Many mornings are met with an egg; sometimes afternoons and evenings are, too. An egg is a "power-packed capsule of great nutrition," says Jim Chakeres, vice president of the Ohio Poultry Association, and just one egg gives you a large dose of all of the protein, vitamins, and minerals that you need on a daily basis. An egg outranks other forms of protein in nutrition by a landslide, and not only is it a superior form of protein, but it just so happens to be one of the cheapest. If that’s not enough reason for you to work one into your daily diet, then maybe hearing that an egg can help you with weight loss, because starting your morning with an egg will cause you to eat fewer calories throughout the day, will.
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An egg’s nutritional qualities are not new news, but what is really important to the Cook editors when it comes to an egg is that it’s cooked right. Egg-eating veterans know, and if you’re new to eating eggs then you’ll soon learn, that there are ways you like an egg, and there are ways you don’t. Another great thing about eggs are that they can be cooked in a number of ways so that they differ in taste, texture, and variety, and while versatility is another positive item on our list, it can often lead to a lot of confusion and disappointment when it comes to eating an egg.
How many times have you ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese and were dissatisfied to find that the egg was dry and the yolk not runny, or vice versa? To eat an egg is to know an egg, in its many different forms, and to make sure you’re enjoying your egg every time, we asked food expert Scott Crawford, foods coordinator of Whole Foods Market, to define each preparation of an egg and explain how to cook it.
With our help, you’re not only going to be cooking and eating more eggs, but you’re going to be doing it perfectly. If you’re a sucker for yolks, you’ll learn that you like your eggs sunny-side up; and if you can’t figure out why some scrambled eggs taste better than others, you’ll be pleased to find out that the answer is simple: air. Fried, scrambled, or baked, we cover all of the bases of an egg — so no matter how you like it, we’ll tell you how to make the perfectly incredible and edible egg.
Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce
13 Simple Ways to Cook Eggs
Soft or hard, fried or baked, poached or scrambled, eggs are perfect for serving at breakfast or any time of the day, which makes them a perfect keep-it-interesting ingredient option when we're all doing more cooking at home. They're one of the least expensive and most versatile sources of animal protein, with a dozen sometimes priced as low as $1 on sale. A few good tips to keep in mind when cooking eggs: Cast-iron cookware can react chemically with egg whites, turning eggs a harmless — but unappetizing — green. If possible, use nonstick cookware instead. The best way to test an egg for freshness is to put it in the bottom of a bowl of water. Fresh eggs rest on their sides, while questionable eggs float. Egg products are featured in a wide variety of sophisticated fare, but even an inexperienced cook can master the simple recipes here with ease.
Bobby Flay's scrambled eggs aren't complete without smoked salmon.
Bobby Flay is a man with many recipes. He has shared his tips for the perfect cast iron scrambled eggs, a recipe for scrambled eggs with goat cheese, and the internet has even tried to master his famous scrambled eggs from Gato.
But if you want the most basic Bobby Flay recipe for scrambled eggs, look no further than his brunch-worthy eggs. His special ingredients for "the best scrambled eggs" are smoked salmon, scallions, and goat cheese butter.
10 Egg Recipes That Will Make You Skip the Snooze Button
We long ago pledged unwavering allegiance to the egg: a flawless, versatile, delicious vessel of protein. It can be poached, fried, hard-boiled, whisked into a frittata, and served atop anything in your fridge — and somehow, it always works. Here it is in 10 scrumptious dishes that will make you want to eat eggs all day.
Egg-in-a-Hole Breakfast Sandwich: Crusty bread, gooey cheese, and creamy avocado are all you need to have a fantastic morning — besides a napkin for the inevitable (but glorious) yolk explosion.
Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs: Few things can make creamy, lemony deviled eggs better, with the exception of smoked salmon. It's chopped and mixed into the filling and placed on top for a salty, silky addition throughout. Even if you can't pronounce hors d'oeuvres, you sure can enjoy them.
Cloud-Egg Croque Madame: The runny yolk that cascades down the sides of this crispy, gooey croque madame and the insanely fluffy egg white on top make this breakfast so good, there's no way it's legal.
Bite-Size Eggs Benedicts: Tiny-fy this brunch classic by making it on a sliced baguette, but definitely don't go light on the hollandaise.
Parchment Baked Eggs: When the sink is already full of dirty dishes, turn to these dish-less baked eggs, cooked with sweet potatoes, mozzarella, and smokey spices inside of a very French parchment pouch.
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata: Need to get rid of a dozen eggs? Toss them in a cast-iron skillet with olive-oily asparagus and soft, tangy goat cheese for a meal that would impress your mom.
Shakshuka: You're standing in the kitchen, eyes still halfway open, sipping on coffee like a zombie. Suddenly, the aromas of sizzling tomatoes, onions, red pepper, and spices waft into the air, and you're awake as can be.
Superfood Egg Sandwich The old-school egg salad sando gets a superfood makeover with Greek yogurt, spinach, healthy seeds, avocado, and watercress shoots. Pile it all on whole-grain bread, and you'll have a sandwich the office will envy.
Green Shakshuka: This shakshuka proves that green breakfasts aren't limited to cold smoothies. Wake up to something hot 'n' spicy with this tomatillo-spiked brekkie, ideal for eating with crusty bread.
Microwave Poached Egg: A fancy-shmancy poached egg can be yours after less than a minute in the microwave. Place it tenderly atop toast, salads, or whatever is left over from dinner last night.
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10 Ways to Cook the Perfect Egg - Recipes
1. Egg as a Bread Replacement
Make your own egg patties to replace the bread on your favorite sandwiches. This low-carb option adds a punch of flavor and protein to your ordinary lunchtime sandwich. Whip up a batch at the beginning of the week and enjoy healthy egg-bun sandwiches for days to come. Using the lid of a jar or a round metal cookie cutter on top of a griddle, pour your egg mixture into each round opening. Once the egg patties are firm, build away! Get the recipe here.
2. Egg in a Hole
This meal is stuffed with excellent fat and protein. Simply cut an avocado in half and scoop out enough of the center to fit an egg. Crack an egg inside the divot and bake until the egg have reached desired doneness. This combination is sure to keep you full for most of the afternoon, not to mention fully satisfied. Sprinkle a pinch of salt, pepper and chive on the top of the cooked cup and eat away. Get the recipe here.
3. Place a Hard-Boiled Egg Inside Your Meatballs
Punch up the protein in your next batch of meatballs. After you’ve mixed together lean ground turkey with your favorite meatball seasonings, form the mixture into a ball around a hard-boiled egg. Cook the meatballs as you normally would and serve over whole wheat past or enjoy them alone with a bit of sauce. Get the recipe here.
4. Make Vegetable Dip Using Eggs as the Main Ingredient
A vegetable tray is the perfect addition to any gathering. Liven up your baby carrots and broccoli florets with a delicious veggie dip, starring eggs as the main ingredient. Eggs are versatile and are a great base for layering flavor. Stir all your favorite veggie dip flavors into your egg mixture and dip away. Get the recipe here.
5. Make Sweet Egg Whites
It is as simple as heat, sprinkle and enjoy. Egg whites are high in protein and low in fat and cholesterol. Their light texture and minimal taste make them a great base to build flavors. This egg white recipe is perfect for a sweet snack any time of day.
6. Make Egg White Protein Powder for a Smoothie
Egg whites are packed with protein and blend well with many things. Whip up your own batch of egg-white protein powder to blend into smoothies. The protein will give you the boost your need to get through your day. And the smoothie recipe? That’s up to you! Blend together all the delicious fruits and vegetables and sip away.
