How to Make Tea Eggs Easy, Healthy, and Tasty (30min.)

by Soo Chung

Say goodbye to the complicated and energy-wasting tea egg recipe. I simplified the recipe for easier, healthier, and more delicious tea eggs. (because my life is already complicated. I wanna chill when I cook!)

This recipe is good for someone who cooks tea eggs for the first time or tries to cut down extra sugar, salt, or spices.

tea egg

If you are looking for the classic tea egg taste, this recipe will be slightly mild for you. I added a note on the recipe card below, how many extra ingredients you will need to add to make the original tea eggs.

There’s always time to eat or workout. The choice is yours.

tea egg

It’s Autumn in Melbourne, Australia.

With the ease of covid19 restriction, finally hiking is allowed since May 13th, 2020.

Although I was really looking forward to going hiking, with chill and rainy weather, I decided to stay inside and cook tea eggs instead. Oh well lol.

What is a tea egg?

tea egg

Tea egg is a typical Chinese savory food commonly sold as a snack.

I first saw tea eggs as street food when I visited China for Guangzhou Tea Expo


  1. You boil eggs,
  2. Crack the boiled eggshells,
  3. Then, boil the cracked eggs again in tea with spices.
marble egg
This was the first tea egg I cooked last year in 2019.

It is also known as the marble egg because cracks in the eggshell create darkened lines like marble patterns.

Do you feel hungry or crave for munches often? Tea eggs are very filling!

how to make tea egg

After I cooked tea eggs, I ate four eggs as my breakfast! They were so yum, I was kept eating.

I didn’t know how much eggs could fill me up. I had breakfast at around 8 am, then didn’t feel hungry at all until 3 pm.

Eggs rank high on a scale called the Satiety Index. This scale evaluates how well foods help you feel full and reduce calorie intake later on. Additionally, eating a diet high in protein may reduce obsessive thoughts about food by up to 60%.

Whether you want to lose weight or not, eating tea eggs can help you stay more focused and energized throughout the day because the feeling of hunger doesn’t distract you.

For me, it was a genuine surprise. It was nice to enjoy food without feeling stuffed. I liked how the feeling of fullness stayed for hours.


Tea egg

Simplified Tea Egg Recipe

Say goodbye to the complicated and energy-wasting tea egg recipe. I simplified the recipe for easier, healthier, and more delicious tea eggs.… Tea Recipe - Cooking tea egg, tea recipe, European Print This
Serves: 2 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
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  • 6-7 eggs
  • soy sauce
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder or 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 3/4 cup of water
  • 1 teaspoon (2 teabags) of black tea


  1. Cover the eggs in a saucepan with cold waterΒ 
  2. Boil the eggs for 8 minutes
  3. Drain the hot water. Cool the eggs under cool running water.Β 
  4. Crack the eggshell. Make sure to crack the shell to reach the inner side. Otherwise, you will not get a marble pattern. Don't pressure to hard though. It will break the egg.Β 
  5. Put the cracked eggs back into the saucepan.
  6. Add 1 3/4 cups of water
  7. Add all the ingredients (2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 star anise, 1 teaspoon of black tea, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  8. Boil for 15 minutes.Β 


If you want to enjoy tea eggs stronger, add the following extra ingredients to the recipe. Add 1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce, 1 slice of ginger, 1 bay leave, 1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn, 1 teaspoon sugar, and half teaspoon salt.

You can enjoy these tea eggs as is. It’s also delicious with rice, noodle, or as a side dish.

Let me know how you like it. I want to see it! Tag @teacreativelife on Instagram and hashtag it #teacreativelife!

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Brian June 13, 2020 - 3:17 am

I really enjoyed this post! I have a blog myself, if you are open, I might curate this post to my audience. Obviously give a link back.

Soo Chung June 13, 2020 - 7:10 pm

Thanks! Yes, you can curate this post. Just leave me a link once you are done curating it.


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