So what do you do with quail eggs?

I often get puzzled looks when I talk about my quail and eating their eggs. People tend to be grossed out by them. I think this reaction is a testament to how removed we are as a society from our food sources. That people would turn their noses up at my quail eggs that come straight from my backyard, but so readily purchase chicken eggs from the store. My goal is to spread the word about the wonders of quail eggs and show that you really can do anything that you would do with a chicken egg!

Why quail, not chickens?

Chickens are a wonderful option if you have the space and city ordinances allow it!  I do not have either..  Quail are somewhat of a loophole. They are considered pets by most cities or not mentioned at all in ordinances. I wanted fresh eggs at home so I turned to quail!  Best decision ever….
I wanted to share a bit about what I do with my quail eggs for those of you who are still skeptical. Of course you can cook them just like chicken eggs. I hard boil them, fry them (they’re great on burgers!), and pickle them.

Lately I have been trying out a few pickling recipes. The first one I made is more of a traditional dill.

1. Hard boil the eggs

Quail eggs only take about 2 minutes to hard boil. When they are finished, run cold water over them or submerge them in an ice bath. This helps with peeling.

2. Simmer the brine

I placed all my ingredients in a small pot and let it simmer for about 10 minutes.

3. Peel the eggs

I have become a pro quail egg peeler!  It takes a bit of practice because the eggs are so small. But if you start at the larger end of the egg it is typically easier.

Place the peeled eggs in the jars and cover with simmered brine. Place your kid on and refrigerate. Allow the eggs to sit for about a week or until desired flavor is achieved.

Brine Ingredient’s

1 tbs Minced Garlic

2 c vinegar

2 tsp pepper

2 sprigs fresh dill

1 pinch of sugar

1tsp onion powder


10 Comments Add yours

  1. I hadn’t thought of quail eggs as an alternative to chickens for folks who can’t have chickens. Great idea!

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    1. emmaherrick says:

      Thank you! They are easy to care for and enjoyable to watch!

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      1. Share on my facebook, and on my meetup. 🙂

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  2. tarnegolita says:

    I get the same reaction. “Ew! That’s not hygienic! As for the duck eggs, not a single person ever wanted to try them! And they are all so good, nutricious and from a known source! I can’t understand it… 🙂

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    1. emmaherrick says:

      Me either! I’m sure if people could see where the eggs from the grocery store come from and the conditions in which the chickens are kept they might think a bit differently.

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      1. tarnegolita says:

        Yes… People are always worried about salmonella, but I think it’s a much bigger problem in laying factories than in backyards…

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      2. Been raining backyard chickens for 7 years now and not one problem. 🙂

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  3. mrjonmoore says:

    We used to boil them and the kids spent hours de-shelling them after school. They are fascinating. I used to sit and stare at the shell patterns for far too long.

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    1. emmaherrick says:

      They are beautiful! I love how each one is different.


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