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Chinese Marbled Tea Egg Recipe

Jaden Hair
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!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
steep 5 hrs
Total Time 55 mins
Course Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 6 eggs
Calories 86 kcal


  • 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


  • Bring a medium sized pot of water to a boil, enough to cover the eggs by an inch..
  • Remove eggs from the fridge to bring down in temperature a bit while the water comes to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling, gently and slowly lower the eggs into the water. Set a timer for 10 minutes for a medium-hard boil.
  • Remove the eggs (leaving the water in the pot) and let cool under running water.
  • Using the back of a 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.
  • To the same pot with the boiling water, return the eggs and add 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.
  • I like to steep for 5 hours, but my mom prefers overnight!


Calories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 9gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 164mgSodium: 1683mgPotassium: 122mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 238IUCalcium: 38mgIron: 2mg
Keyword chinese new year, marbled eggs, tea eggs
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