Are you wondering how to eat quail eggs? These delicious little eggs are frequently seen on menus in high-end restaurants, and they’re a popular food in several world cuisines, including Indian, Filipino, and Korean.
Here in the U.S., quail eggs have grown in popularity. These eggs come from birds that are medium in size, including the King quail and the Coturnix quail.
Quail eggs are smaller than chicken eggs, so they’re considered to be a delicacy. Because of their size, quail eggs only take 2–3 minutes to cook. Ready to learn how to cook quail eggs in delicious meals? Let’s dive in!
1. Tiny Eggs Benedict
Have you ever served breakfast appetizers? Well, we’re here for this idea. These tiny eggs Benedict are as cute as they are tasty.
For this recipe, you need biscuit dough (store-bought or homemade), breakfast sausage, and quail eggs. The Hollandaise sauce is made with butter, garlic, flour, milk, and sharp white cheddar cheese.
2. Chinese Napa Cabbage Stir-Fry with Quail Eggs
Most people love stir-fry, and with quail eggs, you can turn a simple stir-fry dinner into an elegant meal. The Napa cabbage is extra sweet and juicy thanks to the ginger garlic sauce.
Other ingredients in this recipe include julienned carrots, minced garlic, and furikake for sprinkling. If you want to eliminate the salt, you can use Takii mushroom powder instead.
3. Quail Eggs in Hashbrown Nests
These quail eggs are nestled in a bed of hash browns and garnished with sprigs of fresh rosemary. You can enjoy these little bird nests for breakfast or brunch, but they’re also perfect for a light dinner.
For this recipe, you can shred your own potatoes or use frozen hashbrowns. Parmesan cheese gives these bird nests tons of flavor.
4. Scotch Quail Eggs
Scotch eggs are hugely popular in the U.K., and when you make them with quail eggs instead of chicken eggs, you have a treat that can’t be beat!
Boil the quail eggs first, keeping in mind that they only need about three minutes to be hard-boiled. The eggs are then wrapped into a pork sausage patty and rolled in flour and breadcrumbs.
5. Kwek Kwek (Filipino Quail Eggs)
Filipino street food is delicious, and one of the most popular dishes is fried orange quail eggs, also called Kwek Kwek.
Kwek Kwek is made by dredging boiled quail eggs in flour and diluted annatto powder. The eggs are deep-fried and served with fish ball sauce or vinegar while they’re still crispy.
6. Quail Eggs with Scallops
For a seafood entree or appetizer, these scallops with quail eggs are a delicacy. To make these, you need large scallops, pancetta sausage (or chorizo), and lettuce.
The vinaigrette dressing is made with fresh lemon juice, olive oil, and whole-grain mustard. The sausage is cooked and then crumbled onto the top of the quail eggs and seared scallops.
7. Harvest Shakshuka with Quail Eggs
Shakshuka is made with eggs that have been poached in tomato sauce. This dish originated in Israel and has become a popular food in Palestinian cuisine.
To make shakshuka, you need eggs, red pepper, tomatoes, onion, and garlic. The spices are what make this dish so sensational. Use paprika, cumin, chili powder, and black pepper. Dip crusty bread in the shakshuka to serve.
8. Kaada Mutta Masala (Indian Quail Eggs Curry)
There’s nothing quite like a curry dish with rice, and this recipe is a traditional Indian dish. To make this recipe, you need to boil your quail eggs.
The ingredients for this recipe include chopped tomato, ginger-garlic paste, pearl onions, and coconut milk. The spices are what make this curry stand out, and they include turmeric, sambar powder, cumin, pepper powder, mustard seeds, curry leaves, coriander, and asafoetida.
9. Easy Pork Giniling with Quail Eggs
Pork giniling is a Filipino stew, and this recipe is an easier version to make. Besides being an excellent quick weeknight dinner, the leftovers also keep well for lunch the next day.
This stew is loaded with vegetables, including potatoes, carrots, raisins, and frozen sweet peas (thaw them before adding them to the stew). Ground pork gets tons of flavor from fish sauce, garlic, and banana ketchup.
10. Sườn Ram Mặn (Quail Eggs with Braised Pork Spare Ribs)
Are you a fan of Vietnamese cuisine? If so, you’ve got to try this recipe. Sườn Ram Mặn is made with braised pork spare ribs, and it’s the perfect meal for a family to enjoy or to wow your guests.
The secret to the exceptional flavor of this dish is in the ingredients, which include Vietnamese caramel cooking sauce, fish sauce, coconut juice, and garlic.
11. Piperrada and Quail Egg
Piperrada is a traditional Basque recipe, so if you have Basque ancestry, this is a fun dish to serve to your family or guests. For the peppers, you can use colored bell peppers (red and orange), or you can use poblano peppers for a unique flavor. If you can find Basque peppers, that’s even better.
The crostini is made with polenta that has been cooked in thyme-infused broth. Finish it off with Basque sheep cheese such as Petit Basque or Etorki.
12. Quail Egg Salad
If you love your salad served with boiled eggs, try substituting quail eggs for chicken eggs. Make your salad as you normally would, and use your favorite honey mustard dressing.
Cut the quail eggs into cubes. This salad is served on a large lettuce leaf instead of chopped lettuce.
13. Quail Eggs and Korean Soy-Braised Beef Tips (Jangjorim)
Although this is a traditional side dish in Korean cuisine, you can easily serve this hearty beef dish as a main dish with fluffy basmati rice.
The beef tenderizes beautifully, so you can use flank steak for this recipe. Shishito peppers add such a glorious flavor, and the braising liquid is made with Mirin, sugar, and soy sauce.
FAQs about Cooking Quail Eggs
Below, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how to eat quail eggs.
How are quail eggs usually served?
Quail eggs are delicious scrambled, boiled, poached, or used in recipes.
You can eat quail eggs exactly the same way you usually eat chicken eggs. Just keep in mind that you’ll need more minimally three quail eggs for every one chicken egg in a recipe.
Can I eat raw quail eggs?
Quail eggs are usually unpasteurized. This means that they haven’t been heated to kill any harmful bacteria that lurk on the outer shell. If you have a compromised immune system or you’re pregnant, make sure your quail eggs are thoroughly cooked.
What does a quail egg taste like?
Quail eggs taste very similar to chicken eggs, but they have a taste that’s just a little bit richer. Also, the yolk in a quail egg is bigger than that of a chicken egg.
Are quail eggs healthy to eat?
Quail eggs are loaded with nutrients. Here are some of the basic nutrition facts for one quail egg.
- Calories: 14
- Fat: 1 gram
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 0 grams
- Riboflavin: 6% of Daily Value (DV)
- Choline: 4% of the DV
- Vitamin B12: 6% of the DV
- Vitamin A: 2% of the DV
- Selenium: 5% of the DV
- Folate: 2% of the DV
- Pantothenic acid: 3% of the DV
- Iron: 2% of the DV