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Other Ways to Eat Ramen Eggs

These versatile Japanese soft-boiled eggs are used for many purposes in Japan. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Potato salad – tear a few eggs into pieces and mix them into potato salad
  • Salad – these make for a colorful, protein-packed topping for almost any green salad.
  • Sandwich – Spread some mayonnaise onto two slices of sandwich bread and add a few ramen eggs that have been sliced in half. You can also add them to a Japanese-style egg salad sandwich
  • Breakfast – these make a tasty side dish for a bowl of rice, but they’re also delicious on their own. 
  • Onigiri – you can stuff a whole Ajitsuke Tamago inside of an onigiri


How To Make Marinated Soft-Boiled Eggs

These ramen eggs are so simple to make! The most difficult part is waiting for them to marinate.

All the instructions are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. But first, here is a bit more information (and some step-by-step photos).

To make these ramen eggs, all you have to do is make soft-boiled eggs and then marinate them. Though it is just a few simple steps, I can understand that boiling eggs can be somewhat challenging. Here are a few tips that can help you!

Tips For Making Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs

Making fabulous soft-boiled eggs is so easy. Here are some tips that will make it even easier.

Leave The Eggs At Room Temperature

Let the eggs sit on the counter for at least a few hours. They should come to room temperature. This will make it easier for the eggs to peel after they are soft-boiled.

Use A Ladle

Use A Ladle

Add the eggs into boiling water gently using a ladle. You can add a little bit of vinegar or salt. This helps because if the egg cracks, the vinegar or salt in the boiling water prevents the egg from spreading out too much.

Watch The Cooking Time

Cook eggs for 7-8 minutes and keep rotating the eggs. This makes sure the egg yolk will be centered. If you like a runny egg, cook for only 7 minutes. I like mine a little more solid, so I usually cook them for 8 minutes.

Place The Soft-Boiled Eggs Into An Ice Bath

Remove the eggs into icy cold water so the eggs will not be cooked further by the residual heat.

Tips For Making Ramen Egg Marinade

After you have some perfectly soft-boiled eggs, you are ready to marinate them. Here are some tips (and step-by-step pictures) that will help you make the perfect marinade!

Use a Resealable Plastic Bag

You can use any refrigerator-safe plastic bag that seals completely. The important part is making sure it seals without leaking since it will have lots of liquid marinade inside it.

Add Water To A Tall Container

This tip is will help you remove all the extra air out of the food storage bag!

Add some water to a tall container. Seal the plastic bag and leave about an inch of it open in the corner. Then, submerge the marinating eggs into the container of water.

As the bag lowers into the water, the water pressure will push the air out of the bag. When all the air is out of the bag, seal it completely.

If you have a cappuccino machine, this scrambled egg hack is for you

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When Food Network tweeted a video of Martha Stewart‘s unique egg scrambling technique, we were enthralled. It starts out like most scrambled egg recipes: She cracked a couple of eggs into a mug and broke them up using a fork. After adding a pinch of salt, black pepper, and a teaspoon and a half of butter, things got weird. Instead of pouring the eggs into a skillet, she used the steam wand of a cappuccino machine to cook them — you know, the piece that’s usually used to steam milk for your coffee drinks. She placed it directly into the raw eggs, turned it on, and it steamed the eggs in a matter of seconds.

It sounds weird, but it makes sense. Steam is just hot water vapor, and it cooks the eggs more gently than boiling water, resulting in tender, creamy eggs. Martha’s addition of butter didn’t hurt, either, because it added a super rich flavor. As a bonus, the steaming wand makes clean-up easy, too; all you have to do is clean the wand with a wet cloth. Sounds like we’ve been using our coffee maker wrong this whole time!

How long do you boil ramen eggs?

When boiling, take out the eggs from the refrigerator and carefully and slowly submerge the eggs into the boiling water with a mesh strainer/skimmer or ladle to prevent the eggs from cracking. Immediately reduce heat to maintain a simmer (gentle boil) and cook the eggs for exactly 7 minutes.

