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The Protein Powerhouse: Quail Eggs vs. Chicken Eggs

Hello there, fellow quail aficionados! Bob White here, straight from the heart of Upstate New York. I've been raising Jumbo Wild Coturnix Quail for a good five years now, and there's something I've been itching to share with you all: the incredible protein content of quail eggs. Now, you might be scratching your head and thinking, "Why the fuss about protein, Bob?" Well, let's delve deep into this topic!

Quail Eggs Benefits

Quail eggs are more than just a delightful delicacy. They're a nutritional powerhouse. One of the standout features of these tiny eggs is their impressive protein content. According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition, protein plays a pivotal role in our body, aiding in muscle development, tissue repair, and overall bodily functions.

comparison of different farm fresh eggs

Boiled Quail Egg Protein

I must confess, I have a soft spot for boiled quail eggs. They're a staple snack around my farm. When you boil these eggs, you're not just getting a tasty treat. You're also ensuring that the majority of the protein remains intact, making it a nutritious bite.

Boiled Quail Eggs

Quail Eggs Vs Chicken Eggs

Ah, the classic comparison! While the humble chicken egg is a staple in many households, quail eggs are steadily gaining popularity. And for a good reason! When you compare them gram for gram, quail eggs often edge out with a slightly higher protein content. According to Poultry Science Journal, quail eggs have a unique nutrient profile that sets them apart.

Quail vs Chicken Eggs

1 Quail Egg Equivalent To Chicken Egg

A question I often get is, "Bob, how many quail eggs make up a chicken egg?" On average, you're looking at about 4 to 5 quail eggs. So, the next time you're thinking of making a protein-rich breakfast, consider swapping out a chicken egg for a handful of quail eggs.

Quail Egg vs Chicken Egg

How To Eat Quail Eggs

The possibilities are endless! Whether you fancy them boiled, fried, or even poached, quail eggs are versatile. They can elevate any dish with their unique flavor and texture.

Deviled Quail Eggs

Yield: 24 deviled quail eggs


  • 12 quail eggs
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika, plus extra for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Fresh chives or parsley, finely chopped (for garnish)


  1. Boil the Quail Eggs: Place quail eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 4 minutes. Immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water to cool for about 5 minutes.

  2. Peel the Eggs: Gently tap each quail egg on a hard surface to crack the shell, then carefully peel it off. Cut each egg in half lengthwise.

  3. Prepare the Filling: Carefully remove the yolks from the egg halves and place them in a small mixing bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork until smooth. Add mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, white wine vinegar, paprika, salt, and pepper. Mix until well combined and smooth.

  4. Fill the Eggs: Using a small spoon or a piping bag fitted with a fine tip, fill each quail egg half with the yolk mixture.

  5. Garnish and Serve: Sprinkle a pinch of paprika over the top of each filled egg for color. Garnish with finely chopped chives or parsley. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: Due to their size, quail eggs can be a bit tricky to peel. Rolling them gently on a countertop can help loosen the shell and make peeling easier.

Enjoy your Deviled Quail Eggs as a delightful appetizer or snack!

Quail Egg Nutrition Facts

Protein isn't the only thing quail eggs have going for them. They're a treasure trove of essential vitamins and minerals. From Vitamin B12 to selenium and riboflavin, quail eggs are truly a superfood.

Are Quail Eggs Healthy?

Without a shadow of a doubt! Their dense nutrient profile combined with their protein content makes them a stellar addition to any meal.

I can sense the excitement brewing! If you're wondering where to source these protein-packed gems, I've got just the place for you. Whether you're in the market for hatching eggs or some delectable eating eggs, I've got the cream of the crop.

If this post resonated with you, I'd be over the moon if you'd share your personal quail egg stories in the comments. Got a favorite recipe? A memorable quail egg moment? I'm all ears!



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