Air Fried Scotch Eggs (Low Carb & Keto)
Have you ever had scotch eggs? They’re hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage and traditionally deep fried. Scotch egg origins are very interesting and you can read about the origins and history of scotch eggs here. We’ve adapted them to be less greasy and a little healthier by air frying scotch eggs! They’re crunchy on the outside and loaded with savory sausage flavors. The extra surprise is the boiled egg in the middle which means more protein and keto friendly!
Video: Recipe for Air Fryer Scotch Eggs
Best Low Carb Coating for Scotch Eggs
There’s several options for low carb breading or coating. You can between these crusts: Crushed pork rinds, almond flour or coconut flour. Make sure to spray the almond or coconut flour coating with olive oil. The thicker the sausage layer, the less likely it is to split during cooking. But if you do this, then just boil less eggs and increase cooking times to make sure sausage cooks all the way through. Scotch egg origins are quite interesting and you can read about the culinary history of scotch eggs here.
Scotch eggs are the perfect low-carb & keto breakfast or brunch dish. Use whatever your favorite sausage might be: Sweet Italian, Breakfast Sausage, Chicken Apple, etc. Although not mandatory, a swipe of mustard and/or hot sauce across a halved scotch egg is super delicious. Everything can be cooked in the air fryer, included making the hard boiled eggs. Here’s how to make hard boiled eggs in the air fryer.
- 1 pound uncooked bulk sausage
- 6 hard boiled eggs
- 1-2 raw eggs , beaten
- 1 cup coating choice (crushed pork rinds, almond flour, coconut flour or preferred coating *see notes below)
- oil spray , for coating
- Hot sauce
Peel the hard boiled eggs. Divide the sausage into 6 equal parts (2.67 oz./75g each).
Flatten each portion into a thin patty large enough to wrap around the hard boiled egg. Lay the egg in center and wrap sausage around the whole egg, working the sausage together to close any seams or gaps. Repeat for all eggs.
Dip the sausage-wrapped egg in the beaten raw egg, then in the coating. Spray outside of coated egg evenly with oil.
Air Fry at 400°F/205°C for 12-16 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
Cut in half and serve with optional mustard swipe on top of yolk. Add hot sauce, too, if you want. YUM!
If you want to flavor up your sausage, add additional flavor by mixing it with some Worcestershire, fresh parsley and other spices. Ground fennel is one of our favorite add-ons.
Coating Choice: For fewer calories, you can omit the coatings (beaten egg & breading). The sausage-only outside is great, too, but make sure to spray outside of sausage with oil. If you don’t mind a few more carbs, bread crumbs, panko flakes, or crushed crackers also work great as coating choices. *Nutrition count based on 1 cup crushed pork rinds.
Check out more of our air fried recipes here!