Quail eggs are so darn cute! They are the perfect size for so many dishes that would not work for a chicken egg. However, on this day of dabbling with quail eggs, it was the marbleized shell that caught my attention. And so, I decided to try to create something of the same effect on the inside of the egg by adding tea to the boiling water. I love the gentle marble look of the eggs once they were peeled.

It is easy, and so worth the effort.


–        Quail eggs – however many you plan to cook

–        Black tea – 1 tablespoon of loose tea, (of simple open a tea bag)

–        Lemon wedge – a wedge of lemon in the water makes peeling so much easier

–        Small pot of water


Place a small pot of water on the stove, sprinkle the tea into the water, add the lemon wedge. Gently add the eggs to the water. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Turn off the stove and let the eggs sit another 5 minutes. Drain off the water and run cold water into the pot until the water cools down the eggs.

Drain, and peel.