Sweet and Sour Eggs

Sweet and Sour eggs are a delicious German speciality where eggs are poached in a butter and flour based sauce. This is my Oma's recipe that was handed down from my mother to me. This 

kind of preparing eggs originated in East Germany where my Oma grew up. The dish can serve as a main meal either for lunch or dinner is quick and simple to prepare, very easy on the wallet and oh so yummy! When you are short of time and want to try a tasty semi vegetarian / meatless German dish that takes less than 30 minutes to prepare, this egg recipe is definitely worth a try. 

Preparation time: 3 minutes 
Cooking time: at least 25 minutes
Resting time: 0 minutes
Total time needed: 28 minutes
Grade of Difficulty: easy


Serves 2

Sour Eggs Recipe

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 to 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 3 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tsp medium hot mustard (if you prefer mild mustard that will be fine too)
  • Chives, chopped


  • Melt the butter in a large pan on the stove over medium heat
  • Once the butter is hot add the flour and stir continuously till you get a flour butter paste and it is beginning to turn lightly brown
  • Begin to add the water in small portions while continuing to stir the ingredients in the pan
  • Keep adding more water till you end up with smooth and thickish sauce
  • Add salt, mustard, vinegar and sugar and blend them well into the sauce
  • Now carefully add the eggs individually to the sauce, cover the pan with a lid, reduce the heat and let the eggs gently simmer in the sauce for 8 to 10 minutes or till the white has become solid and the egg yolk is not runny anymore
  • Switch off the stove and serve the eggs with fried or boiled potatoes garnished with some chives

Potatoes with Eggs and Chard 

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