Korean Marinated Eggs (Mayak Eggs)

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Korean Marinated Eggs, or Mayak Eggs, are soft boiled eggs marinated in a sweet, soy-based marinade and are so delicious! They’re runny and jammy on the inside and are perfect with a freshly steamed bowl of rice.

These eggs are extremely easy to make and are also great to make in advance a couple days ahead of time! Follow the recipe below to make some delicious Mayak Eggs at home for a quick and easy meal.

Watch the Korean Marinated Eggs Recipe Video Below!

Korean Marinated eggs over rice in a bowl

What are Mayak Eggs?

Mayak Eggs, or Mayak Gyeran, are a popular egg dish in Korea! The literal translation refers to how addicting these eggs and can be. The flavor is phenomenal and these eggs are great for breakfast, or as a traditional Korean side dish (banchan).

The Ingredients You’ll Need for the Mayak Egg Marinade

Korean egg sauce in a bowl

Luckily, you won’t need many ingredients to create this incredible marinade! These are probably items you already have in your pantry. Here is what you’ll need for the marinade:

  • Light Soy Sauce (I use reduced sodium)
  • Rice Syrup
  • Scallions
  • Garlic
  • Fresno Chili
  • Sesame Seeds

My Top Ingredient Tips for Korean Marinated Eggs


Using older eggs are better for soft boiling and will make them easier to peel. When the eggs are fresh, they are less acidic, and the albumen (egg white) sticks to the shell. As the egg ages, it releases some carbon dioxide and the egg becomes more porous and absorbs more air, causing it to be easier to peel.

These chilis can be found at your local supermarket, but can be substituted with any other red chili for color and spice. If you prefer to omit the spice, you can leave out the chili!

You can sub rice syrup with corn syrup, mirin, or sugar for this recipe.

Boil Your Eggs for 7 Minutes

Eggs boiling in water

Bring a pot of water to a boil and add vinegar. Lay your eggs into the boiling water and boil your eggs for exactly 7 minutes. Immediately remove them and shock them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Let them sit in the ice water bath until they are cool to the touch, then peel the eggs with a your hands or a spoon!

Boiled eggs in ice water

Once the eggs are peeled, lay them into the Mayak marinade mixture and cover them with plastic wrap so the marinade fully covers the eggs. Let them marinate in the fridge for a few hours or up to overnight and enjoy these delicious Mayak eggs in the morning for breakfast!

Korean marinated eggs marinating in sauce

My Key Recipe Tips for Korean Marinated Eggs


Add a tbsp of vinegar to your water before boiling your eggs. The vinegar will help break down the egg shell and make it easier to peel.

You can make these eggs 2-3 days in advance and eat them during the week! Make sure to store them in an airtight container if so.

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5 from 6 votes

Korean Marinated Eggs (Mayak Eggs)

Servings: 4
Prep: 20 minutes
Marinating Time: 8 hours
Korean Marinated eggs over rice in a bowl
Korean Marinated Eggs, or Mayak Eggs, are perfectly jammy, soft boiled eggs marinated in a sweet soy-based sauce


  • 4 eggs
  • 3 Quarts water
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice syrup
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 fresno chili, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


  • In a large pot, bring water to a boil and add 2 tbsp of vinegar. Gently place the eggs in the boiling water and simmer for 7 minutes over a gentle boil.
  • Shock the eggs in ice water until completely cooled and remove the shell.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine soy sauce, rice syrup, scallions, garlic, fresno chili, and sesame seeds.
  • Place eggs in the marinade and cover. Let marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Serve over steamed white rice and enjoy!

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
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Close up of Korean Marinated eggs

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  1. 5 stars
    A recipe so easy it has me questioning everything… I make this to eat as a quick lunch throughout the week (if it lasts that long) when I don’t have time to cook. An absolute favorite. I sub the Fresno chili with jalapeños and delish!

  2. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! First saw CJ’s recipes on Instagram and then came to this page. I’ve made these mayak eggs several times over and it’s a great comfort food especially for fall and winter time.

  3. 5 stars
    Just tried this recipe tonight! I used garlic press to bring out the extra garlic flavor. I absolutely loved my eggs. Will definitely do this recipe again!