By: NWWC Registered Dietician Team
(Pictures, recipe and article courtesy of Lee Funke from fitfoodieFINDS.com – December 2020)
Whether you are still working from home or started to go back into the office, we all need and want a great quick breakfast option. Well, our Registered Dietician team has found a brilliant way to have a protein packed and delicious start to your day!
This method of cooking eggs is so easy and the ingredients are so interchangeable that it’s going to be hard for your pickiest eater to say no. A big thank you to our Registered Dietician Team for finding this amazing recipe and a bigger thank you to fit foodie FINDS for this great article, recipe, & demonstration!
Cheesy Sous Vide Egg Bites
Love the Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites? Make your very own recipe at home! You’re going to absolutely love these Cheesy Sous Vide Egg Bites. They’re made with 3 basic ingredients and done in under 60 minutes.
We’re back with another super simple sous vide recipe. This time, we’re ditching the meat and keeping things vegetarian with a quick and easy sous vide eggs recipe. I’m sure you’ve had the famous Starbucks Sous Vide Egg Bites. Well, guess what? You can actually make these in your own kitchen and in no time at all!
What is Sous Vide Cooking?
Sous vide cooking is a method of cooking where you use a regulated water bath to precisely cook food to a certain temperature. Want to cook a steak to medium-rare? Good news! If you sous vide the steak at 130ºF, the entire steak will come out medium rare, not just the middle. The great thing about the sous vide is that whatever you are trying to cook, will come out perfectly even.
Typically meats and other food such as eggs or vegetables are vacuum-sealed in a plastic bag with the air removed and then submerged into the water bath. In this recipe’s case, we used a Mason Jar as the vessel, which works in the exact same way.
What Are Sous Vide Egg Bites?
Sous Vide Eggs are essentially like little egg soufflés made in your sous vide. If you’ve ever had any of our egg cups, they’re similar to those, but airier and cooked absolutely perfectly even.
That’s the beauty of the sous vide; whatever you are cooking is going to cook perfectly even. Let me explain…
When you cook egg bites in the oven in a muffin tin (like this baked eggs recipe) sometimes they can come out a little bit harder on the outside and more perfect in the middle. That’s because whatever touches the muffin tin is going to get hotter faster, thus making the outside more well-done.
When you cook something in the sous vide, the entire thing is submerged in water, which is the same temperature throughout the entire pot, thus cooking whatever is being sous vide perfectly even throughout. Once you make this Sous Vide Eggs Bites recipe, you will totally get what I’m saying.
ARE SOUS VIDE EGGS HEALTHY?
Sous vide eggs are a great healthy breakfast option for those looking to add protein to their diet. This recipe for egg bites is also low carb, gluten-free, and both keto and paleo-friendly!
How to Make Sous Vide Egg Bites
STEP 1 – ASSEMBLE INGREDIENTS
What you’ll need for this recipe is very simple and only requires 3 main ingredients.
- large eggs
- shredded cheese
You’ll also need some salt and pepper and if you like hot sauce for serving, we recommend that too! In addition to the ingredients for this recipe, you’ll also need a large stockpot and 6-9 4 oz. Mason Jars.
Can I use just egg whites instead of a full egg?
Yes, you can use just egg whites! However, you may want to increase the number of egg whites you use so that each jar fills up about 3/4 of the way full.
here’s a tip: Make sure you buy nothing bigger than a large egg so that everything fits perfectly in your small mason jar! You don’t want your sous vide eggs overflowing!
STEP 2 – PREPARE WATER BATH + SOUS VIDE
First, attach your sous vide to the edge of your stockpot. Since all stock pots are different sizes, place your Mason Jars inside to see how many will fit on the bottom when cooking. After you’ve gotten your count, remove the Mason Jars, and then fill the stockpot up with water about halfway.
The goal here is to make sure your Mason Jars will fully submerge in the water, so you’ll want to fill it at least to that height. Set the temperature on your sous vide to 172ºF and press start.
At this point, your sous vide will begin heating the water to exactly 172ºF, the perfect temperature for these airy, delicious sous vide egg bites.
Have a small and tall stockpot? Try stacking your mason jar on top of each other so that you can cook more at once!
STEP 3 – PREPARE MASON JARS
To make sous vide eggs, you need some sort of vessel to house your egg bites and we chose to use mini 4-oz. Mason Jars. You can order these on Amazon or buy them at your local grocery store and they are very affordable.
