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It’s time to break out the grill and put some eggs on it!
Grilled eggs can be made in a variety of ways, and all of them result in a delicious main course, side dish, or amuse bouche. Whether you want to serve them in a burrito, on a sandwich, or on toast, on their own, all of your friends will love the taste of grilled eggs — not to mention the novelty.
In our grilled eggs recipe, we’ll explore an iconic Cambodian street food tradition. In Cambodia, these eggs are sold either right off the barbecue on the street or from the back of a motorbike. And if you’ve never tried one, you’re in for a surprise… because these fire roasted eggs are not all they seem to be. What’s inside the shell is a filling that you could mistake for gourmet scrambled eggs, if it weren’t for the shape. The secret to grilling eggs the Cambodian way lies in the cooking method — you drain the eggs, whisk up a mix, then refill the shells. If it sounds complicated, you’re not wrong — it is. But really, you won’t need more than 15-20 minutes to prep, and grilling the eggs will take another 10 minutes at most. In the end, your efforts and patience will be rewarded with a flavorful, unforgettable side dish or hors d’oeuvre.
- Break each egg gently by stabbing repeatedly at the narrower end using a sharp knife.
- Allow the egg yolk and whites to drain into a mixing bowl
- Set the shells aside carefully in a bowl so as not to crack them.
- Add soy sauce to the bowl with the eggs.
- Add sugar to the mix.
- Add ground black pepper to the egg mixture.
- Add oyster sauce to the mix.
- Whisk the egg mixture in the bowl until it achieves an even light brown color and consistency.
- Strain the mixture using a colander or sieve — doing so gets rid of the small bits of egg shell.
- Rinse the empty shells carefully with water.
- Set the empty shells on the steaming rack with the small hole at the top of the egg facing up.
- Pour the mix back into the eggs using a ladle and a small funnel.
- Place the eggs into a pot with about an inch of water (just enough to touch the bottoms of the eggs on the lower rack), and set to steam on the stove.
- Remove the egg rack from the heat source once the mixture has cooked inside the shells (use a chopstick or wooden skewer to gently probe each egg for firmness).
- Preheat the grill for several minutes on low heat and place the eggs on the hot grill.
- Keep eggs on the grill for 10 minutes, rotating them once halfway through. Some of the eggs may crack while on the grill, as the mixture inside them expands — this is normal.
- Remove the eggs from the grill after 10 minutes.
- Remove the shells and serve the grilled eggs with fresh vegetables of your choice, and a savory, zesty dipping sauce.
Can you cook eggs on the grill?
Yes, you can cook eggs on the grill. There are multiple delicious ways of barbecuing your eggs. These range from simple — like simply putting raw eggs on the grill as you would a steak or a sausage — to the more complex, such as the one we’ve described in our recipe. Below, we’ll take a look at some of the common methods for cooking whole eggs on the grill.
How do you grill a whole egg?
Here are the two methods you can follow to grill a whole egg:
- Follow the Cambodian grilled eggs recipe above: This recipe for barbecuing eggs takes a little more time — roughly 30 minutes. You have to drain the eggs first, whisk the egg and yolk mixture with spices, return the mix to the shells, steam the eggs, and finally grill them. But in the end, you get a truly unique and flavorful dish that goes well with fresh vegetables and a variety of Cambodian sauces.
- Place whole eggs on the grill: The simplest way to barbecue eggs is to simply put them right on the grill, whole, and cook them over low-to-medium heat for 10-15 minutes. This way, you’ll end up with an egg that tastes much like a hard-boiled egg, albeit with a slightly smoky taste.
If you don’t want to grill the eggs in their shells, you can try some more elaborate techniques, such as this grilled bacon and eggs recipe.
Final Words About Our Grilled Eggs
We hope you’ll enjoy our grilled eggs recipe and have fun making them.
Have you made eggs on the grill before? If you have, share your experience with us below!