How to Cook Quail Eggs

How to Cook Quail Eggs

Find out how to cook quail eggs and you can make them as a garnish or component of a dish. A quail egg can be compared to a chicken egg except of course it’s a lot smaller! Because of this size, quail eggs make a nice garnish, an elegant garnish even, for all kinds of meat, poultry, fish or vegetable-based dishes.

As you might imagine, it doesn’t take as long to cook this tiny egg as it would to cook a chicken egg. But knowing how to cook quail eggs is, of course, vital.

How Long to Cook Quail Eggs

Wondering how long to boil quail eggs? These pretty little speckled eggs will be soft-boiled in 2 1/2 minutes, medium-boiled in 3 minutes or hard-boiled in 4 minutes. Compare that to chicken’s eggs which can take up to 15 minutes to hard-boil and you will see the obvious difference.

So how are you going to serve these? You could pick something traditional like scrambled eggs or an omelet but just think of how many quail eggs you’ll need!

Better still, consider a nice steak dinner or some tacos or burritos, then have the quail eggs as a beautiful garnish. That would be the best way to serve them.

Unless someone you know has a quail and therefore a glut of these to use up, save them for an elegant garnish. They will give the very best results and of course the most impressive ones. I love a poached quails egg or two (or three!) over spiralized vegetables.

How to Prepare Quail Egg Like a Pro

All you need to boil quail eggs are the eggs themselves and some water. Use as many eggs as you want but it’s a bad idea to over-crowd your pan so if you want to cook quite a few eggs then choose a large pot or else just cook them in batches. They only take a couple minutes anyway.

Learn how to cook quail eggs and you will be able to make them quickly and easily.


How to Cook Quail Eggs

Quail eggs are similar to chicken eggs but of course smaller and more delicate. So how long should you cook a quail egg? This recipe shows you how to get that perfect result every time.

  • Author: Victoria Haneveer
  • Prep Time: 2 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 quail eggs
  • Water, as needed


  1. Pour water into a small pan until it’s about 2/3 full.
  2. Bring the water to a boil.
  3. Add your quail eggs with a spoon.
  4. Don’t over-crowd the pan.
  5. Boil for 2 to 4 minutes, depending how ‘set’ you want the yolks.
  6. Cool under cold running water or submerge into ice water.
  7. Peel carefully and serve.

Fried Quail Eggs

  1. If you would prefer to fry them, forget the water.
  2. Break the eggs into a lightly oiled pan and cook for about 1 minute or until set.
  3. You’ll see when they’re done!

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