How to Make Salted Eggs (with Duck or Chicken Eggs)

Salted Duck Eggs

Duck eggs are often used in the making of salted eggs. The Chinese make salted duck eggs by coating them with a thick paste made from charcoal, salt, water and then wrapping each egg in a plastic bag. The Filipinos use a mixture of clay, salt and water to coat the duck eggs. The duck eggs are then cured for a few weeks before they are ready to be sold in the markets.

You can find salted duck eggs in most Asian grocery stores. Some of the eggs have been dyed with red or pink colour so as not to get them mixed up with the normal fresh eggs. Some eggs are wrapped individually in plastic bags and are still coated with the black charcoal paste. Half a dozen salted eggs usually cost around $6 from the grocery stores.

You can also make your own salted eggs at home with chicken eggs, duck eggs, emu eggs or quail eggs.

Eggs submerged in salt water
Eggs submerged in salt water | Source

How to make Salted Eggs

Here are the instructions on how to make homemade salted eggs.

You will need one dozen eggs, 500 grams cooking salt, four cups of water and a big glass container with lid.

Pour the cooking salt and water into a pot and boil.

Stir until all the salt has melted and keep boiling until you see lots of salt crystals start to form on the side of the pot. This means the salt water has reached a saturation point and the salt has started to crystallise.

Remove pot from heat and let the salt water cool to room temperature.

Put the eggs in the glass container.

Slowly pour in the salt water and salt crystals until all the eggs are submerged in the water.

Cover the container with the lid and leave it in a cool dark place.

If you prefer less salty eggs, you can take out one egg to test after three weeks.

Boil the salted egg in water for ten minutes until it is hard-boiled.

Remove the shell and taste to see if it is salty enough to your liking.

If not, leave the eggs in the container for another week or two.

Remove the salted eggs from the salt water and store them in the refrigerator until they are ready for use in any of your dishes.


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Salted duck eggs sold in the Philippines
Salted duck eggs sold in the Philippines | Source
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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love salted eggs. You made me hungry. Thanks for share with us. ~prasetio


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lady rain 5 years ago from Australia Author

I love salted eggs too and I can control the level of saltiness when I make them myself.


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happypuppy 5 years ago

I love salted eggs as well. I make them at home too. Nowadys it's hard to find uncooked salted duck eggs at the Asian supermarkets here. They only sell cooked ones, which I don't like.

Thanks for sharing. Voted up!


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lady rain 5 years ago from Australia Author

happypuppy, thanks for your vote. I have tried cooking the homemade salted eggs and then storing them in the fridge for up to a week only. I think the uncooked ones store a lot better.


zaynmalik 4 years ago

it is very amazing!!


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liesl5858 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Thanks lady rain for this tip on how to salt duck eggs as I don't know how to pickle duck eggs.


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lady rain 3 years ago from Australia Author

liesl5858, it is easy to make salted duck eggs, and they cost very little, too. Thank you for stopping by :)


Maddy 3 years ago

Black part on salted egg. Is it normal?


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lady rain 3 years ago from Australia Author

Maddy, you must be referring to the black paste on the salted eggs that are sold in the shops. Yes, it is very common to find salted eggs still coated with the black paste, especially in south-east Asian countries. The paste protects and preserves the eggs.

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