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Our Favourite Turkish Egg Recipes

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We like to keep it real, here! We’re doing our best egg recipes!

As this weekend is Easter weekend and we have a distinct lack of any egg-shaped chocolate in the house, we’re going to concentrate not on the chocolate variety, but on those protein-packed staples that are produced by the chicken.

Two fried eggs in a pan. Both topped with red pepper flakes
We use village eggs in our recipes

Obviously, this is going to be a collection of egg recipes that feature in Turkish cuisine.

For some recipes, eggs will feature as the main ingredient. In others, they make a welcome guest appearance.

Our Egg Recipes Use Village Eggs

Eggs feature in many famous Turkish dishes, which isn’t surprising when you see the number of chickens popping up in random places.

We’ve got used to this now and don’t really give them a second glance.

It’s still quite common in Turkey for families to keep chickens, even in urban areas.

Where we live, it’s not uncommon to see a chicken or three wandering down the pathway at the side of the main road!

Real Free Range Eggs

These are the true free range chickens.

They don’t carry with them any special labels such as ‘corn-fed.’ They’re not given x amount of metres per space per chicken so they can be labelled as ‘free range.’

No, they wander. They peck at the ground and eat whatever they find. And they eat whatever their owners put out for them.

And they produce the most fantastic eggs!

You need to keep your eyes peeled for these Turkish eggs

These are the eggs that are sold as köy yumurtası (village eggs) at your local market. And you need to keep an eye out for them.

They’re likely to be in a large plastic bowl or bag. And they can appear on any stall – it just depends whose hens have laid.

Egg Price Fluctuation

Prices per egg can fluctuate massively.

But, whenever possible, these are the eggs we buy for our Turkish egg recipes.

They’re sometimes difficult to find. They’re certainly difficult to carry. But they’re definitely worth your extra lira.

So, what do we do after we’ve gone to all that effort to ferry home our village eggs without ending up with a sticky yolky mess?

Well, whether we’re making a delicious breakfast or easy weeknight dinners, these Turkish egg recipes never disappoint!

And, if we come across any other Turkish egg recipes in the future, we’ll add the new recipes to this list.

Turkish Egg Recipes – Celebrating Local Village Eggs

The best egg recipes in Turkish cuisine. These easy egg recipes are an great way to enjoy eggs at any time of the day.

These are just a few of our favourite ways that eggs are used in Turkish cuisine. But there are so many more Turkish egg recipes out there.

And, obviously, lots more Turkish recipes, too.

What’s your favourite meal that best celebrates the egg for you?

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Friday 15th of April 2022

Wishing you and Family a Happy Easter. Grew up in Izmir in the late 60’s and 70’s and I really enjoy your news letter and great food recipes soooo much. Keep them coming.

Turkey's For Life

Tuesday 24th of May 2022

Hi Sandra, thanks a lot for your comment! :) Glad you enjoy the recipes - and the egg recipes. Will definitely keep them coming. :)

Turkey's For Life

Sunday 31st of March 2013

@ BacktoBodrum: Wow, congratulations to you in finding the mini eggs. To be honest, we've not really looked for any chocolate ones - we'll stick to the village eggs from the pazar this year. ;)

Backto Bodrum

Sunday 31st of March 2013

Yes! I found a box of mini chocolate eggs in Gima - Result! I can go to the egg hunt how.

Turkey's For Life

Saturday 30th of March 2013

@ Claudia Turgut: Happy Easter to you, too. Good to hear you're busy with your culinary walks. Well, we could have gone overboard with the eggs and started talking about cakes etc but thought we'd leave it to the visible Turkish recipes. :) Köy yumurta are definitely the best.

Claudia Turgut

Saturday 30th of March 2013

Hi Julia! I have been so busy with the culinary walks that I have hardly had a moment for blogging! I liked your comment that eggs feature heavily in the Turkish cuisine: I had never truly taken that on board but I suppose your're right! And we LOVE those köy yumurta - the best! Happy Easter to you and Barry!

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