7. Add Eggs to a Soup
Adding an egg to a soup bolsters the protein and vitamin B12 and enhances the flavor. Enjoy the flavors of your favorite light and tasty soup with a new addition. Simply place two halves of a hard-boiled egg at the bottom of your bowl and ladle in the steamy goodness.
8. Add Hard-Boiled Egg to a Salad
Adding a hard-boiled egg to a bed of lettuce is an easy way to add protein to your meal, not to mention flavor. Eggs pair well with many different kinds of salads and add a variation in texture to your crunchy greens. Toss egg into a Caesar or mix it into a Cobb and punch up your typical lunchtime salad.
9. Place an Over Easy Egg on Top of Your Veggie Burger
Looking to add extra flavor to a veggie burger? Well, ditch the bun and grab the yolk. Adding an over easy egg to a veggie burger gives your body an extra boost of protein. Keep the yolk runny and enjoy the creamy texture atop your veggie burger.
10. Make a Hollandaise Sauce Using Greek Yogurt
Hollandaise sauce is typically high in fat and full of cholesterol. Jazz up your next meal with a lighter version of the creamy stuff. Combining Greek yogurt, egg yolks and a few seasonings like lemon and salt and pepper makes a lighter version of this decadent sauce every bit as creamy and delicious as the full-fat stuff.
11. Enrich Your Cream of Wheat with Egg and Vanilla Extract
Win the fight against breakfast monotony. For those who are busy in the morning, oatmeal and cream of wheat may seem like the only options you have time for. Jazz up your bowl of morning mush by adding one egg yolk and half a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg and enjoy the rich texture and sweet flavor.
12. Add Hard-Boiled Egg to Avocado Toast
Enjoy a lunch option filled with all the right things – carbohydrates, food fats and protein. Spreading a bit of avocado onto a piece of whole wheat toast makes for a quick and fulfilling lunchtime option. Slicing a hard-boiled egg on top of your avocado toast makes the meal quite a treat. The layers of flavors create a dynamic mouthful of fun with each bite.
13. Add Hard-Boiled Egg to a Whole Wheat English Muffin Pizza
Simply topping a whole wheat English muffin with a bit of sauce and cheese makes for a quick weeknight dinner. But boil up a few hard-boiled eggs, and you’ve got yourself a delicious meal with protein. This meal can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Be sure not to overdo it on the sauce and cheese as egg yolks contain high levels of sodium. The eggs add a lot of flavor, so you won’t need to load up on the other toppings.
14. Bake eggs in Creamed Spinach
Add some protein to the delicious flavor of creamed spinach. Simply top the spinach with a few freshly cracked eggs and bake in the oven until the eggs are cooked to desired doneness. Spinach is a great source of many vitamins and minerals giving this dish a fantastic combination of both greens and protein.
15. Pickled Eggs
This is a method not often practiced by novice egg-eaters and is definitely worth a try. Not only can pickling eggs give them a beautiful color, it always leaves them tasting tart and delicious. For a deep purple color and sweeter flavor, pickle your eggs with beets. You can also use pickling spices.
16. Bake Eggs Inside of Meatloaf
Add an extra dimension to your meatloaf by baking hard-boiled eggs into the center. This meal is super-charged with protein and is sure to keep you full until morning. Combine your favorite meatloaf spices and seasonings with lean ground turkey. Situate about five hard-boiled eggs in the center of the meatloaf and bake as you normally would. Once the meatloaf is fully cooked, slice into the loaf and enjoy! This dinner is appealing to the eye and the stomach.
17. Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs have long been a party staple. Encourage yourself to broaden your egg horizons and fill your eggs up with delicious combinations of flavors. These treats don’t have to be reserved for dinner parties any more. Pack a few up for lunch and enjoy the creamy filling and decadent flavors. This is a simple dish to put together and can be very versatile.
18. Bake an Egg Inside of a Tomato
Tomatoes no longer have to be reserved for salads and sandwiches. In fact, this dish turns the tomato into the star of the show. Simply cut the top off the tomato and scoop out some of the center. Crack an egg into the tomato and bake until desired doneness is achieved. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper and get our fork and knife ready.
19. Make Egg Salad
This seems like one of the most common ways to eat eggs. Switch it up by ditching the high-fat and cholesterol mayonnaise you typically bind your egg salad with and trade up to avocado! Not only does avocado add the creamy texture typical of egg salad, it also adds delicious flavor.
20. Marbled Tea Eggs
Marbles tea eggs are an Asian staple. These can be made by cracking the egg shell of an already hard-boiled egg and boiling them a second time in a “tea” mixture. Once the mixture comes to a boil, let the eggs steep for several hours. The shell will turn a deep brown color and will leave the white part of the egg with a brown and white crackled pattern. The longer the eggs are left to steep, the richer the color and flavor.
21. Microwaved Thin Egg Sheets Instead of a Wrap
Wraps can often add extra calories to a meal. By microwaving a beaten egg in a thin sheet can create a quick and tasty alterative to high-calorie wraps. The egg should form a thin sheet in which you can build delicious turkey and veggie wraps.
22. Make a Crust-less Egg Pizza
Crack an egg into a frying pan, top with sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Allowing the egg to cook will make the bottom crisp like a crust. Let the cheese melt and the sauce heat up and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the low-carb, high-protein pizza.
23. Grilled Egg and Cheese
This edible option is crisp yet gooey and delicious. Create a ring of cheese in a non-stick pan and heat until the bottom becomes crisp. Crack and egg inside the whole and cook until desired doneness is achieved. Enjoy the flavor of your favorite grilled cheese with the protein of an egg.
24. Make Mini Toad in a Hole Sandwiches
Lighten up your favorite toad in a hole recipe using whole wheat bread. Add your favorite veggies and you’ve got yourself some delightful finger sandwiches. Loaded with protein and vegetables, you can enjoy a lighter version of this hearty dish.
25. Poached Eggs for Dinner
Eggs aren’t just for breakfast anymore. High in protein and easy to make, poaches eggs make a great option for dinner. Enjoy a poached egg over some seasonal vegetables and you’ve got yourself a quick, healthy and delicious meal any night of the week.
26. Add Hard-Boiled Egg to Stir-Fry
Amp up your favorite veggie stir-fry with hard-boiled eggs. Vegetables stir fry has the flavor you are looking for in an Asian-inspired meal, but often lacks necessary protein. This is a quick and easy addition to your meal that adds additional flavor and nutrition. Hard boil a batch at the beginning of the week and add eggs to some of your favorite dishes.
27. Bake Eggs into a Potato
This dish is exactly what it sounds like! Heat a potato in the oven until it is soft enough to cut in half. Cut the potato in half and scoop out some of the center. Crack the egg inside the potato and back until the potato is soft and the egg is cooked. Sprinkle with some black pepper and enjoy the airy texture of the baked egg and hearty taste of the baked potato. Feel like getting created? Mix some vegetables into the egg before pouring it into the potato.
28. Bake Eggs and Fixings into a Whole Grain Baguette
This is a quick way to prepare a meal for your family. Simply scoop egg-sized holes out of a whole grain baguette and place one egg inside of each hole. Pop the baguette in the oven and await the delicious doneness. Perfect for any time of day, this meal is a delightful combination of protein and carbohydrates. Bake the eggs to over-easy and soak up the runny yoke with bits of whole grain goodness.
29. Add Scrambled Eggs and Asparagus to Whole Wheat Pasta
Boil up a batch of whole wheat pasta and enjoy the delicious pairing of egg and asparagus. In addition to adding color to your pasta, eggs and asparagus add flavor and nutrition. Scrambled eggs are a good source of protein and asparagus is packed with vitamins. Combine these three simple ingredients with a bit of light pasta sauce and you have yourself a mouth-watering meal.
