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How to make salted eggs

Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. Salted egg is a popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes.   

Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. Salted egg is a popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes. | www.foxyfolksy.comSalted eggs or ‘itlog na maalat’ in Filipino are normally made using duck eggs but chicken eggs also work just as well.

In the Philippines they are also called ‘itlog na pula’ which means ‘red egg’ because they are usually dyed in red or more like dark fuchsia. This is done so you can tell them apart from regular chicken or duck eggs.

Salted eggs are usually added to other Filipino delicacies like puto, bibingka, siopao to add more flavor. It can also be used for salads like the Ensaladang Pako (fiddlehead fern salad) I posted here before. Chinese also add salted eggs in their moon cakes, dumplings and congees.  But my favorite way of eating salted eggs is by simply tossing it with fresh tomatoes served with steaming hot rice and if there is chicharon (pork crackling) to go with it, then I am in heaven!
Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. Salted egg is a popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes. | www.foxyfolksy.comThe traditional way of making salted eggs is by burying them in a salty clay mud. But that is a bit too much for me, so I would rather stick to the brine method. Yes, that is all that is needed to make salted eggs: salt, water and fresh eggs. The Chinese way of making salted eggs also adds some star anise, peppercorns and Shaoxing wine, which I would probably try just because I am curious. I have to find this Shaoxing wine first though but I think this is optional.  

Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. Salted egg is a popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes. | www.foxyfolksy.com

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How to make salted eggs

Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. A popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes.
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Course: Side Dish,Snack
Cuisine: Asian,Chinese,Filipino
Servings: 12
Calories: 52kcal
Author: Bebs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 10-12 eggs - (fresh) - make sure they have no cracks
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4-5 cups water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a pot, bring the water with the salt to a boil. Once the salt completely dissolves, turn off the heat. Let cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, place the fresh eggs in a big glass jar. Pour the brine solution into the jar making sure that all eggs are fully submerged.
  • To keep the eggs from floating to the surface, put some water in a plastic bag and place this on top of the jar to push the eggs down.
  • Close the lid of the jar and store it somewhere at room temperature for 3-4 weeks.
  • On the end of the third week, test one by boiling it for 20-30 minutes. If you are satisfied with the saltiness, then boil the rest. If not, then leave for another week.
  • Mark the salted eggs and refrigerate up to a month.
Nutrition Facts
How to make salted eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 52 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 9487mg 395%
Potassium 50mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 4%
Calcium 2.9%
Iron 4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Learn how to make salted eggs, using only brine solution. Salted egg is a popular delicacy both in the Philippines and China that is widely used for various dishes. | www.foxyfolksy.com

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  1. Hi Bebs,

    I would like to ask if I can leave the eggs for 6 weeks? I just want to make sure before we leave for a holiday.

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Anne, Sure you can but note that the longer they are in the brine solution, the saltier they get. You can try reducing the salt a bit if you plan to have there for 6 weeks or just enjoy a bit saltier eggs ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. I made this three times already. The only thing with mine is the yolk doesn’t get that oily look that makes it kind of creamy. They don’t last very long in our house. We use it in so many ways, my husband and his Dad love this. (They love Filipino dishes) Our favorite ways are egg salad with tomatoes and avocado instead of mayo on bread or toast or even dip for chips and green salad topped with chopped salted egg instead of meat with homemade balsamic vinaigrette. I am thinking of leaving it in water for 5 week, I used sea salt this time and see what happens after 5 wks. Thank you for sharing your recipes. I am from Morong, Rizal Phil. and living here in Maryland. Glad to have found your website.

    1. Hi Connie, thanks for your lovely comment. I, too, tried different things to get that oily yolk. But it was more like a trial and error. Some say brining them for a month. But this is also tricky, because the longer you brine them the saltier they would be so maybe you should reduce the salt if you are gonna do this. Some swear by adding Shaoxing wine, Chinese rice wine if I am not mistaken. Others say it depends on the egg, duck eggs have more fat that produces oil (they say). The thing is with the first batch I did, I got some eggs that were slightly oily while the others were not. ????

    1. Hi Mina, it should be fine. Just make sure to use food grade plastic containers and that it is clean and has no smell (or taste like that of plastic or maybe from the previous content :-)) that could be absorbed by the eggs.

  3. Hi Bebs, I tried your salted eggs recipe but some of the eggs cracked after two days inside the jar but eggs not leaking.. Should I remove them?

    1. I think hairline cracks are fine as long as the membrane is still intact. But if in doubt, then you can try to carefully remove them. Or, as long as they are not leaking out, you can wait until after the 20-30 days are up and check.

  4. Hi Bebs! Thanks for the recipes! I’m going to try the ukoy, salted eggs and the empanadas to impress my son and American husband?.

    By the way, do you have a recipe for ‘puchero’? I’m not sure if I spelled that right.

    Thanks and keep on posting!

    Tina


  5. im soo happy to find ur page accidentally while im surfing some recipes…i cant to try some of ur yummy recipes..thanks for sharing! …more power! ….i mean cant wait to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Thanks. I don’t think I can easily find fresh duck eggs here from where we are now but we have an abundant supply of eggs from our hardworking and generous girls (our chickens!). I will definitely give this a try! Baka eto na rin pang Christmas gifts ko sa mga friends ko. THANK YOU !

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