Baked Turkey “Scotch” Eggs



Baked Turkey “Scotch” Eggs

Baked Turkey Scotch Eggs |

This recipe is my healthier version of a traditional Scottish egg.  It’s a soft boiled egg, wrapped in turkey, breaded in a buttery panko and baked instead of fried.  Serve this over a salad and garnish with any leftover cooked bread crumbs.  These are also great snacks for on the go.

  • Author: beckie
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop / Oven
  • Cuisine: Scottish


  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup Japanese panko
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • pinch black pepper
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Preheat oven to 375F.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  • Place 4 eggs in a cold pot of water.  Cover and bring to a boil (~5-7 minutes).  Once boiling, remove from heat and let sit for 4 minutes.  Immediately place in a ice water bath and allow to cool 20 minutes.  These eggs are soft boiled and therefore, will be hard to peel.  Have patience and don’t panic if you see the yolk – it is still relatively strong on the outside so should be ok if you don’t squish the heck out of it!  If it’s too much for you boil the eggs for another 4 minutes and they will be harder.
  • Bring a small pan to medium heat and add panko, 1/4 tsp thyme, 1/4 tsp salt, and pinch black pepper.  Cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring consistently, or until panko is golden brown.  Set aside.
  • Mix together ground turkey, 1/4 tsp thyme, sage, salt, pepper, and cayenne.  Form 4 “thinnish” patties and place on a cutting board or flat surface.  Place a cooked egg in the middle of each.  Lift the patty up (I find a fish spatula super helpful for this job because the turkey is so moist) and GENTLY “coerce” the turkey around the egg.  Be patient.  Be zen.
  • Gently roll the egg in the pan of breadcrumbs until covered and lay on lined baking sheet.  Repeat.  Bake for 23-25 minutes if you want a little egg yolk to run when you cut it up.  If not serving right away, the yolk will harden up as it cools.  Enjoy!  Beckie


  • You will have extra bread crumbs. Throw them on the sheet.  They will make an excellent addition as a crisp salad garnish if you serve this over a salad.

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I’ve only made/tried the traditional way with pork sausage. I will definitely have to try this one!


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