Addictingly Delicious Marinated Eggs

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Marinated eggs are perfectly boiled eggs soaked in a mouthwatering soy sauce mixture. Serve these Korean eggs with rice or ramen for a balanced meal.

Want another egg recipe? Once you learn how to make ramen eggs, try Deviled Eggs aka Angel Eggs.

marinated eggs in a bowl with sliced veggies

These soy marinated eggs are salty and savory, with a punch of bold umami flavor. In Japan, they’re known as shoyu eggs, mayak eggs (drug egg), mayak gyeran, or ajitama (seasoned eggs).

Whatever you choose to call these Asian marinated eggs, just know that they are addictive! The eggs are infused with flavor from a soy sauce-based mixture enhanced with ingredients like rice wine vinegar and sesame oil.

marinated eggs in a bowl with sliced veggies

Why you will love Korean Marinated Eggs:

Quick & Easy! These ramen eggs take just 10 minutes to make. And with one simple ingredient, peeling the boiled eggs is a breeze!

Customizable! Boil the eggs to your liking; whether you like the egg yolks, runny, or hard. Adjust the sauce to suit your taste buds too.

Versatile! These eggs are delicious on their own as a snack but you can make marinated eggs for ramen, noodles, steamed rice bowls, salads, and more!

two soy marinated eggs in a bowl

Ingredients for Marinated Eggs Recipe

If you make Asian cuisine often, these simple ingredients should be pantry staples. To make soy sauce eggs, you will need the following ingredients:

  1. Eggs: Use large eggs because you’re going to enjoy every morsel of this side dish.
  2. White vinegar: This ingredient breaks down the egg shells for easy peeling.


  1. Soy sauce: This is the main flavor component and gives the eggs its distinct brownish hue.
  2. Sugar: Balance the savory flavor with some sweetness.
  3. Rice wine vinegar: This has a subtle sweetness and adds a tangy taste to the eggs.
  4. Sesame oil: This has a rich, nutty flavor that adds depth of flavor.
  5. Green Onions: Chopped scallions add a pop of fresh flavor.
  6. Garlic: This enhances the savory taste.
  7. Sesame seeds: This adds texture and enhances the nutty sesame flavor, complementing the umami notes.
overhead view of a bowl containing marinated eggs with cucumbers and tomatoes

How to Make Marinated Eggs

Place eggs in a saucepan or pot and cover them with water. Add vinegar and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Keep the eggs in boiling water for 7-8 minutes for hard boiled eggs. For soft boiled eggs (jammy eggs) cook between 4-6 minutes.

While the eggs are boiling, combine soy sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, chopped green onions, diced garlic, and sesame seeds in a large bowl. Then mix thoroughly.

Once boiled, remove the eggs from the heat and run cold water over them. Allow them to cool, then peel the shells off.

Gently place the peeled hard-boiled eggs into the marinade, ensuring they are fully coated with the sauce using a spoon. Enjoy immediately or for more intense flavor, cover the bowl, and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Serve a marinated egg with rice, ramen, or as a standalone snack.

close up view of a ramen egg soaking in a mixture

Tips and Variations

  • Older eggs are easier to peel but as long as you use the vinegar trick, it shouldn’t be a problem either way.
  • The longer you let the eggs set in the mixture, the more rich the flavor becomes. You can eat them immediately or allow them to marinate for up to 5 days.
  • Boiled eggs continue to cook even when you turn off the heat. To stop the cooking process, submerge the eggs in ice water for an ice bath.
  • This recipe is already infused with amazing flavor but you can add other ingredients to deepen the taste or switch things up. Consider adding ingredients like ginger, chili peppers, cayenne pepper, light soy sauce, or dark soy sauce.
close up view of marinated eggs in a bowl


Marinated eggs last in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

To fully submerge the eggs in marinade sauce, place them in a container that is just the right size to hold them snugly. Alternatively, use an object, such as a small plate or clean paper towels to keep the eggs completely in the marinade. This helps ensure that the eggs absorb the flavors evenly, if you plan to make them in advance and store them.

If you don’t plan to eat them immediately, marinated eggs must be stored in the fridge. Do this to prevent bacterial growth and ensure food safety.

Yes. To marinate raw eggs, remove them from the shell and add just the yolks to the soy sauce mixture. Ensure they are fully submerged in the sauce and refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Use pasteurized eggs to reduce the risk of foodborne illness.

marinated eggs in a bowl with sliced veggies

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marinated eggs in a bowl with sliced veggies
Yield: 4 eggs

Addictingly Delicious Marinated Eggs

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Marinated eggs are perfectly boiled eggs soaked in a mouthwatering soy sauce mixture. Serve these Korean eggs with rice or ramen for a balanced meal.


  • 4 large Eggs
  • 1 tablespoon White vinegar, for easy peeling


  • 4 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • ½ tablespoon Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
  • 2 sprigs Green Onions, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic, diced
  • 1 teaspoon Sesame seeds


  1. Add your eggs to a saucepan and cover them with water. Then add in the vinegar and bring it to a boil over medium high heat. Boil the eggs for 7-8 minutes (for well done, fully cooked yolk). 
  2. While they are boiling, make the marinade for the eggs. Use a large bowl and combine the soy sauce, sugar, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, green onions, garlic, and sesame seeds. Mix this up well until everything is fully incorporated.
  3. Once the eggs have boiled, remove them from the heat and run cold water over them. Once they are cool to the touch, peel the shells off of the eggs. 
  4. Gently place the hard boiled eggs into the marinade and use a spoon to ensure they are fully covered with the sauce. 
  5. Eat right away, or for more flavor, cover the bowl and refrigerate for up to 5 days. Enjoy with rice, ramen, or all by themself!

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