Egg Substitute – What To Use


Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on earth and can be part of a healthy diet. However, they are perishable just like raw meat, poultry, and fish. Today some unbroken, clean, fresh shell eggs may contain Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria that can cause food borne illness. While the number of eggs affected is quite small, there have been cases of food borne illness in the last few years. To be safe, eggs must be properly handled, refrigerated, and cooked.

No one should eat foods containing raw eggs. This includes “health food” milk shakes made with raw eggs, Caesar salad, Hollandaise sauce, and any other foods like homemade mayonnaise, ice cream, or eggnog made from recipes in which the egg ingredients are not cooked.

To make a recipe safe that specifies using eggs that aren’t cooked, heat the eggs in a liquid from the recipe over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 160 °F. Then combine it with the other ingredients and complete the recipe.

 What is a good substitute for eggs?

Ener-G Egg Replacer – follow directions on box.

2 tbsp cornstarch = 1 egg

2 tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg

2 tbsp potato starch = 1 egg

1 heaping tbsp soy powder + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg

1 tbsp soy milk powder + 1 tbsp cornstarch + 2 tbsp water = 1 egg.

1 banana = 1 egg in cakes.

1 tbsp milled flax seed and 3 tbsp water = 1 egg. Light, fluffy cakes!


Homemade egg substitute recipe

Homemade egg substitutes are less expensive and just as satisfactory. They also have few calories. Here’s a low cholesterol egg substitute recipe:

1 tablespoon of nonfat dry milk powder

2 egg whites from large eggs

4 drops of yellow food color (optional)

Sprinkle powdered milk over egg whites, then beat them with fork until smooth. Add food color, and beat until blended. This makes 1/4 cup, which is equal to 1 large egg. If you use this homemade substitute for scrambled eggs, cook it in vegetable oil or margarine so the eggs won’t be too dry.

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5 Responses to Egg Substitute – What To Use

  1. Mbo says:

    How bizarre to suggest no one should eat foods like hollandaise sauce. Eggs can be contaminated with Salmonella but there were any truth to the idea “no one should eat foods containing uncooked eggs”, there would be a lot of French people and Lycra-wearing cafe scenesters with food poisoning!

  2. katie guerrero says:

    I made brownies and tried using milled flax seed-it worked terribly! They were flat and stuck to the pan! Yuck!! Worst substitute ever :(

  3. Jay says:

    I used 2 tbsp cornstarch to replace the egg in my bread recipe and it worked perfectly.. Thanks

  4. Judith Harp says:

    This is a lifesaver! But I thought I remembered hearing that you could also use applesauce of stewed prunes? Or was that just my imagination??

  5. Alexa Smith says:

    A really good egg substitute for eggs is milled flax seed.

    1 Tbsp milled flax seed and 3 Tbsp water = 1 egg.

    Light, fluffy cakes!

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