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14 Best Egg White Recipes

14 Best Egg White Recipes

Posted on: February 28th 2023

Whether you’re frying them in the morning or using them to bake a birthday cake, eggs are truly versatile and elevate many different recipes. Not to mention, eggs provide an excellent source of protein and vitamins.

If you’re trying to keep to a low-cholesterol diet or simply prefer the taste of egg whites, there are plenty of mouthwatering recipes you can make without the yolk. In this post, we’ll show you the benefits of egg whites and over a dozen egg-white-based recipes to try.

The Benefits of Egg Whites

Egg whites are an all-natural source of protein without the extra added calories of the egg yolk. They’re also perfect for those on a heart-healthy diet, such as those with high cholesterol or heart conditions. Each egg white contains approximately 3.6 grams of protein and only 17 calories, which means this food can fit into a wide variety of diets and lifestyles.

While the high-quality protein in egg whites is good for building and maintaining muscle mass, it also helps keep us feeling full for longer, which can aid in weight management.

Those who have diets high in protein are associated with a lower risk of developing certain health conditions, such as hypertension, or high blood pressure. Egg whites also contain healthy amounts of vitamin B2 and potassium, which aid in a variety of important functions, including heart and bone health, metabolism, organ functioning, and red blood cell production.

14 Egg White Recipes

You can use egg whites in a variety of delicious meals, snacks, and desserts. Most of the treats below can be made with the same few ingredients, so having these staples in your kitchen can help you whip up something flavorful in no time. Here are 14 tasty and healthy egg white recipes to try.

1. French Macarons

Contrary to what many believe, macarons are not the same thing as macaroons. French macarons are delectable sandwich cookies that have a chewy, crisp shell and are perfect for any occasion where you want a sweet treat. For the macaron shells, you’ll need:

  • Almond flour
  • Powdered sugar
  • Egg whites at room temperature
  • Cream of tartar
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Food coloring of your choice, optional

For the creamy filling, you’ll need:

  • Softened butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk

To begin, sift the almond flour and powdered sugar into a bowl. Next, beat the egg whites separately until they’re foamy, and add your salt and cream of tartar. Continue beating the eggs and add small amounts of sugar at a time. Once you see soft peaks forming, add the food coloring and vanilla extract.

Then, add the almond flour and powdered sugar into your mixture and gently fold everything together. Spoon the batter into a piping bag and gently squeeze it onto a baking sheet in small, evenly sized circles. Tap the baking sheet onto the counter to release any air bubbles, and let the batter sit for about an hour until it forms a skin. When ready, bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

For the filling, mix all ingredients together until creamy. Stir with a spatula to release any air bubbles and place in a piping bag. Squeeze about one to two teaspoons of filling on the bottom shell and gently pat the second shell on top.

2. Angel Food Cake

This light, fluffy, and airy cake only has six ingredients, making it easy to whip up for a celebration or dinner party. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Cake flour
  • Salt
  • Egg whites
  • Cream of tartar
  • Vanilla extract

Use a blender or food processor to thin out about one cup of sugar and set it aside. Add your cake flour and salt to the blender and pulse them with the remaining sugar. Next, separately beat your egg whites and cream of tartar together until foamy. Slowly begin to pour the sugar you set aside into the bowl and continue to beat the mixture until soft peaks form. After that, add your vanilla extract.

Sift your dry ingredients and fold them together. Pour the batter into a tube pan, but do not grease it. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes. Remove and cool upside down on a baking rack to ensure the cake holds its shape.

3. Coconut Macaroons

These crunchy, chewy, and sweet treats are ideal for people trying to avoid gluten and can be stored for up to a week. You can create this recipe in less than 30 minutes with only five ingredients:

  • Sweetened, shredded coconut
  • Large egg whites
  • Salt
  • Vanilla or almond extract
  • Granulated sugar

To enhance the coconut flavor and crispiness, toast your shredded coconut on a baking sheet for about five minutes until it starts to show some color. Next, beat your egg whites, sugar, salt, and vanilla or almond extract in a bowl until it’s foamy or frothy. Add the coconut to your mixture and stir until evenly combined.

