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Mayak egg cut in half with marinade of red and green chilis on top of white rice.
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Mayak Eggs - Korean Marinated Eggs

Mayak eggs are Korean marinated eggs that are soft boiled then marinated in a tasty marinade of soy sauce, garlic, peppers, and sesame seeds.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Asian, Korean
Servings: 4
Calories: 239kcal


  • 6 large eggs cold or room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar for peeling eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil

Mayak Egg Marinade

  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon dark soy (optional); substitute with soy sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup sugar See Note 1
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 stalks scallions chopped
  • 3 peppers red or green; sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds


  • Make marinade: Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
  • Soft boiled eggs: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add vinegar for easier peeling, then gently lower each egg into the pot. Set a timer for 6 minutes for room temperature eggs or 7 minutes for cold eggs. See Note 2.
    Stir the eggs in one direction for the first 30 seconds for an even cross section.
  • Peel eggs: After timer is up, place the eggs in an ice bath to stop cooking. Once cooled, crack the shell all over and carefully peel by inserting a spoon between the egg and shell.
  • Marinate eggs: Add the eggs in a container and pour the marinade on top. For best flavor, let it marinate overnight in the fridge.
  • Serve: To serve, cut each egg in half and drizzle toasted sesame oil on top before enjoying.



  1. Sugar - substitute with honey, agave, or sweetener of choice. 
  2. Boiling eggs - Be sure to boil the eggs in a pot large enough to hold them in a single layer. If your pot is too small, the eggs will lower the temperature of the water too much and the whites won't set in time. 
Leftovers: They last 3 to 4 days in the fridge in an airtight container.
How to use leftover marinade: Use the extra marinade in salad dressings, as a dipping sauce for dumplings, or you can reduce it and use as a glaze. 


Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 279mg | Sodium: 1733mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 825IU | Vitamin C: 74mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 3mg