How to make scotch eggs

If you're wondering how to make scotch eggs (opens in new tab), you're in luck. We asked Tim Anderson, MasterChef winner and owner of Nanban, for his award-winning recipe. In The Scotch Egg Challenge 2018 Tim's Japanese (opens in new tab)-inspired version won first place thanks to its punchy flavours of spring onion, garlic and soy. As part of Tim showing you how to make his delicious scotch eggs at home he explains how to soy-marinate eggs for a really delicious flavour.


For the eggs

  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml water
  • 1 lapsang souchong tea bag
  • 1 star anise
  • 100ml soy sauce
  • 1tbsp mirin
  • 1tbsp rice vinegar

For the pork mixture

  • 400g pork mince
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 60g menma bamboo shoots, finely chopped
  • ¼ Scotch bonnet chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp white pepper

For the coating

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 100g strong white bread flour
  • 150g panko
  • oil, for deep-frying
  • tonkatsu sauce, to serve

Step 1

Boil the eggs for six minutes and twenty seconds, then transfer to a bowl of cold water and leave to cool completely. Meanwhile, boil the water with the tea and star anise, then add the soy sauce, mirin, and rice vinegar and leave that to cool as well. Peel the eggs and transfer to the tea mixture. Marinate in the fridge for at least two hours and up to 24 hours.

Step 2

How to make scotch eggs

Combine the pork mince, spring onions, garlic, menma, Scotch bonnet, salt, and pepper in a deep bowl and mix until well-combined.

Step 3

How to make scotch eggs

Portion this mixture into 100g balls, then flatten each ball into a large disc.

Step 4

How to make scotch eggs

Wrap each disc around a tea-marinated egg.

Step 5

How to make scotch eggs

Beat the eggs with the oil, then dredge the pork-wrapped eggs in the flour, then the eggs, and then then panko.

Step 6

How to make scotch eggs

Ensure they are well coated.

Step 7

How to make scotch eggs

Heat the oil to 160ºC and fry for about 8 minutes, until the pork is cooked through but the egg is still soft.

Step 8

How to make scotch eggs

Serve with tonkatsu sauce.