After that, wet your hands to prevent the ingredients from sticking to you, and shape the coconut mixture into the macaroon shape, which is a small ball about an inch and a half wide. Place them on a baking sheet and cook at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes.

4. Royal Icing

If you’re in a pinch to decorate your cake or cookies or prefer the taste of homemade icing, this egg white icing recipe is perfect for you. You can whip up this topping in no time with just three ingredients and start adding delicious designs to your favorite desserts. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Egg whites
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Food coloring, optional

Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl and set it aside. In a large mixing bowl or electric stand mixer, beat your egg whites until they’re frothy. Slowly add in the powdered sugar and vanilla. Be sure to incorporate the sugar in small increments, as doing it too fast can cause your mixture to lose volume.

Once all the ingredients are fully mixed in, beat the mixture until you see shiny, stiff peaks. From here, you can add food coloring directly into the bowl or divide up the mixture into several colors. Transfer the royal icing to piping bags to give you more control when decorating.

5. Meringue Cookies

Meringue cookies are light and airy with a crisp interior. This recipe only requires five ingredients and produces delicious cookies at only 25 calories each. Here’s what you’ll need for a classic vanilla meringue recipe:

  • Egg whites at room temperature
  • Cream of tartar
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Food coloring, optional

Using a stand mixer or electric mixer, combine the egg whites, cream of tartar, and salt and mix on low speed until foamy. Then, increase the speed to high and gradually add the sugar. Wait about 20 seconds before adding more sugar each time to ensure it properly dissolves. Continue to beat the mixture until it becomes thick and shiny.

By now, the mixture should have stiff peaks. Next, stir in your vanilla extract and your choice of food coloring. Place the batter into a piping bag and transfer it onto a baking sheet, forming small meringues. Bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes. When finished, turn the oven off and leave the door closed. Let the meringue cookies cool completely for one to two hours before eating.

6. Meringue Pie Topping

Who doesn’t love a simple, fluffy meringue to top their Lemon meringue pie or Baked Alaska? While meringue topping certainly looks like a lot of effort, it only involves five ingredients. Similar to the recipe above, this dessert essentially creates one giant, dreamy meringue cookie. All you need to make this delectable pie topping is:

  • Egg whites at room temperature
  • A pinch of salt
  • Cream of tartar
  • Granulated or superfine sugar
  • Vanilla extract

In a large electric mixing bowl, combine your egg whites and salt and whip until frothy. Then, add the cream of tartar to the bowl and increase the mixer speed. Continue beating the ingredients until the egg whites become fluffy and produce bubbles around the edges. While mixing, slowly add in your sugar a few teaspoons at a time.

Do this gradually to ensure the sugar is well incorporated and not grainy. When you notice firm but glossy peaks forming in the mixture, add the vanilla extract.

Gently add the meringue topping to your pie and spread it evenly to the edges. Use the back of a spoon or spatula to make decorative peaks in the soft meringue. Bake your meringue pie at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 to 15 minutes or until it starts to brown.

7. Pavlova

Pavlova is a decadent yet light and airy dessert named after a famous ballerina, Anna Pavlova. Many people assume that meringue and Pavlova are the same things, and while they are both fluffy, egg white desserts, they have different textures. Compared to a meringue, which is crispy throughout, Pavlova has a crispy exterior but a soft, marshmallow-like consistency on the inside.

Both desserts consist of most of the same ingredients, but a Pavlova is typically topped with cream and seasonal fruits. Here’s what you’ll need for the perfect Pavlova.