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Are soft-boiled eggs safe?

Many cultures and styles of cooking use soft-boiled eggs in their cooking. If you’re making the perfect poached egg, it’s essential that its yolk stays firm rather than leaking all over your plate or being too runny like an omelet.

So don’t forget about this before serving! You should also make sure none have started crackling while boiling; if they do, then remove immediately from heat since heating can cause this effect which will contaminate other foods nearby (especially meats).

Is Ramen good for health

Answered By: Ethan Flores Date: created: Nov 26 2020

Though instant ramen noodles provide iron, B vitamins and manganese, they lack fiber, protein and other crucial vitamins and minerals. Additionally, their MSG, TBHQ and high sodium contents may negatively affect health, such as by increasing your risk of heart disease, stomach cancer and metabolic syndrome.

Asked By: Harry Russell Date: created: Dec 13 2021

What kind of egg do you put in ramen

Answered By: Ethan Cooper Date: created: Mar 07 2021

Flavorful soft boiled eggs with custard-like egg yolk soaked in soy sauce and mirin, used for topping on ramen or enjoyed as a snack.

Asked By: Thomas King Date: created: Jan 11 2022

A splash of OJ does wonders for your scrambled eggs

Sure, orange juice is a popular beverage at breakfast time, but in your eggs? Yes! While it may sound crazy to add any kind of juice to your egg dish, trust us on this one. A splash of OJ whipped into your eggs before cooking works like a crazy elixir, enhancing the flavor of your eggs tenfold. Orange juice brightens rich scrambled eggs without overwhelming them, so you might taste something different — better — but not be able to pinpoint the exact cause for the improvement. Adding citrus to your scrambled eggs is like getting a really good face lift that no one can detect — everyone just knows you look glorious.

Additional Ingredients How to Spice it Up

You’ve seen how simple this recipe is, but you can take it to the next level if you want by adding some additional ingredients.

How about spicing your instant noodles up even more?

Here’s what else you can add to your egg ramen bowl:

  • Sriracha hot sauce
  • Dashi
  • Boiled Chicken
  • Grilled Pork
  • Boiled Beef
  • Cooked Shrimp
  • Miso paste
  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin
  • Fish Sauce
  • Broccoli
  • Mung Bean
  • Garlic Chips
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Sesame seeds
  • Leftover cooked chicken

You can experiment with all kinds of veggies and toppings. So, don’t be afraid to look around the fridge and use what you have.

For more inspiration, read 9 best ramen toppings to order or use when making ramen at home.

How does Kylie Jenner eat ramen?

Kylie Jenner has social media following of 77.2 million or more. She has a huge impact those followers. So huge, in fact, that when she posted a picture of her ramen and said she adds butter, garlic powder, onion powder, and an egg to it, her recipe went viral.

What is Ramen Egg?

Ramen egg is a Japanese egg dish also known as “Ajitsuke Tamago” or in short “Ajitama” in Japan. Aji means flavour and tamago means egg, so it is translated to flavoured eggs.

It is a soft-boiled egg marinated in a soy sauce-based marinade. Every bite is filled with spice and flavour – which is why people usually use it as a topping for their ramen noodles.

It’s so tasty, you can eat it on its own! You don’t even need the noodles.

3. If you are a perfectionist, use vinegar

Do you want the egg on ramen to have a beautiful shape like a pro?

Then you should cook the egg and noodles separately.

Try this magic recipe…


1. Crack an egg into a bowl. 2. Boil water in a small pot. 3. Put vinegar and salt into the pot. 4. Turn off the heat, and stir the water as if you are creating a whirlpool.

5. Drop the egg into the center of the pot. 6. Heat the egg for 4 minutes on low heat. 7. Done!


Get a fresh egg straight out of the fridge

Make a strong whirlpool in your pot of boiling water.

When you drop the egg, drop it as close as possible to the hot water.

This recipe is almost magic, it guarantees the perfect poached eggs every single time!

