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What Are Quail Eggs Are Used For?

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Chances are, you’ve consumed quite a few chicken eggs in your lifetime, and you’ve found yourself here because you’re interested in learning more about what quail eggs are used for. 

Well, you’re lucky because quail eggs are often on the menu on our farm. 

But let’s back up a second and clarify: quail eggs are also used for things besides human consumption. 

For example, they’re the perfect protein to add to your dog’s diet, especially if you’re feeding your pup a natural diet. 

Quail eggs are also used to, well, create more quail!

That’s the obvious use for quail eggs. 

Another popular use is crafting.

These pretty little eggs make gorgeous ornaments once the contents have been blown out of their sturdy little shells. 

Need another use? 

Kids love these eggs because it’s not usually something they see every day.

Hard-boiling them for a springtime egg hunt makes for a much more challenging afternoon. 

And speaking of springtime eggs, these little nuggets are already beautiful with their creamy coloration and paint-spattered black and brown spots. 

As you can see, much like chicken eggs, quail eggs have a few quirky uses in addition to human consumption.

Let’s dig into how quail eggs are used from a culinary standpoint.

What Are Quail Eggs Are Used For

What Do Quail Eggs Taste Like

When I look at a little speckled egg, I imagine it tastes just like those lovely malted candy eggs that show up during springtime.

But the truth is, they taste a lot like a chicken egg.

They taste pretty much the same as a chicken egg.

And you can use them for anything a chicken egg is used for. 

No, quail eggs don’t taste gamey.

So if you were expecting something surprising when you take your first bite of a quail egg, you’d be a little underwhelmed. 

With that being said, this egg differs in size (quite significantly, I might add).

It takes about four quail eggs to make up for a single chicken egg when using them for baking. 

Quail eggs may taste similar to a chicken egg but don’t feel the same.

In other words, the texture is a tad different.

And that’s because there is a higher yolk-to-eggwhite ratio. 

The outcome of this higher yolk ratio is a creamier egg…whether it’s boiled, backed, or otherwise.

There’s just a bit more thickness to the egg, in general.

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What Quail Eggs Are Used For

Many use quail eggs in the same way as a chicken egg.

With that being said, quail eggs are often considered a delicacy at high-end restaurants.

Their lovely yolks appear as a topping or garnish to various beloved plates. 

Here are a few things you can use your quail eggs for at home:


They are a fun hard-boiled egg because they’re poppable and easy to hard-boil.

The only difference is the strength of the shell. (their shells are a tad more difficult to crack than a chicken’s eggshell). 

If you’re off to boil some quail eggs, cut their boiling time to 3 minutes to ensure they don’t overcook.

Hard-boiled, they are often found atop salads as a little something extra…fancy!

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Breakfast (aka fried Quail Eggs)

Quail eggs for breakfast? Yes, please!

Scrambled, over-easy, sunny side up, you can do it all with this little egg.

Remember, you’ll need to use quite a bit more quail eggs in your recipe than you would if you were cooking with chicken eggs.

With that being said, some will tell you that these eggs are more filling due to the yolk-to-egg white ratio, and therefore, you won’t really need that many more.

Try it out and see what you think!


While it might be more work to create a deviled egg from a tiny quail egg, imagine how fun a poppable deviled egg will be for the kids and family at the next holiday gathering! 

Rather than chips, put out a platter of these hard-boiled eggs and watch them fly off the counter. With their small size comes ease-of-use…aka, easier to eat!


If you’ve ever struggled to fit a whole chicken egg into a perfect avocado pit hole for a baked breakfast, you’ll know it’s a bit messy. On the other hand, a quail egg seems to have been made for the avocado’s cubby. 

Aside from the avocado, quail eggs are used for baking cakes, cookies, and other pastries. Again, the only difference between the use of quail eggs and chicken eggs is that you’ll need to use more quail eggs to make up for the size of the chicken egg


Poached quail eggs are often used to topping a meal that might require a mild-tasting creamy sauce. 

Aside from hard-boiling, these eggs are most commonly poached as a garnish to the main course. 

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Pickled and Canned Quail Eggs

Quail eggs are the pickled egg lover’s best friend.

You’ll understand the frustration if you’ve tried to fit a bunch of chicken eggs into a pickling jar.

These tiny eggs store perfectly well in canning jars, and you can easily fit more into a can!

And canned quail eggs taste great to boot!

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What Are Quail Eggs Used For – Closing Thoughts

As you can see, the possibilities are endless for the things you can use quail eggs for!

Get creative and enjoy the wonderful world of the itty bitty quail egg.

You can boil them, poach them, bake them and so much more. You can also pickle a quail eggs and then crack open some canned quail eggs later for a snack!

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