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Air Fryer Scotch Eggs

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These air fryer Scotch eggs are made with boiled eggs that are wrapped in sausage meat, then coated with egg and bread crumbs and air fried. They’re excellent any time of the day, and are portable, making them perfect for a picnic or lunch on the go.

A plate containing a halved air fryer Scotch egg, with a dollop of chutney on the side and in a bowl nearby.

Adapted from Jenny Tschiesche | Air-Fryer Cookbook | Ryland Peters & Small, 2022

A staple for any picnic, this portable dish is perfectly crispy on the outside with lip-smackingly tasty sausage, meat, and egg on the inside.–Jenny Tschiesche

Scotch Eggs FAQs

Why is this called a “Scotch Egg”?

This snack is called a Scotch egg not because it originated in Scotland – but because the process of mincing meat and wrapping it around the egg is called “scotching”.

How long should I cook my boiled eggs?

Timing hard-boiled eggs can be a challenge, but we can help. We actually suggest steaming the eggs instead of boiling them, and we have a handy-dandy chart so you (and us!) will never need suffer the travesty of overcooked yolks again. Check out all of the tips right here in How to Steam Hard Boiled Eggs.

Should I eat Scotch eggs hot or cold?

The ingredients are fully cooked, so you can eat Scotch eggs at any temperature – and there is much debate about which is best. The snack is common fare at picnics and served as pub food, warm or cold. It’s really just up to your preferences, there’s no right or wrong here.

Air Fryer Scotch Eggs

A plate containing a halved air fryer Scotch egg, with a dollop of chutney on the side and in a bowl nearby.

Perfect for any picnic, this portable dish is perfectly crispy on the outside with lip-smackingly tasty sausage, meat, and egg on the inside.

Jenny Tschiesche

Prep 20 mins

Cook 15 mins

Total 35 mins

  • Place the flour, egg, and bread crumbs in three separate small bowls.

  • Preheat the air fryer to 350ºF (180ºC).

  • Peel the eggs. Using wet hands, divvy the sausage meat into 3 equal portions. Flatten each into a thin layer, then lay the egg in the center and wrap the sausage meat around. Roll each round in the flour, then dip in the beaten egg, shaking off any excess as you go, then into the bread crumbs. Make sure each round is fully covered in the bread crumbs.

  • Add the scotch eggs to the preheated air fryer in a single layer and air fry until the sausage is cooked through, 15 to 18 minutes (no need to turn during cooking).

  • Enjoy hot or cold, with some chutney on the side.

Serving: 1eggCalories: 565kcal (28%)Carbohydrates: 24g (8%)Protein: 30g (60%)Fat: 38g (58%)Saturated Fat: 12g (75%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 330mg (110%)Sodium: 1014mg (44%)Potassium: 431mg (12%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 2g (2%)Vitamin A: 445IU (9%)Vitamin C: 1mg (1%)Calcium: 98mg (10%)Iron: 4mg (22%)

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Originally published April 11, 2022

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