Soy Sauce Eggs (Shoyu Tamago): Super and Easy Recipe

Soy sauce eggs are one of the most basic of snacks in Japanese cuisine, and can also be enjoyed as an appetizer or at mealtime.

A soy egg is a type of egg in Chinese cuisine and Japanese cuisine, boiled, peeled, and then cooked in a mixture of soy sauce, sugar, water, and other optional herbs and spices.

Tofu can be cooked in the same way, resulting in a dish called soy tofu. They can be made from chicken, duck, and quail eggs. Wikipedia

Shoyu tamago, or Japanese soy sauce eggs, are healthy hard-boiled eggs marinated in a soy sauce mixture.

Subject to how the peeling process goes, if the peeling is good, the eggs turn out with very striking chocolate brown appearance.

Keep these in the fridge at all times, and see how much better your life tastes.

Eggs are just the perfect food. They’re so versatile, transforming a million simple dishes into something amazing!

Soy Sauce Eggs Ingredients

It is easy to prepare at home and can be made quickly, with only two ingredients.

The two key ingredients you need for the sauce are soy sauce (which can be kikkoman less sodium soy sauce) and five-spice powder.

Mix spice powder packets can be found in any Chinese grocery store as they are used greatly in Chinese dishes.

The spices are put inside a porous white sachet comparable to a teabag and you can put the entire pouch directly into your sauce.

Chinese Soy sauce low carb egg is one of the most popular street foods with common Chinese tea eggs.

And you can popularly serve them with noodles, breakfast or steamed rice.

You can use the sauce as a seasoning for other dishes like scrambled eggs and useful when making some simmered pork.

Though delicious alone, you can combine soy sauce eggs with ramen or use the sauce to make egg salad or deviled if you feel adventurous enough.

However, before you make them, you will need hard-boiled eggs!

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (Easy To Peel)

  • Firstly, place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch.
  • Secondly, cover the pan with a lid and bring water to a rolling boil over high heat; when the water has reached a boil, set the timer for the desired time.
  • Then, boil for 11-13 minutes over medium-high heat for perfect hard-boiled eggs.
  • Finally, once done, soy sauce eggs are super easy to make!

Simple Soy Sauce Eggs Recipe

These eggs are hard-boiled and braised in a rich but sweetened soy sauce.

They taste good while hot but even better after a full night’s rest in the refrigerator- as they soak up more flavor from the soy sauce.

Feel free to modify the recipe further to your liking.

Add, reduce or alternate with additional vegetables or ingredients.


  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce (regular or dark)

Step By Step Guide

  • Firstly, gather the ingredients. Boil eggs until soft or hard-boiled to your liking.
  • Secondly, allow the eggs to cool slightly and remove shells. Rinse with water to remove any tiny shell remains. Put aside.
  • Thirdly, in a small pot, bring soy sauce to a boil. Turn off heat. Then add eggs.
  • Then, using a wooden spoon gently turn the eggs around, coating the eggs with the soy sauce blend.
  • After that, continue to steep the eggs with soy sauce until you the color or saltiness you want.
  • Also, you can transfer the eggs and soy sauce marinade to a glass storage container and placed in the refrigerator for longer marinating if desired.
  • Then, turn the egg periodically in the container.
  • Lastly, remove eggs from the soy sauce mix when the flavor or color is attained.

These foods are delicious on their own as a quick snack or energy boost, but also fantastic over ramen, rice, or a salad for a quick, filling meal.

Serve and enjoy!

These eggs are great for Chinese New Year or for any potluck or meal gathering.

You can slice up the eggs and plate them in a nice platter.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Egg

Per Serving:

77 calories; 4.8 g total fat; 1.6 g saturated fat; 186 mg cholesterol; 194 mg sodium. 76 mg potassium; 1.1 g carbohydrates; 1 g sugar; 6.5 g protein; 270 IU vitamin a iu; 24 m cg folate; 29 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 7 mg magnesium;

*The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator.

People Also Ask

  • Can I vary the ingredients in the marinade?

Yes! This marinade is very versatile to suit your tastes.

You can add mirin, ginger, garlic, red onion, or jalapeños. The possibilities are endless.

  • How long do soy-marinated eggs last?

Marinating for 2 hours will give you a nice subtle salty soy sauce flavor while soaking overnight will make the color deeper and flavor stronger.

How to Store the Eggs

  • Place leftover eggs, braising sauce into a small Tupperware or Ziploc container.
  • Put in the refrigerator – best when eaten within one week.
Healthy easy soy sauce eggs recipe
Healthy easy soy sauce eggs recipe

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