30. French Potato Salad
Whip up a bowl of your favorite French potato salad and dazzle your BBQ guests with the delicious addition of hard-boiled eggs. While you’re cooking the potatoes, boil up a few eggs. Once the eggs are cool, chop them into small pieces and combine all your ingredients. This simple step will pay off big when it comes to taste, texture and protein.
31. Add a Fried Egg to Ratatouille
This flavorful and colorful dish is packed with vitamins and vegetables, but lacks protein. Dish out the Ratatouille and top each bowl with a fried egg. Leave the yolk runny and add additional flavor and creaminess to the dish. Using squash and tomatoes, this stew is perfect for summer!
32. Make Fried Rice with Scrambled Eggs
Replicate your favorite take-out fried rice in your own kitchen. Adding scrambled eggs to your rice will help match the same delicious flavors you’re used to enjoying. It’s a wonder what a few eggs, some veggies and soy sauce can do to jazz up a bland rice dish.
33. Add Your Favorite Breakfast Flavors to a Risotto for Dinner
Breakfast for dinner? That sounds like every child’s dream! Make an adult version for yourself by adding some turkey bacon to your risotto and topping it with a soft poached egg. This dish has all the delightful flavors of breakfast, with all the heartiness of a dinner. This dish is every bit as delicious when served up just after cooking or warmed up throughout the week.
34. Make Lettuce Cups with Hard-Boiled Eggs and Your Favorite Veggies
Lettuce leaves make for wrap! They contain far fewer calories than even whole wheat wraps and add a great crunch to your wrap. Load up a large lettuce leaf with a hard-boiled egg and your favorite fresh veggies. Squeeze on a little lemon juice for added flavor and munch your way through lunchtime. This is a perfect recipe to enjoy all summer long.
35. Baked Egg and Veggies in a Bell Pepper
Scoop out the stem and seeds from a bell pepper and you’ve got yourself a well in which to build yourself a delicious meal. Scramble up a few eggs and mix in some chopped vegetable before adding the mixture to your pepper. Once it’s loaded up, bake your peppers until the egg is completely cooked. Cut into the pepper and enjoy the flavors, nutrients and convenience of vegetables and eggs.
36. Add Scrambled Eggs to Healthy Nachos
Bake up some homemade sweet potato chips and load them with scrambled eggs and your favorite vegetables. This nacho recipe is sure to please even the biggest nacho connoisseur. This dish is a healthy version of a crowd favorite, containing vitamins and protein. This nacho dish contains less fat, fewer calories and all natural ingredients. Dip, scoop and eat your way to happiness with this innovative way to eat eggs.
37. Bake Eggs with Quinoa and Salsa
Combine cooked quinoa and fresh vegetables in an oven safe bowl. Top with one freshly cracked egg and bake in the oven until the egg is cooked. This dish is a perfect combination of vitamins, carbs from grains and protein. This dish leaves room to add your favorite veggies and gives you the opportunity to create a different combination every time. With nearly endless possibilities, this can become a go-to dish for busy weeknights.
38. Place a Fried Egg on Top of an Enchilada
Craving the delicious flavors of a Mexican restaurant? Top a homemade enchilada with a fried egg for extra flavor and protein. Wrap up your favorite vegetables and your staple enchilada ingredients. Once cooked, top with a fried egg and dig in! The egg adds an extra layer of flavor and protein, creating the perfect combination of protein, starch and vegetables.
39. Make a Curry with Eggs
Spice up your bland hard-boiled eggs with curry. This Indian-inspired dish is full of flavor and can be made vegetarian by replacing meat with eggs. Swap slices of hard-boiled egg for the meat in any of your favorite curry dishes and you will be blown away by the difference in taste and texture.
40. Fried Eggs Over asparagus
Turn your asparagus side dish into the star of the show by adding a fried egg. Ditch the sauce and allow the yolk of the egg to flavor the green spears. You are just minutes away from creating this dish! Bake or boil your asparagus until tender and plate beneath a warm and delicious egg. The vitamins in the asparagus pair deliciously with the high-protein egg.
41. Bake An Egg into a Mushroom
Pluck the stem off a large portabella mushroom and fill the underside with a fresh egg. Season with a pinch of salt and a dash of pepper and pop that bad boy in the oven. In just minutes, the mushroom cap will become tender and the egg will be cooked to perfection. Feel like stirring chopped veggies into the egg before baking? Go for it!
42. Italian Baked Eggs
Combine the delicious Italian flavors of marinara sauce and parmesan cheese with protein-packed eggs. In an oven-safe bowl, layer marinara sauce, eggs and cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes and dig in! The cheese should have created a crisp, yet soft and gooey top. Beneath the cheese crust are warm sauce and tender eggs. This dish makes a good alternative to baked ziti without all the carbs of the pasta.
43. Soft-Boiled Egg in a Whole Wheat Biscuit
Soft boil an egg until the white is firm enough to peel. Peel the egg and tuck it into the dough of a whole wheat biscuit before baking. Once the biscuits are baked, sink your teeth into the warm biscuit and gooey egg center. This dish is convenient enough to be enjoyed at home or on-the-go.
44. Top Polenta with a Fried Egg
Whip up your creamiest polenta, top your bowl with a fried egg and enjoy the balance of carbohydrates and protein. The flavors are hearty and dynamic enough to satisfy your cravings and keep you full. Made from cornmeal, polenta is low in saturated fats and cholesterol. This meal contains only a few ingredients and can be whipped up in minutes.
45. Spinach and Chickpea Curry Topped with Fried Eggs
Load your bowl with spices, spinach and chickpeas, but save some room for the star of the show, a fried egg. As much flavor as curry dishes often have, a fried egg is the perfect addition. A fried egg can be added to any curry dish for an extra element of protein, but its pairs particularly well with spinach and chickpeas.
46. Zucchini Pasta Topped with a Fried Egg
Vegetable pasta is becoming increasingly popular as a low-carb alternative to traditional pasta. Slice up some zucchini noodles and boil them until tender. Forget the high-fat and high-calorie sauce you might be tempted to coat your noodles in. Instead, top your zucchini noodles with a fried egg. Leaving the yolk soft will allow it to coat the noodles. Add a dash of salt and a pinch of pepper and begin eating the perfect combination of protein and vitamins.
47. Top Sautéed Greens with Poached Eggs
Liven up your limp greens with the warm and delicious flavor of a poached egg. Sautee your favorite greens in one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil until tender. Forget the extra calories of non-green additions and instead top your greens with a poached egg. The runny yolk makes a perfect sauce for the greens. Together, the two are a perfect pair.
48. Top a Bean and Vegetable Stew with a Poached Egg
Add some extra protein to your bean and vegetable stew with a warm poached egg. This dish combines many Mediterranean flavors that are only enhanced by the flavor of the egg. The addition of the egg transforms the stew into a more substantial dinner.
49. Top Your Favorite Roasted Vegetables with a Poached Egg
Roasting vegetables is a great way to add flavor to them. Why not add additional flavor by topping your veggies with a poached egg? Egg pairs especially well with asparagus, peppers, zucchini and tomato. Feel free to create your own delectable combinations of vegetables on which to place your egg.
50. Make an Egg Custard for Dessert
Eggs don’t always have to be eating in savory dishes. The versatility of eggs makes them a prime candidate for dessert as well! Whip up creamy custard to enjoy post-dinner using eggs, vanilla and a few other sweet ingredients. This dessert is every bit as easy as it is delicious.
