50 Leftover Egg Yolk Recipes
Save this collection of 50 Egg Yolk Recipes for the next time you have leftover egg yolks to use up!
Using Up Leftover Egg Yolks
In the Stuff I’ve Googled series, we find ways to use up all those pesky leftover ingredients that tend to sit in our fridge until that dreadful moment when we uncover their moldy remains from behind the yogurt and strawberry jam containers.
Here’s what we’ve covered so far:
- Leftover Buttermilk Recipes
- Coconut Milk Recipes
- Canned Chipotles in Adobo Sauce Recipes
- Leftover Egg White Recipes
Today, we’re tackling Leftover Egg Yolk Recipes!
If you’ve spent any amount of time baking or cooking, I’m sure you’ve experienced this conundrum. You made Peanut Butter Meringue Pie or an Egg White Mushroom Omelet or Almond Joy Cookies, and now you’re left with a bowl full of sunny leftover egg yolks.
In this post we’ll cover how to store and use egg yolks in a variety of recipes, so whether you have one or six egg yolks, you can be certain they’ll be put to good use!
What are egg yolks used for?
Egg yolks are great for adding richness to everything from pasta to ice cream to breads. An extra egg yolk is also the secret ingredient to irresistibly chewy cookies.
Don’t feel like turning on the oven? Use those extra egg yolks to make your own mayonnaise or hollandaise sauce.
I’ve even included a recipe for hair superfood, because, let’s face it, who couldn’t use a little extra shine after these brutal winter days?
Can you refrigerate egg yolks? How long do egg yolks last?
Absolutely. Leftover raw egg yolks can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days. If you can avoid breaking the yolk, it’s always nice to store them whole so you can see how many you have. (Pssst- an egg separator can help with this).
Otherwise, be sure to mark how many yolks are in the container before refrigerating.
Unfortunately, egg yolks do not freeze well, so I recommend storing them in the fridge and using them within a few days!
Recipes with Egg Yolks
Recipes Using 1 Egg Yolk
The Best Chocolate Bundt Cake from NeighborFood
- Giant Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies from NeighborFood
- Lemon Sandwich Cookies from NeighborFood
- Cajun Burgers from NeighborFood
- Cheesecake for Two from Homemade in the Kitchen
- Creme Brulee Cheesecake Bars from Handle the Heat
- Cake Batter Sugar Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction
- Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Baked Bree
- Three Cheese Mac and Cheese from Cook Like a Champion
- Macaroon Kisses from Chef in Training
- Peanut Butter Snickers Brownie Skillet from Picky Palate
- Spa In the Kitchen- Hair Superfood from Our Best Bites
- Red Velvet Crepes from Tidy Mom
Recipes Using 2 Egg Yolks
- Lemon Rosemary Butter Cookies from NeighborFood
- Homemade Mayonnaise from The Perfect Pantry
- Hollandaise Sauce from Earth Food and Fire
- Eggnog cookies from Recipe Girl
- Triple Chocolate Mousse from Kitchen Confidante
- S’mores Ice Cream from Homemade in the Kitchen
- Creamy Angel Hair Carbonara from The Noshery
Recipes Using 3 Egg Yolks
Homemade Egg Noodles from NeighborFood
- Crepe Suzette Crepe Cake from Pineapple and Coconut
- Tiramisu from The Comfort of Cooking
- Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce from Just a Pinch
- Bearnaise Sauce from The Novice Chef
- Country Eggs Benedict from Lana’s Cooking
- Double Chocolate Almond Macaroons from Love and Olive Oil
- Strawberry Paczki from NeighborFood
Recipes Using 4 Egg Yolks
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict from Or Whatever You Do
- Tiramisu Brownies
- Linguine Alla Carbonara from Simply Scratch
- Peanut Butter Pudding from I Wash You Dry
- Easy No Bake Creme Brulee from Completely Delicious
- Banana Pudding from Eat 2 Gather
- Italian Cream Puffs with Custard Filling from Eats Well With Others
- Olive Garden Copy Cat Alfredo Sauce from The Slow Roasted Italian
- Key Lime Pie from I Wash You Dry
- Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse from Bran Appetit
- Prosciutto and Asparagus Eggs Benedict from bell’alimento
- Peaches and Cream Ice Pops from The Slow Roasted Italian
Recipes Using 5 Egg Yolks
Chocolate Tart on Shortbread Crust from Umami Girl
- Coconut Cream Pie from Add a Pinch
- Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream from Country Cleaver
- Classic Homemade Eggnog from Simple Bites
- Crab Eggs Benedict from Country Cleaver
- Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream from Foodie Misadventures
- White Chocolate Lemon Mousse from Baked Bree
- Homemade Lemon Curd from Daring Gourmet
- Salted Caramel Ice Cream from The Novice Chef
Recipes Using 6 Egg Yolks
Margarita Pie from Baking Sense
- Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream from Lauren’s Latest
- Cappuccino Creme Brulee from A Farm Girl’s Dabbles
- Bread Pudding with Vanilla Custard Sauce from Two Peas and their Pod
- The Best Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Cooking LSL
- Greek Lemon Soup with Chicken and Orzo from Love and Olive Oil
You mentioned using them to make sweet potato fries crispier but I didn’t see the recipe?
