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Quail eggs are the wondrous bite size eggs that charm chefs not only with their attractive speckled shells but their large yolks and distinctive flavour.
It's no wonder adding them to a dish adds instant charm and finesse in comparison to cumbersome and indistinct hen's eggs!
While most of our first inductions in the kitchen included learning how to boil a standard egg, given the size of these tiny beauties all those timings go out the window. So, how long does it take to hard boil a quail's egg?
As a general rule it takes two minutes to soft boil a quail egg, and just over that for hard boiled. Check here for a pictorial display of quail eggs boiled for different times!
How to Hard Boil Quail's Eggs
1. Bring a pan of water up to the boil.
2. Just before it reaches boiling point carefully drop the quail eggs in.
3. Cook the eggs for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, remove and cool down in ice cold water.
4. When cool enough to handle, peel away the shell.
5. Rinse off the peeled eggs to remove any shell remains. Enjoy with a sprinkle of salt and a grind of pepper!
Or, you could always turn your quail eggs into delicious dinky scotch eggs and elevate a British favourite to some stunningly elegant finger food with this recipe from the Great British Chefs: