20 Egg Yolk Recipes for When You Have Leftovers

Whipped up pavlova, meringues or some egg white omelets lately? Don’t even think about throwing away those egg yolks. From dinner to dessert, here are 20 egg yolk recipes to turn to when you have leftovers.

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1. Crème Brûlée

You’ll need eight egg yolks for this ultra-rich custard filling crowned with a perfectly caramelized sugar topping.

2. Butternut Squash Carbonara

This autumnal remix of traditional carbonara is packed with hidden veggies.

3. Baked Coconut Cashew Chicken Bites

The perfect party anytime snack.

4. Rum Cake

Some of the most delicious desserts are mind-blowingly simple. Think dense yellow Bundt cake drizzled with butter-rum sauce.

5. Honey Strawberry Peach Pie

Egg yolk gives the pretty lattice crust its glossy, golden look.

6. Hollandaise Sauce

Waiting in line for hours for brunch? A thing of the past, friends.

7. Classic Eggnog

One sip can make any day feel like Christmas. Add bourbon or rum for an adults-only treat.

8. Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Rich, creamy, frozen perfection. We'll take two scoops with sprinkles, please.

9. Homemade Aioli

A garlicky mayonnaise that teams perfectly with roast chicken or sweet potato fries.

10. Caesar Salad Dressing

This classic recipe perks up any vegetable dish. We keep it traditional with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and anchovies.

11. Lemon Curd With Whipped Cream

Slather the curd on pancakes, stir it into whipped cream or dollop it onto ice cream. (Or heck, just eat it straight out of the jar with a spoon.)

12. Homemade Mayonnaise

All you need is one egg yolk and three minutes to whip up this tasty spread.

13. Crème Anglaise

It's delicious drizzled over fresh fruit or tarte tatin (aka a fancy upside-down pie-tart hybrid).

14. Instant Pot Deep Dark Chocolate Pudding

Egg yolks give this firm favorite an extra silky texture.

15. One-pan Creamy Chicken Fricassee With Sage

Countless Nonnas have passed this decadent dish down for generations, but it never ceases to surprise us when we remember the sauce is thickened with nothing but lemon and egg yolks—not heavy cream.

16. Lemon Pie With Blueberry Meringue

While the lilac meringue gets its fluffy texture from egg whites, egg yolks make the puckering lemon filling possible.

17. Avocado Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are one of the most iconic hors d'oeuvres of all time for a reason. Here, we mix things up with creamy avocado, minced chives and a dash of hot sauce.

18. Raspberry Choux Puffs

Not only is there an extra yolk in the flaky, buttery choux pastry, but the vanilla bean crème pâtissière also calls for four egg yolks.

19. Instant Pot Risotto à La Carbonara

Sorry, pasta. You'll have to sit this one out. Substitute Arborio rice in this iconically eggy dish that's spiked with white wine, diced pancetta and all the shredded Parm.

20. Chocolate Semifreddo Seduction

This smooth frozen dessert only requires five minutes of prep and 30 minutes of chilling to come together.

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Alexia Dellner

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Taryn Pire

Food Editor

Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...
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