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How to Cook Orange Quail Egg Known as Kwek-Kwek

This recipe guides you on how to cook deep fried orange coated quail eggs known as Kwek-kwek.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 5
Author: Chef Speedy


  • 15 pieces quail eggs
  • 4 cups water to boil eggs
  • cup flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup annatto water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups cooking oil


  • Pour 4 cups water on a pot. Let boil.
  • Add the quail eggs and boil for 3 to 4 minutes. Discard water and let the eggs cool down. Peel the shell off and then set aside.
  • Meanwhile, make the batter by combining flour, cornstarch, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and salt. Mix well using a wire whisk.
  • Pour annatto water in the mixture. Stir until all the ingredients are well blended.
  • Submerge the boiled eggs to the mixture one-by-one.
  • Heat the oil in a cooking pot. Once the oil gets hot, scoop a piece of egg from the bowl along with some orange mixture using a spoon. Gently slide the egg and mixture into the hot oil. Let the excess mixture drip on the egg. Deep fry in medium heat until texture of the orange coating gets a bit crispy (around 1 to 2 minutes). Remove from the pot using a kitchen strainer and place in a plate lined with paper towel. Perform this step until all the eggs are cooked.
  • Serve with a spicy vinegar dip.


Serving: 5g