51. Scalloped Eggs
This dish is a twist on your typical scalloped potatoes. Between the layers of your thinly sliced potatoes, add thin slices of hard-boiled eggs. Combine the egg and potato mixtures with your favorite cheese mixture and bake. The egg adds an extra layer of flavor to this dish and bulks up the meal with protein.
52. Top a Rice Dish with a Fried Egg
Cooking up rice for dinner but don’t have any protein to pair it with? Not to worry! Simply top your rice dish with a fried egg and enjoy the delicious combination of grains and protein. This meal is perfect for vegetarians looking to get their fill of protein.
53. Use Scrambled Eggs as Protein in a Taco Instead of Beef
Replace the beef this Taco Tuesday. Scrambled egg mixed with taco seasoning adds the same level of flavor as ground beef with less fat. Pile on your favorite toppings and chow down! Scrambled eggs cook up in just minutes, making this a quick and easy weeknight meal.
54. Sliced Hard-Boiled Egg and Tomato Sandwich
This is a meal that transports well. Take it work for lunch or send your kids to school with a sandwich that will give them energy to last all afternoon. Simply layer slices of tomato and hard-boiled egg between two pieces of whole wheat bread and enjoy. Try toasting the bread for a bit of a crunch to contrast the soft center of this sandwich. This is like no sandwich you’ve ever tried before, but once you taste it, you’ll be eating it again and again.
55. Salmon Sashimi Over Rice Topped with a Poached Egg
This meal is like a deconstructed sushi roll in a bowl. Help yourself to a serving of rice, topped with sushi-grade salmon sashimi. Take it one step further, and add a poached egg to your Asian-inspired bowl. Unique and delicious, this meal is packed to the brim with protein.
56. Add Hard-Boiled Egg to a Noodle Soup
Add an egg to your favorite noodles for a dish that is high in flavor and low-cost. A hard-boiled egg adds great texture and protein to a bowl full of noodles. Feeling extra daring? Add other ingredients from your favorite takeout noodle bowls.
57. Bake Eggs into a Dish of Vegetables
Slice up your favorite veggies and place them in an oven safe dish. Crack a few eggs on top and get to baking. This dish mimics a quiche, but is lighter and more savory perfect for a summertime dinner. This dish can be made over and over using different vegetables.
58. Top a Fish Cake with a Poached egg
While fish cakes are delicious enough to stand on their own, why not make your dinner even more satisfying? Add a poached egg on top of your fish cake and sink your teeth into the stackable goodness. This dish is protein topped with more protein, and is sure to keep you full all evening long.
59. Top Smoked Salmon with a Poached Egg
Smoked salmon is often considered a breakfast staple. Why not add smoked salmon to another breakfast staple, eggs, and create a hearty dinner option? Top a cool stack of smoked salmon with a warm poached egg. The runny yolk will act a delectable sauce on your bed of salmon.
60. Bake Eggs into Zucchini
Slice a zucchini in half and scoop out some of the center. Depending on the size of the divot, crack one or two eggs into the zucchini. Bake the vegetable until tender and until the eggs are cook thoroughly. This dish is especially tasty in the summer when zucchini are at the peak of ripeness. Get your fill of protein and vegetables with this simple dish.
61. Add Eggs and Cheese to a Whole Wheat Tortilla to Make a Quesadilla
Scramble up an egg and make a unique quesadilla. On one half of a whole wheat tortilla, pile your scrambled egg and cheese. Fold the tortilla so the egg and cheese are inside and heat in a pan until the cheese is melted. This is a quick and easy way to add protein to a cheese quesadilla.
62. Lean Ham and Egg Crepes
Enjoy the flavors of a savory crepe filled with lean ham and eggs. Whip up a batch of super thin pancakes and fill each with a thin slice of lean ham and an egg. Scramble the egg or cook it in the crepe to over easy, these crepes are delicious either way.
63. Add Slices of Hard-Boiled Egg to a Bed Tuna Salad
Tuna salad is a quick and easy lunchtime staple. Elevate the flavors of your tuna salad by combining the tuna with avocado instead of mayonnaise and topping it with slices of hard-boiled eggs. This protein packed lunch will fuel your body and give you energy to make it through a long afternoon.
64. Top a Bed of Shaved Brussels Sprouts with a Poached Egg
Brussels sprouts are not always a crowd favorite. Serve them this way however, and they might be. Lightly dress a bed of shaved Brussels sprouts with citrus vinaigrette and top the bed of greens with a poached egg. Shaving the Brussels sprouts creates a slaw, a great texture to pair with a soft egg.
65. Combine Hard-Boiled Egg with Avocado and Tomato to Make an Egg Salad
Ditch the mayonnaise and combine your hard-boiled eggs with avocado and chopped tomato. Pile this combination on a sandwich or eat it by itself, this combination of textures and flavors contains protein, carbs and good fats.
66. Turkey and Egg Cupcakes
Who said cupcakes had to be sweet? This is a simple meal that can be enjoyed at home or on the go. Simply scramble up a few eggs and toss in some cooked ground turkey. Section the egg mixture into a cupcake tin and bake until the eggs are cooked and firm. This meal is quick, easy and packed with protein. Munch on these miniature cakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner and end your mealtime happy.
67. Hash Brown Egg Nest with Avocado
In a nonstick muffin tin, press uncooked, shredded hash browns on the bottom and side of each cup. Bake until the edges begin to brown, this will make the shell in which the egg with sit. Crack an egg into each nest and back until cooked. Serve with a side of avocado and enjoy the crisp carbohydrates, warm protein and cooling good fats of the avocado.
68. Onion Ring Eggs
Enjoy the soft texture and sweet flavor of grilled onion with the warm and runny center of an egg. Cut an onion into rings big enough to hold one egg each. Place the rings on a griddle and crack an egg in each one. Cook until the eggs have achieved desired doneness. This onion ring is a delicate balance of carbs, protein and vitamins that is sure to please any pallet.
69. Waffled Eggs
Eat well and still use your coolest kitchen appliances. Scramble up your favorite combination of eggs and vegetables for a no-mess omelet. Pour your mixture onto your waffle iron and cook away. The waffle iron will make the edges of your omelet crisp and the inside soft and tender. In addition to being mess-free, waffled eggs leave you with an omelet that will look almost too good to eat.
70. Hummus Deviled Eggs
Put a Mediterranean spin on a favorite party dish. Mix the egg yolks with hummus and a blend of select spices and fill the egg whites with the creamy mixture. Despite their small size, these deviled eggs are packed with protein. While eggs themselves are full of protein, hummus adds an extra punch of flavor and protein. Sprinkle in a little paprika and you’ve got yourself a crowd-pleasing appetizer.
71. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Soften a sweet potato and hollow out the center. Crack an egg in each of the halves and bake until the eggs are cooked. Enjoy sprinkled with a little salt and pepper. This dish is a little sweet yet a little savory and completely delicious. Sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrients why not pack them with protein, too?
72. 30-Second Mayonnaise
If you have 30 seconds and a few eggs, you have almost all the elements you need to make a delicious mayonnaise spread. Whipping an egg together with a few other ingredients will make a spread for breads and sandwiches. Making your own mayo will ensure you know exactly what you are eating when you spread it on your food.
73. Egg on a Pizza to Replace Cheese
Instead of loading your pizza crust with high-fat, high-cholesterol cheese, scramble up your toppings with a few eggs. Top your crust with the egg mixture and bake until firm and golden. Adding eggs to your pizza packs a punch of protein to your pizza and eliminates unnecessary, high-fat ingredients.
