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Red Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

These hard boiled eggs are dyed red to symbolize the happiness Wang Lung felt after the birth of his first born son. They can be dyed any color for any occasion.

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes | Cooling Time: 45 minutes | Servings:  6

Red Hard Boiled Eggs


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring


Hard boiled eggs are easier to peel if they are a few days old.  Purchase your eggs 5 days before boiling.

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan.  Fill saucepan with cold water, with 1 inch of water above level of eggs.
  2. Add teaspoon of salt.
  3. Cover saucepan.  Bring water to boiling over high heat.
  4. Turn off stove and keep saucepan on burner.  Do not remove lid.  Let set for 12 minutes.
  5. Chill eggs by placing under cold running water.  Let sit until completely cooled.   Refrigerate eggs until ready to dye.

Dyeing Hard Boiled Eggs Red

  1. Lay paper towels on a cookie sheet.  Poke holes in bottom of egg carton and place carton on top of paper towels.  This will be used to dry the eggs.
  2. Heat 3 cups of water and add 1 teaspoon of red food coloring.
  3. Place eggs in dye for 8 minutes.  (I tried to leave eggs in dye longer to see if I could get a darker red shade but this did not have an effect).
  4. Gently remove eggs from dye and place in carton.  When top of eggs are dry, pat egg with paper towel and put back in carton with dry side down.  Once eggs are completely dry, place in a bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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