Tea Leaf Eggs


It may not sound edible, but trust me, once you start, you can't stop! The best part about the recipe, is that you can just leave the eggs alone, and they still come out perfect.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 55 mins
10 eggs


  • 1 tablespoon black tea leaves

  • 2 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks

  • 4 whole star anise pods

  • 1 tablespoon five-spice powder

  • 6 whole cloves

  • 1 slice fresh ginger root

  • ½ teaspoon Szechuan peppercorns

  • 1 teaspoon licorice root

  • 1 piece dried mandarin orange peel

  • 1 ounce Chinese rock sugar

  • ½ cup dark soy sauce

  • cup light-colored soy sauce

  • 10 hard-cooked eggs


  1. Place the tea, cinnamon, star anise, five-spice, cloves, ginger, peppercorns, licorice, orange peel, rock sugar, dark soy sauce, and light soy sauce in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly tap the hard-cooked eggs to crack the shells all over. The soy sauce will penetrate the cracks, and color the egg white.

  2. Place the eggs in the simmering liquid, and cook for 30 minutes, then remove from the heat, and let the eggs stand in the liquid for 2 hours off the heat. After 2 hours, drain the eggs, chill, and peel.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

98 Calories
6g Fat
6g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 98
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 212mg 71%
Sodium 1261mg 55%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 82mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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