Quail Egg

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Age Suggestion: 6 months +
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Common Allergen: Yes (
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May cause allergic reactions.

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Three quail eggs in their shells before being prepared for babies starting solid food

When can babies eat quail eggs?

Eggs (from chicken, duck, and other fowl) may be introduced as soon as your baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months of age. Check out our recipe ideas!

Zuri, 9 months, eats hard-boiled quail eggs for the first time.
Julian, 12 months, eats hard-boiled quail egg whole.
Adie, 15 months, eats hard-boiled quail egg.

Are quail eggs healthy for babies?

Yes! Eggs are a terrific source of fat and protein, plus they contain lots of iron and even some zinc—two nutrients that babies need to thrive. In fact, eggs (particularly the yolks) contain all vitamins (with the exception of vitamin C) and quail eggs have tons of selenium and B-vitamins, especially vitamin B12. Eggs are also one of the best sources of cholesterol and choline—two important nutrients for bone building, brain development, and cellular growth. Best of all: eggs are one of the only food sources of vitamin D, which helps our bodies absorb calcium to power bone growth.

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods that you can give to your baby, but be careful that they are fully cooked before serving. Eggs may contain salmonella, which can result in a bacterial disease in the intestinal tract.

Are quail eggs a common choking hazard for babies?

They can be if served whole as hard-boiled eggs. To reduce the risk, quarter the cooked eggs or slice in half.

For more information, visit our section on gagging and choking and familiarize yourself with common choking hazards.

Are quail eggs a common allergen?

Yes. Eggs are among the top food allergens—second only to milk.1 Fortunately, many children outgrow egg allergies.2

When you are introducing eggs to your baby, it’s recommended to start with a small quantity, for example, one small slice of a plain omelet. Some babies have severe reactions to even the smallest amount of eggs, so watch carefully for signs of an allergy or sensitivity. Allergic reactions vary, from watery eyes, hives, rashes, wheezing, itching, facial swelling, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and tummy cramps. If the reaction is severe, and/or if your baby is flushed or having trouble breathing, call 9-1-1 immediately, as your baby may be experiencing anaphylactic shock.

While fear of food allergies seems to be at an all-time high, modern science is demonstrating the benefits of introducing food allergens as soon as your baby is ready to start solids. For more detailed information on how to introduce common food allergens, check out our guide, Introducing Allergens to Babies.

How do you prepare quail eggs for babies with baby-led weaning?

6 to 9 months old: While you could certainly introduce quail eggs at this age, it’s not worth the work! Focus on bigger, more conventional eggs that you can easily crack into an omelet and save the quail eggs for when your baby is capable of picking up small pieces of food.

9 to 12 months old: Hard boil them! Hard-boiled quail eggs (or any hard-boiled egg) that are cut in half or quartered are a perfect food for young eaters, and especially for babies in the 9 to 12 month age range, who are working on their pincer grasp (where the thumb and pointer finger meet). Offer hard-boiled quail egg cut in half (or quarters if you feel more comfortable with even smaller pieces).

12 to 24 months old: Continue with hard-boiled quail egg cut in half. Consider adding them to curries and other dishes to boost the nutrition.

For more information on how to cut food for babies, visit our page on Food Sizes & Shapes.

Plunging the boiled eggs into an ice water bath immediately after boiling should help the shells peel more easily.

Recipe: Quail Egg Curry

halved cooked quail eggs floating in a light brown curry sauce within a black cast iron skillet

Ingredients

  • Quail eggs
  • Onion
  • Garlic clove
  • Coconut or avocado oil
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Green curry powder
  • Coconut milk

Directions

  1. Place a few quail eggs in a small saucepan and cover completely with water. Cover the pan and bring the water to a gentle boil, and then turn off the heat. Let the pan sit, covered, for 10 minutes more.
  2. Transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice or ice water. Once cool, peel the shell and cut each egg in half. Set aside.
  3. Mince 1 small onion and 1 garlic clove. Heat a scoop of coconut oil or a pour of avocado oil in a pan on medium. Add the onion and sauté until translucent and soft.
  4. Mix in the minced garlic and continue cooking until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add a pinch of ground coriander, ground cumin, and green curry powder, stirring to coat the onions.
  5. Add 1.5 cups of coconut milk, stir well, and then add the boiled quail eggs. Simmer on low for a couple of minutes and then remove from heat.
  6. Serve atop rice or with rice noodles in a bowl.

Flavor Pairings

Quail eggs pair well with curries, asparagus, mushrooms, salmon, and sesame crème fraiche, among many other things. In China, quail eggs are soaked in tea and served with salt, though this preparation is best for older children, given the sodium and caffeine from the tea.

  1. Food Allergy Research & Education. Egg Allergy. Retrieved March 28, 2020.
  2. Food Allergy Research & Education. Egg Allergy. Retrieved March 28, 2020.