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Colorful Tea Eggs for Easter

photo of a bowl of tea eggs

It’s almost Easter, and I’ve been seeing  a lot of decorated eggs. I never was much into decorating eggs, even as a kid. But last year I thought of this idea for decorating and luckily was reminded of it again when I saw a post on chinese tea eggs.
Chinese tea eggs
I’ve always loved chinese tea eggs, not just for the taste, but also because of the beautiful patterns on the eggs. The pattern is created by gently cracking the egg shell, and then simmering the eggs in a soy sauce tea spice mixture that causes the dark sauce to seep inside the egg and create a pattern around the cracks of the eggshells.
bowl of three eggs
Taking this idea, I decided to do the same thing, but with multiple colors. So these aren’t actually tea eggs because I didn’t use the tea mixture since I didn’t want to muddle the colors. Instead they are just hard boiled eggs with some food coloring. You can also use some natural fruits/vegetables to create the colors, but I just ended up using some food coloring rather than having to make another shopping trip.
close-up photo of a bowl of tea eggs
I tried making pink, yellow and blue. The yellow ones ended up being too pale and it didn’t really come out. The pink and blue ones came out nicely though.

Colorful Tea Eggs

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
These colorful eggs are inspired by traditional Chinese tea eggs.


  • hard boiled eggs
  • food coloring in various colors I used red, blue and yellow. I wouldn't use yellow again


  • Gently tap the hard boiled eggs on the edge of your kitchen counter, until there are cracks all over the shell, but you don't want the shell to come off.
  • Boil a small pot of water. Add a few drops of red food coloring into the pot, then add in a few of the eggs and simmer at a low boil for about 5-10 minutes.
  • Pour out the red water, clean pot and then repeat process with the other colors.
  • Once the eggs are cooled, you can peel the shell and serve the eggs.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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8 comments on “Colorful Tea Eggs for Easter”

  1. I’ve seen these online elsewhere and they’re called “Dinosaur Eggs” by many. They are pretty cool-looking!

    • Interesting. I’ve never heard of them called Dinosaur eggs or seen them elsewhere. I’ll have to look around.

  2. Try onion skins for the yellow!

    • I know onion skins work well to make the shell yellow, but do you know if it is dark enough to color the egg white too?

  3. Wonderful sweet little eggs. I just love this idea and also noticed the Asian tea eggs posted on FG and TS. The pink is so darling.

  4. I am making these in red and blue for tomorrow, July 4th. I really hope they turn out as awesome as yours.

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