The crown jewel of any well-made bowl of ramen, ajitsuke tomago — a soft-boiled egg marinated in soy sauce, sake and aromatics — adds a salty-sweet element to ramen's flavor profile and stunning visual appeal to its presentation.


Ajitsuke Tamago (Egg with Japanese Seasoning)

Recipe presented by Jay Andrews

Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 5 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4 people



  1. Place the eggs in a bowl just large enough to hold them. Mix the sake, soy sauce, mirin and sugar.

  2. Pour the marinade over the eggs. Cover the eggs with a paper towel, keeping the edges inside the bowl. Marinate the eggs in the refrigerator for 4 to 12 hours.

Recipe Notes

*1 Mirin can be substituted with Sake and Sugar, 4:1 ratio

Mirin is the fundamentals of Japanese food. Find out more

Another perfect egg dish: tamagoyaki recipe here!