Scotch Quail Eggs


Try these delicious Scotch quail eggs this easter. So small and tasteful, aren't they cute? Ready within 20 minutes time.

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Scotch quail eggs
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2017-04-14, this recipe is for 12 people and takes 20 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 16-02-2021

20 minutes 12 people Snacks
Scotch quail eggs


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  • 12 quail eggs
  • Splash of vinegar
  • 225 gram minced meat (50% pork 50% beef)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Handful fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper to liking
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • Sunflower oil, or any other neutral oil for frying with
Scotch quail eggs ingredients
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Kitchen equipment

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  • Cutting board
  • Chefs knife
  • Small pan
  • Medium-sized bowl
  • 3 small bowls
  • Thick-bottomed pan for frying in

Scotch Quail Eggs

20 minutes 12 people Snacks

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Preparation -- 10 minutes

Fill the small pan with water, salt and a splash of vinegar. Bring to a boil and add in the quail eggs for 3 minutes. Shock the eggs under cold running water, let cool off and peel them.

Heat up the sunflower oil to a temperature of 170 degrees celsius or 340 degrees fahrenheit. Finely chop the basil leaves and season the minced meat with basil, egg yolk, pepper and salt.  

Scotch quail eggs
Scotch quail eggs

Finishing the Scotch quail eggs -- 10 minutes

Fill a small bowl with flour, some salt and pepper. Fill the second bowl with egg and milk, stir well. Fill the last bowl with panko (japanese breadcrumbs). Divide the minced meat into 12 portions.

Flatten a portion in the palm of your had, add a quail egg in the middle and fold it shut. Make sure the egg is fully encased. Repeat this step for the remaining eggs.

Roll each ball through the flour, then egg and lastly the panko. Make sure each scotch quail egg ball is fully covered, then fry them in the hot oil until golden-brown.

Enjoy these delicious scotch quail eggs!

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