Perfect yolk scotch eggs

  • Prep time 30 mins
  • Cook time 10 mins
  • Serves 4


  • 4 thick pork sausages
  • 200g lean pork mince
  • 50g black pudding, crumbled (optional)
  • 4 large free range eggs, in shells
  • 1 large egg, beaten well
  • ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ tsp dried sage
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • 125g plain flour
  • 150g panko breadcrumbs
  • seasoning
  • vegetable oil, for deep frying


Perfect yolk scotch eggs: hard-boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat and breadcrumbs, deep-fried until crisp and golden. If you’re looking for the perfect scotch egg recipe, look no further!

  1. Place the four eggs, still in their shells, into a pan of cold salted water and bring to the boil. Boil for 4 minutes (if you want a soft yolk) or 6 minutes for a firmer yolk.
  2. Drain and plunge the eggs into a bowl of ice cold water for at least 20 minutes (if you crack the shells slightly when placing them in the water they are easier to peel off later).
  3. Gently peel the eggs under cold running water, then dry with kitchen paper.
  4. Remove the filling from the sausages and add the mince and black pudding (if using) and mix well. Add the thyme, sage and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Divide the sausage meat mixture into four and shape each ball around an egg.
  6. Place the flour onto a plate, add some seasoning and mix well. Dredge each coated egg in the flour, then in the beaten egg, and finally roll in the breadcrumbs until it is completely covered.
  7. Heat the oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed pan to 170ºC (or until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it).
  8. Carefully place each scotch egg into the hot oil and deep-fry for approximately 6-8 minutes, until golden and crisp and the sausage meat is completely cooked.
  9. Carefully remove the scotch eggs from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain them on kitchen paper.
  10. Serve immediately with a side salad to reveal the soft golden yolk, or they are great cold as a snack on the go.
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