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5+ Amazing Egg White Recipes to Use Up Leftover Egg Whites

31/03/2023

Love cooking but not sure what to do with leftover egg whites from a recipe? Here’s everything you need to know, from storage to shelf life, and most importantly, the tastiest recipes to use up egg whites!

Egg white in a small dish, with an egg and egg shells in the background.

The Easiest Ways to Use Up Egg Whites

Our go to way to use up leftover egg whites (or even yolks for that matter) is to make simple scrambled egg whites, egg white omelettes or crepes.

Note: The below recipes are written with whole eggs, however you can make them with egg whites using the ratio of two eggs whites per one whole egg. Or you can add 1 or 2 leftover egg whites in addition to the whole eggs to make these recipes go that little bit further.

Miso butter scrambled eggs sit on two pieces of toast with a garnish of aonori and rayu chilli oil.
3 Ingredient Miso Butter Scrambled Eggs
Just 3 ingredients are all you need for the creamiest miso butter scrambled eggs ever! Whip up this Japanese inspired breakfast in only 10 minutes.
3 Ingredient Miso Butter Scrambled Eggs
A hand holding up a sliced piece of dan bing egg crepe.
Dan Bing Recipe – Taiwanese Egg Crepes (蛋餅)
Bursting with flavour, this Dan Bing Recipe with tuna and egg makes the perfect savoury breakfast crepe or quick snack. A light batter made with cornflour (cornstarch) ensures these Taiwanese egg pancakes are crispy and fluffy, yet light and totally delicious!
Dan Bing Recipe – Taiwanese Egg Crepes (蛋餅)

Quick & Easy Baking Recipes with Egg Whites

Sometimes, baking biscuits or cookies is the easiest (and most fun!) way to use up leftover egg whites. The following recipes are written specifically using pure egg whites, and they’re not only super delicious, but also quick and easy to bring together.

Pile of crispy, thin Italian biscuits in white bowl.
Lingue di Gatto – Italian Cat Tongue Cookies
You’ll love this super easy lingue di gatto recipe. Light and crunchy, these cute little cat tongue cookies are the perfect treat with coffee or ice cream!
Lingue di Gatto – Italian Cat Tongue Cookies
Stack of four Italian Almond Biscuits.
Chewy Italian Almond Biscuits
Hot baked biscuits in less than 30 minutes? Yes please! Here's a simple recipe for Italian almond biscuits. They are chewy, delicately sweet and packed with the rich flavour of roasted almond. 
Chewy Italian Almond Biscuits

Impressive Egg White Recipes for Entertaining

For something extra special, the following recipes are guaranteed to make the most of your egg whites! Whipping them up into glossy clouds, then baking them into crispy, fluffy perfection is not only very fun and very delicious, but also a great way to spoil your friends and family.

Pavlova roll with berries on a wooden board.
The BEST Pavlova Roll – Easy Meringue Roulade
Dessert is sorted for your next gathering with the best Pavlova Roll you'll ever eat. Berries and whipped cream are rolled and encased in this easy meringue roulade – crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside – how it should be. Make ahead or on the day!
The BEST Pavlova Roll – Easy Meringue Roulade
Australian Pavlova Dessert Meringue on cake stand with side plates.
Easy Australian Pavlova Recipe
This EASY Australian Pavlova recipe is all about that crunchy, chewy meringue shell and soft, pillowy marshmallow centre. Have the meringue base in the oven in just 15 minutes! Includes recipe video, step-by-step instructions and creative topping ideas.
Easy Australian Pavlova Recipe
An egg yolk is poured from one half of an egg shell to another.

How to Separate Egg Whites by Hand

  1. Get out two small bowls to separate your egg yolks and whites into.
  2. Using your hand, tap your egg with medium force on a table or side of the bowl to get a crack around the centre.
  3. Note: Be careful and take your time here! Hover over one bowl, and use your thumbs to gently prise open the egg, allowing the egg white to start falling into the dish below.
  4. Keep your egg shell halves touching and move the yolk into one side of the shell. Next, start transferring the yolk carefully from one half of the egg shell to the other. Each time this will encourage the egg white to drop off into the dish below.
  5. Tip: If the white is still clinging to the yolk, you can gently use the edge of the shell to “cut” the egg white away from the yolk.
  6. Once the egg white is all in your bowl, you can pop the egg yolk in the other bowl to store or use separately.
  7. Repeat with as many eggs as you need for your chosen recipe!

Egg White FAQs

How long do egg whites last?

Once you’ve cracked open an egg and used up the yolk (in recipes like our Italian almond crescent cookies) the white will last up to around 4 days in the fridge, but we prefer to use them up much quicker to be extra safe.

Interestingly, they last longer than egg yolks in the fridge, which contain more fat content and so tend to go off faster.

How should I store them?

Always store leftover egg whites in an airtight container in the fridge to maintain freshness and quality, and to stop them taking on any aromas from the fridge. 

Can I freeze them?

You sure can! Egg whites actually freeze really well! A great way to do this is to portion out egg whites into an ice cube tray. That way you’ll be able to use the right quantity for your next recipe once you’re ready to use them.

Once frozen, always transfer them to an airtight container for storage rather than leaving them in the ice cube tray exposed to the freezer, otherwise they can become freezer burnt. 

They’ll last for up to a year, but again, we actually prefer to use them up within a couple of months to ensure they’ll still be at their best for future kitchen adventures.

What’s the best way to thaw frozen egg whites?

Transfer them to the fridge to defrost overnight, then set them on your bench for around 30 minutes before using to ensure they come up to room temperature.

For baking especially, it’s always best to use room temperature eggs, but doing this for frozen egg whites will help them whip up to their best volume if needed for recipes like pavlova or meringue roulade.

More amazing recipe ideas to check out next:

The last bit of egg white drops into the dish below.

How to Separate Egg Whites

It's never been easier to separate your egg whites by hand. No fancy equipment required – just the egg and a little know how.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 1 minute
Course: Basics
Cuisine: Australian
Servings: 1 Egg
Calories: 63kcal
Author: Wandercooks
Cost: $2

Ingredients

  • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Get out two small bowls to separate your egg yolks and whites into.
  • Using your hand, tap your egg with medium force on a table or side of the bowl to get a crack around the centre.
    1 egg
  • Note: Be careful and take your time here! Hover over one bowl, and use your thumbs to gently prise open the egg, allowing the egg white to start falling into the dish below.
  • Keep your egg shell halves touching and move the yolk into one side of the shell. Next, start transferring the yolk carefully from one half of the egg shell to the other. Each time this will encourage the egg white to drop off into the dish below.
  • Tip: If the white is still clinging to the yolk, you can gently use the edge of the shell to "cut" the egg white away from the yolk.
  • Once the egg white is all in your bowl, you can pop the egg yolk in the other bowl to store or use separately.
  • Repeat with as many eggs as you need for your chosen recipe!

Recipe Notes

  • How should I store them? Always store leftover egg whites in an airtight container in the fridge to maintain freshness and quality, and to stop them taking on any aromas from the fridge. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Separate Egg Whites
Amount per Serving
Calories
63
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
4
g
6
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Cholesterol
 
164
mg
55
%
Sodium
 
62
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
61
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
0.3
g
0
%
Sugar
 
0.2
g
0
%
Protein
 
6
g
12
%
Vitamin A
 
238
IU
5
%
Calcium
 
25
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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