|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||7%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Total Carbohydrate 2g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Shoyu tamago, or Japanese soy sauce eggs, are easy to prepare at home and can be made quickly with only two ingredients. 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 like breakfast or included in a bento (box) lunch. Another common Japanese dish where shoyu tamago might appear is as a topping for ramen (noodles in broth), or as a garnish for side dishes.
Shoyu tamago are hard-boiled eggs that are peeled and steeped in dark soy sauce. If you prefer soft boiled eggs, these are equally as delicious when seasoned with soy sauce. Visually, these eggs are quite different than the traditional hard-boiled egg most Westerners are accustomed to. Shoyu tamago are not white, but can range in color from a light tan to a dark brown depending on how long they spend in the soy sauce. This means they also range in saltiness.
It is not recommended that the hard-boiled eggs be left in a container of the cooked soy sauce for an extended amount of time or unsupervised. The eggs quickly absorb the soy sauce and can quickly become too salty, so keep a watchful eye, especially when making this recipe the first time.
Gather the ingredients.
Remove shells from the boiled eggs. Rinse with water to remove any tiny shell fragments. Set aside.
In a small pot, bring the soy sauce to a boil. Turn off the heat and add the boiled, peeled eggs. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon (so that the eggs don't become nicked), gently roll the eggs around, coating the eggs with the soy sauce mixture.
Continue to steep the eggs with soy sauce until desired color or saltiness—1 to 2 minutes for lightly salted flavor, 5 minutes or longer for well-salted flavor.
Serve and enjoy!
Raw Egg Warning
Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.
- The eggs and soy sauce marinade may be transferred to a glass storage container and placed in the refrigerator for longer marinating if desired. Turn the egg periodically in the container until the desired color or boldness of flavor is achieved.
- Any remaining soy sauce mixture may be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
- Soy sauce eggs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Store the eggs separately from any leftover soy sauce marinade to avoid the eggs from becoming too salty.