Can you eat dove eggs?

In this article, we will answer the question “Can you eat dove eggs?”, and how to make delicious dove nuggets?

Can you eat dove eggs?

Yes, you can eat dove eggs. Dove eggs are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world. Dove eggs are super nutritious and contain lower amounts of fat. This makes dove eggs a healthy alternative to chicken eggs. 

Since the dove eggs are much smaller than the chicken eggs, you will have to cook many dove eggs to make a meal. Read on if you want to know how to make dove nuggets and dove & eggs with maple benedict. 

Poultry production remains one of the potential avenues to achieve sustainable and rapid production of high quality protein to meet the increasing demand for animal protein. Over the past four decades, global egg production has grown 203.2%, due to a rapidly increasing demand for proteins in the developing world (4). 

Dove eggs nutrition 

4 dove eggs (29g) provide the following nutrients (2,3,4). 

Calories 160 kcal 
Total fat 9g
Saturated fat 6g
Trans fat 0g
Cholesterol 5mg
Sodium 20mg
Potassium 100mg 
Protein 2g
Calcium 3%
Iron 0%

Can you eat doves?

Yes, you can eat doves. There are a variety of delicious ways to cook doves lie grilling, pan-frying, or boiling. Dove meat is categorized as lean meat and is a rich source of proteins. This organic free-range meat has lower fat content than chicken.

According to studies, meat of the pigeon is highly digestible and contains lower fat contents than the meat of many other species. Pigeons are effectively reared and used for sports, ornamentals, experimental purposes and for the production of meat. It was documented that meat of the pigeon contains higher protein and other nutrients than that of chicken meat. Moreover, the pigeons are mostly used for ceremonial purposes rather than to meet protein requirements (1).

Dove and Eggs with Maple Benedict


  • 6 dove breasts
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons minced mint
  • Lemon zest
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 minced shallot
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup real maple syrup
  • 1 shot apple juice
  • 4 thick slices of French bread
  • 2 eggs


  1. Season the dove breasts with some salt and let them sit at room temperature for about 15 minutes. 
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine garlic, mint, and lemon zest to make the mint topping and set it aside.
  3. Fill a small saucepan with the chicken stock and place it on the stovetop. Simmer it on low heat. 
  4. Melt 3 tbsp butter in a medium frying pan. When the butter starts to foam, add the seasoned dove breasts into the frying pan. Cook the dove breasts for about 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Take out the dove breasts from the pan and set them aside.
  6. Stir in shallots in the same frying pan and saute for about 2-3 minutes. Stir in the butter and flour and mix to form a roux. This should take about 1-2 minutes. 
  7. Then stir in the stock and bring the mixture to a rolling boil. Add maple syrup and apple juice to the boiling mixture. 
  8. Reduce the what and cook the sauce on low heat until a gravy-like consistency is achieved. 
  9. Toast the bread slices. Cook the eggs over-easy or over-medium. Top off the toast with the gravy, followed by an egg and 2 doves breasts.
  10. Last but not the least, drizzle some mint sauce. Serve and enjoy.

What does dove taste like?

Everyone will describe the taste of the dove as per their taste buds. So, what people describe the dove to taste like is rather subjective and you can disagree on it. 

According to some people, the dove is a less tasty version of quail meat. Some people, who are into game meats, describe the taste of dove meat as being similar to a bald eagle. Since dove breast is a type of dark meat like duck and geese, it tastes somewhat like a duck.

Dove nuggets recipe 


  • 2 cups filleted dove breasts (should make approximately 35 nuggets)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 large eggs (may need more)
  • 1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Creole seasoning (or favorite seasoning)


  1. Trim the breasts by removing the wings and the bones. 
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour and ½ teaspoon of creole seasoning. In another bowl, crack the eggs and whisk until homogenous. In a separate bowl, combine beard crumbs with the rest of the creole seasoning. 
  3. Coat the dove breast in seasoned flour mixture, then dip it in the eggs, and finally coat the breast with the seasoned breadcrumbs. Set it aside. Follow this order to coat the rest of the dove breasts.
  4. In a deep pot, pour oil and heat it to 350°F and 375°F.
  5. Dump the dove breasts into the heated oil. Make sure you do not overcrowd the pot. Fry the dove breasts for about 30-45 seconds or until golden brown. 
  6. Take out the fried dove breasts onto a plate lined with paper towels. Let the paper towels absorb the excess oil from the dove nuggets.
  7. Serve the dove nuggets with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy.

Other FAQs about Eggs that you may be interested in.

Can you get sick from eating old eggs?

Can you hatch a store-bought egg?

Can you substitute egg whites for eggs?


In this article, we answered the question “Can you eat dove eggs?”, and how to make delicious dove nuggets?


  1. Javaid, Shahid, et al. Variations in meat chemical composition of some captive avian species. J Rural Dev Agric, 2017, 2, 57-65.
  2. Ricklefs, Robert E. Composition of eggs of several bird species. The Auk, 1977, 94, 350-356.
  3. Sarkingobir, Yusuf, et al. Determination of some Macroelements (Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus) in some Selected Eggs (Chicken, Duck, Quail, Pigeon, Guinea Fowl and Turkey) in Sokoto Metropolis. J Sci Technol Res, 2020, 2, 155-159.
  4. Akinwumi, Akinyinka Olu, et al. Comparative Evaluation on Preference and Composition of Different Avian Egg Types. Int J Scient Res Agric Sci, 2019, 6, 2348-3997

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