The most important part of this recipe is making sure that each Mason Jar is well oiled. I repeat, DO NOT forget to spray/oil your jars before adding in the egg.
You do this so that the egg bites don’t stick to the edges. Use something like coconut oil cooking spray or olive oil to grease the inside of your Jars.
STEP 4 – ASSEMBLE EGG CUPS
Now it’s time to assemble your sous vide eggs!
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk.
- Then, place 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese on the bottom of each Mason Jar.
- Fill the jar up about 3/4 of the way full with the egg mixture and then season with salt and pepper on top.
note: Do note that if you can fit 9 jars on the bottom of your stockpot, you will have the adjust the number of eggs and milk you use for this recipe. Or sous vide these in 2 batches.
Can I add other ingredients to my sous vide egg bites?
Yes, of course! If you’d like to add more variety and flavor to your eggs, feel free to do so in step 2. Here are some add-in ideas:
- cooked peppers and onions
- cooked breakfast sausage/bacon
- sauteed garlic
- fresh herbs
STEP 5 – SCREW ON LIDS
Now that you’ve prepared your Sous Vide Egg Bites, it’s time to screw the tops on. This part is also very important because you don’t want to screw the lids on too tight or you will risk them exploding in the water bath.
Screw the tops on and then unscrew them one turn. This will ensure the pressure won’t get trapped inside of the jars.
STEP 6 – TIME TO SOUS VIDE
Now it’s time to cook your eggs in sous vide! Once the water in your pot as reached 172ºF, place all of the Mason Jars on the bottom of your stockpot. They should sink right to the bottom and you should see lots of bubbles come to the top IF you unscrewed the tops properly.
How long does it take to sous vide eggs?
Set your timer to 1 hour and let your egg cups cook.
Can my eggs cook longer than an hour? Yes, they can! We don’t recommend cooking your eggs for any longer than 2 hours.
STEP 7 – REMOVE FROM WATER BATH + LET COOL
Use tongs to remove your egg bites from the water bath (they will be HOT) and let them cool for around 10 minutes. Then, carefully remove the lids and use a knife to remove your egg cups from the Mason Jars. If you sprayed them well enough, they should come right out!
Alternatively, you can throw the jars right into the fridge for an easy grab and go breakfast in the morning still in the Mason Jar.
When you’re ready to eat, we recommend serving your perfect sous vide eggs with some hot sauce. These little egg bites are also perfect for an on-the-go meal-prep breakfast paired with some berries and a breakfast salad. However you choose to eat them, you will not be disappointed!
Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe
These delicious and cheesy sous vide egg bites are little bites of heaven. This sous vide eggs recipe is made with 3 main ingredients and is gluten-free, low carb, and high protein!
- 10 large eggs
- 1/3 cup milk (we used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/2 cup Colby jack shredded cheese
- salt and pepper, to taste
- First, fill a large stockpot halfway up with water. You’ll want to be able to submerge all of your mason jars with water, so keep that in mind.
- Next, screw your Sous Vide (HERE is the one we have!) to the side of your pot and turn to 172ºF. While your water bath is heating up, prepare egg bites.
- Spray 9 4-oz. mason jars with nonstick cooking spray. Then, spoon about a tablespoon of shredded cheese onto the bottom of each mason jar.
- Crack 10 eggs inside a medium bowl or pyrex. Add milk and whisk until scrambled.
- Fill each mason jar up about 3/4 of the way full with the egg mixture. You should get about 9 egg cups. Give each egg cup a little stir and then season the tops with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Now it’s time to screw on the lids of your mason jars. You want to make sure that you don’t fully tighten your mason jars so that they do not explode in the water bath. Screw on tops and then unscrew one turn.
- Submerge mason jars inside of the water bath. You should see lots of bubbles come to the top. This is good!
- Set the timer for 1 hour and let cook.
- Once the timer goes off, remove mason jars and unscrew. Your egg cups should feel like a souffle. If they’re still runny, you need to cook them longer. If you’re ready to eat, grab a fork!
TIPS & NOTES
- This recipe makes 9 4-oz. egg cups. The amount of egg cups you make depends on the size of your stock pot. So, before you start cracking eggs, see how many mason jars you can fit on the bottom of your pot.
Serving Size: 1 egg bite Calories: 103 Sodium: 114 Fat: 6 Carbohydrates: 1 Protein: 8