Ramen Egg (Ajitama)

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Ramen egg or ajitama (ajitsuke tamago) is a marinated, jammy egg that’s perfect for ramen, rice, or snack and only requires 4 ingredients!


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What is a Ramen Egg?

Ramen egg is also known as ajitama which is short for ajitsuke tamago in Japanese.

It is typically made with soft boiled eggs that are marinated in a soy sauce based marinade.

Just as it sounds, ramen eggs are typically eaten with ramen.

Personally, it is my favorite ramen topping.

It has a rich creamy yolk and packed with umami flavor.

Luckily, it is super easy to make at home and this ramen egg recipe only requires 4 ingredients!

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Ramen Egg Ingredients

Before you begin making ramen eggs, you’ll need to gather the following:

  • Eggs: The main ingredient. Vital Farms pasture-raised eggs are great quality!
  • Soy Sauce: Adds a salty, savory, and umami flavor. You can use regular or low-sodium soy sauce.
  • Mirin: Mirin is a sweet cooking rice wine. It adds a nice flavor and sweetness to the marinade.
    • Substitute: Rice vinegar can be used as a substitute. However, you will need to add more sugar since mirin is sweeter. Add about an additional ½ teaspoon of sugar per tablespoon of mirin.
  • Water: Water dilutes the sauce so it is not so salty and allows eggs to fully submerge.
  • Sugar (optional): Mirin already adds sweetness but if you want more add additional white sugar.
ramen egg ingredients

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How to Make Ramen Egg

This 4-ingredient ramen egg recipe is super quick, easy, and makes 4 eggs!

It’s such an easy way to step up instant ramen or upgrade any dish.

Ramen eggs also make for a great as a snack on its own.

Let’s get started and walk through how to make ramen eggs step-by-step together so you can easily recreate it!

As always, there is a video tutorial and recipe card at the end that you to print out, pin to Pinterest, or save for later!

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Step 1: Cook Eggs

Begin by bringing a pot of water to a boil on medium-high heat.

I am using a Caraway 3 quart sauce pan.

Then slowly add eggs into the boiling water to help prevent it from going into shock and cracking.

Boil the eggs for the amount of time based on your preference:

  • 6 minutes for a runny yolk
  • 7 minutes for a jammy yolk
  • 8 minutes for a firm but not dry yolk
how long to boil ramen egg

I recommend a 7-minute egg if you want it to be similar to what you would find at a ramen restaurant.

Then immediately place eggs into an ice water bath.

Let the eggs sit in the ice water bath for at least 5 minutes.

This shocks the eggs to stop it from cooking and also helps make peeling easier.

Next peel the eggs and set them aside for later.

how to make easy to peel boiled eggs

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Step 2: Make Ramen Egg Marinade

You can make the ramen egg marinade while the eggs are cooking.

Make the marinade in a container or ziploc bag that is not too wide and an appropriate size so that the marinade will be able to fully cover the eggs.

If you do not have a container or ziploc bag of a good size, you can also make more of the marinade to ensure there is enough to cover the eggs.

You do not want to have splotchy white spots on the eggs which results when they are not fully covered in the marinade.

In the container or ziploc bag that you choose, mix together equal amounts of soy sauce, mirin, and water.

Mirin is already sweet but you can add additional sugar if you would like the marinade to be sweeter.

Of course taste test and adjust to your liking.

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soy marinated ramen egg

Step 3: Marinate Ramen Egg

After you make the ramen egg marinade, add eggs into the same container or ziploc bag.

Make sure the eggs are fully covered and submerged in the marinade.

Let the eggs marinate covered and sealed overnight, up to 12 hours.

You can rotate occasionally to ensure even distribution and color.

ramen eggs

Step 4: Serving Suggestions

Lastly, remove eggs from the marinade after 12 hours.

If you leave it in the marinade longer than that, it may become too salty or overpowering.

Serve the ramen egg as a topping for ramen.

Even though it is typically eaten with ramen, ramen eggs are also really delicious with a bowl of rice.

You can even eat the ajitama eggs on its own as a snack or with whatever you like.

Regardless of how you choose to enjoy them, they will be tasty no matter what!

ramen noodles with ajitama ramen egg topping

Leftover Storage

This ramen egg recipe makes about 4 eggs.

However, you can easily double or triple the recipe to make a larger batch.

You can store leftover eggs in a sealed container without the marinade for up to 3-4 days in the fridge.

If you want to reheat, keep in mind that it will likely make the yolks firmer.

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I hope this step-by-step tutorial for how to make ramen egg is helpful and that you try to make these at home!

I love how simple it is to make and it’s such an easy way to upgrade any dish.

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If you try it, then please leave a rating and comment below. I’d love to know what you think!

Ramen Egg (Ajitama)

Ramen egg or ajitama (ajitsuke tamago) is a marinated, jammy egg that's perfect for ramen, rice, or snack and only requires 4 ingredients!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Marinate Time 12 hours
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 eggs

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup mirin
  • ¼ cup water
  • sugar (optional)

Instructions

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil on medium-high heat then slowly add eggs. Boil for 6 minutes for a runny yolk, 7 minutes for jammy yolk, or 8 minutes for a firm yolk. Then immediately place eggs into an ice water bath to make peeling easier. Peel the eggs and set aside.
  • While the eggs are cooking, make the marinade. In a container or ziploc bag, mix together soy sauce, mirin, and water. Add sugar if you want it sweeter (note: mirin is already sweet).
  • Add eggs into the container or bag and make sure it is fully covered in the marinade. Marinate covered and sealed overnight, up to 12 hours.
  • Remove eggs from the marinade and serve with ramen, rice, or whatever you like and enjoy!

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