74. Egg Casserole
This dish is as easy as combining your ingredients and putting them in the oven. Scramble a few eggs and mix them with your favorite vegetable additions. Pour the vegetable and egg mixture into an oven-safe dish and bake until the eggs are firm and golden brown. Slice up the casserole or spoon it into bowls and enjoy a simple, high-protein dish for the whole family.
75. Healthy Greek Yogurt Egg Salad
Loading hard-boiled eggs with high-fat mayonnaise takes away from the healthy benefits of the egg. Enhance the protein and taste of hard-boiled eggs by mixing them with plain Greek yogurt instead.
76. Cucumber Avocado Egg Roll
Slice a large cucumber length-wise into paper thin sheets. In a food processor, combine hard-boiled eggs and avocado. Spread the mixture on the sheets of cucumber and roll them up. These make a great appetizer for a dinner party or an awesome lunchtime snack.
77. Crockpot Eggs
Combine milk, eggs and your favorite veggies and set them in your crock pot. Cook until the eggs come to a warm scramble and enjoy. This is a kin to scrambling eggs on the stove or baking them in the oven, but even simpler. Set the mixture in the crock pot, go about your business and return when the smell of vegetables and eggs is too great to bear.
78. Artichoke-Baked eggs
Simply crack an egg into the center of an artichoke and broil until the egg is cooked. This meal is simple, flavorful and combines ingredients you might not think to put together. Artichokes are high in vitamins and nutrients and low in saturated fats and cholesterol. Broil up a batch and enjoy.
79. Spinach Quinoa Scramble
Spinach and quinoa are full of vitamins, fiber and nutrients. Add an egg and you’ve got yourself the trifecta of health conscious meals. Vegetables, whole grains and protein, this meal will keep you full and fueled throughout the day.
80. Egg in a Cup
This meal is perfect if you’re in a pinch. Scramble two egg whites and cook them in the microwave until firm. This mug full of protein should give you energy to get you through your day and leaves only minimal cleanup for later. Feel free to through in some vegetables if you have them on hand.
81. Chicken and Egg Bowl
Slice up grilled chicken and mix it with slices of hard-boiled eggs. This dinner is power packed with double the protein and double the flavor. This bowl almost couldn’t be any simpler, but the flavors almost couldn’t be any more dynamic.
82. Egg Ravioli
Replace the ricotta in your traditional ravioli with scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs mimic the soft center of your traditional ravioli, but add an extra element of protein and flavor. Pasta dishes are notorious for lacking protein, but not this dish.
83. Egg-Plant Pizza
Layer a slice of eggplant with a sunny side up egg. Top it with a bit of tomato sauce and cheese if your taste buds desire. This meal eliminates the high-carb crust and replaces it with vitamin and mineral-rich eggplant. Dish these short stacks out for any meal of the day.
84. Egg Tartare
Replace the meat in any of your favorite tartare recipes with chopped hard-boiled eggs. This is a flavorful and easy vegetarian meal that is sure to please even the fanciest of pallets.
85. Cauliflower and Egg Crepes
Enjoy this savory crepe for breakfast, lunch of dinner. Whisk together a few eggs and chopped cauliflower and add it as the filling for your crepe. Once cooked, sprinkle with chives and enjoy. Packed with protein and vegetables, this crepe only tastes like a savory treat.
86. Scrambled Eggs and Brown Rice
This dish is perfect for utilizing leftover rice. Simply scramble a few eggs in a pan on the stove. Before the eggs are completely cooked, add in the rice and heat the mixture completely. Feel free to add any leftover vegetables or chicken for an extra bite of flavor.
87. Egg and Chive Tea Sandwiches
Enjoy a nice light lunch of finger sandwiches any day of the week. Simply combine finely diced hard-boiled eggs with plain Greek yogurt and chives and spread it between two pieces of thin bread. Cut the sandwiches into small strips or wedges and enjoy midafternoon. You will get all the delectable flavor of an egg salad sandwich, with lighter and crisper flavors.
88. Huevos Rancheros
This Mexican-inspired dish is great for a weekend meal at home. Place one fried egg on top of a warm tortilla and spoon on the warm bean and salsa mixture. Top the whole thing with chopped avocado and cilantro. This recipe is like a fiesta in every bite. It contains good carbs, protein and is loaded with vitamins.
89. Goldenrod Eggs
Try this French-inspired dish in the comfort of your own kitchen. Achieve this delicious dish by combining cooked egg whites with a few ingredients to create a creamy sauce. Coat pieces of toast with this delicious egg white mixture and top with crumbles of hard cooked egg yolk. This typical breakfast dish is hearty enough to enjoy for dinner.
90. Eggs with Peppers
Sautee yourself up a bowlful of bell peppers and top it off with an over easy egg. You’ll be surprised how delightfully the sweet peppers pair with the hearty taste of the egg. This dish is every bit as colorful as it is healthy and flavorful.
91. Smoky Hard-Boiled Eggs Made with Soy Sauce and Liquid Smoke
Add a smoky flavor to your average hard-boiled egg. Once hard-boiled eggs are cool, peel them and place in a shallow container with soy sauce and liquid smoke. Cover the container and place it in the refrigerator. Be sure to rotate the eggs occasionally. Once the eggs develop an even brown color, remove from the liquid mixture and enjoy.
92. Escarole, Red Onion, Mushroom and Egg Salad
Sautee onions and mushrooms until warm and tender. Top your bed of escarole with the cooked mushroom and onion mixture. Before you enjoy your dinner, top your salad with a fried egg. Drizzle a bit of vinaigrette over the top of the salad if you so desire. The ingredients are so delicious on their own however, you may not need to.
93. Tomato and Egg Casserole
Bake in a large dish or in individual ramekins, this dish is great for feeding a crowd. Mix together eggs, milk and tomatoes and bake until firm and golden brown. Serve with ripe avocado and you have yourself a dish that is sure to please. Each bite is a forkful of healthy protein and vitamins.
94. Vegetable Pancakes
Combine grated vegetables with eggs and spices and cook in a pan until firm. The shape of the cook mixture mimics that of a pancake, but the compact cakes are savory and especially satisfying for lunch or dinner. This meal eliminates the extras and serves you just what you need, vitamins and protein.
95. Scrambled Hard-Boiled Eggs
Although this seems like an oxymoron, these eggs are delicious and definitely worth a try. To make your very own scrambled hard-boiled eggs, you will need a fresh egg, a long sleeve shirt and two pieces of string. Insert the raw egg into the shirt sleeve and tie a piece of string on their side of the egg. Holding on hand on each end of the shirt sleeve, wind the material and pull quickly outwards. This will cause the egg to spin rapidly, scrambling it without cracking the shell. Do this 12-15 times before boiling the egg as you normally would.
96. Soft-Boiled Egg with Whole Wheat Dippers
Hard-boiled eggs are readily consumed, but soft-boiled eggs are often neglected. Add raw eggs to a pot of boiling water and cook until the white becomes firm but the yolk remains runny. Remove the eggs from the water and remove the top of the shell and egg white. While the eggs are cooking, toast up a few slices of whole wheat bread. Slice the bread into strips and dip them in the warm egg yolk. This meal is perfect for adults and children alike.
97. Steamed Eggs with Veggies
Combine egg whites and vegetables, place in a steamer and cook until tender and fully cooked. This is a simple way to cook and enjoy eggs that isn’t often utilized. Add your favorite vegetables and make this your own creation. These can be made in individual ramekins as well if members of your family enjoy different vegetables.
