Scotch Quail’s Eggs

Scotch Quail's Eggs seved on a slate

Scotch Quail’s Eggs

Scotch Quail’s Eggs

Summary: This is a twist of the classic Scotch Eggs. Here I have switched the chicken eggs for quail’s eggs. The smaller egg makes this ideal as a finger food for parties.  


  • 6 quail’s eggs (boiled)
  • 1 quail’s egg for dipping
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 250g pork mince meat or sausage meat
  • 1 tea spoon of sage
  • 1/2 tea spoon of thyme
  • 1 tea spoon of salt


Start by boiling the quails eggs for two or three minutes so as they are cooked through. Shell the boiled eggs.

While the eggs are cooking, mix the meat, salt, thyme and sage together in a bowl and then divide into six parts. Roll each to make six meat balls.

Press the shelled quail’s eggs into the meat balls and pull the meat around so that all the egg is covered with a thin layer of meat.

Put the meat balls into the fridge for a few minutes to allow them to firm up. This will help them keep their shape when coating and cooking.

Tear up the slice of bread and put in a food processor for a few seconds to make bread crumbs. Place the bread crumbs in a small bowl.

In another bowl, crack your 7th quail’s egg and whisk it with a fork.

Put the oil pan on to heat up and retrieve your meat balls from the fridge.

Roll each meat ball in the whisked egg then in the bread crumbs so that they are all covered then drop them carefully into the oil and fry.

Because the meat layer is quite thin and the egg is already cooked, the balls will only take a few minutes to cook through.

When a golden brown colour is achieved, remove the balls from the oil and drain.

These scotch quail’s eggs can be eaten hot or cold.

Quick Notes

Traditionally scotch eggs can be seasoned with nutmeg instead of the sage and thyme that I used. You could also try mustard or whatever takes your fancy really.

Preparation time: 20 min Cooking time: 5 mins Total time: 25 min Yield: 6 servings

Diet type: Meat and eggs

Meal type: appetiser

Culinary tradition: Scottish

By Rincewind42

My rating:5 stars: ★★★★★

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