For the base:

  • Egg whites at room temperature
  • Caster or granulated sugar
  • Cornstarch
  • White vinegar or cream of tartar

For the topping:

  • Heavy cream
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Strawberries, blueberries, kiwis, or your fruit of choice
  • Fruit syrup or lemon curd

Add your egg whites to an electric mixing bowl and whisk them until soft peaks form. This may take up to 10 minutes. Next, lower the speed of your mixer and gradually add the sugar, one tablespoon at a time. Then, increase the mixing speed and combine the sugar and egg whites together until they are thick and glossy and hold their shape. Use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl a few times during this process to ensure everything is fully incorporated.

After that, add your cornstarch and vinegar to another bowl and combine until it forms a thick paste. Add this mixture to your meringue base and increase the mixing speed to combine all ingredients. Scoop the batter out of the bowl and place it onto parchment paper on your baking sheet. Carefully form the meringue in the middle into a circle and ensure the top is evenly tall.

Once it has its shape, use a spatula, knife, or spoon to create furrows and swirls on the side, but be sure to smooth out any edges to prevent them from burning. Transfer to the oven and bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes. Keep the oven door closed the entire time, and leave the Pavlova inside for a few hours after baking for it to cool down completely.

For your Pavlova topping, mix the whipping cream in a bowl on medium speed and gradually add the vanilla extract and sugar. When the cream is smooth but forms stiff peaks, it’s ready to be spread on the Pavlova. Top the dessert with your choice of prepared fruit and drizzle it with syrup or lemon curd.

8. Egg White Frittata

If you’ve been on the hunt for some egg white frittata recipes, we’ve got the perfect one for a quick and easy breakfast. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brown mushrooms, sliced
  • Spinach
  • Egg whites
  • Kosher salt
  • Grated parmesan or your cheese of choice
  • Your seasonings of choice
  • Hot sauce, optional

Grease an oven-safe pan and add the sliced mushrooms. Cook for a few minutes and add a handful of spinach. Continue cooking for another minute or two until the spinach wilts. Next, whisk the egg whites together in a bowl until frothy. Add a pinch of kosher salt to the egg whites and pour them into the pan with your mushrooms and spinach.

Sprinkle on a spoonful of parmesan cheese or another type of cheese if you prefer. Let the mixture cook in the pan undisturbed until it forms a solid shape. Gently lift the frittata and place it in the oven or toaster oven to broil for another two to three minutes. Remove and add another sprinkle of cheese and hot sauce if desired.

9. Homemade Marshmallows

Store-bought marshmallows are just fine, but they can’t compare to the homemade version. Using egg whites creates a softer, fluffier, and altogether lighter consistency. This recipe is best made in advance since the marshmallows need to cool for several hours before you can cut and serve them. The ingredients include:

  • Egg whites
  • Powdered sugar
  • White sugar
  • Light corn syrup
  • Water
  • Unflavored gelatin
  • Vanilla extract

Start by dusting a small square dish with the powdered sugar. In a saucepan, mix the white sugar, corn syrup, and water. Continue to heat on the stove until you can drop a small amount of the light corn syrup and see a ball form. Add some more water into a metal bowl and sprinkle the unflavored gelatin on the surface. Place this bowl over simmering water until the gelatin dissolves and keep it warm.

When the syrup comes to temperature, whisk in the gelatin and combine. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they froth and form soft peaks. Then, slowly pour your syrup mixture into the egg whites and continue whisking until the egg whites become stiff. Spread the combined mixture in the square pan and let cool for three to eight hours before cutting and serving.

10. Chocolate Mousse

Mousse is a fuss-free dessert that’s perfect for adding plenty of toppings, from homemade marshmallows to fresh fruit to cookies. Here’s what you need to make this flavorful and simple treat:

  • Bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • Heavy cream
  • Egg whites
  • Sugar
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Shaved bittersweet chocolate

Place the bittersweet chocolate in a large bowl and set it over a double boiler or bain-marie. Simmer on low until the chocolate melts. Remove from heat and set aside. Next, beat the heavy cream in a bowl over ice until it thickens and forms soft peaks. Set aside at room temperature. Then, whisk your egg whites in a stand mixer until they form soft peaks. Gradually add sugar to the egg whites and continue to whisk until they become firm.

