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What to Do with Leftover Egg Yolks

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: August 2, 2020
What to Do with Leftover Egg Yolks

Have you recently made an egg white omelet or do someone in your family absconds from egg yolks? If yes, then you must have a few leftover egg yolks in your refrigerator. Throwing them in the bin is total wastage, but you should not be annoyed. Accept the challenge and take it as an opportunity to make better use of these protein rich sunny spheres. Here at oneHOWTO, you will get some great ideas as to what to do with leftover egg yolks.


  1. Make lemon curd
  2. Make hollandaise sauce
  3. Make mayonnaise
  4. Use as a face mask
  5. Use it as a hair moisturizer

Make lemon curd

Lemon curd is rich, smooth, creamy and tart. It can be served with tea, spread on biscuits, shortbread or scones. It may also be filled in tarts and cakes, sandwiched between cookies, swirled into yogurt or ice creams, filled in chocolates, crepes or choux pastry, or slathered on pancakes or pound cakes. As it's so versatile, this makes it the best way to use your leftover egg yolks:


  • 3 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 tbsp of unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Peel and juice 2 lemons
  2. Mix lemon peels and sugar in a food processor and grind
  3. Add egg yolks, butter, salt and lemon juice to it and process for 10 seconds to mix
  4. Pour this mixture in a saucepan and put on low heat
  5. Keep stirring, otherwise it will curdle
  6. Cook for 15 minutes
  7. Strain in a jar, allow it to cool and store in the refrigerator
What to Do with Leftover Egg Yolks - Make lemon curd

Make hollandaise sauce

Hollandaise is one of the most delicious sauces you can make, and a homemade one is much healthier than store bought versions. Make it with your weekend brunch, it's delicious!


  • 4 tbsp of butter
  • 4 egg yolks
  • tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Salt


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  2. Beat the egg yolks in a bowl, and add lime juice, heavy cream, pepper powder and salt to it
  3. Combine eggs in melted butter by pouring a little egg mixture at a time
  4. Keep stirring
  5. It will cook quickly within 15 seconds
  6. Let it cool and store

It is important to get the right consistency for your hollandaise sauce. Read How To Thicken Up Hollandaise Sauce or How to Fix Hollandaise Sauce if it's too Thick if anything goes wrong.

What to Do with Leftover Egg Yolks - Make hollandaise sauce

Make mayonnaise

Making delicious mayonnaise is an extremely easy way to sue up your leftover egg yolks. It takes only three ingredients, which are egg yolks, oil and lemon juice.


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup canola or olive oil


  1. Mix lemon juice, salt and egg yolks in a bowl and pulse with a blender to break up the egg yolks
  2. While the immersion blender is still running, add one tbsp of oil at a time. Keep adding more as the last tbsp of oil mixes well.
  3. Once you have added half cup of oil, pour in all of the remaining oil and blend well. The amount of oil that you mix depends on how thick you want your mayonnaise to be. The more oil you will add, the thicker your mayo will become. So, stop adding oil when you are satisfied with the consistency of the mayo.
  4. Store in a container and keep in the refrigerator.

Use as a face mask

Egg yolks are rich in vitamin A that is extremely helpful in repairing your skin and reducing acne. If you don't want to use your leftover egg yolks to make any food, there are also other options.

You can make a face mask with the leftover egg yolks by adding some almond oil, clay or avocado oil to it, and it will have great moisturizing effects on your skin, which is why it's a great home remedy for dry skin. It will also tone your skin if you choose to add some witch hazel to it.

What to Do with Leftover Egg Yolks - Use as a face mask

Use it as a hair moisturizer

Rich in proteins and fats, egg yolks have natural nourishing and moisturizing properties. If you moisturize your hair with your leftover egg yolks, your hair will instantly become less prone to hair fall and breakage. Take half cup of egg yolks in a bowl, beat them until they attain a creamy texture, and apply on clean and wet hair. Let this hair mask sit for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse properly with fresh water. This gives a deep conditioning treatment to your hair, which you can take once in a month to get glossy, shiny locks.

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