98. Rolled Omelet
This meal is like no omelet you’ve ever eaten before it doesn’t even look like an omelet. Scramble eggs with your favorite omelet ingredients and bake in the oven on a parchment covered baking sheet until firm. When the edges begin to brown and the center is firm, remove from the oven and sprinkle with a cheese. Starting with one end, roll the egg sheet into a log. This is a quick way to make omelets for the whole family.
99. Poached Eggs Over Mashed Sweet Potato Enjoy the delectable combination of protein and flavor with a poached egg over a bed of mashed sweet potato. Bake or boil your sweet potato until it is soft enough to create a smooth mash. Lay the poached egg atop the mash and dig in. The tender egg white and runny yolk taste great with a forkful of the sweet mash.
How to choose the perfect egg
The color: An eggshell’s or yolk’s color has nothing to do with its nutritional value, quality, or flavor. Hens with white feathers and white ear lobes lay white eggs hens with red feathers and red ear lobes lay brown eggs.
The size: It hardly matters! Most recipes are written for large eggs. They are interchangeable with extra large eggs until you get to 5 eggs. Then for every 5 large eggs, use 4 extra large eggs for every 6 large eggs, use 5 extra large eggs.
Buying: Egg cartons from packaging plants that produce eggs graded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) must display a Julian date, the date the eggs were packed. Although not required, egg cartons may also carry an expiration (sell by) date and/or a best by (use by) date. Expiration dates are included on some egg cartons, ensuring that retailers do not keep eggs on shelves past a certain date. However, eggs can be safely eaten 2 to 3 weeks beyond the sell by or expiration date. Look for the Certified Humane label which ensures the best practices for raising birds.
Storing: Under normal refrigeration (35F°–40°F), eggs can be kept for 4 to 5 weeks beyond the pack date or about 3 weeks after purchase. Store the eggs in their carton inside the refrigerator (rather than on the door, which may be slightly warmer). Eggs have 7,000 to 17,000 pores that (unfortunately) allow them to absorb other odors in the fridge.
Fresh test: Though the yolk takes center stage, it is really the quality of the albumen surrounding it that determines freshness. Thick albumen holds the yolk up, round and proud, right in the center of the egg. An off-center, flattish yolk surrounded by watery albumen is a good indication that the egg isn’t fresh.
How To Fry An Egg
There are few things more beautiful in this world than a perfectly cooked fried egg. They can upgrade pretty much anything, from an avocado toast to a double cheeseburger and beyond. Follow these simple tips and you'll be slingin' eggs like your favorite diner in no time.
When it comes to pretty much anything else, I'm all about a cast iron skillet. For eggs though, nothing works better than nonstick. I basically bought a nonstick pan just for cooking eggs, and it's worth it. Nonstick skillets typically have a shorter lifespan, so don't feel bad about buying one on the cheaper side&mdashthis one is my favorite . If you're like me and usually make 1 to 2 fried eggs at a time, an 8" pan is perfect. If you cook up breakfast for a crowd on the regular, go for something bigger.
If you don't have a nonstick pan, you can use a cast iron or carbon steel pan in a pinch. Just make sure to up the amount of fat to avoid scraping burnt bits of egg off your pan.
2. Choose the right fat.
Butter is the most classic choice for frying eggs, and in my opinion the best. Why? It's just. so, so, good. BUT! If butter isn't your thing, there are plenty of other options. Olive oil is a great choice as well, it'll still add some flavor and will give your eggs some deliciously golden crunchy edges. Vegetable oil works fine if it's all you've got, but it's not preferred. If have some bacon fat (the holiest of fats) on the other hand, you're in business. Name me a more iconic duo than bacon and eggs. I'll wait.
3. Cook 'em your way.
Everyone likes their eggs differently, and that's ok! I, along with many others, prefer my yolks runny&mdashwhich is why I usually go the sunny-side-up or over-easy route. In both, the whites are set and the yolks are runny. The difference is that over-easy eggs are flipped before removing from the pan, while sunny-side-up eggs only cook on one side. Eggs over-medium and over-hard just require longer cook time on their flipped side so the yolk is semi or completely cooked, respectively.
Baked Eggplant Chips with Tahini, Lemon, and Honey Dip
81 calories, 2.9 grams sugar, 6.2 grams fat, 6.7 grams carbohydrates, 1.4 grams protein
If your late-night cravings won&apost let up, pass over the greasy potato chips in favor of baked eggplant crisps instead. These veggie chips get a spicy kick from a sprinkle of paprika powder, and they won&apost break the calorie bank. Even better, dip them into a tahini spread for extra snacking pleasure!
Pinch of cayenne powder (optional)
1 small clove of garlic (optional)
First prepare the eggplant by slicing it thinly and then covering each piece of sliced eggplant with a sprinkle of sea salt. Place in a bowl for 1 hour-overnight. This step helps reduce the bitterness and baking time of the eggplant. Once that time is over and your ready to cook drain out the water that would have come off the eggplant and dry each piece of eggplant. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. In a separate bowl mix together the olive oil, paprika, turmeric, cayenne (if used) and a little bit of salt. Brush each piece of eggplant on both sides with the spice-oil mixture. Place covered eggplant pieces onto a baking tray and cook in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes (fan-forced) or until lightly browned and crispy.
Mix together the tahini, water, honey, and garlic. You may need to add a bit more water to thin it out. You want it to have a syrupy texture but not watery so adjust the water content to get your desired texture. Pour a bit of olive oil in the middle (around 1 tsp.) and sprinkle with paprika. Serve the tahini dip with the eggplant chips.
A Dozen Easy Egg Air Fryer Recipes – 12 Best Air Fried Eggs
Funny to think that air fryers were first sold as a low-fat way to make french fries. Sure, they can do that and do that very well, but they&rsquore so much more versatile.
French fries, even when air fried, do not make a healthy meal. The starch in potatoes causes insulin spikes that lay down fat in the body and there are worries about the health effects of acrylamides created by high-temperature cooking.
Plus, if you&rsquore on a ketogenic or low-carb diet, french fries and other carb-rich foods are simply not on the menu.
Fortunately, air fryers can do wonderful things with vegetables, fish, meat and eggs.
It sometimes takes a little lateral thinking. How can runny eggs ever work in an air fryer without creating a mess? But it can be done and these dozen recipes show you how.
1. The Best Air Fryer Hard Boiled Eggs
There is a way to enjoy boiled eggs without waiting for a pan of water to boil or filling your kitchen with clouds of steam. Air fry for about 15 minutes for a perfect hard-boiled egg, around 10 to 11 minutes for soft-boiled. This recipe advises plonking the boiled eggs into a cold water bath after cooking &ndash makes them easier to peel.
Air Fryer Boiled Eggs & Air-Fried Omelette
2. Easy Air Fryer Omelette
Prepared in the air fryer and filled with fresh veggies and cheese, this omelette is ready to eat in only 8 of your Earth minutes.
3. Low Carb Egg Muffins
A practical recipe that uses up leftovers to create a yummy and healthy breakfast. I like little bits of chorizo and spring onion in mine, but you can throw in whatever you enjoy most. Except for little cubes of carrot: I&rsquom pretty sure that would ruin them.
Air Fryer Egg Muffins and Air Fryer Fried Eggs
4. Air Fryer Fried Eggs
One of the most basic things you can make in the air fryer and probably why you came to this page. I know it&rsquos why I wrote this. Warning: you will need a small pan that fits in your air fryer. If you have one, great, these eggs have a character all of their own.
