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Scotch Egg Recipe

How to Make Panko Fried Scotch Eggs

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  • Author: Lars Hinnerskov Eriksen
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 10 Servings 1x


Crisp, savory, and perfect for any meal, learn how to craft this British classic at home for your next brunch or picnic.


Units Scale
  • 1.5 lbs (680g) minced pork meat
  • 10 large eggs (extra for potential mishaps)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 additional large eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying


  1. Preparation: Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Season the minced pork with cayenne pepper, mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Cook a small portion of the minced meat to taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  2. Boil Eggs: Place 10 eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer for 5 minutes for semi-soft yolks or 9 minutes for firmer yolks. Immediately transfer to ice water to cool. Peel carefully once cooled.
  3. Setup Breading Station: Set three shallow bowls on the counter. Fill one with flour, the second with beaten eggs, and the third with Panko breadcrumbs.
  4. Wrap Eggs: Lay out a sheet of cling film. Place a portion of the seasoned minced pork and flatten into an oval shape. Place a boiled egg in the center and use the cling film to mold the meat around the egg evenly. Remove the cling film and repeat for all eggs.
  5. Coat Eggs: Roll each meat-covered egg in flour, dip into the beaten eggs, then coat thoroughly with Panko breadcrumbs.
  6. Fry Eggs: Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or large pan to about 350°F (175°C). Fry the eggs until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil.
  7. Bake Eggs: Place fried eggs on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Serving: Let the Scotch eggs cool slightly before serving. They can be eaten warm or at room temperature.


  • For best results, ensure the meat is evenly wrapped around each egg.
  • Chill the meat-wrapped eggs in the fridge for 10 minutes before frying if they feel too soft.
  • Adjust frying time based on the size of the eggs and the thickness of the meat layer.
  • Prep Time: 40 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Frying
  • Cuisine: English
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