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Using Up Leftover Egg Yolks

In the Stuff I’ve Googled series, we find ways to use up all those pesky leftover ingredients that tend to sit in our fridge until that dreadful moment when we uncover their moldy remains from behind the yogurt and strawberry jam containers.

Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

  • Leftover Buttermilk Recipes
  • Coconut Milk Recipes
  • Canned Chipotles in Adobo Sauce Recipes
  • Leftover Egg White Recipes

Today, we’re tackling Leftover Egg Yolk Recipes!

If you’ve spent any amount of time baking or cooking, I’m sure you’ve experienced this conundrum. You made Peanut Butter Meringue Pie or an Egg White Mushroom Omelet or Almond Joy Cookies, and now you’re left with a bowl full of sunny leftover egg yolks.

In this post we’ll cover how to store and use egg yolks in a variety of recipes, so whether you have one or six egg yolks, you can be certain they’ll be put to good use!

What are egg yolks used for?

Egg yolks are great for adding richness to everything from pasta to ice cream to breads. An extra egg yolk is also the secret ingredient to irresistibly chewy cookies.

Don’t feel like turning on the oven? Use those extra egg yolks to make your own mayonnaise or hollandaise sauce.

I’ve even included a recipe for hair superfood, because, let’s face it, who couldn’t use a little extra shine after these brutal winter days?

Can you refrigerate egg yolks? How long do egg yolks last?

Absolutely. Leftover raw egg yolks can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. If you can avoid breaking the yolk, it’s always nice to store them whole so you can see how many you have. (Pssst- an egg separator can help with this).

Otherwise, be sure to mark how many yolks are in the container before refrigerating.

Unfortunately, egg yolks do not freeze well, so I recommend storing them in the fridge and using them within a few days!

Recipes with Egg Yolks

Recipes Using 1 Egg Yolk

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The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake from NeighborFood

Recipes Using 2 Egg Yolks

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Recipes Using 3 Egg Yolks

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Homemade Egg Noodles from NeighborFood

Recipes Using 4 Egg Yolks

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Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict from Or Whatever You Do

Recipes Using 5 Egg Yolks

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Chocolate Tart on Shortbread Crust from Umami Girl

Recipes Using 6 Egg Yolks

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Margarita Pie from Baking Sense

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  1. I recently baked and I have 2 eggs and 8 yolks to use and since they are mixed I’m wanting to use them but don’t know how exact some of the recipes are since they call for just yolk and mine are mixed together. Any that would be okay with a little bit of whites?


    1. Cookies would be a great recipe to try that in! They can definitely use whites, but benefit from the richness of egg yolks.


  2. You mentioned using them to make sweet potato fries crispier but I didn’t see the recipe?


  3. Oh my! This сrepe Suzette сrepe сake was delicious and so easy to make! Will have to try this for my family. Thanks so much!


  4. Thanks for this compilation, I found my recipe… Just one thing: I’d perhaps leave out the ones where you need both yolk and white, even if used separated.


  5. That would be great, HSH. I do recall hearing about a cake that is made along with angel food but have never come across it.


    1. I just read another website and it’s a 12 yolk pound cake that you make with an angle food cake.


  6. Thanks a lot for sharing list of cool recipes Courtney! First of all i’ll try Challah Bread, Crepe Suzette Crepe Cake and Greek Lemon Soup with Chicken and Orzo! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it.


    1. Great! I hope you enjoy and thank you for sharing!


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  8. I seriously love this round up and have shared it with so many people! Egg yolks rock.


    1. I’m so glad it’s been helpful to you Christina! I was hoping I wasn’t the only one who always needed new ideas for egg yolks. 🙂


  9. Courtney, so fun to see that this post of yours brought quite a few people to my blog yesterday! It was great to spend the last couple days with you! You are truly a sweet sweet person! thanks again for the share! Sheila


    1. That’s awesome Sheila! I’m so glad. It was so lovely to meet you. I wish I had more time to chat with you! I was hoping to talk to you more about your experience with adoption. It’s something my husband and I are both passionate about. We’ll have to stay connected online!


  10. Came by for Chocolate and PB Day and this caught my eye – EVERY morning my 12 year son wants 2 eggs – straight up or on a sandwich of some sort – minus the yolks (doesn’t like them) – I feel guilty that I usually throw them away – THIS IS AWESOME! I kept meaning to make a list of uses, in addition to the ones off the top of my head…and you did it for me! Smaaa-oooch!


  11. I always seem to have egg yolks hanging around! This is such a great roundup! Thanks so much for including my cream puffs!


    1. No problem girl! They look wonderful!


    2. You are a life saver! Just made a white wedding cake and have 18 egg yolks. Yes, 18 as in one and a half dozen.


  12. You’ve totally got our back, girl. I’m always wondering what to do with extra yolks! I’ve got to pin this post so that I always have this list handy. I just read your reply to Danielle’s question – I’m notorious for putting eggs yolks in the fridge and seeing them a week later, all flaky ‘n dried ‘n gross. No more wasted yolks for me!


    1. Yeah! i just discovered that trick and it’s going to save me from a lot of nasty yolks!


  13. Thank you for sharing this! I soooo need it 🙂 Out of curiosity – how long can you keep an egg yolk in the fridge before it goes bad – not that I have one waiting to be used or anything 😉


    1. The standard I’ve heard is 4 days. You can put a little water over the yolks to keep then from drying out then just drain before using.


    2. I was trying to make a baked alaska with meringue but I messed up horribly and I was crying and feeling really bad because I cant make anything this really helped me thankyou.


      1. Wait you cooked Alaska is that what global warming really is? It’s ok mistakes are ok at least that’s what my mom told me!


    3. I think you can keep them in there until they spoil not that you needed to know because you don’t have any 😉


  14. I have 5 eggs yolks sitting in my fridge as we speak. You’re a GENIUS Courtney!


  15. LOVE this roundup! Such a great idea (because I always seem to have leftover egg yolks).


    1. Thanks girl! I actually have some leftover yolks in my fridge right now. Oh, the irony. 🙂


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How do you not waste egg yolks? ›

How to store egg yolks. Egg yolks will also keep for two days in the fridge but can dry out easily, so store them in small containers with less air in them, or food bags with all of the excess air squeezed out.

Can I freeze egg yolks for later use? ›

To freeze yolks, mix four yolks with a pinch of salt and one and half teaspoons of sugar or corn syrup. Store frozen blended eggs, whites or yolks up to 12 months for best quality. You can freeze cooked eggs but the quality is not the best.

What can you use egg yolks for besides cooking? ›

8 Alternative Uses of Eggs
  1. Anti-Aging Cleanser. Egg whites contain lots of proteins, and make a great facial cleanser. ...
  2. Moisturizer. Egg yolks are rich in vitamin A, which is very good for skin. ...
  3. Hair Conditioning Mask. ...
  4. Plant Fertilizer. ...
  5. First Aid. ...
  6. Leather Cleaner. ...
  7. Hangover Cure. ...
  8. Homemade Craft Glue.

What does an extra egg yolk do in baking? ›

Richness & Flavor

Egg yolks are kind of like salt in that they enhance the richness of flavor in dishes they're added to. How does this happen? It all comes down to the fat content of the yolk, and fat's ability to boost flavor when it's added to a recipe. An egg yolk's other flavor-delivering secret is its lipids.

Why do bodybuilders not eat egg yolk? ›

Although bodybuilders used to focus on just the egg white for protein, and avoided the yolk because of the fat and cholesterol—it's now known that it's more beneficial to consume both the egg white and the yolk together.

Why do people avoid egg yolk? ›

Much of the confusion around eggs has stemmed from the fact that egg yolks contain cholesterol. While egg yolks are high in cholesterol and are a major source of dietary cholesterol, it is saturated fatty acids that have a greater effect on our blood cholesterol levels and, therefore, heart disease risk.

Is it bad to waste egg yolk? ›

In most cases egg yolks do not increase cholesterol levels much and if they do they usually increase HDL which is the 'good cholesterol”. So if you tolerate eggs you shouldn't be throwing out the yolk! Of Course if you do have high cholesterol it is important to have regular blood tests to ensure your diet aligns.

Can you eat leftover egg yolks? ›

When you're separating eggs and end up with a surplus of yolks, don't worry about them going to waste. There are plenty of ways to use those leftover yolks in your kitchen, whether it's in a simple salad dressing, a fresh pasta, creamy custard or cured yolks.

Can you use day old egg yolks? ›

Eggs out of the shell

And in that case, know that stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, raw egg whites will keep for up to four days, while raw egg yolks will keep for up to two days.

How should leftover egg yolks and egg whites be stored? ›

Leftover raw egg whites and yolks should be put in airtight containers and stored in the refrigerator immediately. To prevent yolks from drying out, cover them with a little cold water. Drain the water before using. When storing hard boiled eggs, you may notice a "gassy" odour in your refrigerator.

How do you thaw frozen egg yolks? ›

To use frozen eggs, let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or run them under cold water. You'll want to use yolks and whole eggs immediately after thawing. Whites may beat better if you let them sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or so.

How long can you store cured egg yolks? ›

Introduction: Delicious Cured Egg Yolks

the result are firm yolks that lose a lot of water, which concentrates fat and flavor. You can store them in a airtight container for about 4 weeks in the fridge, so it's fine to make them ahead!

Why can't you sell double yolk eggs? ›

Also, some commercial egg producers don't want doubles. The shells can be more fragile, stretched as they are around two yolks. Combined with their bigger size, that can be a problem.

Can I add extra egg yolks to scrambled eggs? ›

I came across it while paging through the new Serious Eats book - the idea is to use whole eggs plus egg yolks to make your eggs extra rich, creamy, and flavorful. A bonus, I might add, is the color the extra yolks bring to the finished preparation (particularly if you're using good, well-sourced eggs).

Can I separate egg yolks in advance? ›

Hints on storage.

If you're only using one or the other, you can stash separated egg yolks and whites in the refrigerator. FoodSafety.gov recommends using them within 2 to 4 days.

How many egg yolks equals 2 eggs? ›

Remember that the volume of the yolks is less than whole eggs so you may see better success substituting two whole eggs with three yolks.


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