Homemade Scotch Eggs

Homemade Scotch eggs are a world away from shop bought versions. They're worth the effort for a special picnic treat and are easier than you think!

Key Details

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 4 minutes
  • Difficulty: Challenging


  • 8 large free-range eggs
  • 800g quality sausage meat/pork mince
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley,  finely chopped
  • ¼ fresh nutmeg
  • 1tbsp English mustard
  • plain flour
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 150g good-quality white breadcrumbs
  • 2 litres vegetable oil


Pop your oil in a high sided pan or prep a deep fat fryer. You want your oil to be at about 150°C/300°F.

Boil your eggs in a pan of hot water for 4 minutes and transfer to a bowl of cold water. Once cooled, carefully peel them. They’ll still be wonderfully soft in the centre.

Put the sausage meat into a bowl with the herbs, parsley, nutmeg, onion, mustard and a very generous pinch of salt and pepper. Give it all a good mix together then divide into 8 balls.

To make the scotch eggs, flatten one of the sausage balls into an oval-shaped patty in the palm of your hand. Roll a peeled egg in flour, then pop it in the middle of the patty. Gently shape the meat evenly around the egg, moulding it with your hands.

Next up you need to pané your scotch eggs. Roll the meat-wrapped egg in the flour, shake off any excess, then dip into a beaten egg, followed by the breadcrumbs.

Line a baking tray with kitchen roll, in preparation and then let’s get cooking! If you have a cooking thermometer it’s a good idea to use it. Carefully lower the eggs, one at a time, into the pan and cook for about 4 minutes, turning them every so often, until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on the kitchen paper. If you’re worried about the meat being under-cooked, deep-fry the scotch eggs until they’re golden and crispy, then pop them in a hot oven for a couple of minutes to ensure they’re cooked through.

Done and dusted.


  1. Mike
    June 13, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    Instead of breadcrumbs try some rolled oats, It raises it to a completely different level

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