You have no idea how long I have been looking for a simple – ajitsuke tamago – Japanese soft-boiled egg recipe that delivers delicious marinated eggs rich in that bright flavor full of spices and sour/sweet taste from sauces.

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As a result of mine entire search, I would divide almost all the recipes of tare sauces (marinade recipes) for ramen egg in two categories. The ones that use only basic ingredients. What I mean that you use soy sauce (dark and light), mirin (aka sweet rice wine), cooking sake and dashi stock in different combinations and amounts. Other add spices and herbs: dried seaweed, bonito flakes, fresh or dry garlic, ginger, leek and cayenne pepper, etc. In the end, I chose those ingredients that fully match my own taste and what I expect from a ramen egg. I’ve already cooked eggs several time according to this recipe and I hope you will use it, too.

Perfect Ramen Egg Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs, soft-boiled;

Basic Marinade Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup light soy sauce;
  • ¼ cup mirin;
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce;
  • 1 tbsp. sugar;

Optional Ingredients for Marinade:

  • ¼ cup water;
  • 1 piece kombu (dried seaweed);
  • 1 tbsp. sliced ginger;
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, sliced;
  • 1-2 tbsp. bonito flakes;
  • 1 leek, cut into big pieces.

How to make marinated eggs for ramen:

Making marinated eggs can be divided into three distinct steps. First, you need to prepare marinade. Why marinade first, you ask? We will be cooking marinade on the stove, so some time is required to make sure that it cooled down enough to use for marinating eggs. So, let see how you can make a perfect marinade for ramen eggs at home:

  • First, combine four main ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour light soy sauce, mirin, and dark soy sauce and add a tablespoon of sugar. Combine everything together by whisking until sugar fully dissolves in liquid. Here you have a basic recipe for a marinade, which already can be used. I assure you that if you place eggs in an airtight container with this 4-ingredient marinade you will still have tasty eggs to use for ramen or a snack with a good source of protein. However, if you decide that you want some extra flavor in your eggs than follow the next step.
  • Take a small saucepan or a pot and pour marinade together with water. Let it boil on the high heat and add all the other optional ingredients: a piece of kombu, around two full tablespoons of bonito flakes, one leek cut into big pieces, sliced ginger and garlic. Lowe the heat and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes before you take it from the stove. Now, set it aside to cool down before marinating eggs.

The second step will be boiling eggs. I already have guides for you to follow to get that perfect soft-boiled egg you need. Decide for yourself what boiling method to use to get the consistency right for a ramen egg. Here are those recipes: How to boil eggs to get soft yolk (or you want hard yolk). When you`ve boiled necessary amount of eggs. Let’s peel them to prepare for further use.

And the last, third step will be combining the two. You can take an airtight container or a sealed bag and you pour soy broth/marinade inside, place eggs and close it tightly. Leave eggs in the fridge for 12 hours, at least, to marinate. Better leave them for 24 hours before using. You can store eggs in marinade for 3-4 days. However, if you want to make a new bunch, I would highly recommend having a new marinade made for safety reasons. Try not to reuse it.

So, following such a simple recipe you can have delicious marinated eggs to add as a topping to your ramen. I like such recipes as this one. A simple dish that can make a huge difference when used as a snack for a quick meal or an ingredient – ajitsuke tamago – for any ramen you like to make.

Ramen egg recipe

Hope that the recipe was helpful and you will share with your friends!

Ramen Egg Recipe

Learn to marinate soft-boiled eggs in soy sauce for ramen.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Marinating Time12 hrs
Total Time12 hrs 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Ingredient
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: ramen egg recipe
Servings: 6 eggs
Calories: 80kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs soft-boiled
  • ¼ cup light soy sauce
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

Optional Ingredients for Marinade:

  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 piece kombu (dried seaweed)
  • 1 tbsp. sliced ginger
  • 3-4 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1-2 tbsp. bonito flakes
  • 1 leek cut into big pieces

Instructions

  • First, combine four main ingredients in a separate bowl. Pour light soy sauce, mirin, and dark soy sauce and add a tablespoon of sugar. Combine everything together by whisking until sugar fully dissolves in liquid. Here you have a basic recipe for a marinade, which already can be used. I assure you that if you place eggs in an airtight container with this 4-ingredient marinade you will still have tasty eggs to use for ramen or a snack with a good source of protein. However, if you decide that you want some extra flavor in your eggs than follow the next step.
  • Take a small saucepan or a pot and pour marinade together with water. Let it boil on the high heat and add all the other optional ingredients: a piece of kombu, around two full tablespoons of bonito flakes, one leek cut into big pieces, sliced ginger and garlic. Lowe the heat and let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes before you take it from the stove. Now, set it aside to cool down before marinating eggs.
  • The second step will be boiling eggs. When you`ve boiled necessary amount of eggs. Let’s peel them to prepare for further use.
  • You can take an airtight container or a sealed bag and you pour soy broth/marinade inside, place eggs and close it tightly. Leave eggs in the fridge for 12 hours, at least, to marinate. Better leave them for 24 hours before using. You can store eggs in marinade for 3-4 days. However, if you want to make a new bunch, I would highly recommend having a new marinade made for safety reasons. Try not to reuse it.

Notes

*calories per 1 egg

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