The Most Popular Way To Eat Eggs In The UK, According To Survey

Whichever way they are cooked or how many of them are eaten at one time, we don't think it's an exaggeration to say the world loves eggs. They are used as a main ingredient, mixed into salads, baked into pastries, and in some parts of the world like the UK, they're even pickled in jars with vinegar.

While the UK isn't on top of the World Atlas' list of "Countries That Consume The Most Eggs" — that honor goes to Japan — we don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that Brits love their eggs, particularly since the ingredient plays such a huge role in different British dishes as a whole.

So, of the many different ways that British cuisine has devised to keep eggs interesting and culturally significant — at the heart of a ball of minced meat, aka the Scotch egg; boiled with "soldiers," aka toast fingers; or boiled and cut or mashed and served in a sandwich — it might surprise you to find out that most of the 1,500 Brits who responded to one nationwide survey enjoy eating their eggs this particular way (via Yahoo!).

Britons like their eggs scrambled

British Lion Eggs found that 49% of those surveyed enjoy their eggs scrambled. Boiled eggs were also a popular choice, with 45% of those polled choosing that cooking method, followed by fried eggs at 44%, and poached eggs at 41% (via Yahoo!). 

But, while the preferred way of cooking eggs remains traditional, the survey also found that the way British people want to consume their eggs has changed. The full English breakfast or the fry-up, with its fried eggs, sausage, bacon, grilled tomato, mushrooms, and black pudding (made with pig's blood mixed with fat and oatmeal, via BBC) all chased down with slices of fried bread has fallen out of favor, with 55% of respondents labeling the dish as "unhealthy." Instead, diners, particularly younger ones, are on the lookout for less calorie-laden ways to consume their eggs, making avocado and eggs on toast a popular choice. 

As British Lion Eggs chairman Andrew Joret said, "Eggs are an eternal favourite, but it's interesting to see how trends change across the generations for ways to enjoy them. Just when you think you've tried them every way possible, up pops a new egg dish to try."