Try this salty-sweet hard-boiled egg recipe as a swap for deviled eggs at your next party or as a midday snack. Or serve on top of your next ramen noodle bowl.

Kathy Gunst
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2016




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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine soy sauce (or tamari), sake, mirin and sugar in a small saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 8 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wide-mouthed pint jar.

  • Place eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 5 minutes for softer yolks or 6 minutes for firmer yolks. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Peel when cool enough to handle.

  • Add the eggs to the jar; if they aren't fully submerged, add a little more soy sauce (or tamari) to cover. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to 3 days.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Equipment: Wide-mouthed pint jar

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

77 calories; protein 6.5g 13% DV; carbohydrates 1.1g; exchange other carbs; dietary fiberg; sugars 0.6g; fat 4.8g 7% DV; saturated fat 1.6g 8% DV; cholesterol 186mg 62% DV; vitamin a iu 270IU 5% DV; vitamin cmg; folate 23.5mcg 6% DV; calcium 28.7mg 3% DV; iron 0.9mg 5% DV; magnesium 7.3mg 3% DV; potassium 75.9mg 2% DV; sodium 194.1mg 8% DV; thiaminmg 2% DV.

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Rating: 5 stars
My family loves this recipe Thank you for introducing us to this food item. My family liked my attempt to follow the recipe. Getting the yolks just right will take practice but they were enjoyed with a firmer yolk all the same. I have so many unanswered questions about this food item. Can we make substitutions for the expensive sake? We assume the long boil time is to remove alcohol is that correct?(So is it safe to continue to send these to elementary school in lunch boxes?) Can you reuse the expensive marinade? How many times/for how many days? Also we are fascinated by the changes the eggs are undergoing in the marinade and how different the eggs are (texture in particular) depending on how long they sit in the marinade. I see other recipes where the eggs are removed from the marinade after a number of hours. We enjoy the texture with the longer soak (as the moisture is drawn out of the egg white it becomes more translucent and a firmer texture). It's motivating us to look for other types of marinated eggs. We'd love to know where we can learn more about the tradition of this food the science about what is happening and other ways to change the flavor and texture of eggs. Thanks for opening our eyes. Pros: The whole family loves them 3 days window gives us lots of flexibility for use protein! Cons: Expensive small yield I have so many unanswered questions about this food item Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I add a pinch of Szechuan pepper corn and Chinese 5 spice to the simmering liquid. Left the sake out altogether b/c I didn't have any and they come out delicious every time. I make probably half a dozen at a time b/c they keep well. Read More