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Soy Sauce Eggs are a quintessential ramen topping that you can make at home with just 4 simple ingredients and 5 minutes of prep. They’ll be ready to enjoy in a few hours and are even better when marinated overnight.

soy sauce eggs sliced in half on a black plate.

What would a ramen bowl be without soft cooked egg halves bobbing around with their vibrant, runny yolks and soy sauce tinged whites? But don’t limit these versatile eggs to just a soup topper. They’re wonderful served over rice or noodles, atop stir fried vegetables or just on their own as a snack!

Ingredients You Need to Make Soy Sauce Eggs

Soy Sauce Eggs Ingredients on a white marble board.
  • Eggs: large or x-large eggs
  • Water: ideally filtered
  • Soy Sauce: ideally Japanese style soy sauce (shoyu)
  • Mirin: or sake
  • Ginger: fresh ginger root

To make Soy Sauce Eggs (“marinated half cooked egg“), a traditional ramen component, you’ll cook the eggs and prepare marinade separately before combining them. The eggs are best soft boiled, so the whites are cooked through and their runny yolks remain. Simmering the marinade ingredients separately allows the flavors to meld before adding the eggs. 

How long do soy sauce eggs last?

Once you’ve added the soft boiled eggs to the marinade, they’ll be ready to enjoy in a few hours. They’re best when refrigerated overnight to allow the flavors to permeate, and the whites to firm up slightly while the yolk gets creamier. The longer they stay in the marinade, the stronger the flavor will become and, left too long, the eggs will become hard and rubbery. So plan on enjoying them within three days. 

soy sauce eggs sliced in half on a black slate board.

Build Your Perfect Bowl of Ramen

Soy Sauce Eggs

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 3 hours 12 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: Japanese
Calories: 97
Servings: 6 eggs
A quick and easy recipe to marinate eggs for topping ramen bowls or to enjoy over rice or on their own! Recipe adapted from Ramen: Japanese Noodles and Small Dishes


  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh ginger root


  • Prepare an ice bath for the eggs.
  • Add enough water to a medium saucepan to cover eggs and bring to boil; slowly lower eggs into boiling water to keep them from cracking (see recipe note). Reduce heat to simmer and cook 7 minutes; transfer eggs to ice bath.
  • Meanwhile, combine water, soy sauce, mirin and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Carefully pour mixture into a glass quart jar; set aside to cool.
  • When eggs are cool enough to handle, peel by gently tapping eggs all over on the counter or a cutting board, then rolling with your palm using gentle pressure. Starting from the bottom peel away shell and membrane. Rinse off any tiny shell fragments with cold water.
  • Carefully lower peeled eggs into marinade; cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and ideally 1 day before serving. For the best flavor and texture, enjoy within 3 days.


  1. Or place the eggs in a steamer basket over boiling water in a medium saucepan. Cover and steam 7 minutes; transfer to ice bath and continue with recipe.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 1217mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Ok so does this recipe need sugar. Mine were beautiful but sooooo salty. Any idea what went wrong?

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Stephanie! These do have a punchy salt flavor. You could certainly add sugar and you could certainly use low sodium soy sauce for a less salty verssion.

  2. Lena says:

    What can you use the marinade for after the eggs are done? It feels like a waste to just throw it away.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Lena! You can reuse the marinade for one or two more batches of eggs.

      1. Nor says:

        My marinade turned starchy on my second use. What could have caused it. I put sugar, soy sauce, water, sesame seeds some green chili, green onions and minced garlic.

        1. Marissa Stevens says:

          hmm…I’m not sure, Nor. I wish I could be of more help.

          1. Nor says:

            It’s alright. Thank you for replying.

  3. Jill says:

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this recipe! I used apple cider vinegar w sugar as substitute to mirin. It taste good but i shall buy me a mirin soon and follow this instructions. Have you tried reusing the soy mixture for another batch of soft boiled eggs?

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      My pleasure, Jill! Great question. Yes, I’ve reused the marinade for a second batch and it worked just fine.