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Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe (Make Them at Home)

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A year or so ago, Starbucks announced a new menu offering: sous vide egg bites. They are one of their only gluten-free food options and I’ve seen several people raving about them on social media. I tried them while traveling when there were no other decent breakfast options and I’ll give it to Starbucks on the taste… they are good!

Unfortunately, they contain carrageenan and maltodextrin, ingredients I try to avoid. They also cost about $5 (or more in airports), which makes them much pricier than our normal breakfast options. In fact, for our whole family to eat them we’d have to spend almost $40.00!

Instead, I figured out how to make them at home with real-food ingredients. A whole batch costs about what one order costs in a coffee shop!

Why Sous Vide Rocks

I’ve been experimenting with sous vide cooking for about six months and it has become one of my go-to kitchen gadgets. If you aren’t familiar with it, sous vide cooking uses circulating water at a carefully controlled temperature to achieve incredible results. The best steaks, chicken, and eggs I’ve ever cooked were cooked in a sous vide.

In the past, this method required a big machine and was most often used in restaurants. Most methods also use plastic bags to submerge the food in water (so I’d never tried it because we avoid plastic if at all possible).

Sous Vide at Home!

Now, thanks to smaller and much less expensive home sous vide immersion machines (like this one that I have), sous vide is possible at home! It is still a pretty expensive kitchen gadget, but I asked for it as a gift for a big-ish birthday (me=getting old!) and have used it a lot!

After much experimentation, I’ve also found that this recipe is possible without a sous vide machine (although not quite as good). In fact you can do it three ways:

  1. Mason jars in sous vide: The traditional way with a sous vide machine in a pot of water and small mason jars. This yields the best texture and result. I’ve found that 4-ounce mason jars and 8-ounce mason jars both work.
  2. Silicone bags in sous vide: With silicone bags (like these) using a sous vide machine and a pot of water. The texture is amazing, but the presentation isn’t as pretty. This is the method I use to sous vide most other foods without using plastic. Since sous vide is low-temperature cooking, I don’t worry about using the silicone.
  3. Egg-poaching cups: By poaching the eggs using egg-poaching cups in a skillet of water. This is the fastest method and also the least expensive if you don’t already have a sous vide machine.

Sous Vide Egg Bites

Once you’ve decided on one of the three cooking methods above, you’ll also need the ingredients and some patience!

Starbucks lists their ingredients online so the recipe was relatively easy to duplicate. I was surprised that the first ingredient was cottage cheese! I’ve actually been on a bit of a cottage cheese kick anyway since finding a grass-fed organic brand at the grocery store (ask for Good Culture cottage cheese at yours).

Other ingredients include eggs (obviously), cheese, cream, and optional ingredients like bacon, vegetables, or other add-ins.

Time-Saving Tips:

  • Make these with just eggs and cheese and add other flavors as toppings when you re-heat.
  • Make a double or triple batch of these while the sous vide is running and keep in the fridge until ready to use. I often make 16-24 to keep in the fridge for several days of breakfasts.
  • Use 4-ounce size mason jars for a small breakfast or 8-ounce jars and double the recipe for bigger kids or adults.
Sous Vide Egg Bites- made with real food ingredients at home

Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe (Low-Carb, Keto, THM-S)

Make the popular sous vide egg bites at home with higher quality ingredients and save money over the expensive restaurant options. There are endless ways to mix up this recipe and it is a great one to make ahead for breakfasts. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Calories 259kcal
Author Katie Wells

Servings

10 4 oz jars

Ingredients

  • 12  eggs
  • ½ cup cottage cheese I love that brand because it is grass fed, organic and doesn’t contain gums or stabilizers
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ tsp each of salt pepper, garlic powder, and paprika, or any other spices you like
  • ½ tsp hot sauce of choice optional
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 10 slices of bacon cooked (optional)
  • any cooked vegetables you like optional
  • 1 cup gruyere or cheese of choice grated

Instructions

  • Set the sous vide machine to 172°F. This is the common temperature for eggs and you can cook almost any egg recipe this way. 
  • Crack the eggs into a blender or food processor and add the cottage cheese, heavy cream, spices, and hot sauce. 
  • Blend on medium speed until just blended and smooth. You don’t want to add extra air by blending on high.
  • Use the butter to lightly grease ten 4-ounce mason jars (or five 8-ounce jars). You can also easily double or triple this recipe, just use more jars!
  • If using bacon and vegetables, place these in the bottoms of the jars.
  • Add the grated cheese to the jars.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the jars and hand tighten the lids (do not over tighten!). 
  • Cook for 50 minutes if you are planning to reheat or one hour if you are planning to eat right away.
  • Remove from heat and refrigerate right away if not consuming immediately. In theory, these should last at least a week in the refrigerator because they were cooked at over 140 for over half an hour, but we’ve never had them last that long without being eaten! 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe (Low-Carb, Keto, THM-S)
Amount Per Serving (1 (4 oz.) jar)
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 175
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.4g30%
Saturated Fat 7.9g49%
Cholesterol 261mg87%
Sodium 773mg34%
Carbohydrates 1.5g1%
Sugar 0.6g1%
Protein 19g38%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

