Homemade Salted Egg

Preparation: 15-20 min
Cooking time: 5-10 min
Waiting time: 3-4 weeks
Portion: 13-15 eggs
Difficulty: 1/5

-Duck eggs: 13-15 eggs – at room temperature
-Cinnamon stick: 1 stick
-Star anise: 2
-Black cardamom: 1
-Black pepper: 2-3 gr
-Water: 1 liter
-Table salt: 200-250 gr
-Sugar: 15 gr
-Rice wine: 20 ml

Kitchen utensil
-Glass jars with lids
-Frying pan or saucepan


1. Egg cleaning

  • Wash duck egg with fresh water, choose eggs with good appearance and no cracks
  • Use a toothbrush and scrub eggshell to remove dirt, then wash again, rinse and use a cotton cloth to wipe excess water
  • Repeat the same process with other eggs

2. Making salted water

  • Stir fry cinnamon stick, star anise, black cardamom until fragrant 

If you don’t prefer cinnamon, star anise and cardamom fragrant in salted egg, then you can skip this stage

  • Pour 1 liter of water into frying pan, stir quickly
  • Then add gently 200 gr table salt into and stir well until salt completely dissolved in water
  • Bring to boil and add 15 gr sugar into salted water. Simmer in 2-3 minutes before turn off the stove and let it cool completely at room temperature
  • Pour 20 ml rice wine in cool salted water, stir well
  • Soak glass jars in hot water to sterilize, then drain until drain dry
  • Arrange each duck egg into dry jar. Use a tablespoon to pour salted water until it flooded eggs surface.
  • Clean mouth jar and close tightly. Reserve at room temperature in 4-5 weeks

Or 3-4 weeks if you use chicken egg instead of duck egg

  • After reserving for 4 weeks, break an egg to test its quality. If the yolk is harden and turn to clear deep orange color; clear egg white with no bad smell, the your eggs is successfully salted and can be used right away.
  • Remove eggs from salted water, wash and rinse in water, drain and reserve in fridge for 2-3 weeks

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  1. You have to make sure that there’s no crack on egg shell to prevent it from pervading by salted water or bacteria into egg
  2. Eggs and glass jar have to be cleaned and dried completely before using
  3. Hot or warm water will affects egg and salting process so you should make sure salted water has to be cool completely before pouring into egg jar
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