Utilizing Quail Eggs

The first time I ever heard of quail eggs was about 5 years ago, when I was at a Japanese restaurant with friends. My friend was super excited that the restaurant had quail egg shots! I didn’t know what they were, but decided to join in with everyone. I must admit, taking that shot of raw quail egg with sake, hot sauce and soy sauce was an experience–though I’m not sure that I would do it again.

But what are Quail eggs? What are their health benefits? How can we best utilize them?

What are Quail eggs?

Quail eggs come from a bird called quail; they are much smaller than the average chicken egg. The average normal chicken egg weighs about 50 grams, while the average quail egg weighs about 9 grams; however, their nutritional value is three to four times greater than chicken eggs. Quail eggs are packed with protein, minerals, and vitamins. They are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, including Europe, North America, Southern India, East Asia and some parts of Western Africa. They have been gaining in popularity recently, and people are in love with their pretty dotted shells.

What are their health benefits?

Quail eggs have proven to have a huge positive effect on our bodies, due to their nutrient-rich composition. Quail eggs are rich in vitamins such as A, B1, B2, B6, B12 and vitamin D. They are also packed with minerals such as: iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus in addition to amino acids and antioxidants. It is recommended to have 3-5 quail eggs a day and it is preferable to consume them raw, in order to get the maximum benefits. Unlike chicken eggs, quail eggs haven’t proven to be a cause of allergies and are used as a natural treatment method to address some allergies.

How can we best utilize them?

We posted a picture of quail eggs on our Instagram feed a while back. We were given a few great ideas on how to use them, which we will include below!


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1- Boiled

Hardboiled eggs are great for breakfast, work snack, or a quick dinner jam packed with protein. Sprinkle some salt and hot sauce for garnish.   

Boil them for up to 4 minutes. If you like your eggs hard boiled- the yolk will be completely set at the 4 minute mark. If you like the yolk to be a bit runny, decrease the boiling time.

2- Fried

The shell of the quail egg is harder to crack and the yolk is easier to accidentally break. If you’d like to have a sunny side up fried eggs over toast, make a small hole in the top of egg with a knife and pour the eggs in the sauce pan. Fry quail eggs with extra virgin olive oil for extra health benefits.

3- Raw

Studies have shown that raw quail eggs yield the most benefits; however, a lot of people don’t like their taste. We recommend mixing them with shakes or tomato or orange juices. You can also have them over warm brown rice and veggies, stir the eggs in the bowl to get a taste of the eggs in every bite.

Additionally, did you know that the Salmonella virus cannot thrive in quail eggs? @tvitijs suggests using them in cocktails. Sounds like they would be a great nutritious addition to a Bloody Mary, or perhaps use a few eggs whites for a nice frothy Whisky Sour or Pisco Sour. Just a thought!

4- Pickled

  • Boil the eggs and let them cool in an ice bath,
  • Fill another bowl with distilled white vinegar enough to cover the eggs and leave them in the fridge for 12 hours.
  • Fill your saucepan with one sliced beet, two cups (473ml) of distilled white vinegar, four tsp. (17g) of granulated sugar and one tsp. (1.8g) of red pepper flakes.
  • Bring the mixture to boil. Allow the mixture to boil until it reaches a deep red. This should take about 20 minutes. Remove the beet from the mixture.
  • Add the mixture to the peeled eggs and let it sit in the fridge for 7 hours.
  • Store them in an airtight canning jar with the mixture. Eat within a week.

5- Deviled Quail eggs

Similar to deviled eggs, except you will get a tiny bite size of deliciousness! @betsylynns suggested that we top off deviled quail eggs with a bit of caviar! What a delicious sounding canapé!

6- Basterma & Quail Eggs

Food and lifestyle blogger extraordinaire, @beirutista, highly recommended that we try Basterma (Armenian Cured Beef) with quail eggs. We found an amazing Armenian recipe here. The flavor profile sounds amazing–beef with paprika, fenugreek, allspice, cumin, cayenne pepper, garlic gloves and salt and pepper. 

If you have a favorite recipe that uses quail eggs, please share! We love testing recipes in our kitchens. Not sure that you want to venture into the world of quail eggs by yourself? Our private chefs can help! Feel free to request quail eggs as an ingredient, substitute or culinary learning opportunity!


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