Certain foods just make sense to have on hand. Eggs, flour, sugar, milk, butter—all of these ingredients come in handy on a regular basis. Still, at times you may find yourself with leftover egg whites, such as when a recipe only calls for a yolk, or if you buy the convenient carton of egg whites. (I love this for making healthy breakfasts!) Leftover egg whites *should be* pretty easy to use up! They work well in recipes and they’re good for you. Here are my favorite ideas for leftover egg whites.
Using Up Leftover Egg Whites
Egg whites are delicious on their own or fried up with some other breakfast accompaniments. Here are some easy ways to use up leftover egg whites.
Egg Whites for Breakfast
- Meat Lover’s Egg White Scramble – Fry up hash browns or home fries. In another pan, make country sausage, diced ham, and bacon bits. You can also use another meat trio depending on what you have available. Fry up your leftover egg whites and throw it all together. Top with shredded cheese and enjoy!
- Omelet – Make your favorite omelet a little healthier using the egg whites you have left over. You can make an omelet with cheese, meat, spinach, peppers and onions, shrimp, crab, or anything you like.
- Easy Egg White Muffins – Divide your leftover whites into (greased or buttered) muffin tins and add your favorite mix-ins—bacon bits, cheese, mushrooms, turkey or ham, etc. Bake until cooked all the way through.
- Egg White Breakfast Sandwich – Fry up your egg whites as per usual but then top with cheese. Fry pork roll in another pan and toast your English muffin. Stack it all together for an epic breakfast sandwich that’s just a tad healthier than usual.
- Scrambled Egg Whites – For a super simple use of your egg whites, whip them up scrambled egg style and enjoy them with a bagel, side of fruit, or a glass of OJ. You can also enjoy Steak & Eggs on the skinny!
- Egg White Quiche – Create a breakfast masterpiece using delicious mix-ins for a memorable egg white quiche.
- Triple Crown Breakfast Stromboli – Usually I make my Breakfast Boli with whole eggs, but it can easily work just as well with egg whites you need to use. Be sure you have ham, bacon, and sausage on hand to go with the egg whites in the filling. You’ll have to fry up the egg whites, assemble everything, wrap it up and bake the Breakfast Boli at 375 for about 30 minutes until golden, give or take.
- Pancakes and Waffles – Breakfast favorites sub whole eggs for egg whites with a still delicious result! Make your favorite pancakes or waffles with toppings or mix-ins. You’ll likely never taste the difference!
Extra Egg Whites in Entrees and Sides
- Batter for Frying – When making chicken cutlets, fried chicken, mozzarella sticks, or just about any other battered and fried food, consider using leftover egg whites as the binding agent for the batter.
- Lower-Fat Meatloaf or Meatballs – Use your standard favorite recipes here and substitute the egg whites for the whole egg.
- Crab Cakes – Very forgiving when mixing in as a substitute for whole eggs, egg whites work beautifully as the binding ingredient in homemade crab cakes—Yum!
- Fried Rice with Egg White – Usually I fry up a few whole eggs when making fried rice, but it would taste just as good using leftover egg whites in this recipe. Start with a thin coating of cooking oil on your frying pan at medium heat. Add COLD cooked rice from the refrigerator. Add soy sauce generously. Flip over and take note of the rice getting crispier. Add frozen mixed vegetables and top with fried egg whites for an easy yet impressive finish.
Uses in Baking and Desserts
- Coconut Macaroons – I’ve always loved these sweet and decadent treats at the end of a Chinese buffet. We aren’t going out to eat so much like the old days, so I’m adding these coconut macaroons to my list of ways to use up extra egg whites.
- French Macarons – Not to be confused with coconut macaroons, the French meringue sandwich cookie boasts an airy composition and a sweet flavor.
- French Meringues – Only egg whites and sugar combine to create these sweet confections. Despite their short ingredient list, French meringues take some time to cook, so be sure to set aside a few hours for this project. Enjoy them hard as cookies or soft as topping for lemon meringue pie and similar treats.
- Baked Alaska – With too many delectable flavors to mention, Baked Alaska brings together the best of cake and ice cream with browned meringue on top. Try Neapolitan, strawberry ice cream, raspberry sorbet, or your own creative ideas.
- Angel Food Cake – One of my favorite treat bloggers offers a recipe for Angel Food Cake that requires egg whites to make this light and airy dessert.
- Pina Colada Cupcakes – Who couldn’t use a little tropical vibe right about now? These pina colada cupcakes are high on my list to try whether I have leftover egg whites to use up or not!
- Homemade Granola – Use egg whites to bind together all the delicious goodies in your granola or granola bars.
- Homemade Klondike Bars – Imitation is the highest form of flattery, so feel free to use your leftover egg whites for a few copycat recipes. For one, try this sweet Klondike Bar recipe, which calls for about 3 egg whites.
Other Egg White Uses
- Other Egg Substitutes – You should be able to swap out whole eggs and instead use egg whites you had left over in many baking recipes. Try it with cookies, cake, cupcakes, muffins, and more. Do not make the swap for delicate recipes that may require more precise flavors and textures.
- Egg Wash – Many favorite doughs call for an egg wash prior to baking. Set aside your extra egg whites to baste your Stromboli and seal the edges. Proper egg wash adds glistening shine or golden color to dinner rolls, garlic knots, pastries and more. You can find different ways of preparing an egg wash—choose the one that suits you best.
- Freeze ‘Em! – Feeling tired just reading this? Don’t fret! You can actually skip all the steps above and just freeze egg whites in an ice cube tray, call it a day, and go catch up on Netflix. Your egg whites will be portioned out and ready when you need them and you can unwind feeling super accomplished. You’re welcome!
What other uses do you have for all your leftover egg whites? Be sure to share them in our comments below! And if you liked this article, be sure to check out our similar post – 17 Recipes that Use a Lot of Milk before Expiration!