Scotch eggs: dinner for two plus midnight snack

Defined as shelled hard-boiled eggs covered in sausage meat, dredged in bread crumbs and deep fried, Scotch eggs are usually served cold but Speedy and I prefer them hot — with a gravy of melted cheese. Okay, make that cheat-gravy — I just microwaved half a cup of pimiento-flavored Cheez Whiz and spooned it over the halved Scotch eggs. It’s a sausage and egg dish, really, served in a different way which makes it ideal for breakfast although we had our Scotch eggs for supper. Scotch eggs

You can buy good quality sausage (please read the sausage post), press the meat out of the casing and use that. Or, you can use ground meat (pork, beef, chicken, turkey or whatever you prefer so long as it is real meat) and add all the spices, herbs and seasonings that go into a sausage. I went for the latter technique.

I used four hard-boiled eggs and about 400 grams of ground meat thinking that would be just right for Speedy and myself. Wrong. We only managed to eat one egg each, with bread. We reheated the rest for our midnight snack.


Recipe: Scotch eggs


  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled and shelled
  • 400 g. of ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. of finely minced garlic
  • 1/4 c. of finely chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp. of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. of pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. of paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. of cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. of dried basil
  • 1/2 c. of panko, plus more for dredging
  • about 4 c. of cooking oil


  1. Start heating the cooking oil in a wok or a fryer (an ordinary skillet is much too shallow).
  2. Mix everything together (except the eggs). Divide the mixture into four portions. Use one portion to wrap each egg. Do not make the meat coating too thick; otherwise, the part nearest the egg might come out raw.
  3. Dredge each meat covered egg in panko.
  4. When the oil is hot (fine wisps of smoke start to appear), fry the eggs, rolling them in the oil, until nicely browned. If the temperature is correct, the frying should take no more than a minute.
  5. Let the Scotch eggs rest for about five minutes before cutting in halves.
  6. Serve with your favorite gravy.

Number of servings (yield): 4 Scotch eggs


  1. yhonna says

    I saw this dish I think the other night in TLC when it featured the best diners in the US. One diner has Scotch Eggs as one of its specialties. The egg yolk, though, is still very runny inside that when you cut into the meat cover and into the egg, the yolk would ooze out into your plate. I was playing in my head how I could make the dish my way (hubby loves eggs, in any preparation). Am I glad that you have a recipe for scotch eggs! I will definitely try this next week….

  2. says

    I’ve heard of scotch eggs but had no idea what they were. Now I know. These look and sounds absolutely wonderful. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  3. edith flores says

    My husband arrives at 2:30 am from work and i want to serve him something different as a late dinner/early breakfast so i tried the scotch eggs last night.Luckily, i have a botttle of Cheez whiz from a Phil goods store here in Japan..It made our early breakfast quite special..A nice way to start our 20th wedding anniversary…..Now i’m browsing through your recipes to prepare a special dinner.. Dinner dates here are usually possible only during week ends…:)

  4. Angela Ubaldo says

    This my favorite festival food. They have it at ” Charles Dicken’s festival” in Galveston Tx every year. They usually serve it with mustard or honey mustard sauce ( I prefer the latter).
    Thank you for posting the recipe.