Keto Scotch Eggs (In the Air Fryer!)

by Karly

KETO SCOTCH EGGS are the perfect snack, appetizer, or breakfast! They’re delicious served hot or cold, and the easy mustard sauce makes a perfect dip. These are extra easy thanks to the air fryer.

Scotch egg cut open on wooden board.

Ever heard of a scotch egg? Oh man, they’re so good and they seriously make a great snack!

A scotch egg is basically a hardboiled egg wrapped in sausage, deep fried, and then served with some sort of mustard.

Scotch eggs originated in Scotland (surprise!) and were originally made as an egg encapsulated with bread crumbs and fish paste. Overtime and as the recipe moved away from Scotland it has transformed into some variation of sausage paired with the egg instead.

You’ll often find scotch eggs with a runny or soft yolk, but we personally prefer the hard yolk. I’ll give you tips on how to make them both ways, so you can make your perfect scotch egg!

How to make scotch eggs:

The starting point for this is with the sausage breading. We’re making these keto scotch eggs, because hey, why not cut carbs when you can? I promise you won’t miss them here!

Stir together breakfast sausage, Parmesan cheese, and onion powder in a small bowl. You need to mix your high quality sausage, onion powder, and parmesan cheese in a bowl together.

Next, you will want to wrap each of your hard boiled eggs (tips on boiling eggs below!) in your sausage breading. These should be wrapped so that there are no visible parts of the egg and no cracks in the coverage over the egg.

boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and placed in an air fryer basket.

If you stretch your sausage too thing, it may shrink a bit and you’ll have missing bits of breading. This isn’t a big deal, but do try to make sure there is enough sausage to easily cover the entire egg. This recipe will make 6 eggs.

Now place your eggs in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook for 12 minutes, flipping half way through.

cooked scotch eggs in air fryer basket.

How to make the mustard dipping sauce:

Scotch eggs are perfect as they are, but everything is tastier with a bit of dip!

In a small bowl, stir together the following:

  • Mayonaisse
  • Stone ground mustard
  • Lemon juice
  • Dried dill
  • Cracked pepper

You can serve this sauce on the side, or top your eggs with the sauce. We do the caveman thing and just pick up a scotch egg and dunk it right in the sauce and eat with our hands. 😉

halved eggs with dip on wooden cutting board.

Tips for hard-boiled eggs:

We use our Instant Pot for cooking eggs – it is so quick and easy and the peels slip right off with no issue.

You’ll want to place 6 eggs in the pot along with 1 cup of water.

Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes, natural release for 5 minutes, and then put the eggs in an ice bath for 5 minutes. 5-5-5…it’s easy to remember!

For soft boiled eggs, cook on low pressure for 3 minutes with a 1 minute natural release and then place in an ice bath for 5 minutes.

Do keep in mind that the eggs will cook a bit in the air fryer along with the sausage, so feel free to experiment with how long you cook the eggs to get your perfect keto scotch egg!

boiled egg wrapped in sausage and sliced in half.

Air Fryer Recommendations:

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I have a family of four and when choosing my air fryer I had to take that into consideration, so I bought a six quart air fryer. It’s a nice size and I can cook in less batches. Another feature to this one that I find favorable is that it is dishwasher safe.

We recommend that you use a pump spray bottle to spritz cooking oil onto your food. It’s not recommended to use Pam or other aerosol cooking sprays as they’ll damage your air fryer over time.

sliced eggs wrapped in sausage on cutting board with dip.

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keto scotch egg on cutting board
halved scotch egg on wooden board.

Keto Scotch Eggs

Yield: 6 eggs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

Scotch eggs have never been easier to make now that we can make them in an air fryer. Paired with this mustard sauce this is a recipe you are sure to try again and again!

Ingredients

For the Scotch eggs

  • 6 large boiled eggs, cooled
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

For the mustard sauce

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons stone ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon cracked pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel the eggs and set aside.
  2. Add the sausage, Parmesan, and onion powder to a mixing  bowl and mix well to combine.
  3. Wrap each egg in the sausage mixture to fully enclose the egg.
  4. Place in a single layer in an air fryer basket. Spritz with oil spray.
  5. Air fry at 390 degrees for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through. Check for doneness and continue cooking, if necessary, until sausage is cooked through.
  6. To make the dip, whisk all of the ingredients together.
  7. Slice eggs in half and serve with the mustard dip.

Notes

Scoth eggs can be served hot, room temperature, or cold.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2 halves
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 483Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 263mgSodium: 870mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g

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4 comments

Jackie October 6, 2020 - 3:45 pm

Hey, Karly–is there a way to cook these without an air fryer? I don’t have one, and I’d rather not get another appliance that I don’t use often. Any ideas for me? Thanks!

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Karly October 6, 2020 - 4:24 pm

Hi Jackie! We’ve only tested these in the air fryer. The air fryer is basically a small convection oven – the size and enclosed space makes the hot air circulate well to provide the crispy, fried texture. You won’t get the same result from a regular oven, but you can certainly bake these. I’m not sure on the time or temp though. You could also pan fry them in a bit of oil. 🙂

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Zita October 27, 2020 - 7:47 pm

Great recipe. I did not feel like getting my air fryer from the basement, so I browned the Scotch eggs in the skillet then transferred them to the oven and baked for about 20 minutes at 375. They were perfect.

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Karly October 28, 2020 - 10:32 am

Glad they worked out for you!

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