5. Pastel de Nata &ndash Portuguese Egg Tarts
I like any and all egg custard recipes. My dad used to buy me an egg custard as a treat when I was maybe 4 or 5 years old and I can still remember them. Pastel de Nata use flaky pastry which adds an extra dimension to the sweet custard filling. I was so glad when I figured out how to make these in my air fryer.
Pastel de Nata and Air Fryer Scotch Eggs
6. Air Fryer Keto Low Carb Scotch Eggs
Not only is this a Scotch Egg recipe that works in your air fryer it&rsquos also low-carb, keto-friendly and flavor-packed. Great for picnics and to take to the game. I like to take these on cycle rides, they&rsquore perfect when only a substantial snack will do.
7. Air Fryer Puffed Egg Tarts
Cheese and eggs, the dream ticket, and packed into a puffed egg tart you can prepare in your air fryer. Check out this recipe, I implore you!
Air Fryer Puffed Egg Tarts & Air-Fried Frittata
8. Air Fryer Frittata
A frittata adapted to the Air Fryer that&rsquos perfect if you maintain a low carb diet, monitor your carb intake or just enjoy eggs.
9. Air Fryer Eggs in a Bell Pepper Ring
I cannot bring myself to eat bell peppers, but I know a lot of people like them. Personally, I think these monstrous things barely qualify as a food at all, but hey, here&rsquos a recipe that ruins eggs with bell peppers! 😉
Eggs in Bell Pepper Rings and Air-Fried French Toast Soldiers
10. Air Fryer French Toast Soldiers
AKA eggy bread in my house. This is a masterful version with cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg and icing sugar. Ten minutes in the air fryer and you have something very special to tuck into. I usually have them with a big gloop of heavy cream.
11. Low Carb & Keto-Friendly Air Fryer Egg Cups
Another very versatile recipe &ndash you could add all sorts of tasty morsels to this recipe. I go large on the cheese and add a little ham too. What would you use?
Low Carb & Keto-Friendly Air Fryer Egg Cups and Air Fried Egg in a Hole
12. Air Fried Egg in a Hole
From: Go Wise Products
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on May 27, 2020:
Hello, Teresa. Thank you very much for your in-depth comment and I hope very much you enjoy your ongoing egg tasting experiments. I have tried many times to get a hold of goose eggs, always without success. I&aposm looking forward to giving them a try.
Teresa M on May 25, 2020:
Interesting to see what a difference there is.
Currently in the Minot ND, US area for free range farm fresh eggs:
mixed chicken$3/dozen, duck $6/dozen, goose $5ea egg - & duck eggs sell out faster than any of the others in season right now
Personally, I prefer the richer flavor of duck eggs & purchase them at a rate of 2 duck to 1 chicken. I will soon know what I think of goose, as I just grabbed a 4-pack. This actually populated while I was looking up what to do with a goose egg. I hear there&aposs a similar flavor to duck. (Side note: I found ostrich eggs to be more mild in flavor, very close to chicken.)
Thanks for the info. I look forward to experimenting.
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 21, 2019:
Hello, little cat and thank you very much for your in-depth comment. I&aposm so glad you share my love of duck eggs and have such ready access to them. Unfortunately, my only local supplier has now gone out of business so they have become a luxury for me. I hope you very much enjoy the ideas which you try.
Casey White from Tennessee on February 06, 2019:
Thanks for all the great ideas. I was specifically looking for new ways to cook duck eggs and this was a nice list. I&aposve been raising ducks for eggs to eat and sell for a year now and I LOVE duck eggs. I think they taste exactly like chicken eggs. I don&apost agree with a previous commenter that most people don&apost like duck eggs. I sell mine for $5 a dozen and I have a regular customer base of people who love duck eggs. They are more nutritious than chicken eggs and they are great for baking. My ducks aren&apost filthy but I&aposve put money into filtration systems for their water and have a nice setup to keep things tidy.
I do a lot of baking with duck eggs but I want to learn more dinner foods I can use them in. I like your ideas using asparagus and Salmon (two foods I love). I&aposve never heard of steak with eggs but that&aposs also a good idea I&aposd try. I&aposve been making duck egg pasta for spaghetti and ravioli. And I&aposve made duck eggnog for Christmas. Just normal egg dishes are great too. I often just boil them and eat them that way. They also make fluffy omelettes. Anyways, I enjoyed the article. Good job and great pictures.
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on August 12, 2015:
Thank you very much, Amber. I hope you continue to enjoy what you come across on the site.
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on August 12, 2015:
Wow, Michele - thank you for such a wonderfully in-depth comment. I&aposm glad that as a former duck owner you like the recipe ideas. You are of course correct that they can all be applied to other types of eggs and I too love quail eggs. I wasn&apost aware that ducks were such filthy creatures but to the best of my belief the duck eggs I buy from my local fishmongers are preofessionally farmed thus at least somewhat cleaner all round. They are though considerably cheaper to buy than chicken eggs and I too would attribute this to their lack of popularity. Thanks again :)
Amber Harding from London on July 09, 2015:
One of the best hubs I&aposve seen so far. And I&aposve seen a lot :)
Michele Elise on June 25, 2015:
Just tossing in my two cents here as a former duck owner.
First your article is a WONDERFUL article!
Beautiful job showcasing some wonderful recipes!
It should be noted however that ANY egg (barring reptile eggs) could be used in any of these recipes. You can even make Scotch eggs using duck eggs, or chicken eggs or quail eggs or turkey eggs or other.
These are very lovely egg recipes.
But second I want to say that ducks make great pets. Raised correctly and with attention they are gentle (unlike geese) and love to interact with humans on a level much deeper than a chicken will generally. Mine were very vocal (only the females of the Pekin duck quacks) Mine used to "talk" to me non-stop as soon as they saw me.
I loved my ducks! Despite fencing I lost them to a predator which was sad for me. a hungry predator will find a way!
Generally duck eggs are used for baked goods because a baked good can do a better job of hiding the gamy flavor.
Most people in fact DON&aposT care for the flavor of duck eggs and find it too strong. Beyond that ducks are truly filthy. If you don&apost have a natural pond on your land where they can completely foul the water, I would never recommend them. The amount of feces they produce compared to a host of other barnyard fowl is truly extravagant and they do not avoid wallowing in it. Eggs are usually laid in places that they like to congregate best, so duck eggs that are collected are always covered in feces. Yes there really are safer food choices!
I&aposm sorry this isn&apost better news but its the truth!
Beyond that the flavor is strong and gamy and smells like the ducks and their feces. Most people who keep ducks can&apost bring themselves to eat their duck eggs honestly, and only a small percentage of people care for them at all. It may seem like a great idea to incorporate duck eggs into your cooking, but on the outside it would be smart to find a local farm that has ducks, knock on the door ask if you could purchase a few eggs from them. You will likely be gifted with a dozen at no charge. You will likely try one or two and you will be able to say that you tried them and didn&apost care for them and won&apost have wasted the money. And you SHOULD try them, I want to encourage food adventurism here, you may be one of the small percentage of people that actually call themselves a fan of duck eggs.
But here&aposs where we inject the logic.
Ducks, especially some particular breeds, like for instance the Pekin, are quite prolific layers and they lay lovely big eggs! My 5 girls would give me a dozen per week many weeks. I had duck eggs coming out of my ears! And offering them to folks, usually got me a "No, thanks I don&apost care for them!"
You will never see that ducks, even the prolific breeds, will be used in a factory farm situation. Why? Because the majority of people don&apost care for the rich, strong and gamy taste. People far prefer chicken eggs!
