Mini Scotch Eggs in the Air Fryer

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This recipe uses quail eggs, hence ‘mini’ eggs, and are the perfect finger food for a party. Crispy on the outside… tender on the inside. Scotch eggs made healthier in an air fryer.


  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup stone-ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 12 ounces spicy pork sausage
  • 12 quail eggs, hard-boiled and peeled
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 serving cooking spray


Combine yogurt, mustard, garlic powder, and cayenne in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate mustard dipping sauce until ready to use.

Preheat an air fryer to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

Place flour on a flat plate. Divide sausage into 12 equal balls. Using your hands, flatten each ball into a paper thin patty. Dust both sides of each patty with flour; the flour on one side will help the sausage adhere to the egg and the flour on the other side will keep the sausage from sticking to your hands.

Shape each sausage patty around a hard-boiled quail egg, making sure the egg is completely sealed inside. Dip each in the beaten egg and coat in bread crumbs.

Spray the air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray. Place 6 eggs in the basket and mist the tops with cooking spray. Cook for 8 minutes. Flip and spray again. Cook 6 additional minutes. Repeat with remaining eggs.

To serve, slice each egg in half and serve with mustard dipping sauce.

Prep time: 15 mins / Cooking time: 15 mins / Total time: 30 mins

Serving: 12 / Yield: 12 eggs

Calories: 142.8

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