Schnitzel, eggs and asparagus

Schnitzel eggs and asparagus

  • serves 2
  • Easy

This vegetarian-friendly schnitzel eggs and asparagus recipe is a simple twist on a traditional classic that's perfect for a mid-week evening meal



  • eggs 3
  • sunflower oil for frying
  • plain flour 4 tbsp
  • panko breadcrums 50g
  • asparagus 200g, woody ends snapped off and discarded


  • rice vinegar 1 tbsp, plus a splash more
  • light soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • sesame oil 1 tsp
  • olive or avocado oil 1 tbsp
  • sugar 1 tsp


  • Step 1

    Fill a wide pan 1/2 full with water, add a splash of rice vinegar over a medium heat until gently and steadily simmering. Swirl the water to make a whirlpool, crack an egg into a small cup, then tip into the centre of the pan as the whirlpool subsides. Poach gently for 2 minutes, until the white is set enough to lift out carefully and transfer to a bowl of ice cold water. Repeat with a second egg.

  • Step 2

    Whisk the dressing ingredients and set aside.

  • Step 3

    Heat 6-8cm of sunflower oil in a wok or saucepan until it reaches 190C or until a cube of bread browns in 20 seconds. Put a pan of water on to boil, too, then tip the flour and breadcrumbs onto separate plates. Beat the third egg in a shallow bowl.

  • Step 4

    Carefully lift the cold poached eggs from the water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Gently coat in flour, followed by the beaten egg, followed by breadcrumbs – just like regular schnitzel. Lower into the hot oil and fry just until the crumbs are golden brown and crisp – around 30 seconds or so. Flip the eggs if you need, so both sides are evenly crisp. Lift onto more kitchen paper, and drop the asparagus into the boiling water for 1-2 minutes until just tender.

  • Step 5

    Drain the asparagus, divide between 2 plates, and top each with a schnitzel egg. Drizzle over the dressing and serve immediately.

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Cook's notes: If you want to make this for more people, crumb the eggs ahead of time and keep in the fridge. You can even blanch the asparagus early and just have it cold, so you can concentrate on frying batches of eggs at the last minute.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 503
  • Fat 20.5g
  • Saturates 4g
  • Carbs 54.3g
  • Sugars 6.4g
  • Fibre 4.2g
  • Protein 23.1g
  • Salt 2.8g