Lava Eggs

Lava eggs, or originally known as ajitsuke tamago, are eggs with a liquid of soft yolks. I've seen and read about many bloggers making it with success. So I decided to try it yesterday and share them with my family members. I've always like these eggs when I have my noodles in Japanese restaurants. I wondered how they made the eggs to be so wonderfully soft with a almost liquid egg yolk. Now I know.

Fortunately for the clear instructions provided by Evan, I was able to replicate the eggs successfully! My family members like them too!
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Recipe for Lava Eggs, adapted from Bossacafez.

5 Room temperature eggs (weighs 53g with shell)

For the marinade:
1/3 cup Light Soya sauce
1 cup Water
1 slice Ginger
1 tbsp Light brown sugar


  1. In a pot of water, bring to a simmer.
  2. With a spoon, add in the eggs one a time. Make sure that all the eggs are completely covered.
  3. Let the eggs boil for 5mins 45secs.
  4. While the eggs are boiling, prepare a bowl of ice cold water.
  5. For the marinade, mix all of them together in another bowl.
  6. Then turn off the heat and and remove them quickly.
  7. Put the eggs in a bowl of ice cold water to stop the cooking.
  8. Leave them in the cold water for about 6 mins.
  9. Remove the eggs, peel off the shell. Be careful in peeling as the eggs are very soft.
  10. Place them in the bowl of the sauce, or transfer them to a ziploc bag (a sandwich ziploc bag fits fine.)
  11. Let them sit in the marinade for at least 3 hours. You may leave it at room temperature. 

  • For this size of eggs, if you want it more liquid remove them after 5mins 30secs. For more cooked yolks, leave it in the boiling water for 6mins.
  • According to Evan, do not soak the eggs in the marinade for too long as the whites will turn rubbery.
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Wendyinkk said...
April 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Very pretty indeed.
Wonder how they taste like

passionbaker said...
April 15, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Thanks Wendy! They tasted like soft hard boiled egg for the egg whites, and sunny side up for the egg yolks. It's a hybrid. :) Try it and see if you like it.

Meinekuechemrsp said...
April 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM

wow! I love lava eggs,but still don't know how to make it...your post definetely encourage me

NEL said...
April 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM

I love these eggs too! Gonna try them for dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing.

passionbaker said...
April 16, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Hi Meinekuechemrsp,
Please try it! If I can do it, so can you!

passionbaker said...
April 16, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Did you try it? How was it?

Janine @ Not the Kitchen Sink! said...
April 23, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I love these eggs too, but I'm too lazy to make them so I always go to ramen restaurants and order 2 instead >.<

passionbaker said...
April 23, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Janine, since you love the eggs, all the more it's more economical to make yourself than tobuy from the restaurants! :) Try it, it's not as difficult as you see it!

The Zareen Shah said...
April 25, 2012 at 1:45 AM

such a nice recipe ...thankyou for sharing :)

passionbaker said...
April 25, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Thanks zareen khan.

zareen khan said...
April 28, 2012 at 6:22 PM

You are Welcome Always :)

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