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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.


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


  6. It’s remarkable designed for me to have a site, which is beneficial designed for my experience.
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  7. 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. 🙂


  8. 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!


  9. 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!


  10. 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.


  11. 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!


  12. 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 😉


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


  14. 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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What can I do with leftover egg yolks from the garden? ›

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Can you make scrambled eggs with just yolks? ›

Not the shell, obviously, but everything else, yes. There are recipes that call for 'beaten egg yolks' or 'beaten egg whites,' but ordinary scrambled eggs usually means the entire contents of the egg.

Can egg yolks be frozen for later use? ›

Freezing Egg Yolks

Like egg whites, they can be frozen individually in ice cube trays, then moved to a freezer-safe container or zip-top bag for storage. They'll also need to be thawed overnight in the refrigerator before using. Use them right after they are thawed in any recipe that calls for them.

What can I do with egg yolks without eating? ›

Home made aioli; custard; flancocho; hollandaise sauce; french vanilla ice cream; to name a few foods you can make with extra yolks. If you don't want to eat them and you're feeling creative, you can make egg tempera. by mixing the yolks with artist pigments.

Can I put egg yolks in plants? ›

They are mostly fat and do not have very much in them in the way of nutrients useful to plants. There's no real reason you couldn't dispose of egg yolks in your garden or add them to the soil of potted plants, other than that they tend to attract mice and insects that aren't helpful at all, and may stink.

What do companies do with egg yolks? ›

What happens to the yolks? Most egg producers sell the leftover yolks to ingredient customers, or retailers, foodservice operators such as grocery stores or restaurants. These ingredient customers use the egg yolks to make a variety of products, such as ice cream or salad dressing.

What are eggs with yolk cooked called? ›

Sunny side up: The egg is fried with the yolk up and is not flipped. Over easy: The egg is flipped and the yolk is still runny. Over medium: The egg is flipped and the yolk is only slightly runny. Over well: The egg is flipped and the yolk is cooked hard.

Can you use just egg yolks for baking? ›

A cookie made with extra egg yolk (or, in this case, only egg yolk), will be lighter and chewier than a cookie made with whole eggs. The cookies will also have a richer flavor thanks to the added fat in egg yolk.

Can you replace egg yolks in recipes? ›

The best substitutes for egg yolks

The best egg yolk substitutes for binding are: Ground flax or chia seeds. Gelatin.

Do egg yolks go bad? ›

Nevertheless, egg quality declines over time. This means that the air pocket in an egg grows larger and the yolk and whites become thinner and less springy. Eventually, it may simply dry up instead of going bad (8). Despite these changes, an egg may remain perfectly safe to eat for a long time (8).

Can you eat eggs 2 months out of date? ›

The expiration date on your carton of jumbo eggs is just there to ensure quality. So if you crack 'em open after the date has passed, you may notice they don't taste as good, but you're not at risk of illness. In short, you can eat eggs two months out of date.

What happens when you freeze egg yolks? ›

Freezing yolks is less satisfactory; it causes the yolk to become thick and syrupy so it will not flow like an unfrozen yolk or blend very well with the white or other ingredients. To freeze yolks, mix four yolks with a pinch of salt and one and half teaspoons of sugar or corn syrup.

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.

What does adding an extra egg yolk do to a cake? ›

Why are eggs so important in a cake? Eggs, much like soy are emulsifiers and they help to hold the rest of the ingredients together. This creates more structure in your cake or baked goods. Adding an extra yolk will only help to hold the batter together better.

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