Spicy Quail Eggs in a Nest


Occasionally we buy some quail eggs, usually when we want a change from chicken eggs everyday. It was pretty rare back in the old days to. When my parents brought some home I was so delighted as if they bought me a present. I wonder how many times they used this kind of trick to get me away from more toys and games…I like quail eggs. They taste better since they have a bigger yolk to white ratio. But that’s not the top reason. You do see the various speckled patterns on the egg shell right? I’m a bit drawn to that. Chicken eggs can be boring. Those patterns are also camouflage and finger prints, according to this post, so quail moms can hide their eggs from fox but recognize each of them. How cool is that?

So it has always been a replacement for chicken eggs in my memory, usually just boiled and served as part of the breakfast. One thing I don’t like about it is that it seems too much trouble to peel a boiled quail egg and in one bite it’s gone. If I’m gonna peel a dozen of them, I’d better make something better out of it. By the way, cracking each of them and making scrambled eggs is not an option for me. They are too delicate to me and I don’t feel like messing up my hands…So here we are, quail eggs in the nest 🙂

Spicy Quail Eggs in a Nest


  • A dozen to 16 quail eggs
  • Two green bell peppers, chopped
  • One of your favorite leafy green vegetables
  • Two gloves of garlic, chopped and same amount of ginger, chopped
  • 1 tbsp of chili bean sauce,  1/2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp soy sauce, 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Some chopped green onion, just for the color

quail eggs and garlic/ginger mix


  1. Boil the eggs. It’s done in the same way we boil chicken eggs. My way? Cover them in cold water and boil for 5 minutes. Then remove from heat and let them rest fro another 5 minutes.
  2. Then peel the eggs. I’m not good at this. Let’s see if you can do it without breaking the egg white. Set them aside.
  3. Heat up a pan (medium heat) with the cooking oil. Add the garlic and ginger chops. Once it’s sizzling, add the chili bean sauce and chopped bell peppers. Stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Eggs are coming in now. Add all the other ingredients except for the vegetables as they are for the nest.
  5. Gently stir for another 1 to 2 minutes. Now it’s time to get them back to the nest.

Q & A:

Q: How to make the nest?

A: Be creative and I’m sure you can make something better than mine 😉

Q: How does the red eggs taste?

A: Surprisingly juicy. I wonder which type of quails they are.

Q: How do you like your eggs?

A: “I like them very much.”

Do you get the last part?


22 Comments Add yours

  1. Over easy, that’s how i like mine! 😀 Those quail eggs are so cute!

    1. Jing says:

      haha thank you Angie!

  2. Wow! Have never had quail eggs! These look too cute. I like to eat my food spicy and hot and that is one awesome dish to bring to fiesta :). Welcome to FF 54 and Have fun!

    1. Jing says:

      Thank you Sonal. These eggs are good for salads too. Happy FF!

  3. Mandi says:

    I like my eggs in my mouth as soon as possible, please, thank you!

    This is so great and very creative. I can imagine this would make a nice savoury starter at Easter or something. Thank you!

    1. Jing says:

      Haha, thank you Mandi. Yeah they could be fun at Easter. You don’t even have to paint them.

  4. I’ve never tried Quail eggs! I definitely should give them a go! especially with the spices it would be amazing!

    1. Jing says:

      Thank you Dini. You can try it with salads as well.

  5. Quail eggs are so beautiful and so is this dish, it looks amazing.


    1. Jing says:

      Thank you Mchaela!

  6. Thanks very much for the link to our post, but I don’t think that delicious-looking recipe will work with ostrich eggs. ~James @ Gallivance.net

    1. Jing says:

      Haha, true (or if we have a really big bowl we could give a shot). I just think it’s so much fun that you compare the three types of eggs like that 🙂

  7. skd says:

    Nice little wiki you have here ☺I like mine squeaky clean or much in their shells 😀

  8. What a gorgeous dish! I never really thought about all the work of peeling the quail eggs! 🙂

    1. Jing says:

      Thank you! It takes some time to peel them perfectly. I guess I still need a bit of practice. There must be a better way to do it 🙂

  9. thebrookcook says:

    I’m a fried egg girl with TONS of freshly ground of black pepper (TONS). I don’t think I could do that to these darling speckled eggs though- so cute!! Love your nest!

    1. Jing says:

      Thank you! I think frying all these quail eggs can be fun too. Imagining frying all these cuties in the same pan and give them a proper black pepper shower 😉

    1. Jing says:

      Thank you Sonal!

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