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Mayak Eggs: Korean Marinated Soy Sauce Eggs

These Korean inspired marinated soy sauce eggs pack an umami punch with garlic, scallion, ginger and soy sauce, truly earning their name Mayak eggs (so deliciously addicting).
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine asian, korean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Marinate minimum 6 hours, up to 24 hours 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Servings 6 eggs
Calories 126kcal
Author Aubrey
Cost $5


  • Soup pot


  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup or Oligodang syrup
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1 Thai green chili or Serrano chili
  • 1 Thai red chili
  • 2 tablespoon scallion (thinly sliced rounds)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (finely minced or pressed) Optional, but recommended


  • Bring water to a boil
  • Prepare marinade while waiting for water to boil.
  • Soy sauce egg marinade: Combine soy sauce, water, garlic, thai chili, scallion, sesame seeds, ginger (optional) and sweetener of choice (honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup or Oligodang syrup) and stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Once water reaches a vigorous boil, add eggs to boiling water (use large spoon to gently lower each egg into water).
  • Boil eggs approximately 6-7 minutes for runny yolk. See notes for cook times as stoves vary.
  • While eggs are boiling, prepare bowl of ice and cup of water for ice bath.
  • Using slotted spoon, move each egg gently from boiling water into the ice bath.
  • Allow the eggs to cool completely (approximately5-10 minutes).
  • Peel eggs and place in bowl or airtight storage container.
  • Pour soy sauce mayak marinade overeggs.
  • Depending on depth of your bowl or storage container, if eggs are not completely submerged you can flip them halfway through your target marinating time.
  • Allow to marinate minimum 6 hours and maximum 24 hours. The longer you marinate the bolder the flavor.
  • Serve mayak eggs over warm rice with additional soy sauce marinade to top.


  • ***Food Safety: Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness. Check with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or appropriate regulatory agency regarding food safety recommendations.
  • Leftovers and Storage: Once they have been marinated for 6-24 hours, eat within the next 24 hours.
  • Egg Cook Times: Different stoves, heating elements and cookware can vary in terms of heating capacity which can affect your egg cooking times. I recommend you test run an egg to determine your desired egg texture before marinating the full batch. See below for general egg cook guidelines:
    1. 6-7 minutes: Runny yolk and firm white.
    2. 8 minutes: Soft yolk, firm white.
    3. 9-11: Hard boiled egg.


Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 605mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 329IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg