How to Cook Quail Eggs

How to Cook Quail Eggs

Have you ever had a chance to perfectly cooked quail eggs? Do the quail eggs look appealing to you? Wondering what is the rocket science behind how to cook quail eggs. Want to experience the real zest and flavor of a perfectly cooked quail egg?

In this article, we will help you delve into how’s and what’s of quail eggs cooked to perfection. In order to know ‘how to cook quail eggs’ let’s cook together the eggs that are tastier to eat and will make you hungrier and crave more with their point-to-perfection zest. Whether you want a poached egg or a scrambled one, our detailed blog is a ray of hope for you!

Why are quail eggs so popular?

people buying quail eggs in the market

Quail eggs are quite popular among many and trust me if you haven’t ever tasted a perfectly cooked quail egg then I wonder what good on this planet have you ever eaten. A hard-boiled quail egg is like that of the chickens. But the flavor is very much richer and the white of the egg is usually thinner than that of the normal chicken egg. Market Trends in the Food related articles has also been discussed in the article ‘How to Reheat a Burrito’.

If you’re lucky enough, then you should try some fresh farm-raised quail eggs and follow this step-by-step guide, you’ll forget about eating chicken eggs forever. Moreover, the yolk isn’t very concentrated and if you will fry one, you will find a rich yolk jiggling in the center and a very thin white rim surrounding the yolk.

quail eggs one image poached fried

The rich flavor and the deliciousness of a quail egg are all because of its gregarious-sized yolk as compared to its white. Remember! Quail eggs can be poached, fried, hard-boiled, or soft-boiled for all practical purposes.

How to cook quail eggs - Key Methods

As far as I know, everyone out there, reading this blog, would at least have this bit of knowledge of boiling a chicken egg. Chicken eggs are bigger than quail eggs and less fragile whereas quail eggs are smaller, cuter, and more fragile, which is why they should be treated quite gently. If you’re a newbie and want to learn the art of how to cook quail eggs, give this blog a complete read.

cooking quail eggs in saucepan

Instead of a saucepan, try using a deep pan. However, if a deep pan isn’t available, a saucepan would work fine but may require a little bit more attention. But if you’re making use of a pan, then ensure each of the egg is completely submerged in water. Never stack huge amounts of eggs when boiling, ensure that only a single layer of egg is being placed for cooking in the saucepan. The delicacy of these eggs will eventually break them apart if crowded.

Besides, if you’re planning to eat the quail eggs the same day, it is worth noting that you mustn’t refrigerate them and rather boil the room-temperature eggs to prevent them from early cracking. But if you’re implementing this hack, you must place the quail eggs in warm water for a short period of time, the eggs are then all set to be boiled.

Remember if you miss any of the steps, then no one should be blamed for not getting good looking mushy eggs which you might have to hide somewhere instead of putting right in your belly. Before placing the eggs in hot water, you must bring the water to a rolling boil and make use of a spoon to lower the eggs, failure to do so, would ultimately make you whine of the distorted egg shape.


following instructions

Peeling is a lot easier when the boiled eggs are placed immediately into the water bowl, thus saving you a lot of time and definitely retaining the shape of your upcoming breakfast.

Perfect tips for peeling boiled quail eggs

It’s time for some peeling guys. To begin the peeling of the boiled quail eggs that have been raising your appetite every passing second. Peeling a quail egg is as simple as peeling a chicken egg. Since the egg of a quail is smaller, you will definitely need to pay more attention to its peeling since you might stomp over it due to its fragility.

peeling boiled quail eggs
  • Spread a paper towel underneath the place where you tend to start the peeling.
  • Slowly and gently take out each egg from the bowl of cold water.
  • Tap the eggs on something hard to crack the hard shell.
  • Once cracked, gently roll the egg to break off the entire egg capsule, but don’t be too hard while rolling, follow the instructions with a gentle hand.
  • Once you’re getting rid of the shell, you may also see the membrane lining.
  • Gently remove that too.
  • It's finally feast time, we know how much your belly loved having those. If you forget to thank us. You’re still welcome anyway.

