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Tips, Tricks & Recipes for Quail Eggs

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If you are looking for great quail egg recipes, you have come to the right spot.  There are so many wonderful ways to use the cute little eggs in all sorts of appetizers and meals! Here are some tips, tricks, and recipes for quail eggs.

Containers of spotted quail eggs.

If you found yourself with some quail eggs and you want to make sure you use them to their fullest, you are in the right place. There are lots of wonderful ways to use your bounty.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

My parents hatched some coturnix quail eggs last spring, and have been growing their flock.  So there are lots of quail eggs to go around.

The good news is the spotted little eggs are cute as can be, and Little Dude loves using the quail egg scissors to crack his eggs.  He also like to brag that he can eat a dozen eggs in one sitting, so they are his new favorite type of egg!

carton of spotted quail eggs with a pair of quail egg scissors.

But it got me wondering about more uses for the little eggs.  They are great for you and there are so many fun and delicious things you can do with them!

Benefits of Quail Eggs vs. Chicken Eggs:

Quail eggs are loaded with nutrition and they are a great source of protein.  According to LiveStrong they have more vitamin B2 (riboflavin) than chicken eggs.

Quail eggs give you twice as much iron as well.  In addition to vitamin b12 and iron, they have a variety of vitamins, minerals and are a relatively low calorie source of protein as well.

Quail eggs are not only thought to be full of essential nutrients but they also have some health benefits. According to a 2013 study in the International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, quail egg consumption supports healthy organ function and may help prevent disease.

Eating quail eggs is thought to be beneficial for cognition and the nervous, immune and digestive systems. Quail eggs benefits include counteracting anemia as they can increase hemoglobin in the blood.

According to WebMD, quail eggs have large amounts of Vitamin A and C that can neutralize free radicals and boost your immune system. So the nutritional value of fresh quail eggs is really quite impressive.

Besides being nutritional powerhouses, quail eggs are more sustainable to produce than other types of eggs as well.  Not to mention they are much cuter with their small size and spotted shells.

Speaking of smaller size, that makes them a great garnish for salads, pastas or on top of appetizers.  You can have the effect of an egg on top without having to commit to a full chicken egg.

Using Quail Eggs:

Cracking raw quail eggs can be difficult.  Using a sharp serrated knife or special quail egg scissors is the easiest way to crack an egg.

Once they are cracked, you can cook them almost any way you would a chicken egg.  You can scramble several together for your breakfast like Little Dude.

Or you can fry them to sit on top of little pieces of toast for a fun bite sized buffet option. A quick poached quail egg adds a bit of panache to just about any recipe as well.

You can also use them in place of chicken eggs in baking and other recipes.  Just use about four quail eggs to replace a large egg in the recipe.

In fact, a serving of quail eggs is actually 5 eggs. So you can use a dozen quail eggs to make an omelet and brag to your friends that you ate a 12 egg omelet, it’s one of LD’s favorite things to do.

Boiling quail eggs

Boiling quail eggs is another great way to use them.  You can do that much like you would a chicken egg, but they will only require 2-4 minutes of boiling depending on how you like your eggs.

Place them in cold water in a sauce pan and bring it up to a boil.  Once they are cooked to your liking, move them to an ice-water bath to cool.

The shells and membrane in a quail egg are a little tougher than a chicken egg and their small size can be a challenge. The best way to counteract that is to add a Tablespoon or two of vinegar to the water when you boil them to soften the shells a bit while they cook.

They should crack and peel easily and be ready for any number of fun recipes. One bite deviled eggs or pickled quail eggs are among the top choices!

Quail Egg Appetizer Recipes:

Micro Quail Egg & Smoked Ham Danish Open Sandwich

These cute mini open faced sandwiches look like a perfect appetizer.  They feature a single quail egg and smoked ham in a Danish style open faced sandwich. Get the recipe from FabFood4All.

Tiny deviled quail egg in hand.

These deviled quail eggs are the perfect one bite appetizer. There’s no awkward trying to figure out eat it gracefully, it’s just pop it in and enjoy. Top them with a sprig of dill to fancy them up a bit for a party.

quail eggs with mushrooms and truffles

If you are feeling a bit luxurious, these wild mushrooms with soft boiled truffled quail eggs from London unattached may be your style.  They certainly look amazing to me!

pickled quail eggs in jar

If you have never tried a pickled egg, you should give one a go.  It seems like one of these pickled quail eggs from Culinary Adventures with Cam would be a perfect way to start!

Jar of pickled quail eggs with sliced jalapenos ready to eat.

Or make a batch of these jalapeno pickled quail eggs if you like a bit of spice. They were a big hit at our house.

looking across a plate of ham and cheese crostini with fried quail eggs on top.

These ham and cheese crostini have been favorites for a while.  I tried topping them with a quail egg and now we like them even more!

They are perfect for brunch, fun for an appetizer spread too. They are a great savory two bite treat.

baguette slices topped with avocado and fried quail eggs

If you are a fan of avocado toast, you are going to love these mini avocado and quail egg crostini! They are quick and delicious.

Plus they would be perfect at breakfast/brunch, as an appetizer or do what we did and have them as a light lunch.

More great quail egg recipes:

If you happen to have some quail and not just the eggs, try making bacon wrapped quail for dinner. They are marinated in a tasty mix then wrapped in bacon and roasted to perfection.

Get more ideas on my Quail egg Pinterest Board!

Do you have a favorite quail egg recipe I haven’t mentioned? Let me know about it in the comments or on social media.

I would love to try your tips, tricks and recipes as well. With a constant supply of quail eggs, we are always ready to try new ideas.

If you are looking for great ways to use quail eggs, you have come to the right spot. There are so many great ways to use the cute little eggs in all sorts of appetizers and meals! Here are some tips, tricks and recipes for quail eggs.

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Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 19th of August 2019

Now I want to try quail eggs! So interesting about the shells. Sounds like Little Dude has the right idea with the special scissors!


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

They are so cute and the quail seem to be relatively easy to raise.


Friday 16th of August 2019

We love quail eggs and I can't wait to try some of these recipes!


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

I am excited to get a bit more creative.


Wednesday 14th of August 2019

Hi Carlee, my Auntie used too keep a multitude of creatures on their mini-farm and quail and duck eggs were regulars in her kitchen. I never did try a quail egg though... It's interesting to see they nutritional content is higher than a chickens though.



Tuesday 20th of August 2019

My parents had ducks for a while too, but they ended up moving the flock to my father-in-law's house. Now they have turkeys, chickens and quail for feathered friends.

Amy (Savory Moments)

Tuesday 13th of August 2019

I love quail eggs - they are adorable! I pick them up from the farmers' market occasionally. I usually hard boil them and just eat them as a snack/breakfast, but I've also cooked them super quick over easy and used them to top mushrrom and leek pasta.


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Aren't they the cutest? I need to try them over pasta, that sounds delicious!