Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs

by Dorothy Reinhold on April 21, 2019

Print This Post Print This Post Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs take the ho-hum out of classic HBs and will be your new go-to for brunch. Brine them in a seasoned soy sauce mixture, which adds salt, a sweet note, a tang from vinegar and a touch of intrigue from aromatics.

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Hard-boiled eggs can seem ho-hum, until you brine them in a seasoned soy sauce mixture, which adds salt, a sweet note, tang from vinegar and a touch of intrigue from aromatics. Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs will be your new go-to, and should impress your brunchers!

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How do you make Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs?

It’s so, so easy to make soy sauce eggs. They’re also known as shoyu tamago.

Hard cook 6 or so large eggs. You can use my fool-proof stovetop recipe here, which should give you a nice egg without that green ring around the yolk.

Hard-Boiled Eggs getting ready for the soy brine on ShockinglyDelicious.comMix up the brine.

Hard-Boiled Eggs in the soy brine on ShockinglyDelicious.comPeel the eggs and add them to the brine.

Allow those eggs to bathe in that brine for 6 hours, or up to a day (my preference). (In truth, I have left them there for days and days, but I must say I think it makes the whites a bit tougher. While this doesn’t bother me, it may not be a desired texture for everyone, so fair warning.)

How to use soy-brined eggs

Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Egg recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.com1. Simply eat out of hand as a protein snack. Again, it is only fair to warn you…you will reach for one, and then invariably you’ll have another, so make more of these than you think you’ll need.

2. Slice and put on your avocado toast (yes, try it!), or use as the protein component in a salad that doesn’t seem like it’s filling enough, or on your ramen noodle bowl.

3. Devil them, or use in your egg salad.

Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs on an individual brunch board on ShockinglyDelicious.com4. Make what I call your own individual brunch board or lunch board, as I show above. Egg, sliced cheese, cut or sectioned fruit…anything goes!

Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours

Yield: 6 eggs

Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs

Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs take the ho-hum out of classic HBs and will be your new go-to for brunch. Brine them in a seasoned soy sauce mixture, which adds salt, a sweet note, a tang from vinegar and a touch of intrigue from aromatics.


  • 6 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (or use a "coin" slice of fresh ginger if you have fresh)
  • 1 scallion, both white and green part chopped (optional)
  • 1 small clove garlic, halved (optional)
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs (see this fool-proof method)


  1. First, find a jar that will fit all 6 eggs. Remove eggs from jar and make the brine right in the jar.
  2. Add water, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and ginger to the jar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add scallions and garlic if you are using. Submerge peeled, hard-boiled eggs in the liquid, which should completely cover the eggs. I found that a more narrow jar worked best; a wide jar allowed the eggs to float loose and the eggs on top remained out of the liquid, so a narrower jar solved that.
  3. Put the lid on the jar and refrigerate for at least 6 hours; I prefer to refrigerate for a day, but suit yourself. Remove the eggs from the solution, which can be saved in the refrigerator and reused for another batch of eggs if you like. refrigerate the brined eggs in a tightly sealed container; they will last a couple of weeks, if you don't eat them immediately. I found them impossible to resist for snacks and meal components.
  4. To serve, cut the eggs in half lengthwise, so you can see the golden yolk and the browned edges from the soy brine.
  5. Makes 6 eggs.


Recipe source: Slightly adapted from "Milk Bar Life," by Christina Tosi, and made famous at Momofuku restaurant.

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