely blown away by these, and never again will consider buying shop made ones, whether they are having a buffet, going on a picnic, or just fancy a special treat.

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 4


  • 6 large eggs (free range if possible)
  • Butter
  • Half a small onion
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Little fresh sage
  • Ground mace
  • 225 g (8 oz) sausage meat or pork mince
  • 100 g (4 oz) dried white breadcrumbs


  1. Firstly we want to hard boil the eggs. Put the eggs into a saucepan of cold water. Bring the water to the boil. Now turn off the heat and put a lid on the pan.
  2. Leave for exactly 4 minutes. Remove the eggs and put into a bowl of iced water to stop any more cooking.
  3. Melt a nob of butter in a frying pan, finely chop the onion and add to the pan. Do not allow the onion to brown. Remove from the heat once softened.
  4. Add the ground mace, lemon zest and sage once cooled.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Using your hands mix this into the mincemeat mixture.
  7. Divide the mixture into four . For each one flour some cling film and wrap around the mixture, flatten with a rolling pin.
  8. Peel the 4 eggs
  9. gently wrap the sausage meat around each egg, again use floured clingfilm to make shaping easier.
  10. Beat two eggs in a bowl and pass the 4 eggs with the sausage meat through the beaten egg then roll in the breadcrumbs.
  11. For an extra crispy finish this can be repeated for each egg.
  12. Put the Scotch eggs in the fridge, which allows them to relax and firm up a little.
  13. In a deep fryer heat oil to 180' / 350 F
  14. Gently lower the 2 of the eggs into the hot oil and cook from 5 to 7 minutes until golden and crispy.
  15. Remove and drain on kitchen paper.
  16. The eggs can now be eaten hot or cold.

Crispy and Golden Scotch Eggs

My Scotch Eggs, photo by Peterb6001
My Scotch Eggs, photo by Peterb6001

Homemade Scotch Eggs, know what you are eating

Making your own homemade Scotch eggs using this recipe is so much more rewarding and healthier than buying the unappetizing processed ones in the shops. Even better, you know exactly what you are eating and what is in them.

This is a great and somewhat original way to use up your eggs if you find you have to many and they really are delicious. They are great for lunches, snacks or picnics. If you have never tried them I urge you to and am sure you will impress your friends with them.

I wish you luck when you cook these and promise you, once you have tried your own, you'll never buy them from a shop again.

I'd love to hear your comments and feedback

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @Lynda Makara: Thank you, they are a tasty snack :)

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      Never had one but they look good.

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      @peterb6001: oops I meant for the bread :)

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @FanfrelucheHubs: Hi fanfreluche,

      There isn't any flour in this recipe, of any type, so looks like you have found what you have been looking for :)

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      Nathalie Roy 4 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I have been wanting to try scotch eggs for a while, I just need to find some replacement for the wheat flour (maybe a mix of flax and something else)