Tips for cracking boiled quail eggs

Since you’ve already gathered enough knowledge on how to cook quail eggs, now it is finally time you should learn how to crack those boiled eggs. Since you must have been wondering if quail eggs are similar to that of chicken eggs why would the cracking be different?

Well, the real catch is the membrane of a quail egg is much thicker than that of a chicken egg which is why the cracking technique is a bit different and you should be mindful of. You cannot just hit the quail egg anywhere, not even on your’ spouse's head, if you’re habitually doing that while cracking a chicken egg.


Apart from jokes, you must be quite watchful and may need accessory help while cracking a quail egg. Here are a few steps that will save you some time while cracking. Usually, for cracking, a number of chefs advise making use of a paring knife or serrated knife. A special cutting tool or a pair of sharp scissors would be of great help too.

Fried quail eggs

From boiling to peeling to cracking, you’ve learned them all. Now it is time to pick up those spatulas, put on your apron, and be the culinary chef that you were dying to be. And let’s dig in to fry some delightful quail eggs.

  • Crack the eggs by the above procedure.
  • If you’re required to fry in a couple of eggs, then fry systematically.
  • If you own a big skillet, empty four of the cracked eggs onto the skillet, more than four eggs will eventually turn to scrambled eggs rather than fried ones.
  • Pour in some oil on the skillet and heat the oil for as long as 1 minute.
  • Do not overheat the oil, at any cost, otherwise you will burn these tiny deliciousness.
  • If you have overheated by mistake and can see the smoke, turn off the heat and let the pan cool for a while.
  • Gently pour in the cracked eggs one by one from the ramekin, ensuring not to break the yolk.
  • The distance between the ramekin and that of the pan should be less than a drop, pouring in eggs this way will mitigate the yolk’s breakage.
  • Separately position each egg on the pan.
  • Gently pour the oil from sideways onto each egg, and continue waiting until you see the white completely cooked.
  • Even when the quail eggs are completely cooked, the yolk will still jiggle like a jelly.

Best recipe for quail eggs

If you’re looking for the best yet simplest recipe on how to cook quail eggs, then prep your kitchen with the following ingredients:

  • Sea salt
  • Quail eggs
  • Mixed peppercorn, 1 tablespoon

Make sure to boil the eggs by carefully following the above given guide. Once you have achieved the milestone of boiling or steaming these quail eggs, sprinkle a bit of sea salt followed by mixed peppercorn, depending upon how much spice your taste buds can bear, and serve right away. Your delish soft-boiled quail eggs are ready to be gulped down by your hungry belly.

How can you use a quail egg after cooking?

We guarantee you will soon become a pro after keeping in mind our illustrative guide on how to cook quail eggs. Once you have mastered the art, you can also share the tips and tricks with your friends who are always yearning to have quail eggs.

friend quail eggs kinds and outlooks

A quail egg can be consumed in a number of ways. Since your grandmother has only raved about the goodness of a boiled egg that doesn’t necessarily mean quail eggs can’t be consumed any other way. A quail egg is rich in protein and so can be consumed in a number of ways.

No matter whichever way it reaches your belly, it should remain a part of your everyday diet to keep nourishing your body with all the good nutrients that your body is been craving, after all those carbs and fats that you enjoyed last night.

Post Cooking Quail Eggs Recommendations

We care for you and for your hunger which is why we have jotted down a few of the suggestions where placing a quail egg will definitely become a special and you will surely give a hard time to a number of high-profile cooks.

salad breakfast curries and stew


If you’re too much of a weight-obnoxious person and always seek a salad recipe or two, then cooked-boiled eggs are what you’ve been looking for all these years. If you have been adding chicken eggs to salmon salad, then you have been missing out on the real gusto my friend. Replace chicken eggs with quail eggs in salmon salad, Caesar salad, and even in Caesar dressing. 
Note: All these salads will require to add soft-boiled eggs rather than hard-boiled ones.

Curries and stew

If you want to amplify the richness and flavor of your everyday curries and stews, then it is time you start adding quail eggs to your boring recipes. 


