Ramen Eggs

Have you ever wondered how to make those perfect, jammy eggs that come nestled on top of a bowl of ramen? Turns out it’s super-easy, and they make a great snack, too.

Ramen Egg Ajitsuke Tamago | Umami Girl 780

What are ramen eggs?

Ramen eggs have always seemed kind of magical to me. They’re savory and sweet, with perfect jammy yolks. The outsides are shellacked with a gorgeous, rich brown that fades away into the center. How do they DO that?

Well, here’s the thing. They take everyone’s favorite seven-minute boiled eggs, let them hang out overnight in a truly simple marinade made in a flash from sake, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar, and that’s it. There’s no step three except to eat them.

Ramen Egg Recipe (Ajitsuke Tamago)

Ramen eggs are undeniably special, but the secret is that they're truly easy to make. You'll start with our seven-minute eggs and then just let them chillax in a bath of sake, rice wine, soy sauce, and sugar overnight.

Additional Time 1 days
Total Time 1 days
Serves 4


  • 4 seven-minute eggs
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (reduced sodium is fine)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 heaping cup ice


  1. In a small pot, stir together sake, mirin, soy sauce, and sugar. Warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Off the heat, add one heaping cup of ice to the pot to both dilute and chill the marinade. (Alternatively, you can place the ice in a 4-cup glass measuring cup or nonreactive bowl and pour the marinade overtop.)
  3. Place peeled seven-minute eggs into marinade, cover tightly, and refrigerate for about 24 hours, turning once or twice if you think of it.
  4. For less intense flavor, you can remove the eggs at any point after about eight hours. For more intense flavor you can let the eggs marinate a bit longer. However, the salt and sugar in the marinade will make the eggs tough eventually, so don't leave them for more than about 36 hours.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size:

1 egg

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 70 Total Fat:: 5g Carbohydrates:: 0g Fiber:: 0g Protein:: 6g