Smoked salmon Scotch eggs cut into two

Smoked salmon Scotch eggs

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Prep: 40 mins Cook: 20 mins

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Serves 4

Smoked salmon and eggs is a cracking breakfast combination – take it to the next level with these Scotch eggs, flavoured with herbs, capers, lemon and cayenne

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal579
  • fat35g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs28g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein37g
  • salt2.3g
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  • 5 good quality eggs (we used Clarence Court), at room temperature



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 salmon fillets, boneless and skinless, about 240g



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 200g good quality smoked salmon
  • 1 lemon, zested, ½ juiced, ½ cut into wedges to serve



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • ½ small pack dill, chopped
  • ½ small pack parsley, chopped



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • 1 tbsp capers, chopped
    Capers in bowl



    Capers are the small flower buds of the Capparis shrub that grows in the Mediterranean. As they…

  • 50g plain flour
  • good pinch cayenne pepper
  • 100g panko breadcrumbs
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 75g mayonnaise


  1. Bring a pan of water to the boil. Once simmering, drop in 4 of the eggs and set a timer for 6 mins. Get a bowl of ice-cold water ready so that once the eggs are done, you can immediately dunk them in to stop them from cooking. Once cool, carefully peel (be patient as you do it as they will be very delicate and the yolks will still be soft). Set aside.

  2. Blitz the salmon, smoked salmon, lemon zest and some seasoning together in a food processor to form a paste, then stir through the herbs and capers. Divide the mixture into four balls. Pat the eggs dry, then flatten a ball in the palm of your hand and tease it around one of the eggs until completely covered. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Set aside.

  3. Get a tray and three shallow bowls. Put the flour in one bowl, stir in the cayenne pepper and season. Crack the remaining egg into another and whisk, then put the breadcrumbs in the final bowl. One by one, dip the Scotch eggs into the flour, egg and then the breadcrumbs. Set aside on the tray.

  4. Fill a heavy-bottomed pan two-thirds with oil and heat to 180C or until a piece of bread browns in 20 seconds. Working in batches, fry the Scotch eggs for 5 mins until deep golden, drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with flaky sea salt and a little more cayenne. Mix the mayo with the lemon juice, then serve the Scotch eggs alongside with lemon wedges for squeezing over.

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22nd May, 2019
These were easy to make & were absolutely delicious. They were quite big so next time I’ll use smaller eggs and adjust the cooking time. Have also made using smoked haddock which was also very tasty.
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Harry Willetts
9th May, 2019
Could you oven bake these instead?
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11th May, 2019
Thanks for your question. We haven't tested this recipe out in the oven so can't give exact instructions. We do however have created a lighter Scotch egg recipe and you could try this cooking method. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Heat 2 tsp of oil in the pan. When quite hot (it is hot enough when a few panko crumbs dropped in sizzle immediately and start to brown), put in 2 of the Scotch eggs and roll in the oil to coat them well. Set the timer for 2 mins, then fry, turning often, to brown all over. You are just browning, not fully cooking the eggs at this stage, so don’t overcook or the coating may start to split. Transfer to the lined baking tray and repeat with the remaining eggs, lowering the heat slightly if the pan gets too hot. Bake the Scotch eggs for around 8 - 10 mins. Remove and lay them on kitchen paper to drain and leave to cool slightly. Let us know how you get on.
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