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Soy Sauce Eggs

Soy sauce eggs are savory hard-boiled eggs that are one of my favorite snacks from childhood. They are often eaten for breakfast or served in slices as part of an appetizer or side dish


These Chinese stewed soy sauce eggs are one of my favorite foods from my childhood. As a result, it’s always something I try to make every year for Chinese New Year.

Growing up, whenever my mom made a big batch of these, my siblings and I would get so excited. We would eat them every morning for breakfast until they were all gone and my mom would have to watch us closely so that we wouldn’t eat several at a time. It was tempting because these are so good!

They are often eaten for breakfast or served in slices as part of an appetizer or side dish. You can find ready-made ones at Chinese grocery stores but I always prefer to make my own.


You start with regular hard boiled eggs, but instead of leaving them plain, they are stewed in soy sauce and five spice powder, which gives the eggs a delicious flavor. You should definitely let them stew for at least an hour, but it’s even better if you can let them continue to soak overnight.

The eggs turn a beautiful dark brown and you’ll taste the soy sauce flavor mixed with spices throughout the egg.


The two key ingredients you need for the sauce are Soy Sauce (I use Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce) and Five Spice Powder. Mix spice powder packets can be found in any Chinese grocery store as they are used in a lot of Chinese dishes. The spices are placed inside a porous white sachet similar to a tea bag and you just put the entire pouch directly into your sauce. If you can’t find the five spice powder bags, they also sell five spice powder in small containers similar to other ground spices and you can add 1 tsp of that to your soy sauce mixture.

These eggs are great for Chinese New Year or for any potluck or meal gathering. You can slice up the eggs and plate them in a nice platter. Whenever I make them, they are always a big hit!


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Soy Sauce Eggs

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Chinese
These Chinese stewed soy sauce eggs are one of my favorite foods from my childhood. As a result, it's always something I try to make every year for Chinese New Year.  


  • 6 eggs hard-boiled and peeled
  • 2   cups water
  • 3 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 1 mix spice powder bag


  • Add water, soy sauce, sugar and spice powder bag to a large pot. Bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Add in eggs. Bring sauce to a low simmer and place lid on pot, leaving it slightly uncovered, allowing enough heat to escape so that your mixture does not boil over. Let eggs stew for about 30 minutes at the low simmer. After 30 minutes, rotate eggs so that the lighter colored side is now on the bottom, and stew another 30 minutes at low simmer.  Turn off heat.
  • Allow eggs to soak overnight in soy sauce mixture (keep refrigerated). I usually soak overnight, then rotate again in the early morning for a few hours, so that the eggs will be an even shade of brown. When ready to eat, gently re-heat the eggs in the pot before serving.


Serving: 1egg, Calories: 95kcal, Carbohydrates: 4.3g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 5.4g, Saturated Fat: 1.6g, Sodium: 318.5mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 3.7g, NET CARBS: 4

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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126 comments on “Soy Sauce Eggs”

  1. i love veggie stir fry!

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  3. I like soy sauce on white rice.

  4. I use soy sauce when making my beef stroganoff it makes it so yummy! Other than that it is stir fry!

  5. I flavor my meat with it

  6. My favorite way to use soy sauce is in chicken fried rice. Thanks for the giveaway

  7. My favorite way to use soy sauce is a special marinade for steaks prior to grilling.

  8. I use soy sauce on fried rice and my egg rolls.

  9. I like using soy sauce in lo mein, or to dip spring rolls in. Thanks for the chance to win!


  10. I love eating veggie stir fry

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  12. I like to add soy sauce to plain rice or a stir fry

  13. I love fried rice with soy sauce.

  14. My favorite way to use soy sauce is use it to marinate meat and make my own teriyaki sauce. 🙂

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  15. My favorite is Egg Roll in a bowl, Egg Roll without the wrap, delish!

  16. I shared your recipe for beautiful Soy Sauce Eggs and the Kikkoman giveaway on Twitter:

  17. It may not be very imaginative, but my favorite way to use soy sauce is in fried rice and stir fries. It’s such an essential flavor for those dishes! Like you, I use the lower-sodium soy sauce.

  18. I like using soy sauce on my pork fried rice.
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  19. My favorite way to use soy sauce is in my honey glazed chicken wings, it really works well with the other ingredients. Not to mention the fact that my kids love them too!

  20. I enjoy soy sauce on chicken wings and drummies.
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  21. I use soy sauce as a marinade!

  22. I like to make fried rice with soy sauce. Then it is not too salty.

  23. I absolutely must, must make this!!!

  24. I love soy sauce for my pot stickers! I mix soy sauce with sesame oil and little bit of sriracha, yummy!

  25. I normally just make various stir frys with soy sauce, but I definitely need to experiment a little more!

  26. I really love adding it to my teriyaki chicken

  27. My favorite way to use soy sauce is in Asian Zing sauce….sweet and spicy….yum!

  28. I love making veggie stir fry

  29. I love using Soy sauce in my marinades!

  30. I really love making stir fry

  31. I love soy sauce on dumplings

  32. i like to use soy sauce in homemade fried rice.

