Make Keto Scotch Eggs in the Air Fryer
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Here’s how to make Scotch eggs for a savory low carb breakfast.
Ever heard of Scotch eggs?
Scotch eggs are hard-boiled eggs covered in sausage. They’re so easy to make whether you enjoy them first thing in the morning or as a delicious way to switch things up at dinner time. So if you’re in the mood for a different spin to prepare a sausage and egg breakfast that’s perfectly keto, you’ve gotta try these!
Fun Fact: According to EdinburghTourist.com, Scotch eggs are a food that has origins in London, and were named not because of being Scottish, but because the process of mincing the sausage was called scotching.
Traditionally, Scotch eggs are fried with breadcrumbs, but today we’re going to make a super simplified version using the air fryer and just a few keto-friendly ingredients you may already have on hand!
In case you haven’t heard, I’m obsessed with air fryer cooking, especially for keto, and air fryer Scotch eggs are just another great example of why!
I love air frying eggs instead of boiling them, and this is the first step in this easy process.
I start out by hard “boiling” eggs in the air fryer. Then I use the sausage mixture and coat the peeled eggs with it. Those will go back in the air fryer, and the result is a satisfying meat-covered hard-boiled egg to eat for breakfast… or really any hour of the day! They would make a yummy high in fat, low in carbs snack, or as part of a yummy keto meal.
Tips for making the best keto Scotch eggs:
- If you like hard-boiling eggs using other methods like the stove or Instant Pot, by all means, complete that step using your desired method. I love this helpful OXO silicone egg insert for keeping eggs in place. Also, check out this post for tips on making perfect hard-boiled eggs.
- Try to use 8 medium eggs, or consider dividing the mixture into 7 Scotch eggs instead of 8. On a couple of mine, the sausage shrank or the egg expanded, and it came a little undone.
- I enjoy cooking Scotch Eggs using the air fryer, however, they can be done in the oven instead. Place the sausage-covered eggs on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 25-28 minutes until the sausage is cooked through.
- Sausage does have lots of flavor on its own and can be seasoned as desired. This could be a great way to use up any fresh herbs from the fridge and make it your own.
- This makes a great prep-ahead meal! Just compile the Scotch eggs ahead of time and cook a few as desired by reheating them in the microwave or air fryer for a couple of minutes.
- If you want extra crispiness, try adding a light almond flour coating to the outside of the sausage covered egg before air frying.
Keto Scotch Eggs
yield: 8 SERVINGS
prep time: 20 MINUTES
cook time: 28 MINUTES
total time: 48 MINUTES
Flavorful sausage covered hard-boiled eggs cooked up using the air fryer.
- 8 medium eggs (or 5-7 large eggs)
- 1 pound ground sausage
- 2 teaspoons ground sage
- 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
- 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
Place eggs into the air fryer using an egg insert and set it to 16 minutes at 260 degrees. When done, rinse the eggs in cold water and peel shells from the hard-boiled eggs.
In a mixing bowl, combine the sausage, sage, onion flakes, and parmesan cheese. Mix well.
Divide the sausage mixture into 8 balls. Flatten each ball with your palm, and then place a cooked egg in the middle. Use your hands to evenly cover the eggs with sausage.
Grease the air fryer with oil, and then place half of the eggs in. If you have a larger air fryer, you may be able to cook them all at once, or just cook them in batches. Do not crowd them.
Cook for 11 minutes at 390 degrees, or until the desired doneness. Remove Scotch eggs from the air fryer and cut them in half to serve.
Alternative Oven Directions:
Place the sausage-covered eggs on a baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for about 25-28 minutes until the sausage is cooked through.
Yield: 8 Scotch eggs, Serving Size: 1 Scotch egg
Amount Per Serving: 254 Calories | 20.3g Fat | 1g Total Carbs | 0.1g Fiber | 0.4g Sugar | 15.6g Protein | 0.9g Net Carbs
We enjoyed this fun air fryer recipe so much!
My husband especially loved them as he’s a sausage-for-breakfast-everyday kind of guy. They have lots of flavors and are super hearty and filling. I made a batch and stored them in a covered container for him to reheat during the week for breakfast. So yum, and just 1g of carbs each!
My team member Jenna gave this recipe a test, and here’s what she said:
“Scotch Eggs are one of my favorite foods in the whole world! I have only ever had them at restaurants and I can’t believe how easy they are to make! And in an air fryer? I am going to be making these as a regular breakfast around here! They have the classic Scotch Egg flavor and I love how easy these were to make keto-friendly!”
Sausage fans will also love these yummy keto sausage breakfast muffins!
I tried a keto scotch we recipe a couple of years ago, and it was pretty disgusting. I’m definitely going to give this one a try, because I love hard boiled eggs, and I love breakfast sausage.
Let us know what you think of this recipe please, Tera!
Thank you for posting these! I love Scotch Eggs and am super excited to try these!
You’re welcome, Alyssa! Hope you enjoy them!
Me too! Today is the day 🥚
Hi Bonbon! I made these too & they were a huge hit in our house❤
How else can you cook these if I don’t have a air fryer?
Hi Karen! You could totally make these in the oven. I would put parchment paper down on a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 350°. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the sausage is completely cooked. Hope this helps!
Any chance you could add those alternative cooking instructions to the printable recipe here?
Thanks for the request! I’ll be sure to pass this along to the team!
Hi there! This update has been done. Thanks!
These turned out really good. I guess our pasture fresh eggs were a little larger than in the recipe as we were able to only cover 5 eggs completely with the sausage. We are also going to try the next time adding a light almond flour coating to the outside to give it a little more of a crispy outer layer crunch.
Oh nice! Thanks for reporting back to us with that idea!
This turned out amazing. And it was so easy to make and delicious. I will be making it again and again. Thank you.
Yay! You’re so welcome! Glad you can add this to your regular menu! Thanks a TON for your feedback!
Can u air fry without the egg holder?
Yes! You can just place the eggs in the fryer basket.
You’re so welcome!
This sounds like a great keto-friendly recipe and I can’t wait to try it. Just wondering, do the eggs end up being tough or rubbery because they’re essentially cooked twice?
I didn’t experience that. You could always play around with initial cooking time, but they were good not rubbery, in my opinion.
Used this recipe for a Sunday family brunch! I used Jimmy Dean Sage breakfast sausage, some red pepper flakes for a bit of a kick, a sprinkle of white pepper. Super easy and it went over well even with the teens who normally turn their noses up at everything. Thanks!
Well, that’s awesome! Making a teen happy is a huge win! Thanks for letting us know, Deborrah!
I’m confused-you start with actual sausage and then still add the spices?
Yes! It does have flavor on it’s own, however you can season as desired. Hope this is helpful!