How to Eat the Egg

If you have ramen with an egg at a restaurant, the polite way to eat it is:

  • to pick it up with your spoon, fork, or chopsticks, take a small bite
  • cut it into smaller pieces with your utensils

It’s never polite to stab and poke the egg.

However, when you eat it at home, you can cut up the egg to make it easier to eat.

It tastes best when you take a spoonful of noodles, egg, and cheese at the same time because you can feel the umami flavors come together.

How to Make Ramen Eggs

Ingredients You’ll Need

5 ingredients is all you need and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make ramen eggs at home.

  • Fresh, good quality eggs, especially if you plan to make soft-boiled eggs
  • Soy sauce
  • Mirin
  • Sake (or water)
  • Sugar

For the marinade, you can create your own version with additions (such as chili flakes for spice, etc), but today, let’s stick with the basic.

What changed from the 2011 Recipe?

Some of you might be familiar with the original recipe that I shared in 2011. In the past, I used water instead of sake (Japanese rice wine). However, for food safety reasons, I started making my ramen eggs with sake and came to like this version a lot better.

Why sake? The amino acids in the fermented rice wine actually enhances the flavors of food by adding hints of sweetness and umami, which makes the eggs taste better. In case you’re wondering, we would boil off the alcohol from the sake before marinading the eggs so it’s perfectly safe for kids to consume.

As part of the refinement, I also added a bit of sugar. To put the old and new recipes to test, I had my family try out the two versions multiple times and they concluded that the winner goes to this updated recipe. For those who can’t consume alcohol, you can still use water.

Overview: Quick Steps

  1. Make the marinade.
  2. Cook soft-boiled eggs.
  3. Marinate the eggs overnight.

Ingredients for Ramen Eggs

  • Eggs – Normally, when you soft-boil eggs, you want to use older eggs because they tend to be easier to peel, but I’ve found a way to make even fresh eggs easier to peel, which has a huge benefit. Older eggs tend to have a big air pocket in them due to evaporation, so your egg won’t be perfectly shaped. By using fresh eggs, the egg white will fill out the whole shell, giving you a perfect oval egg. Other than that, I try and look for eggs that are from chickens that were fed a diet high in beta-carotene (usually in the form of red peppers). This gives the yolks a vibrant orange color that makes them look more appealing.  
  • Chicken stock – Ramen-shop-style Ramen Eggs are usually made by soaking them in the leftover braising liquid from chashu or kakuni. If you’re making them at home and don’t want to make one of those first, chicken stock is a great way to add similar meaty umami to the eggs without the extra effort.
  • Soy sauce – Any Japanese brand of dark soy sauce will work here. I usually use Kikkoman. 
  • Sake – Any cheap sake will work here. You don’t want to use an expensive one because those tend to have a higher mill ratio on the rice, which means the sake contains less umami producing amino acids. Some common brands include Hakutsuru, Ozeki and Shochikubai. By the way, the alcohol gets boiled off, so no, these eggs won’t make your kids drunk. 
  • Sugar – A little sugar helps balance the saltiness of the soy sauce.
  • Ginger – Eggs can have a slightly sulfuric smell, even when they’re hard-boiled. The ginger helps abate that while making the marinade taste more like chashu braising liquid. 

1. Sapporo Ichiban Shio Flavor


In truth, Sapporo Ichiban delivers a good quality shio ramen experience.

Actually, it is very difficult to find good shio ramen.

Do you know why?

Because it is very difficult to make it since it is very simple.

There are many good shoyu and miso flavored instant noodles out there.

But I feel specifically, the shio flavor market is monopolized by Sapporo Ichiban.

Think about this for a moment having good shio ramen for your dinner with your favorite ramen toppings.

Now, you want some, don’t you?


There you have it! This article concludes that ramen noodles are versatile and can be used to make many different dishes. One popular dish in Japan, for example, is the egg ramen which is a breakfast dish with an omelette wrapped around fried rice cakes.

This guide has taught you how to cook one up at home, so don’t forget about your next meal before hitting snooze on your alarm clock tomorrow morning! Our expert staff is here to help you with any questions you have, please feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have.

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