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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. | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.com

Salted 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. | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.com

The 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. 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. | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.com

How to make salted eggs
Author: Bebs
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Serves: 10-12 eggs
Ingredients
  • 10-12 fresh eggs, make sure they have no cracks
  • 1 cup salt
  • 4-5 cups water
Instructions
  1. In a pot, bring the water with the salt to a boil. Once the salt completely dissolves, turn off the heat. Let cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, place the eggs in a big glass jar. Pour the brine solution into the jar making sure that all eggs are fully submerge.
  3. To keep the eggs from floating to the surface, put some water on a plastic bag and place this on top of the jar to push the eggs down.
  4. Close the lid of the jar and store it somewhere with room temperature for 3-4 weeks.
  5. On the end of 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.
  6. Mark the salted eggs and refrigerate up to a month.
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. | wordpress-152313-459899.cloudwaysapps.com

Bebs

Bebs here! I love to cook and try new things and DIY projects! And although I think of myself as a homebody, I like seeing other places from time to time.
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This Post Has 18 Comments
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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 πŸ™‚

      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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