Dinosaur Eggs

Could these dinosaur eggs be any more perfect for a Jurassic Park party?! I am beyond thrilled with this trick. It’s a fast and easy way to turn hardboiled eggs into something party-special!

Herbivore Salad | Jurassic Park Recipe Dinner Ideas

The concept is easy: lightly pan fry hardboiled eggs in a bit of butter (so they don’t stick), turmeric, and paprika. The spices color the eggs to give them a dino-like appearance. And don’t worry, they really don’t flavor the eggs as much as you would think. They just taste like delicious hardboiled eggs!

Dinosaur Eggs | Jurassic Park Recipe
Perfect hardboiled egg
Dinosaur Eggs | Jurassic Park Recipe
Rolling around in the skillet with a little butter, turmeric, and paprika
Dinosaur Eggs | Jurassic Park Recipe
Cooling on a plate

A little turmeric goes a long way to color the eggs yellow so use a light dash at first and add more spices to the pan if you want to increase the color. I only pan fried these for probably three minutes each – it doesn’t take long to sear the color on there! Isn’t the speckled look so cool?

Herbivore Salad | Jurassic Park Recipe Dinner IdeasHerbivore Salad | Jurassic Park Recipe Dinner Ideas

At my Jurassic Park dinner party, I served these Dinosaur Eggs on cheesy nests as part of my Herbivore Salad but they would be perfectly good on their own! I wrote this recipe up for six but it would be easy to scale up or even make a single dino egg at a time. Less than a tablespoon of butter was perfectly fine for six eggs (I cooked two at a time), but I did refresh the paprika with each batch.

Dinosaur Eggs | Jurassic Park Party IdeasDinosaur Eggs
6 large eggs (at least a week old!)
A pat butter
Dash turmeric 
Dash paprika

  1. First, hard boil the eggs: Carefully set eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Place pan on stove and bring to a boil. When water begins to boil, cover pan with lid and remove from heat. Set a timer for 22 minutes. Prepare ice bath by filling a medium sized bowl with ice and water. Right when the timer goes off, remove eggs from saucepan with a slotted spoon and plunge into ice bath. Let sit in ice bath for about fifteen minutes, then remove and refrigerate or use immediately.
  2. When ready to make dino eggs, carefully peel the eggs. Melt a bit of butter (I used less than a tablespoon for all six eggs) over medium-low heat in a sauce pan, add a dash of turmeric and paprika. Go light on the spices at first – a little turmeric turns the eggs quite yellow; you can always add more to the pan! Add one or two eggs to the pan and roll the eggs around to fully coat them in the spices. Lightly fry them for a minute or two, just to sear in the color. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate and repeat with remaining eggs. 

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