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chopsticks pinching ramen egg with soy sauce rayu topping

Ajitama (Ramen Egg) Recipe Appetizer or Snack

It's surprisingly easy to make these ramen eggs at home. Only a few ingredients that are easy to find in your supermarket's Asian food section. Serve in ramen, as a snack, or with your meal.
4.50 from 2 votes
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Japanese
Servings 2 people


  • 3 free-range eggs


  • ½ cup soy sauce or gluten-free alternative
  • ½ cup mirin Japanese sweet cooking wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 splash sake
  • 1-2 spicy dried red chili peppers togarashi


  • 1-2 pinches Kosher salt
  • 2-3 dashes shichimi seven-flavor chili pepper
  • 1-2 tsp edible rayu Japanese chili sauce (optional)
  • 2-3 pinches sliced green onions


Soft-boiled Eggs

  • Use an egg hole puncher or pin to poke a small hole in the base of each egg. (optional)
  • Add enough water to a pot so eggs will be fully submerged.
  • Bring water to a boil.
  • Turn down heat until water is gently boiling.
  • Carefully add eggs to the pot of boiling water so they don't crack. I use a spoon.
  • Set a timer for 6 minutes 30 seconds - 7 minutes (for soft-boiled eggs).* Leave pot uncovered.
  • While eggs are boiling, fill a bowl or container with plenty of ice and cold water.
  • When timer goes off, carefully dump out boiling water. Use a spoon to immediately submerge eggs into the ice bath.

Marinade for Eggs

  • While the eggs are in the ice bath, mix the marinade in a jar or sealable container.
  • Pour soy sauce, mirin, and water into the jar or container.
  • Add spicy red pepper.
  • After eggs have been in the ice bath for 3-4 minutes, carefully remove and peel them.
  • Add eggs to the marinade.
  • Cover the eggs and marinade with a paper towel. Ensure that the paper towel absorbs the liquid. This weight will make sure the eggs are fully submerged.
  • Seal the jar or container with a lid.
  • Place in the refrigerator for 2- 8 hours. I recommend overnight. 

After Eggs are Marinated

  • After the eggs have marinated, remove them from the marinade with a spoon.
  • On a cutting board, wrap each egg with a short piece of fishing line. Wrap the line around the egg one time and pull the line ends until the egg slices open.*
  • Garnish with your favorite topping and serve.
Keyword Asian, diet, egg, Japanese, keto, low sugar, low-carb, protein, ramen, savory, snack
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