Protein in eggs

There are on average between 5.2 and 7.5 grams of protein in an egg, depending on its size. For information on all sizes see below.

Eggs are an excellent source of natural protein and are also relatively cheap when compared to other high-protein foods such as meat.

How much protein is in an egg?

On average, a medium-size egg contains around 6.4 grams of protein which makes up around 12.6% of the overall edible portion.

Nutrition information Per small egg (48 grams) Per medium size egg (58 grams) Per large egg (68 grams) Per very large egg (78 grams) Per 100 grams
Protein (g) 5.2 6.4 7.5 8.7 12.6

Although protein can be found in both the egg white and the yolk, the yolk actually has a higher concentration of protein than the white - but as there is more white in the egg, this means the white provides more protein overall.

Egg containing protein

Why is protein good?

Protein is one of the essential nutrients that every person needs to maintain a strong and healthy body. Protein is needed for the growth and repair of all body cells and tissues, which even in adults are being broken down and re-built every day. At a cellular level, protein is involved in numerous essential processes, helping to regulate our metabolism and important systems, such as immune function. Protein can also be used to provide energy to the body.

The amount of protein needed varies depending on factors such as age, sex, body weight etc, but the amount required for an average adult is around 50-60 grams a day.

All information checked by an independent Registered Nutritionist/Dietitian

Protein in popular egg dishes, per serving


Protein (g)

Fat (g)

Omelette (2 large eggs)




Microwave poached egg (1 large egg)




Fried egg (1 large egg, 2 tbsp of sunflower oil)




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