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Soy Sauce Eggs (Shoyu Tamago)


Soy Sauce Eggs Recipe (Shoyu Tamago)

By: La Fujimama
Makes 4 servings


4 hard boiled eggs
5 tablespoons tamari soy sauce


1. Pour the soy sauce into a pan that is approximately 10 inches in diameter. Heat the soy sauce of medium-high heat. When the soy sauce starts foaming up, reduce the heat to medium heat and carefully add the eggs. Roll the eggs around in the soy sauce to coat them, and continue rolling them around the pan until the eggs are a dark mohagony color and the soy sauce has been reduced to a thick sludge.

2. Remove the eggs, letting any extra soy sauce drain off, and place on a plate to cool.

3. When the eggs have cooled completely, pack them into lunches or enjoy one as a snack. Just don’t leave them near my daughter, or else you’ll never get to have a bite!

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35 COMMENTS... read them below or add one

  1. DailyChef

    Yummy! These are so much better than regular hard boiled eggs. I should remember to make these next time I pack a lunch, either for myself or for family.

    As always, I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing!

    • Fuji Mama

      mr. ed– The darker color comes from the tamari soy sauce, but you’re right, these are good with any kind of soy sauce!

  2. These are quite beautiful and sound like they would be tasty! Do you perchance undercook the eggs a tad to compensate for the additional cooking in the soy sauce, or does it not really matter?

    • Mike

      I was wondering about that, too. I do my hard boiled eggs in an electric jug – starting with cold water and room temperature eggs; bringing it to the boil, immediately turning off heat and leaving for 11 minutes. I then plunge them into cold water and crack the shells to prevent grey colour forming around the yolks; this results in eggs that are not quite totally hard.
      For this delicious sounding (Shoyu Tamago) recipe I think I will let the eggs cook for 10 minutes so as to follow your suggestion of compensating for the additional cooking efect in the soy sauce.
      I was also wondering how they’d be with the addition of a little Chinese 5 Spice – perhaps this is taking things a little too far…………

    • Fuji Mama

      When I learned to make these, the woman teaching me told me to start with “regular hard boiled eggs” and go from there. I’ve never had a problem with them being overcooked!

  3. I make a similar Chinese egg dish with the addition of spices and black tea, but the eggs are steeped in the shell that’s cracked. I love the pure dark color of these though, and I can imagine how wonderful they’d taste with noodles.

  4. Bryan

    Hi, great dish for kids! Where can I get Tamari soy sauce in Malaysia? Can’t find it in hypermarket. Thanks. Bryan

  5. laurel chmielowiec-tanaka

    Older eggs actually peel better than fresh eggs, making hard boiled eggs a great way to use the last of the dozen before you get more.

  6. These look wonderful. A friend sent me here and says she also adds things like honey and ginger to her shoyu “bath”. I’m definitely going to have to try these.

  7. tushika

    What a good idea. I usually leave the hard boiled egg soaked in soy sauce for l day then I cooked it in low fire, it was time taking for me. thanks for your easy receipte
    Wish to get more simple receiptes like this.

  8. bineth

    Hi, could you post a recipe on making tamago eggs which are hard boiled but with a soft runny centre? the kind that’s served with ramen? i’m sure some mizkan products could be used in this :p

  9. Brother Wayne

    Fantastic website……….
    glad I discovered it.
    Made the Shoyu Tamago and made it a part of my Tapas party.
    All my guests LOVED it.

  10. I love eggs and i love cooking,i haven’t seen or heard about preparing eggs these various ways,they all look mouth watering which i may try or attempt if i have the right ingredients,these egg dishes looks like a winner to me,Emmett North Jr.

  11. Dr Papori

    the colour of the eggs is fab. i wonder if we can get the same colour with the Dark Soya sauce that we get in this part of india

  12. Dr Papori

    i have a birthday party and I was wondering if anyone would suggest some recipe with hard boiled eggs and lots and lots of cheese…

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