Eggs must surely be one of the most versatile and popular of all cooking ingredients. They are boiled or fried for breakfast, used in cakes and pastries when baking and incorporated in many more substantial meals for lunch or dinner. There are so many ways in fact in which eggs can be cooked that their use in cooking need never be repetitive or boring.

One way in which many people neglect varying egg recipes, however, is in the type of eggs which are used. Chicken eggs are almost always the selected option but as this page hopes to show, duck eggs are equally adaptable and can be cooked in almost any way in which you would cook chicken eggs. Slightly larger than chicken eggs as a rule, duck eggs are packed with flavour and represent a whole host of new opportunities in the wider enjoyment of eggs.

Although the recipes featured on this page are not arranged in any particular order, the sequence does vaguely relate to the time of day at which they are most likely to be eaten. The earliest recipes are ideal for breakfast and the suggestions move on through possible lunch and dinner dishes.

Where Can I Buy Duck Eggs?

Duck eggs are not always as widely available as chicken eggs. If you find yourself struggling to obtain duck eggs, depending upon your location, there are a few options you can try. First of all, consider trying a small shop or store, rather than a supermarket. The duck eggs featured on this page were all bought from a small local fishmonger's but butcher's shops may be another option. Farmers markets - or local farms if you live in a rural area - may be able to help you out. Still struggling? Submit the name of your city, town or village to a search engine together with the words, "Fresh duck eggs," and see what pops up!

Sausages, Bacon and Duck Egg Fried Bread

If sausage, bacon and egg is your idea of a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, this is one recipe you should definitely try. The sausages and bacon are fried as normal but the duck egg is fried in a hole cut in a slice of bread with a drinking glass. Tomatoes and mushrooms complete this tasty ensemble, while HP Sauce is a recommended but optional condiment.


The sausages will take longest to cook so have to be first in the frying pan. Add a tablespoon or so of oil to a large frying pan and add the sausages (unpricked) over a low heat. Fry for ten minutes before adding the halved tomato, flesh side down and the mushrooms, stalks removed and cup side up. After five minutes, turn the mushrooms and fry for a further five minutes.

Use a drinking glass to cut a hole about three inches in diameter in the slice of bread. The circle of bread can be fried and served with the mushrooms and tomato, cooked for about two minutes each side. Just before the sausages are ready, add some oil to a small frying pan and heat. Lay the bread in the pan and break the duck egg in to a small glass or bowl before pouring it carefully in to the hole in the bread. Fry for three minutes before carefully turning and frying on the second side for a further three minutes.

Remove the sausages, mushrooms, tomato and bread disc to a heated plate. Cover with foil to keep warm. While the bacon could be grilled, in this instance it was fried in the pan vacated by the sausages for a couple of minutes each side while the eggy bread completes cooking.

Lift the bread on to a plate with a spatula and lay the bacon alongside. Place the sausages on top of the bacon and arrange the mushrooms, tomato and circle of bread as desired.

Soft Boiled Duck Egg and Toasted Soldiers

A boiled egg and toasted soldiers is not just for kids. This makes an incredibly simple yet tasty breakfast for all age groups and is ready to eat within minutes.

Place the duck egg in to a pot and add enough cold water to cover it completely. Put on a high heat until the water boils and then turn the heat down to reach a simmer. This soft boiled egg was simmered for four minutes.

Start making the toast when the egg is simmering. Butter it, half it and slice in to soldiers.

Lift the egg from the water with a spoon to an egg cup on a serving plate. Carefully cut off the top of the egg and arrange the soldiers in a circle. A little salt is all the seasoning which should be required before the soldiers are dipped and eaten one at a time.

Gordon Ramsay Scrambles Eggs - and Burns the Toast...

The video below features Gordon Ramsay making scrambled eggs. This is the method largely employed in the recipe which follows, so watching this informative and enjoyable video first of all explains certain points, such as why the eggs are seasoned only at the end and why the pan is moved on and off the heat as the eggs are scrambled.

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