Despite the health benefits and all-around impressive qualities of the egg yolk, it still manages to carry a bad reputation as a result of the ever-popular egg white. Not only do egg yolks have protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fats, they also contain 93 percent of the calcium that eggs provide overall. Plus, when it comes to using egg yolks in everyday cooking, that luscious, rich yolk is the perfect base for sauces, glazes, and dressings, and when it comes to baking, egg yolks provide a soft, pillow-like texture you look for in a truly impressive cake or cookie.
The egg yolk has graduated far beyond the traditional breakfast dishes, so check out our guide to 13 recipe ideas for egg yolks in cooking and baking so you’ll never run out of ways to use those egg yolks ever again.
Egg Yolk Cookies
Using just the yolks makes these cookies rich and cakey, and can definitely stand up to any traditional chocolate chip cookie out there.
15 minutes 90 calories Easy
Walnut Cake with Egg Yolk Glaze
The egg yolk glaze on this cake is beautifully rich and creamy but is also quite fragile, so make sure the cake has cooled completely before you cut it into slices and serve.
1h 05m 260 calories Easy
Sweet Creme Lemon Cake
This moist, buttery lemon cake is a great way to use up leftover egg yolks, and is the ideal sweet treat to go along with your morning (or afternoon) coffee or tea.
1h 00m 400 calories Easy
Egg Yolk Soup
While the whole egg yolks in this soup can be a bit intimidating, you can rest easy. When the raw yolks are submerged in the hot liquid, they will begin to cook, meaning you get the nutrients from the yolk without the risk of salmonella.
15 minutes 100 calories Easy
Salted Egg Yolk Fried Chicken
Salted egg yolks are the star ingredient in the rich, buttery sauce for this iconic Chinese fried chicken recipe, which is far more impressive than any takeout order.
40 minutes 400 calories Easy
Italian Cloud Eggs
These egg nests aren’t just easy to make, they just so happen to be healthy and delicious as well, with the egg yolks providing a luscious sauce all on their own.
25 minutes 100 calories Easy
Egg Yolk Pasta Dough
Pasta dough made with just the egg yolks results in a rich and creamy noodle, which is perfect for coating with a hearty sauce.
1h 10m 300 calories Easy
All you need are five ingredients for this easy pasta carbonara. The egg yolks bring a velvety, creamy sauce to the final product that is seasoned with cheese and guanciale.
10 minutes 760 calories Easy
Deviled eggs are always a crowd pleaser, and these are no exception. The secret ingredient to their deliciousness? Pickle juice! The filling is creamy, tangy, and fluffy, and will keep you coming back for many, many more.
30 minutes 50 calories Easy
With only four ingredients and 10 minutes, you can whip up a homemade mayonnaise that is creamy and delicious and so much better than any store-bought version.
10 minutes 110 calories Easy
This simple, four ingredient recipe results in a sweet, creamy custard you’ll love. Let the custard set completely before stirring and serving.
15 minutes 200 calories Easy
Roasted Asparagus Gribiche
Gribiche traditionally uses the egg yolks and the whites, but it’s the yolks that give the sauce its heft and creamy texture.
25 minutes 200 calories Easy
Mixed Greens Salad with Egg, Avocado, and Creamy Lemon-Dill Dressing
Hard-boiled eggs give this salad the protein it needs to make it a filling lunch salad or even a main course at dinner.
10 minutes 500 calories Easy