Chinese Tea Eggs. Photo and recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Chinese Tea Eggs

These hard-boiled tea eggs are first cooked, then cracked, and cooked again to let the tea marinade penetrate the shell and stain the egg. Once you peel them, you’ll find the egg beautifully marbled and flavored. O Organics Chai Spice Organic Tea is an easy shortcut with spices in it that help make the eggs more complex in flavor. But if you only want to use the O Organics Black Tea, add 2 cinnamon sticks and 2 star anise pieces to the marinade. Use more tea bags if you want a stronger flavor in your eggs or less tea bags if you want them more subtle.
Course Snack
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 eggs
Calories 80 kcal
Author Irvin


  • 6 large O Organics eggs
  • 1/4 cup Safeway Signature soy sauce
  • 1 strip of orange zest optional
  • 2 to 3 bags of O Organics black tea
  • 2 to 3 bags of O Organics Chai Spice organic tea see headnote above
  • 1 tablespoon O Organics white granulated sugar
  • 3 cups water


  1. Pour about 1-inch of water into a medium-sized pan and bring to a boil. Place the eggs (cold from the refrigerator) into a steamer basket. Once the water is boiling, carefully move the steamer basket with the eggs into the pan and cover. Steam for 6 minutes. Move the eggs to a bowl filled with ice water to shock them from cooking.
  2. Once the eggs are cooling in the ice bath, place the soy sauce, orange zest, tea bags, sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once the marinade is boiling, lower the heat to a simmer, then take an egg out of the ice bath and crack it all over with the back of a spoon. Place the egg in the simmering marinade and repeat with the remaining eggs.
  3. Once all the eggs are in the marinade, cover the pan and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat with the cover still on and let the pan cool completely to room temperature. Move to the refrigerator (still with the cover on) and let sit overnight before eating.

Recipe Notes

Recipe can be doubled.