Whipped up pavlova, meringues or some egg white omelets lately? Don’t even think about throwing away those egg yolks. From dinner to dessert, here are 20 egg yolk recipes to turn to when you have leftovers.
1. Crème Brûlée
You’ll need eight egg yolks for this ultra-rich custard filling crowned with a perfectly caramelized sugar topping.
2. Butternut Squash Carbonara
This autumnal remix of traditional carbonara is packed with hidden veggies.
3. Baked Coconut Cashew Chicken Bites
The perfect party anytime snack.
4. Rum Cake
Some of the most delicious desserts are mind-blowingly simple. Think dense yellow Bundt cake drizzled with butter-rum sauce.
5. Honey Strawberry Peach Pie
Egg yolk gives the pretty lattice crust its glossy, golden look.
6. Hollandaise Sauce
Waiting in line for hours for brunch? A thing of the past, friends.
7. Classic Eggnog
One sip can make any day feel like Christmas. Add bourbon or rum for an adults-only treat.
8. Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Rich, creamy, frozen perfection. We'll take two scoops with sprinkles, please.
9. Homemade Aioli
10. Caesar Salad Dressing
This classic recipe perks up any vegetable dish. We keep it traditional with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and anchovies.
11. Lemon Curd with Whipped Cream
Slather the curd on pancakes, stir it into whipped cream or dollop it onto ice cream. (Or heck, just eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon.)
12. Homemade Mayonnaise
All you need is one egg yolk and three minutes to whip up this tasty spread.
13. Crème Anglaise
It's delicious drizzled over fresh fruit or tarte tatin (aka a fancy upside-down pie-tart hybrid).
14. Instant Pot Deep Dark Chocolate Pudding
Egg yolks give this firm favorite an extra silky texture.
15. One-Pan Creamy Chicken Fricassee with Sage
Countless Nonnas have passed this decadent dish down for generations, but it never ceases to surprise us when we remember the sauce is thickened with nothing but lemon and egg yolks—not heavy cream.
16. Lemon Pie with Blueberry Meringue
While the lilac meringue gets its fluffy texture from egg whites, egg yolks make the puckering lemon filling possible.
17. Avocado Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are one of the most iconic hors d'oeuvres of all time for a reason. Here, we mix things up with creamy avocado, minced chives and a dash of hot sauce.
18. Raspberry Choux Puffs
Not only is there an extra yolk in the flaky, buttery choux pastry, but the vanilla bean crème pâtissière also calls for four egg yolks.
19. Instant Pot Risotto à la Carbonara
Sorry, pasta. You'll have to sit this one out. Substitute Arborio rice in this iconically eggy dish that's spiked with white wine, diced pancetta and all the shredded Parm.
20. Chocolate Semifreddo Seduction
This smooth frozen dessert only requires five minutes of prep and 30 minutes of chilling to come together.