Creating the Best Scotch Egg: A Step-by-Step Recipe

Jan 18, 2021 | Recipes

Get ready to crack open a whole new world of flavour with our mouth-watering Scotch Egg recipe! These savoury delicacies are the perfect blend of runny egg yolk, savoury sausage meat and crispy breading that will have your taste buds singing. Whether you’re a traditionalist or a culinary adventurer, our step-by-step guide will have you whipping up the best Scotch Eggs you’ve ever tasted in no time. Let’s get cracking!

Making The Sausage

Making your own sausage meat for scotch eggs not only gives you control over the ingredients and taste, but it also allows you to customize the seasoning to your own personal preference. Instead of purchasing pre-made sausage meat from the grocery store, or taking the meat out of sausages, use ground pork as your base.

In this recipe, we use a blend of spices such as smoked paprika, black pepper, white pepper, ground clove, cayenne, onion powder, sugar, sage, garlic and water to give the meat a delicious, savoury flavour. The key here is to mix all of the ingredients together very well to ensure that the seasoning is evenly distributed throughout the meat.

This recipe is an alteration of a simple sausage patties recipe that was shared in a post from July. The only change is replacing dried sage with fresh. To get the measurements of the ingredients, please refer to the recipe at the end of this post. Now that you have your sausage meat ready, you can move on to the next step of creating the perfect scotch egg recipe, traditional scotch egg recipe and best scotch egg recipe.

Cooking The Eggs

Cooking the eggs for scotch eggs is a crucial step in achieving the perfect dish. I prefer a runny yolk for my Scotch eggs, so that’s the method I’ll describe. If you’d like a firmer yolk, cook the eggs for up to seven minutes. For the runny yolk, the eggs will only cook for four minutes.

Start by putting a pot of water on the stove and bringing it to a boil. Rinse the eggs under warm water for a few seconds before carefully adding them to the boiling water. Set a timer for 4 minutes and wait. Once the timer goes off, take the pot off the heat and remove the eggs. Crack the shells with the back of a spoon and place the eggs in a bowl of ice water for 2 minutes. This will make it easier to peel the eggs.

Carefully peel the eggs. Now you are ready to move on to wrapping the eggs in the sausage meat to create the best scotch egg. If you’d like to learn more about perfectly boiling eggs, check out this post.

Cooking Eggs

Wrapping The Scotch Eggs

To prepare the sausage meat for scotch eggs, divide it into six evenly-sized balls. Take one ball of meat and flatten it into a patty large enough to wrap around an egg completely. Place the egg in the center of the patty, and carefully wrap the meat around the egg, using your hands to mould and shape the meat for even coverage. Repeat this process until all the eggs have been covered in the sausage meat.

It is important to ensure that there are no gaps in the meat, as this will ensure that the egg is fully encased and protected while cooking. This step is crucial for creating the perfect scotch egg. Also, while wrapping the eggs, keep your hands wet with cold water. This will help prevent the meat from sticking to your hands.

Breading The Scotch Eggs

To bread the scotch eggs, set up a standard breading station by preparing three separate bowls. The first bowl should contain flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper. I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour, but you can use any flour. The second bowl should contain a beaten egg. The third bowl should contain fine bread crumbs. I used President’s Choice Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs, but you can use any breadcrumbs that you prefer.

To bread the eggs, first roll them in the flour mixture, making sure they are evenly coated. Then, dip the floured eggs in the beaten egg, allowing any excess to drip off. Finally, roll the eggs in the breadcrumbs until they are fully coated. Set the breaded eggs aside until all of the eggs have been breaded.

Frying Your Scotch Eggs

To fry the scotch eggs, you have a few options. You can use a deep fryer, a deep pot or wok, or an air fryer.

For the deep fryer method, heat the fryer to 360°F and carefully place the breaded scotch eggs into the fryer. Fry them for about 6 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Remove them from the fryer using a slotted spoon and drain them on a paper towel.

For the deep pot or wok method, heat enough oil to come at least halfway up the eggs to 360°F. Carefully place the breaded scotch eggs into the hot oil and fry them for about 4 minutes per side or until golden brown and crispy. Remove them from the oil using a slotted spoon and drain them on a paper towel.

