Baked Scotch Eggs

Tasty sausage-covered Baked Scotch eggs are a fun appetizer or snack that’s at home anywhere, from pub to picnic to poolside cocktail party.

Keto Scotch Eggs

I had seen Scotch Eggs over the years. These unique snacks are comprised of hard-cooked eggs wrapped in sausage and breadcrumbs, then cooked until crunchy.

But truthfully, I found them a little off-putting.

This all changed during a Captiva vacation, before the devastating hurricane. Prior to a building cocktail party, there was an audible buzz, would there be Scotch Eggs?

They were clearly a favorite!  And they’re even easy to turn keto or low carb if you’re on a diet!

Scotch Eggs

What is A Scotch Egg

Wikipedia  says that “A Scotch egg is a boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs and baked or deep-fried… Scotch eggs are a common picnic food. In the United Kingdom packaged Scotch eggs are available in supermarkets, corner shops and motorway service stations.”

Why You’ll Love This!

Tasty and Popular.  The way these disappeared at the cocktail party, it didn’t take me long to realize how popular they were.  Yes, they’re that tasty!

Versatile.  While best known as pub food, these would also be at home for many other events.

Go Easy or Local. You can go all local with these, making your own homemade breakfast sausage and using farm fresh eggs.  Or you can go the easy route and buy your sausage pre-made and your eggs already hard-boiled and peeled.  

Scotch egg ingredients: sausage, egg, flour, breading

What You’ll Need

Ingredient Notes

  • Breakfast Sausage.  Use your own or a commercial sausage.
  • Hard-cooked Eggs.  Boil your own, or buy them pre-cooked and peeled.
  • Raw Egg.  Helps the breading adhere.
  • Flour.  Helps the breading adhere.  Use all purpose of for low carb, tery coconut flour or your favorite keto-friendly substitute.
  • Panko breadcrumbs.  Provides a crunchy breading.  Use crushed pork rinds for keto/low-carb.

Special Tools

  • No special tools are needed

Step by Step Directions

Divide the sausage into six pieces.  Form an oval sausage patty to encase egg

form sausage pattty

Wrap egg in sausage.

wrap egg in sausage

Dip sausage covered eggs in flour, egg, “breadcrumbs” (panko or keto substitute).

Bread the scotch egg

 Bake.  (Here I’m testing four different breading methods.)



How to Make Low Carb “Breadcrumbs”

This recipe is easy to turn into Keto Scotch Eggs if you are familiar with the popular keto hack for making “breadcrumbs”! You simply crush up a bunch of porkies pork rind snacks and use them instead of standard breadcrumbs.  I have rolled them with a rolling pin or simply crushed them by hand.  It’s easy and tasty!

And don’t forget that you can also make regular breadcrumbs as home.  Take a look at my Italian breadcrumbs recipe for a how to guide.  (Just reduce the Italian seasonings if you want to use it for this.)

make keto breadcrumbs

How to Serve

Scotch Eggs are usually served as a snack or appetizer.  And while Brits may not generally consider them breakfast food, I’d totally take one for a breakfast on the go.

I like to dip mine in mustard, while my husband prefers his plain. 

Scotch eggs can be served hot or cold and whole or halved. I hear people even slice them sometimes–wouldn’t that look cool on a salad!  I told you it was a versatile treat!

keto scotch eggs served

A Trial of Different Breading Methods

I actually tested the Scotch Eggs four ways based on different online preparation methods that I’d found.. I rolled the first in (coconut) flour, beaten egg, then pork rind “breadcrumbs”. Second, just pork rind “breadcrumbs”. Third just the flour. And the final had nothing coating the sausage at all.

From l to r, coated in: flour/egg/”breadcrumbs” (1st place), “breadcrumbs” (2nd place), flour (4th place), no coating (3rd place)

Test results of breading method trial

In the end, they were all good, proving the adaptability of this tasty snack. And since they were all good, you can happily make this dish even if all you have is egg and sausage!

Tips & FAQs

Traditionally Scotch Eggs are deep fried.  Since I don’t deep fry at home, I baked mine!  Still good!  

Scotch Eggs

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Keto Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs

Scotch Eggs, tasty sausage-covered cooked eggs, are a tasty appetizer that work great anywhere, from picnic to poolside cocktail party.
Author: Inger
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Appetizer
Servings 12


  • 1 lb breakfast style sausage homemade or commercial
  • 6 hard-cooked eggs
  • 1 raw egg
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ½ cup crushed pork rinds or panko bread crumbs


  • Cover hard-cooked eggs in a thin layer of sausage.
  • Beat raw egg in a small bowl.
  • Roll an egg in flour, then dip in beaten egg, then roll in breadcrumbs.
  • Bake at 400 until sausage is cooked through, about 35 minutes. Turn during baking for the best-looking eggs.
  • Cut in half to serve. Serve warm or cold.
I am not a health professional and nutrition data is calculated programatically. Accuracy may vary with product selection, calculator accuracy, etc. Consult a professional for the best information.
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Originally published on 2/20/2020.

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16 thoughts on “Baked Scotch Eggs

  1. David Scott Allen

    We had Scotch eggs in the Borough Market in London and I fell in love! I love that you offer a baked method — I haven’t attempted them because I thought they were always fried! I’ll be making these in the new year!

    1. Inger Post author

      We loved the Borough Market when we were in London David–so many tasty treats. Hope you enjoy!

  2. David Scott Allen

    We had our first scotch eggs in London, and love them. It never occurred to me to use pre-cooked eggs. But I guess that makes sense… And I would use your homemade sausage, as well.

    1. Inger Post author

      First the shelf stable cooked bacon, then the graham cracker crumbs, now the pre-cooked eggs. Life is good David!

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