Air Fryer Scotch Eggs

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Air Fryer Scotch Eggs. How to make the most delicious, crispy, perfectly cooked Scotch Eggs in the air fryer. Including cooking the eggs in the air fryer, to peeling the eggs and adding your sausage meat crust.

Air Fryer Scotch Eggs air fryer recipe
Air Fryer Scotch Eggs

Air Fryer Scotch Eggs

We all have our favourite buffet food, don’t we? The food that we choose if we have 40 different finger foods in front of us and have to choose what to put on a small paper plate.

Dominic would always choose pork pies, scotch eggs and chicken drumsticks. Whereas I am the sausage rolls and pastry addict.  

Dominic and I was talking recently and reminiscing about our wedding and he said that I am yet to make scotch eggs in the air fryer.

Well today is the day and I have finally got around to making air fryer scotch eggs!

I have to tell you, that after making our scotch eggs in the air fryer I was so disappointed. That is because Kyle was off college and these 18-year-old boys eat so much that there was hardly any left for their mums.

Though he claims he HATES eggs. But cover a hard boiled egg in sausage meat and breadcrumbs and his thoughts have changed.

I got half of one in the end and next time I have some spare sausage meat and boiled eggs I will have to make some more.

What Is A Scotch Egg?

For those of you that have not heard of a scotch egg let me fill you in. Imagine you boil an egg and peel it like you would for an egg salad.

Well after it is boiled and peeled the boiled egg will be layered in sausage meat, similar to the sausage meat that you use to make stuffing with.

It is then rolled in breadcrumbs and usually cooked in a deep fat fryer.

But of course, an air fryer makes things healthier so we are making air fryer scotch eggs today instead.

I love scotch eggs as they are a perfect buffet finger food as well as a great use of leftovers.

The main 2 ingredients are hard boiled eggs and sausage meat, things that we often have spare at this time of the year.

Next time you’re making air fryer stuffing balls, save some of your sausage meat for making air fryer scotch eggs with.

Air Fryer Scotch Eggs UK

As many of you know that read our blog regularly, we are British born. I was born in London and Dominic was born in Leeds.

We both spent most of our childhood in a Yorkshire seaside town and that is where we met and fell in love. We lived there until Kyle was 3 and when he turned 7, we moved to Portugal for a better standard of life.

For us, eating Scotch Eggs is one of those great British buffet treats and we wanted to share with you how to make your own homemade Scotch Eggs in the air fryer.

This recipe is British, so if you are British and sick of going on websites with just US measurements, note that we have both UK/USA measurements to allow you all to enjoy our air fryer recipes.

My #1 Culinary Tip For Air Fryer Scotch Eggs

Air fryer scotch eggs rolled out

Many of you know, that Dominic my husband is a trained chef. What I love when we do new recipes is his stories of cooking similar food and his tips for making our air fryer recipes even better.

When we made our Scotch Eggs, he pointed out that without meaning to your Scotch eggs can end up huge.

This is because you can end up with a thick layer of sausage meat if you don’t spread it out and that you can end up wondering why other people’s scotch eggs are small and yours aren’t.

We recommend that you:

  • Buy small eggs for scotch eggs
  • Use a worktop to flatten your sausage meat layer this way your sausage meat layer won’t be enormous.

How To Air Fry Scotch Eggs?

Air Fryer Scotch Eggs step by step

Making scotch eggs in the air fryer is super easy. It is also so easy that it is an air fryer recipe that you could cook with the kids and they could get excited over the different ingredients and all the mixing that you do.

  • Cook the boiled eggs. If you don’t have already boiled eggs, then you start with boiling eggs in the air fryer. It is easy and then you would run the just boiled eggs under a cold tap to cool them down prior to egg peeling. Or follow our air fryer boiled eggs recipe.
  • Prep the sausage meat. I like to add all the sausage meat ingredients into a bowl and mix well just like I would if I was making air fryer stuffing balls.
  • Roll out with my hands. I will roll out the sausage meat with my hands so that it is like a medium thickness pastry. You need to be careful and flour your hands first otherwise you will find the sausage meat way too sticky.
  • Cover and coat. Now using the rolled-out sausage meat cover your egg with layer of sausage meat so that you can no longer see the egg. Then roll your scotch egg in your breadcrumbs.
  • Air fry. Next place your scotch eggs in the air fryer and cook until golden and crispy.

How Long To Air Fry Scotch Eggs?

To Air Fry Scotch Eggs only takes 19 minutes to cook the boiled eggs and a further 10 minutes to turn your just cooked boiled eggs into scotch eggs.

If you’ve already boiled your eggs, then all you need is 10 minutes at 180c/360f to turn your eggs into the most delicious ever scotch eggs.

Low Carb Scotch Eggs In The Air Fryer

If you wanted to make your air fryer scotch eggs low carb, then ONE simple ingredient change, and you’re all set.

Swap regular breadcrumbs for Bobs Red Mill Quick Oats. I use Bobs Red Mill Quick Oats a LOT because they are gluten free and are coarser than oat flour making them perfect as a breadcrumb’s alternative.

Air fryer scotch eggs
Air fryer scotch eggs
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Air Fryer Scotch Eggs

Air Fryer Scotch Eggs. How to make the most delicious, crispy, perfectly cooked Scotch Eggs in the air fryer. Including cooking the eggs in the air fryer, to peeling the eggs and adding your sausage meat crust.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time29 minutes
Total Time34 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 6
Calories: 321kcal


Air Fryer Scotch Eggs Ingredients:


  • Place your small eggs into your air fryer baking pan inside of your air fryer basket. Cook for 19 minutes at 120c/250f. Peel your eggs once they are cool enough to handle.
  • Place your medium bread roll once broken up into chunks into your blender and make into breadcrumbs. Aim for quick coarse breadcrumbs as it will add to the texture of your scotch eggs.
  • Season the breadcrumbs with ¼ of your sage and some salt and pepper.
  • Place into a bowl everything else as well as the last of the sage and some extra salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Season your hands with oat flour and using your hands roll out the sausage meat.
  • Place the eggs one at a time onto the rolled-out sausage meat and seal each egg in the sausage meat.
  • Coat in breadcrumbs and place in the air fryer basket.
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 180c/360f.
  • Serve.


Because the eggs are hidden inside of the sausage meat, they don’t have to be perfectly peeled to make gorgeous looking air fryer scotch eggs.
If you don’t roll out the sausage meat enough or use small boiled eggs your scotch eggs will end up much bigger and take longer to cook.
I recommend oat flour as it is rather dry and is perfect for handling the sausage meat and making it easy to mix.


Calories: 321kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 218mg | Sodium: 564mg | Potassium: 276mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
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1 thought on “Air Fryer Scotch Eggs”

  1. 5 stars
    Growing up American, I was deprived of this miraculous food until my late 30s, early 40s, somewhere in there. I instantly fell in love when I discovered them. When I got my air fryer a few months ago, Scotch Eggs were one of the first things I tried out! I’d been using the broiler in my oven for years, so the air fryer was the obvious next healthy step. I could never deep fat fry those things, the very thought makes me gag…

    However, one thing I DO add that I haven’t seen in any “official” recipes (though I can’t possibly be the only person who does this, coz it’s so yummy), is that during the cool-down, I put a nice slice of cheese onto each egg. Provolone is a good one, or mild cheddar if that’s not available.

    Anyway, I’m delighted to see this recipe here! Scotch Eggs instantly became a favorite classic at my house!


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