So keep the fabulous recipes, perhaps occasionally have some upscale meal that showcases duck eggs. A good time to do this is when you are hosting a party, then you can share the food adventure with a number of other people. Perhaps do up a platter of deviled eggs using chicken, duck, and quail eggs. They recipes you show Gordon are fabulous. DO take occasion to try a duck egg at some point. People who keep ducks WILL give them away for free in most cases as they get overwhelmed with them with few takers. See which group you are a member of . duck egg hater, or duck egg lover. Be aware that the flavor will likely get under your skin and you may find that although you liked the first one, by the time you reach the tenth you will have firmly sworn them off. lol.
Do consider other choices! Quail eggs are lovely with a milder slightly creamier flavor than chicken eggs. The yolk is also a creamier texture. Oriental quail egg soup is fantastic! Also more recipes concerning duck eggs can be found in oriental cuisine, mostly from the standpoint that poor farmers would make good use of what they had on hand. Many oriental cultures are magnificently frugal, and used to operating in that mode, have developed some incredible and clever recipes. We could certainly learn a few things from them and the way they put together a meal which is usually quite a lot healthier and balanced better.
Gordon I think your article is wonderful, with great recipes.
I also think its grand to urge people to be adventurous where it comes to food. I would personally like to see mention of quail eggs. Although they are tiny they are richer but not gamy and lovely. They are much cleaner birds and lay their eggs in cleaner circumstances. Quail eggs will DEFINITELY need to be purchased and will likely be more expensive than chicken eggs and they are coveted for their amazing flavor!
Easy to judge where I live duck eggs are free from local farms and not sold in stores, chicken eggs are about 3 dollars a dozen, quail eggs are considered a "gourmet" food and are about 6 dollars a dozen. Logic would say there&aposs a reason for this!
Jomana H on April 13, 2015:
Great ideas, Thank you for this hub
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on August 21, 2014:
Thank you and glad you like it, Scott. Particularly glad that it&aposs timely for you. Good luck with rearing the ducks and I&aposm sure you will definitely love experimenting with the eggs!
Scott A McCray on August 17, 2014:
What a timely hub for he - my brother and I have just been discussing adding ducks to the present mix of egg layers. Pinning and H+ for this one!
BTW - didn&apost vote in your poll - I need one that says "All of the above!"
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on April 03, 2014:
Thank you very much for your comment, Myles. I wish your grandson all the very best in his venture - I wish more young people were so inclined! I am delighted to hear of the 99 touques principal and love it! I couldn&apost agree more. I very much hope you enjoy your fritatta and your ongoing experimental adventures. I would love to think that you may come back and tell me what you all thought of the idea and equally of any other ideas you may wish to share :)
Myles in Calgary on April 03, 2014:
My grandson has 10 indian runners and has just started to get some eggs. I was just searching for some recipes when I found your page. When you mention the versatility of eggs. my wife is a chef and she once told me that the tall chef touques have 99 folds which represent the 99 ways to use eggs. We&aposre gonna try the fritatta.
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 27, 2014:
Thanks very much for reading and commenting CloudExplorer. I hope the ideas prove useful to you and that you enjoy whatever you happen to create.
Mike Pugh from New York City on March 26, 2014:
This is a great recipe hub, I will most definitely bookmark this one for a later use for when I&aposm looking to make use of it for such recipes. Thanks for sharing your awesome detailed knowledge on it all as well.
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on October 03, 2013:
I&aposm not a big fan of desserts FullOfLoveSites but have never heard of duck eggs being used in them before. I will definitely need to give that a try. Thanks for the tip, for visiting and commenting and I hope you enjoy some of the ideas on this page.
FullOfLoveSites from United States on October 02, 2013:
I always cook duck eggs (if they&aposre available) for desserts, especially for flans -- these eggs are delicious for those. But I haven&apost yet tried duck eggs for savory dishes. I will definitely follow your recipes. Thanks for sharing! :)
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on April 22, 2013:
Hi, iguidenetwork. That is one thing I don&apost think I have ever tried - duck&aposs egg custard. That&aposs an idea I&aposll have to try. Hope you&aposre successful in getting some duck eggs and enjoy these ideas. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.
iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on April 19, 2013:
I remember having a custard one time. It was so rich and flavorful. I was told it was made of duck&aposs eggs -- it was delicious.
I will try to get duck eggs and follow your scrumptious duck eggs recipes. Thanks for posting. Up and useful, awesome. :)
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on February 24, 2013:
Hi, kansasyarn. I am so envious of you having your own ducks! You certainly do have the option therefore to enjoy duck eggs at their freshest and best. Thanks for visiting and commenting. I hope you enjoy preparing and eating some of these recipes.
Teresa Sanderson from Rural Midwest on February 24, 2013:
You took an everyday subject and turned it into an elegant hub! It is engaging and captivating with the great photos. My husband and I raise ducks and will be using these great ideas! Voted up!
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on April 19, 2012:
Hi, Tony and thanks - glad you like the ideas. I&aposve heard that duck eggs make great pastries, custards, etc - my problem is that I never cook anything sweet, simply because I don&apost eat anything sweet. Maybe I should try it out and find someone to eat it for me?
Thanks for the idea and suggestions! :)
Tony Mead from Yorkshire on April 19, 2012:
great presentation, remarkable ingenuity using such a simple, basic ingredient. Eggs are under rated by chefs and cooks everywhere.
There is something I like to use duck eggs for, and that is egg custard, or in a bread and butter pudding, nothing compares for taste.
all the stars, voted up and the buttons too.
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 12, 2012:
Hi, Rochelle. I would love to live in a house where I could keep ducks or chickens - I&aposm determined I will some day. I would love to have access to such freshness. I suppose it&aposs understandable that the ducks are protective of the eggs but maybe you will get the chance to sneak the odd one or two.
Thanks for visiting and commenting and I hope you try some of these ideas, with whichever type of eggs.
Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on March 12, 2012:
Nice recipes and delicious photos. I have some ducks, but they are very protective of the eggs, so we usually end up with ducklings.
You made your recipes (useful for other eggs, as well) look so appealing, I couldn&apost decide, so i just voted up.
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 12, 2012:
Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 12, 2012:
Thanks for clearing that up, Gordon! It reads perfectly.
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 11, 2012:
Yes, there is something reassuring about knowing no cook or chef of any level of ability is infallible!
Good point about the cooking level of the eggs and I&aposve amended it to try to clarify. This point was made perhaps particularly with regard to coddled eggs. I remember the first ever time I coddled a duck egg, cooking it for the same length of time as I would a chicken egg. I opened it to discover it was essentially more raw than cooked, so had to put it back in the pan. Soft boiled eggs (so long as they are cooked and not partly raw as in liquid white) should be fine and are delicious.
I hope you get the chance to try duck eggs soon. Thanks for the visit, comment and great point you made.
Sherri from Southeastern Pennsylvania on March 10, 2012:
Wonderful recipes, lovely presentations. So appetizing! I&aposve never eaten a duck egg, either, nor have I seen any for sale. I&aposll have to do some looking around. Loved the Gordon Ramsay video. it&aposs somehow comforting to know even great cooks can burn toast.
Question: You say that duck eggs must be cooked fully and completely, but then you have a recipe for a soft boiled egg where the yellow is not cooked all the way through. Can you please clarify?
Gordon Hamilton (author) from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on March 06, 2012:
I hope you get the opportunity to try duck eggs soon - they are really tasty and a refreshing change in many ways.
Nell Rose from England on March 06, 2012:
Hi, I have never had a duck egg, I really must try it, and your recipes look absolutely delicious! I have never coddled an egg either! I will have to get my cooking stuff out and give it a try! rated up! cheers nell