Fold the egg whites into the chocolate using a whisk. When it’s all fully combined, add in your whipped cream. Gently fold everything together, cover the chocolate mousse, and place it in the fridge. Let it sit for at least one hour to let it set. Add more whipped cream and shaved chocolate on top to garnish.

11. Low-Fat Brownies

Brownies are a quick, classic treat that everyone loves. If you’re looking for a low-fat alternative, try these applesauce and egg white chocolate brownies. For this recipe, you can use store-bought brownie mix — opt for a low-fat option if desired. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Low-fat brownie mix
  • Egg whites
  • Water
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Mini chocolate chips

Grease a square baking dish. Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a large mixing bowl. When the mixture is well-combined, add as many chocolate chips as you like. Pour the brownie batter into the pan and spread evenly. Bake in the oven according to the instructions on the brownie mix. Let the brownies cool before cutting and serving.

12. Egg White Omelet

When you think of breakfast, you probably think of eggs. Omelets are an excellent way to incorporate protein, veggies, fats, and other essential nutrients in one delicious meal. Using egg whites, you can create this flavorful recipe without the added cholesterol. The ingredients include:

  • Olive oil or cooking spray
  • Egg whites
  • Jalapeno
  • Red onion
  • Garlic
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Cotija cheese or cheese of your choice
  • Salt and pepper

Using olive oil or cooking spray, heat a pan over medium heat. Saute the onion and jalapeno for a few minutes. For a milder taste, swap the jalapeno for some red or green bell peppers. Add the garlic and tomatoes and cook until the veggies are soft. Season with salt and pepper and transfer the veggies to a plate. Reduce the heat, spray the pan again, and add your whisked egg whites.

Cook for a few minutes until the egg whites are solid and cooked flat on the pan. Remove from heat and add your veggies on top of the egg whites. Next, add the diced avocado, cilantro, and cheese of your choice. Wait a few seconds for the cheese to start melting, and fold the egg whites to form an omelet.

13. Spicy Nuts

Whether you’re looking for a homemade treat to gift your loved ones during the holidays or want to enjoy a sweet and spicy snack, these holiday nuts are perfect for any occasion. For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • A mix of unsalted nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans
  • Egg whites
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Ground ginger
  • Ground cumin
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Cinnamon

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, combine all the spices. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they’re very foamy and frothy. Add your variety of nuts to the egg whites and toss them until they’re completely covered. The egg wash should completely coat the nuts, so if you have leftover egg whites at the bottom, add more nuts until they’re all covered.

Add your spices to the bowl and toss until all the nuts are well-coated. Evenly spread your mixture on the baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Flip the nuts and bake for another 10 minutes until toasted.

14. Egg White Breakfast Muffins

Similar to an omelet, these breakfast muffins are the perfect meal prep for busy mornings. They’re also freezer-friendly, so you can make more than one batch at a time and defrost them as needed. Here are the ingredients for this egg white breakfast recipe:

  • Egg whites
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Chives
  • Avocado

Using cooking spray, grease a muffin pan. Add the cheese, tomatoes, and chives evenly among the muffin cups. Lightly whisk the egg whites in a bowl and pour them on top of the veggies and cheese until the muffin cups are full. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes until the egg whites are cooked through.

Let them completely cool for a few minutes before using a knife to gently remove the muffins from the pan. Top with mashed avocado to serve or store them in the freezer.

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As you can see, there are plenty of tasty, quick recipes out there that you can create with egg whites. If you’re ready to tackle some of these healthy treats in your kitchen, make them with eggs from Sauder’s Eggs. Our quality, farm-fresh eggs will certainly boost your homemade recipes with an excellent taste.

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Browse our egg products today or find a store near you to start whipping up some egg white recipes.

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