Like many people, if you’re an egg-fast person then having quail eggs as your breakfast meal is a perfect idea. And especially, when the eggs are hot and served with cured salmon, sourdough bread, or pancakes, are a combo of five-star restaurants. Don’t forget to topple some cream to reminisce the nostalgic taste.

soup seafood carrot cake etc


For the rich flavor, aroma, and delish taste, soft-boiled eggs are known to be the special ingredients of most of the soups. Likewise, if you add soft-boiled quail eggs just before serving the soup, the soup will be much richer, tastier, and have a burst of flavors to give you the time of your life.

You can also use quail eggs in the recipe for baked eggs, trust me, you will win everyone’s heart with that delightful baked egg dish served fresh and hot.

Small batch recipes

A number of baked dessert recipes, like carrot cake, Russian honey cake, or cherry tart, need eggs as mandatory ingredients, but since chicken eggs are huge and you may at some time want to dish out small batches, you can always make use of quail eggs as they only weigh 1/5 of the chicken egg.


The norm of eating seafood seems to have no boundaries especially when it comes to sea urchins. Like me, if you can't wait hours at restaurants to eat your favorite sea urchin dish, you can always cook at home. Just remember the secret ingredient is quail eggs, if you miss that on your favorite dish will definitely ruin your night and mood!


If you are willing to cook the perfect quail egg for a delightful snacking experience? You must be ready since we can see you finally at the end of the blog ‘How to cook quail eggs’.

Let's take a quick dive into what we've learned so far regarding the quail eggs and the post uses of the cooked eggs. Time is the key when cooking a quail egg boiled to perfection. When boiling quail eggs, always be particular about the seconds, since a second up or down can ruin your diligence and flavor, of course.

Everyone likes a perfectly cooked meal and so do you. Once you have carefully memorized all the steps no one can stop you from becoming a good chef for cooking quail eggs in one way or the other.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I cook quail eggs?

To cook a quail egg, first, you must place the saucepan filled with water on the stove with medium heat. Allow it to boil, until small bubbles start to appear. Lower down with a spoon the quail eggs that need to be cooked. Carefully note the time before lowering the eggs in water. For a hard-boiled egg, the estimated time is 4 minutes, and for a soft one, 2 ½ minutes is just enough.

Is quail egg healthier than chicken egg?

Quail eggs are rich in both nutrients and flavor. Eating around 3 to 4 tiny quail eggs equals the same amount of protein that you may find in a normal chicken egg.

Is it better to steam or boil quail eggs?

Yes, in fact, the most convenient and easy way to a perfectly cooked egg is to steam it. And certainly, if you’re a hard-boiled egg fan like me, you must only steam a quail egg rather than following any other method. 
It is really hectic to peel those fresh farm eggs that were laid within just a few days and the damage done to the egg white is horrible leaving you no other option than making use of these horribly peeled eggs as salad dressing or in egg sandwiches.

How many quail eggs can I consume per day?

Despite having the same nutritious value as chicken eggs, quail eggs are comparatively smaller. Since a quail egg is 3 to 4 times the size of a chicken egg, therefore, it is safe to say you can easily consume 6 to 12 quail eggs per day.

Can quail eggs be frozen?

Unfortunately, quail eggs cannot be frozen, however, they can be refrigerated for 3 to 5 days once are carefully peeled.

Name some dishes where quail eggs can be used?

The prevalent usage of quail eggs has given rise to a number of recipes where quail eggs have proven to be game changers. Quail eggs can be used in salads, soups, seafood recipes, sushi, appetizers, ramen, and whatnot.

Can quail eggs be microwaved?

Generally, microwave is used for a variety of foods. But for quail eggs, quail eggs are not recommended at all. In the microwave, they may overcook and ultimately explode inside.

How do you cook quail eggs?

The best cooking method for quail eggs is boiling them in water for exactly 2 minutes. Make sure to check the time with the help of a timer. Run cold water over them, preventing them from overcooking. Peel them when they’re slightly warm, this will help restore the egg shape.

What is the best way to eat quail eggs?

You can eat quail eggs in many ways including but not limited to state of fried, scrambled, poached or even the boiled form. You can also give them hard boil for the snacks and salads etc.

Which cooking method is best for quail?

Grilling the quail eggs is the best cooked stuff for the individuals of all ages. When it is used after being cooked on high heat; it gives further effects.

William Anthony

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