Healthy dog treat recipes - Mini Scotch Eggs

For a dog-friendly picnic treat that you and your dog can share, try this delicious recipe.

Please note...

  • Treats like this should be factored in as part of your dog’s daily food allowance so other meals should be reduced accordingly
  • Ingredients swaps – If you need to make any substitutes or additions to this recipe, please refer to our list of safe foods for dogs and our listing of foods poisonous to dogs 

healthy scotch egg treat safe for dogs


  • 150g minced pork
  • 12 quail eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley 
  • 1 medium egg beaten
  • Milled flax seed (or fine breadcrumbs) for coating


  1. Hard boil and peel the quail eggs
  2. Put the minced pork and parsley in a plastic bag and press it together over and over until it’s one big soft smooth blended ball
  3. Remove and divide into 12 equal pieces. One at a time press each piece flat into the palm of your hand
  4. Put an egg in the centre and wrap the minced meat around it. Roll into a smooth ball and make sure there are no gaps or cracks. Use more meat if you're worried about it cracking but increase the cooking time
  5. Dip in beaten egg
  6. Roll in milled flax seed or fine breadcrumbs
  7. Place on a greased baking tray and cook at 180 for approx. 30 mins
  8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool

Alternative cooking method 

At step 2, add the beaten egg and 2 tablespoons of flax seeds to the bag with the meat and parsley. Follow steps 3 and 4 and then add the balls to a large pan of boiling water, cover and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until cooked. Make sure they’re fully submerged during boiling.


Cooked they’ll keep in the fridge for up to 1 week (or uncooked for up to 3 days). They can also be frozen for up to 2 months – defrost thoroughly before using.

hearing dogs welfare manager emma holding a puppy

Hearing Dogs welfare manager Emma Golding says:

“This recipe contains ingredients from our dog-safe foods list. However, I recommend to only give in small quantities (no more than 1 for a small dog or 2 for larger breeds). You can safely freeze the rest for another time. Pork in its purest form – as in this recipe – can be nutritious as part of a balanced diet with a few words of caution:

• always count any treats and snacks such as these in place of a portion of your dog’s normal daily food allowance as they’re rich and may otherwise be fattening
• never feed pork (or other foods) to your dog in the form of table scraps (such as sausages etc) which, due to hidden seasonings and other additives, may pose a serious risk to your dog’s health
• uncooked pork carries a greater risk of parasitic infection
• pork bones are a definite no-no.”

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