Chinese Marbled Tea Egg Recipe

This Marbled Tea Egg recipe serves up eggs with a beautiful marbled surface. They are simmered in a savory liquid with star anise, cinnamon sticks, Sichuan peppercorns, and black tea until soaked with the flavors of the spices and a refreshing tea fragrance. They look beautiful and taste divine!

Chinese Marbled Tea Egg Recipe

Why This Chinese Tea Egg Recipe Is So Good

  • Perfect for Chinese New Year
  • Rich and delicious savory eggs
  • They look gorgeous, with an intricate marbled surface.

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Soy sauce
  • Star anise
  • Black tea
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Sugar
  • Sichuan peppercorn (optional)
  • Mandarin orange peel (optional)

How To Make This Marbled Tea Egg Recipe – Step By Step 

  • Gently place the eggs in a medium pot and fill with water to cover the eggs by 1-inch. Bring the pot to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Remove the eggs (leaving the water in the pot) and let cool under running cool water. Using the back of the teaspoon, gently tap the eggshell to crack the shell all over. 
  • To the same pot with the boiling water, return the eggs and add in the remaining ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately turn the heat to low.
  • Simmer for 40 minutes, cover with lid and let eggs steep for a few hours to overnight. The longer you steep, the more flavorful and deeply marbled the tea eggs will be. 

Marbled Tea Eggs

Isn’t the shell of the Tea Egg absolutely gorgeous? The best part (other than eating) is to peel back the egg shell to see what kind of marbled design you end up with!

We generally eat these at room temperature or just slightly warm. In Northern China, Chinese Tea Eggs symbolize golden nuggets for the Chinese New Year feast – so if you’re lookin’ for a little more prosperity this coming year – my Mama says you’d better make this recipe!

My friend Diana, author of Appetite For China recently was vacationing here in Tampa, Florida and I got to meet her! (yeah – we got a pic together too! at the end of the post.) She includes dried orange peel in her recipe and I’m sure she’ll be enjoying Chinese Tea Eggs with her parents in China.

Chinese Marbled Tea Egg on plate

Creating A Marbled Effect 

For Chinese Marbled Tea Eggs, you’ll want to hard boil eggs first, and after they cool off, use a back of a teaspoon to gently crack the eggshell all over. Keep the eggshell intact, but the more you crack, the more intricate the design of the marble will be. Make those crack pretty deep, as that is how the tea/soy mixture will seep into the egg.

What To Serve With This Tea Egg Recipe

You can batch-cook tea eggs and store them for later. They make a perfect breakfast, noodle topping, and between-meal snack!

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Top Tips For This Marbled Tea Egg Recipe

  • I was gentle at first, but after seeing that the eggshell stayed intact, I cracked the next egg a bit harder…and what a difference that made!
  • I use a quart bag to marinate the eggs so I can use a minimal amount of marianting liquid to soak the eggs. If you plan to use a container instead of a quart bag, you should double the amount of marinade so you have enough to cover all the eggs.
  • The tea egg marinating liquid, if stored properly, can be used more than once. If you plan to do so, make sure to use a clean spoon to remove the eggs from the liquid. And you should boil the liquid and let it cool again the next time you use it.

close up Chinese Marbled Tea Egg

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Chinese Marbled Tea Egg Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
steep
5 hrs
Total Time
55 mins
 

This Marbled Tea Egg recipe serves up eggs with a beautiful marbled surface. They are simmered in a savory liquid with star anise, cinnamon sticks, Sichuan peppercorns, and black tea until soaked with the flavors of the spices and a refreshing tea fragrance. They look beautiful and taste divine!

Course: Snack
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: chinese new year, marbled eggs, tea eggs
Servings: 6 eggs
Calories: 86 kcal
Author: Jaden Hair
Ingredients
  • 6 eggs
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 star anise
  • 2 tablespoons black tea or 2 tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorn optional
  • 2 strips dried tangerine or mandarin orange peel optional
Instructions
  1. Gently place the eggs in a medium pot and fill with water to cover the eggs by 1-inch. Bring the pot to a boil, lower the heat and let simmer for 3 minutes.
  2. Remove the eggs (leaving the water in the pot) and let cool under running cool water. Using the back of the teaspoon, gently tap the eggshell to crack the shell all over. The more you tap, the more intricate the design. Do this with a delicate hand to keep the shell intact.
  3. To the same pot with the boiling water, return the eggs and add in the remaining ingredients. Bring the mixture to a boil and immediately turn the heat to low. Simmer for 40 minutes, cover with lid and let eggs steep for a few hours to overnight.
  4. The longer you steep, the more flavorful and deeply marbled the tea eggs will be. In the photos above, I steeped for 5 hours. Mom likes to steep overnight.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Marbled Tea Egg Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 86 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 164mg55%
Sodium 1683mg73%
Potassium 122mg3%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 238IU5%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

And as I promised, here is the lovely Diana!

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If you want to teach your kids about Chinese New Year, this book called Dragon Dance is great  !

 

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