The 5,000 Year Old Egg for Passover

The 5000 Year Old Egg

It’s hard to bring something new to Pesach when our people have been doing it for thousands of years. This is particularly true for the boiled egg. But maybe this is something your guests haven’t seen. The 5,000 year old egg…or perhaps we should call it the 5,774 year old egg. But seriously, it is not really that old. This is just an egg that has been marbleized by boiling in tea instead of plain water. Oohh…fancy. Here is how to do it:


  • Teabags for a dark tea like an English Breakfast tea. You will need enough to make a strong brew.
  • Eggs
  • Pot of water for boiling


  1. Put eggs in a pot of water, with just enough water to cover them. Add teabags. You will need 1 to 3 teabags depending on how many eggs you are boiling. You want the brewed water to be stronger than you would really drink.
  2. Boil the eggs until soft or medium-soft boiled. If you have an egg timer use it.
  3. With a metal spoon or knife, tap the eggs to crack them while they boil.
  4. Allow the eggs to continue to boil until hard.
  5. Turn off the stove and let the eggs sit for an hour.
  6. Carefully peel the eggs before serving.

The 5,000 year old egg can be made ahead of time just like regular hard-boiled eggs.

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This is my last post before Passover so I wish you Chag Sameach! Chai & Home will return after the holiday with pictures of beautiful seders. Why don’t you send me a pic of yours?



  • Happy Passover! The Passover coasters will be at our Seder table. Several lovely cards were also enclosed in the package.

    Thank you very much!

    Blessings and Shalom,


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