If you prefer to use an air fryer for cooking your scotch eggs, preheat it to 375°F. Place the breaded scotch eggs in the air fryer basket and cook for about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown and crispy, turning them halfway through the cooking time. This method allows you to enjoy the crispy texture of a traditionally fried scotch egg without the added oil. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the type and model of your air fryer, so it is important to monitor the eggs while they are cooking.

It’s important to maintain the oil temperature throughout the frying process to ensure that the scotch eggs are cooked evenly and that the breading is golden brown and crispy. This step is crucial for creating the best scotch egg.

Serving The Best Scotch Eggs

When serving scotch eggs, there’s no need to get too fancy. These eggs are a meal themselves and can be enjoyed simply with a little bit of yellow mustard or any other condiment of your preference. You can also make them in advance and keep them in the fridge for up to three days. They can be eaten cold or reheated in the oven at 350°F for about twenty minutes. This makes them a great option for meal prepping or for a quick and easy breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

The beautiful thing about scotch eggs is their versatility. They can be served as a snack, an appetizer, or a main course. They can also be served warm or cold, making them an excellent option for picnics, camping trips, or other outdoor activities. With their delicious and satisfying taste, scotch eggs are sure to be a hit at any gathering.

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Traditional Scotch Eggs

Discover the secret to making the perfect scotch eggs with our step-by-step recipe! From homemade sausage meat to crispy breading, we'll show you how to make this traditional British dish from scratch. Impress your friends and family with your culinary skills and serve up a delicious and satisfying meal that's perfect for any occasion. Get the recipe now!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Scotish
Keyword: Pork, Sausage, Scotch Eggs
Servings: 6 eggs
Author: Chef’s Notes


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh sage, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 7 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup bread crumbs


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the pork with the salt, paprika, sage, black pepper, white pepper, cayenne, cloves, onion powder, garlic, sugar, and water. Mix well, then divide into six evenly-sized balls.
  • Fill a medium-sized pot halfway with water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Rinse six eggs under warm water for a few seconds, then carefully add them to the boiling water. Cook the eggs for four minutes. Take the pot off the heat, drain the water crack the eggshells and fill the pot with cold water. Run cold water into the pot until the eggs are cool enough to handle. Peel the eggs.
  • Flatten one of the sausage meatballs into a thin patty and wrap it around one of the eggs. Form the meat around the egg, making sure there are no gaps. Repeat until all six eggs have been wrapped.
  • Put the flour in a bowl and season it with a pinch of salt and pepper. Break the seventh egg into a second bowl, and beat it. Put the bread crumbs in a third bowl. Roll each Scotch Egg in the flour, the egg, then the bread crumbs. Set aside until all of the eggs have been breaded.
  • Heat a deep-fryer to 360°f. Cook the eggs two to three at a time for six minutes. Drain on a paper towel and serve.
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The Wrap Up

And there you have it, folks, the ultimate recipe for the perfect Scotch Eggs. From homemade sausage meat to crispy breading, we’ve shown you how to make this traditional British dish from scratch. Impress your friends and family with your culinary skills and serve up a delicious and satisfying meal that’s perfect for any occasion. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog by entering your email address below. You’ll never miss a post again!


  1. Joan

    5 stars
    In your printed recipe there is a mistake in the required temperature… says 160F instead of 360F

  2. Chef Ben Kelly

    Thank you, I will change that.

  3. anissa

    I haven’t had Scotch Eggs in forever so thank you for this recipe. I’m going to try it. I’m so glad I watched CML this morning to see your segment.

  4. Chef Ben Kelly

    It’s my pleasure. Enjoy!!

  5. John Heath

    Chef Ben Kelly, I make these up about once a month. Sometimes soft boiled others hard boiled. Hard boiled is fun, I cut the egg in half like I would for deviled eggs, mix the yolks with a little softened butter seasoned with herb de provonce. Stuff the eggs put back together then continue on. Absolutely delish.

  6. Chef Ben Kelly

    John that’s a great idea. I’ll try that next time. Thanks for the tip

  7. Penelope

    5 stars
    This was delicious! Loved the use of ground onion and garlic – much tastier than my own recipe.

  8. Chef Ben Kelly

    I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thank you for letting me know

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