If making in egg-poaching cups without a sous vide machine, follow the steps to mix the ingredients and assemble in egg poaching cups instead of mason jars. Add these to a skillet of boiling water until eggs are cooked. Do not attempt this method with mason jars, as they will crack!
This recipe is incredibly adaptable and can be made without cheese for those with dairy allergies or who are strict paleo. It is naturally low-carb and keto-friendly. Also, since I’ve had several readers ask about various recipes, this would be an “S” meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan. 

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.

Comments

87 responses to “Sous Vide Egg Bites Recipe (Make Them at Home)”

  1. Melissa Avatar
    Melissa

    I am thinking about trying sous vide for the first time, but am a little confused about the mason jar technique. Do you float them, let them sit on the bottom of the pan or put them on a trivet? Do you put the metal lids on or leave them off? If the lid is on, should they be submerged or have their tops poking above water level? And if they are poking above water level, should the water just come to the level of the food in the jar or all the way to the top of the jar (above the egg line)? Thanks so much!

    1. Jamie Larrison Avatar

      A trivet bests protects the jars from the bottom of the pan. The instructions in the recipe say to put the lids on and then you’ll cook them submerged in the water.

  2. Molly McDonald Avatar
    Molly McDonald

    Hello!

    Can I bake these in the oven using muffin tins? I’ve done that to make egg muffins and wondered if I could do the same with this. Thanks!

  3. Dan Avatar

    5 stars
    Wow just made these and they are amazing. I got a sous vide that clips onto my instant pot for 50.00 on Ebay and I used the 8 quart instantpot and had plenty of room with 4 oz jars. The texture is just like the Starbucks ones. Only question is how to reheat?

  4. Winifred Avatar

    You state one can make these dairy free. What would you replace the cottage cheese with? I have a family full of dairy allergies 🙁 except for me. I want to make these for all of us. Suggestions for a cottage cheese substitute? Thank you in advance.

  5. LeAnn Bitler Avatar
    LeAnn Bitler

    I bought silicone molds for the egg bite recipe. Can I put the molds in the oven and for how long and what temp?

  6. Joyce Avatar

    Katie,

    I do have a sous vide but have not done a lot with it. My question is when making the egg bites in the mason jars is the water completely covering the jars, lid and all ?? I have only sous vide in plastic bags,

    Thank you so much in advance.

    Joy

  7. Andrea Avatar

    Hi Jill!

    I did use the 7 egg mold from amazon. 🙂 I just cover them with tinfoil a little tented up and then placed them on the trivot that comes with your instant pot and enough water to cover the bottom. The recipe will make 2 batches which you will want. LOL I re-heat them in the microwave using 70% power for 45secs or so and they’re prefect, not overcooked at all.

  8. Bonnie Avatar

    These look great Katie! What would be the approximate cooking time using egg poaching cups?

  9. Michelle Avatar

    I ordered silicon baby food molds to get the size & shape of the Starbucks Sous vide bites & make these in my Instant Pot, it only takes 6 minutes!

  10. Greta Avatar

    5 stars
    Thank you! I used this as a basis, but needed to make a number of modifications:
    – egg whites (15)
    – 3/4 c cottage cheese (put in blender last)
    – 3/4 c half and half
    – minced onion, caramelized
    – minced sautéed mushrooms
    – minced sautéed spinach
    – shredded gruyere

    I used 4 – 8 oz ball mason jars, and made two batches (veggies, cheese, liquid). Perched the mason jars on some extra lids. Used my immersion sous vide at 172 for one hour.

    They were incredibly delicious! Thanks again!

  11. Mary Avatar

    Hi Katie, I’m looking to buy a sous vide and came across your article. It has been awhile since you first posted this review. Just wondering if you still use it much and also is it good for making grassfed steaks more tender? I usually cook my roasts in the InstantPot and burgers on my grill and they taste great but the steaks need more tenderizing.Would you recommend the sous vide for that? Also any other brands you could recommend as well as the InstantPot brand? Thanks for the help.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      Love the Instant Pot! And yes, I still use the sous vide… it definitely tenderizes steaks beautifully and that’s one of my favorite ways to use it 🙂

  12. Rebecca Hunter Avatar
    Rebecca Hunter

    These were tasty and easy to make. However, I found the texture to be more dense than I expected. Do you know how I can make them more fluffy? I did blend the shredded cheese into my recipe, but I don’t think that would impact the texture.

  13. Carol C Papas Avatar
    Carol C Papas

    Put them in from the beginning. Timing begin once the set temperature is reached.

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