Deviled Ostrich Eggs

The Deviled Ostrich EggI’ve wanted to make Deviled Ostrich Eggs forever. I have a friend who works at a zoo who was supposed to grab me a couple ostrich eggs so I could make it happen, but when one ostrich egg is equivalent in size to about 24 chicken eggs sneaking them out of your place of employment can be pretty difficult I’m guessing.

There are a few ostrich farms that sell eggs online, but every time I contacted one of them it seemed like it either wasn’t egg laying season or they were already sold out of eggs. Recently though I was browsing through all the ostrich farms that I had bookmarked on my computer and lo and behold, one of them actually had some eggs to sell!

Once my ostrich eggs arrived I immediately ripped open the box and the first thing I noticed was how thick the egg shells were. They came wrapped in tons of bubble wrap, but honestly, the UPS guy probably could have kicked them straight to my door like a soccer ball and I’m sure they still would have arrived intact. I actually had to use a small hammer to crack open the shell after hard boiling the eggs. That’s how durable these things are.

When it came time to hard boil my ostrich eggs I really had no idea how long they had to sit in the boiling water for before they’d be ready to become deviled eggs. Luckily the farm that I bought them from sent along a little instructional sheet on hard boiling them that recommended that they be submerged in boiling water for two hours, which turned out to be the perfect amount of time. Even with the biggest pot I had though the water still barely covered the egg, so as the boiling water evaporated I had to continually add more to the pot.

Aside from that though everything was pretty much the same as making normal deviled eggs. The ostrich eggs were a little more off white in color than regular eggs, but tasted almost exactly the same. The only part that was sort of weird about eating my Deviled Ostrich Eggs is that I’m used to eating a regular deviled egg in one or two bites and eating six or seven deviled eggs at a time. One of these took me about 30 bites to eat and pretty much filled me up for the entire day.

15 Comments on Deviled Ostrich Eggs

  1. Christina
    June 9, 2014 at 9:04 am (10 years ago)

    Holy crap. I wish I could have seen the size comparison in person!

    • Nick Chipman
      June 9, 2014 at 9:05 am (10 years ago)

      They were pretty insane. They were WAY bigger than I expected!

  2. Bekah
    June 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm (10 years ago)

    I have a friend that owns ostriches. Those eggs are a bugger to open!

  3. Alex
    June 9, 2014 at 2:18 pm (10 years ago)

    Should have looked for an emu egg for comparison. They’re a bit smaller but their shells are an intense blue-green.

  4. Oshyan
    June 10, 2014 at 7:11 pm (10 years ago)

    I did the same thing once, it was awesome. But I wanted to preserve the egg shell so I used a Dremel to cut evenly around the entire circumference. Worked pretty well, but laborious! We plated the resulting deviled egg on a tray surrounded by a bunch of regular chicken egg deviled eggs, and then provided a knife and crackers to eat the ostrich one with. It was great. Next time, Ostrich, Emu, Goose, Chicken, Duck, and Quail deviled eggs in a big radial mosaic!

  5. Boo-urns
    June 18, 2014 at 3:52 pm (10 years ago)

    I don’t understand how you aren’t like eight thousand pounds by now… I wish I could eat like you do and get away with it!!!!

    June 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm (10 years ago)

    3 words….scotched…ostrich…egg…

    • Nick Chipman
      June 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm (10 years ago)

      It’s funny that you mention that because I have one ostrich egg left and I was already planning on it!

      • AKATALCUL1
        June 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm (10 years ago)

        Sous vide it to a perfect soft or medium boiled, then you don’t have to worry about exactly how long to boil. Definitely post when you make yours, please. I was wanting to scotch some duck eggs.

  7. Matt Bodas
    July 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm (10 years ago)

    That’s quite creative! But have you considered making an omelet with such an egg that big, with bits of bacon and sausage in it? 😉

      July 13, 2014 at 9:07 am (10 years ago)

      That would be excellent for a camping trip with a big group of friends…a 24 egg omelet, all carried in one shell! Or spin-scramble it in its shell and blow everyone’s mind!

  8. mike
    December 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm (10 years ago)

    Ever thought of pickling one?

  9. Matt
    February 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm (9 years ago)

    What about ostrich balut?

  10. sam choi
    August 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm (7 years ago)

    I want buy ostrich eggs
    could send information
    Thank You I’m in San Diego

    • Nick Chipman
      September 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm (7 years ago)

      This was so long ago that I don’t even remember where I got them from, but I’m pretty sure I just Googled something like “buy ostrich eggs online” and found them that way.


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