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Oven Baked Scotch Egg Perfection

Baked Scotch egg, a truly British institution, boiled eggs wrapped in spiced minced pork & coated in breadcrumbs and baked for a jammy yolk.

These are baked in the oven rather than fried, although you can fry them and keep that egg yolk runny!

Oven baked scotch eggs cut open to show a jammy yolk.

Sausage Wrapped Boiled Eggs

As much as I love seeking out new foods and playing with food from around the world, the draw of food nostalgia is strong.

These baked scotch eggs join dishes like corned beef hash and Spam fritters as being odes to my childhood, and I love them deeply!

The Scotch egg is credited as being “invented” by Fortnum and Mason in 1738, but the idea is much older.

The nargis kebab or nargisi kofta is a boiled egg wrapped in a spicy meat mixture and predates the Scotch egg by a century or two. Let’s face it the Brits have no shame in grabbing hold of something and claiming it as their own!

My version is baked rather than fried, primarily because I don’t have the will to maintain a deep fat fryer. But they are also a little healthier!

Rather than using store-bought sausage meat I also make my own coating from store cupboard spicing.

Close up overhead oven baked Scotch eggs with cherry tomatoes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I deep fry these Scotch eggs?

Yes! You will need a deep fat fryer to do it safely, fry them for 5-8 minutes at 170°C or 340°F.

You can skip the browning of the breadcrumbs (step 7) if you use this method.

Can I air fry Scotch eggs?

Yes, this recipe predates my time with an air fryer. But I have tested the recipe and you can air fry at 180°C or 350°F for 15-20 minutes, rotating them halfway through the cooking time.

Can I use store-bought sausage meat?

Absolutely! You will need 550-600g (19-21oz) of sausage meat and you can use anything that takes your fancy.

Can I use low-fat minced pork?

For me no! Fat is an essential part of a sausage mix and prevents the meat from drying out and falling apart.

How long will Scotch eggs last in the fridge?

They will be safe to store in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Can I freeze Scotch eggs?

Technically yes, they will be perfectly safe to eat, however, the texture falls off a cliff and they are not the best to eat in my opinion.

Picnic spread with oven baked scotch eggs cut open to show a jammy yolk.

Serving Suggestions

These baked Scotch eggs are the perfect lunchbox or even picnic munch.

As such they tend to form a bit of a spread for me, so I would serve them with a simple green salad, and pork pie because ain’t no picnic complete without one!

Pasta salads are also awesome on a picnic jaunt! You could go with an old school favourite like tuna pasta salad or something like this tomato-heavy Sicilian pasta salad.

One final option, and one that I think should feature more often in a picnic basket, is the classic Italian Panzanella salad!

Close up overhead oven baked Scotch eggs with cherry tomatoes.

Equipment Used

I only recommend or name-check any specific brands of equipment if I think that it makes a material difference to a recipe. If you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments section below the recipe.

  • Oven.
  • Baking tray.
  • Baking Parchment.
  • Cling film.
  • Medium saucepan (20cm or 8″).
  • Medium frying pan (24cm or 10″).
  • Mixing bowls.
  • Meat thermometer, a quick read thermometer is best.
  • Weighing scales and or measuring cups and spoons.
Oven baked perfect Scotch eggs as part of a picnic spread.
Yield: 4 Portions

Baked Scotch Egg Recipe

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Baked Scotch egg are the perfect picnic finger food, so many childhood memories and it is perfectly possible to cook them with a jammy yolk in the oven!

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Eggs

For the Pork Mix:

  • 500g (17oz) Finely Minced Pork (Use pork with a fat content around 15%)
  • 1 Tsp Dried Sage
  • 2 Tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Tsp Onion Granules
  • ½ Tsp Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • ½ Tsp Coarse Sea Salt
  • ½ Tsp Ground Mace
  • 50g (⅓ Cup) Dried Breadcrumbs
  • 1 Egg Yolk

For the Breadcrumb Crust:

  • 1 Egg
  • 35g (¼ Cup) Plain Flour
  • 35g (2 Tbsp) Butter
  • 75g (½ Cup) Dried Breadcrumbs

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pan of water to a rolling, when the water is boiling reduce the temperature to a rapid simmer and then add the eggs and boil for 6 minutes. Be sure to use room temperature eggs.
  2. Coll the eggs quickly by running them under cold water then peel them immediately.
  3. Mix together all of the ingredients for the pork mix in a bowl ensuring that they are completely combined. Then divide it into 4 equal portions.
  4. Take two pieces of cling film and flatten one of the pieces of pork mix to around 1cm thick.
  5. Roll one of the boiled eggs in a little flour to get a light coating.
  6. Wet your hands in cold water before gently working the pork around the egg to form a smooth round ball, then repeat with the remaining three eggs and place them in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes.
  7. Melt the butter in a medium (24cm or 10") frying pan over a medium heat and fry off the breadcrumbs until they are golden brown, then set aside to cool.
  8. Crumb the scotch eggs, begin by rolling in flour, then into a beaten egg and then into the cooled breadcrumbs.
  9. Place the Scotch eggs on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake in the oven at 180°C or 350°F for 25-30 minutes, or until the pork reaches 73°C or 165°F.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 358mgSodium: 858mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 38g

Did you make this recipe?

If you made this recipe, I'd love to see what you did and what I can do better, share a picture with me on Instagram and tag me @krumplibrian and tell me how it went!

Rebecca

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Didn't know you can bake and avoid to much oil

Brian Jones

Wednesday 23rd of February 2022

Yes, they work well in the oven, especially if you are cooking them to eat cold and are not worried about having a jammy or runny yolk. Frying is definitely better but I find a deep fat fryer is such a headache to manage!

Sarah

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017

What a delicious looking recipe! And you're right...just perfect for a picnic!

Brian Jones

Friday 26th of May 2017

Thanks Sarah.

Lucy @ Supergoldenbakes

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017

Those yolks look immense - as you say the perfect consistency for a picnic. Glad to hear you are creating a stir with some British picnic treasure over in Hungary.

Brian Jones

Friday 26th of May 2017

I have to credit our birds for the yolks and their almost exclusively maize diet :D

Emily

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017

So interesting I'll need to try them baked. I LOVE Scotch eggs and they were always a picnic essential for me too!

Brian Jones

Friday 26th of May 2017

I love them fried but that is so I can keep a really runny yolk, baking eliminates that but makes them more robust which is great for a picnic.

Shashi at Savory Spin

Tuesday 23rd of May 2017

Scotch Eggs invoke strong childhood memories for me as well - my mom made them all the time - very often she would spice the meat layer with cumin, coriander and chili - so am loving your use of sage in the meat layer! Delicious!

Brian Jones

Friday 26th of May 2017

Sage is pretty much a must in British sausages and it goes so well with pork.

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