  33. We love to use soy sauce on plain white rice. I like to make stir fry veggies with garlic to go along with the rice.

  34. My favorite way to use soy sauce is over fried rice, but I am definitely trying this recipe; it looks amazing!

  35. I’m going to try your recipe for soy sauce eggs. I’ve eaten them from Asian restaurants, but never thought to prepare them myself, even though I prepare boiled eggs every other week.  I usually use Kikkoman light soy sauce for my fried rice and to marinate chicken.

  36. I love soy sauce – can’t wait to try this. Wondering if there is any other place to get the five spice – online maybe? I’ll have to search.

  37. I use soy sauce to make my homemade barbecue sauce!

  38. I love making shrimp fried rice. My husband loves my Chinese chicken cashew dish, though.

  39. We make an Asian inspired orange beef that uses orange marmalade and soy sauce.

  40. I love to cook with soy sauce. I use it in a number of meals, especially stir frys.

  41. I use soy sauce in all my stir fries. I like the low sodium best.

  42. We like making stir frys with soy sauce. Lately we’ve been skipping the noodles or rice and adding spiralized veggies instead!

  43. I like to make a quick and healthy breakfast with sauteed shredded cabbage, scrambled eggs, and soy sauce.

  44. My favorite way to use soy sauce is on stir fried Chicken and Quinoa.

  45. My favorite way to use soy sauce is in teriyaki chicken.

  46. I love soy sauce in my stir-fry. Yum yum!!
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  47. I make a delicious fried rice. The “sauce” contains soy sauce, ketchup and sherry cooking wine. It is a huge hit in my home. I actually get all four kids to eat it!

  48. Shrimp stir fry is our favorite way to use it but also love to make homemade potstickers and dunk them in it!

  49. I like to make vegetable fried rice with soy sauce.

  50. My favorite way to use soy sauce is when I make fried rice.

  51. I like to use soy sauce in my fried rice

  52. I use soy sauce in my stir fry and marinades.

  53. I like to sue soy sauce to make chicken stir fry.

  54. The finest use of top quality organic soy sauce is of course when it is paired with S&B or House wasabi for sashimi dipping!!

  55. I always use Kikkoman in my fried rice!

  56. I love using soy sauce to make Shrimp and  Chicken Fried Rice. 

  57. i also make soy sauce eggs, but i follow the recipe for shoyu tamago. i use low-sodium soy sauce as well; i think the reduction in salt makes it taste better 🙂 i can’t wait to try your recipe!

  58. I love soy sauce in my fried rice and a smidgeon on Teriyaki Chicken

  59. I love mixing soy sauce with chili oil and using it to dip my dumplings!

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  61. I like to use soy sauce in making chicken pad Thai.
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  62. my favorite way to use soy sauce is as a marinade for all kinds of meat and fish! not the most original answer but it’s great mixed with honey and garlic

  63. My favorite way to use soy sauce is soy sauce glazed mushrooms! Yummy.

  64. Sadly I’m currently avoiding soy for health reasons, trying coconut aminos in place. I’m gonna give this recipe a try.

  65. My favorite use of soy sauce is to make a dipping sauce for dumplings.

  66. My favorite way to use soy sauce is in this avacodo, wasabi soy lime dressing!

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  67. I love to cook hamburgers with soy sauce on them it is so yummy.

  68. I think I use soy sauce mostly for my fried rice or a splash on banh mi.

  69. My favorite way to use it is with white rice.

  70. My favorite way to use soy sauce is in a korean beef recipe I make that uses ground beef. It’s delicious!

  71. i grew up eating these!!!! Love them. but my favorite way to use soy sauce is for sushi 🙂

  72. I love to use soy sauce to make chicken stir fry with rice. I add a little honey to the soy sauce for some sweetness.

  73. I like to make chicken stir fry with soy sauce

  74. Ahh, these eggs remind me of brunches with my grandparents.
    These days, I predominantly use soy sauce to flavor my cauliflower fried rice.

  75. I love it on rice, steak, chicken. I am excited to try this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  76. Fav way to use soy sauce: as part of a marinate for grilled chicken or broiled salmon.

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  78. I love using soy sauce to make my Chicken Fried Rice. Soy Sauce so good on rice.

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  80. I like soy sauce on white rice.

  81. I like it in my fried rice. It is also good when marinating shrimp and chicken. Yum.  These eggs sound great, will have to try sometime.  

  82. Sometimes I’ll mix up a little soy sauce, garlic powder, and ginger (either ground or a little fresh minced ginger) and add it to any vegetables I’m stirring up in a pan (not necessarily for an actual stir-fry — just any vegetables I’m cooking in a pan on the stove). I’ll also add a little soy sauce and sugar, sometimes, to eggs before I scramble them, instead of adding milk. Got a couple of recipe questions for you: 1- Do you have to use freshly boiled (warm) eggs, or can you use hardboiled eggs that have been in the fridge for a day or two? 2- How do you handle food safety when leaving the eggs to sit on the stove overnight? Or are you putting the pan in the fridge when you let the eggs soak? Thanks.

    • Hi Jessica! I use freshly boiled eggs. You can use older hard boiled eggs but they won’t keep as long. For your second question, I do put the pot into the fridge when they are soaking overnight. I adjusted the recipe to reflect that. Thanks for asking!

  83. My favorite part about the soy sauce eggs are the whites! I wasn’t usually a fan of the yolks. The best way to use soy sauce is for a meat marinade for stir fries!

  84. My favorite way to use soy sauce is to make sukiyaki!