Quail Eggs Appetizer

This three-ingredient Quail Egg Appetizer is so easy to make and great for sharing! Called ovo de codorna com molho rose in Portuguese, this quail eggs recipe makes a delicious snack or appetizer.

A hard boiled quail egg sits on top of dipping sauce surrounded by other eggs

Why I love this quail egg recipe:

Oi Gente!

When I was growing up in Brazil, there wasn’t a formal party, be it a wedding or a sweet sixteen birthday party that we attended that didn’t serve this classic appetizer — ovo de codorna com molho rosé!

You’ll even see them on the buffet as an option in some churrascarias.

This is a fun appetizer for everyone, especially over the holidays, and kids tend to love them, because, well… they’re bite-sized, cute and fun to eat.

Who wouldn’t love the combination of creamy egg yolk and perfectly cooked egg white in a sweet-savory dipping sauce?

It’s a similar idea to deviled eggs, but doesn’t involve slicing and mixing the yolk with the mayo mixture.

Peeled quail eggs in a decorative white bowl

This quail egg recipe is so easy to make because it isn’t even much of a recipe.

However, I will provide you with information on how to boil quail eggs, as well as how to make this simple sauce your familia is sure going to love!

This recipe is fun and easy to multiply in case you need an appetizer to serve a ton of people. For me, the issue is always peeling the eggs. But, depending on where you live, you may be able to buy them already cooked and peeled!

This is also a fun task to hand over to the kiddos to do — I always enjoyed helping my mom peel them as a kid.

I hope you love this easy recipe as much as I do!

Beijinhos xx

Ingredients and tools

Quail eggs in a plastic container on marble

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  • Hard boiled quail eggs — if you need tips for boiling/cooking check out my How to Cook Quail Eggs post. You can also purchase them cooked online, at Amazon, for example. I never tried any of the pre-cooked brands, but I think they’re worth giving a shot, especially if that’s all you have access to.
  • Ketchup — use your favorite brand!
  • Mayonnaise — use your favorite brand, or make your own, if you’re feeling fancy!

You’ll need some tools, too:

How to make Ovo de Codorna com Molho Rose

We start by hard boiling the eggs. If you need help cooking your eggs or peeling them efficiently, check my tips on How to Cook Quail Eggs post.

If your eggs are already cooked, all you need to do is make the sauce, which takes all of 3 seconds.

Just combine the ketchup and mayo, and you’re done.

Just keep in mind the ratio for the quail egg sauce is roughly two parts mayo to one part ketchup. With this information, you should be able to make as much or as little you want!

How to serve this appetizer

This quail egg recipe is particularly easy to put together!

I like to layer a plate with fresh lettuce leaves and place the dipping sauce, in a festive bowl, or ramekin, in the middle before surrounding that with the peeled eggs.

You can place toothpicks in a shot glass or another small container next to the plate for serving.

And there you go!

Boiled quail eggs on lettuce with a bowl of pink dipping sauce

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I purchase quail eggs?

I’ve had my best luck at farmers markets, but you can find them at many grocery stores, too. You can even purchase them online.

Can I use chicken eggs?

Yes. If you can’t find quail eggs and still want to make this appetizer, you can. Keep in mind that chickens eggs are significantly larger than quail eggs.

Other Quail Eggs Recipes

Other Appetizer Recipes:

A hardboiled quail egg in a pink sauce above a bowl
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Quail Egg Appetizer (ovo de codorna com molho rose)

This three-ingredient Quail Egg Appetizer is so easy to make and great for sharing! Called ovo de codorna com molho rose in Portuguese, this quail eggs recipe makes a delicious snack or appetizer.
Author: Aline Shaw


  • 30 Hard boiled quail eggs
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise


  • In a small bowl, mix the ketchup and mayonnaise together until combined.
  • Arrange the hard boiled quail eggs in a tray or bowl, and serve alongside the sauce.

Bom Apetite!

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