Chinese Tea Eggs (Marbled eggs)
By :Instant Pot Staff
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This style of egg is very popular in China. You will be amazed with the beautifully marbled surface and the unique spice and tea flavors. They make a perfect breakfast, noodle topping, and between-meal snack!
Votes: 6
Rating: 4.33
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Cuisine Chinese
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Breakfast, Poultry
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Cinnamon Stick, Eggs, Soy Sauce, Sugar
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Passive Time 18 hours
Servings
12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • Water enough to cover the eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 star anise
  • 4 bags black tea
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Peel from an orange
Cuisine Chinese
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Breakfast, Poultry
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient Cinnamon Stick, Eggs, Soy Sauce, Sugar
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Passive Time 18 hours
Servings
12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • Water enough to cover the eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 3 star anise
  • 4 bags black tea
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Peel from an orange
Votes: 6
Rating: 4.33
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Place eggs in the inner pot on the included steam rack.
  2. Add enough water to cover the eggs.
  3. Add soy sauce, tea bags, star anise, and cinnamon sticks.
  4. Stir in sugar.
  5. Add orange peel.
  6. Set steam release to the Sealing position.
  7. Select Pressure Cook or Manual, set to High pressure and adjust to 4 minutes.
  8. After cooking, Quick Release pressure.
  9. Crack each egg all over with a teaspoon but leave the shells on— this helps to create the marbled effect.
  10. Put all the eggs back in the Instant Pot. Leave in the Instant Pot with the lid on for a minimum of 18 hours, or overnight. Leave longer for a stronger, saltier flavor.
  11. After 18 hours, run the eggs under cold water and remove the shells.
  12. Eat or store refrigerated up to 1 week.
Recipe Notes

*Remember, the cooker will not start the cooking countdown right away. The cooker must pressurize before the cook cycle can begin.

7 replies
  1. Jakatax
    Jakatax says:

    Hard time peeling the eggs. Most of the white the white was wasted. And the yolk turned green. Wasted a whike dozen eggs. 🙁

  2. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Jakatax,

    We are sorry to hear your whites were sticking to their shells.

    Eggs typically are easier to peel when cooked by a pressure cooker. It could be due to the freshness of the eggs. Green yolks are natural when there is a long cooking time for eggs. It is completely normal and safe to consume.

  3. Kat
    Kat says:

    Hi. I’m going to try this recipe this weekend, but if you leave eggs overnight without turning the Instapot on, wouldn’t the eggs start to go bad after 4 hours? That’s generally how long you can leave cooked food out right?

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