Here is an example of a recipe that uses egg whites for sweet potato fries! https://www.wellplated.com/sweet-potato-fries/
Oh my! This сrepe Suzette сrepe сake was delicious and so easy to make! Will have to try this for my family. Thanks so much!
Thanks for this compilation, I found my recipe… Just one thing: I’d perhaps leave out the ones where you need both yolk and white, even if used separated.
That would be great, HSH. I do recall hearing about a cake that is made along with angel food but have never come across it.
I just read another website and it’s a 12 yolk pound cake that you make with an angle food cake.
Thanks a lot for sharing list of cool recipes Courtney! First of all i’ll try Challah Bread, Crepe Suzette Crepe Cake and Greek Lemon Soup with Chicken and Orzo! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it.
Great! I hope you enjoy and thank you for sharing!
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I seriously love this round up and have shared it with so many people! Egg yolks rock.
I’m so glad it’s been helpful to you Christina! I was hoping I wasn’t the only one who always needed new ideas for egg yolks. 🙂
Courtney, so fun to see that this post of yours brought quite a few people to my blog yesterday! It was great to spend the last couple days with you! You are truly a sweet sweet person! thanks again for the share! Sheila
That’s awesome Sheila! I’m so glad. It was so lovely to meet you. I wish I had more time to chat with you! I was hoping to talk to you more about your experience with adoption. It’s something my husband and I are both passionate about. We’ll have to stay connected online!
Came by for Chocolate and PB Day and this caught my eye – EVERY morning my 12 year son wants 2 eggs – straight up or on a sandwich of some sort – minus the yolks (doesn’t like them) – I feel guilty that I usually throw them away – THIS IS AWESOME! I kept meaning to make a list of uses, in addition to the ones off the top of my head…and you did it for me! Smaaa-oooch!
I always seem to have egg yolks hanging around! This is such a great roundup! Thanks so much for including my cream puffs!
No problem girl! They look wonderful!
You are a life saver! Just made a white wedding cake and have 18 egg yolks. Yes, 18 as in one and a half dozen.
You’ve totally got our back, girl. I’m always wondering what to do with extra yolks! I’ve got to pin this post so that I always have this list handy. I just read your reply to Danielle’s question – I’m notorious for putting eggs yolks in the fridge and seeing them a week later, all flaky ‘n dried ‘n gross. No more wasted yolks for me!
Yeah! i just discovered that trick and it’s going to save me from a lot of nasty yolks!
Thank you for sharing this! I soooo need it 🙂 Out of curiosity – how long can you keep an egg yolk in the fridge before it goes bad – not that I have one waiting to be used or anything 😉
The standard I’ve heard is 4 days. You can put a little water over the yolks to keep then from drying out then just drain before using.
I was trying to make a baked alaska with meringue but I messed up horribly and I was crying and feeling really bad because I cant make anything this really helped me thankyou.
Wait you cooked Alaska is that what global warming really is? It’s ok mistakes are ok at least that’s what my mom told me!
I think you can keep them in there until they spoil not that you needed to know because you don’t have any 😉
I have 5 eggs yolks sitting in my fridge as we speak. You’re a GENIUS Courtney!
LOVE this roundup! Such a great idea (because I always seem to have leftover egg yolks).
Thanks girl! I actually have some leftover yolks in my fridge right now. Oh, the irony. 🙂