Air fried scotch eggs
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How to make scotch eggs in an air fryer

  1. Preheat air fryer to 400F
  2. Spray prepared scotch eggs (see below) with cooking spray and add to basket
  3. Cook scotch eggs for 12 minutes total. Turn eggs at 5 and 10 minute marks

This recipe is based of using the COSORI Air Fryer (5.8QT model, affiliate link).

Cooking notes

To make these wonderful scotch eggs you’ll need:

  • One pound of ground pork
  • Five eggs
  • Panko breadcrumbs

In the above recipe I used Jimmy Dean’s spicy pork sausage, I like the extra peppery kick; I also like this particular product for its meat/fat ratio and easy availability at grocery stores.

To make the scotch eggs, first you will need to hard boil four of the eggs. You can see our guide on how to do this in the air fryer here. I haven’t personally tried to make this recipe using soft boiled eggs yet, but that would be delicious.

While the eggs cook, it’s time to prepare the pork. Add the pound of pork to a large bowl and crack the remaining egg into the meat. Season liberally with salt and pepper then work together well by hand. I like to use a latex kitchen glove here so as to avoid mess.

With the meat prepared, add panko breadcrumbs to a large plate, for rolling the eggs in later. This is a messy recipe for sure, so having setup and ready before you build the eggs is key.

With the hard boiled eggs cooked, quickly cool them in cold water for just a couple of minutes. Just cool enough to work with comfortably, they don’t need to be ice cold by any means.

You should now have four hard boiled eggs and a pound of seasoned meat. There should be enough pork meat to portion into four. Working one by one you need to wrap each egg in a quarter pound of meat. With the egg wrapped evenly roll it in the breadcrumbs and set aside for cooking.

At first this process might seem infuriatingly hard. The slippery egg-pork mix can seem impossible to get around the egg – just keep at it – it’s surprising how you start to get the hang of it one or two eggs in. Again, I like to wear disposable kitchen gloves for this bit, so I can get really stuck in without worrying about ending up in sticky pork meat.

Try not to overwork the scotch eggs, they don’t need to be perfectly circular. With four eggs wrapped, spray all sides liberally with a cooking spray like Pam, and then follow the cooking instructions above. Perfect!

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This guide is presented as a reference only. Many variables may influence your own cooking times. If in doubt contact your air fryer or product manufacturer. Please ensure your food is thoroughly cooked before consuming. See here for more info on using our recipes.

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