Steamed Eggs (Savory Egg Custard 蒸水蛋) in Pressure Cooker

Make this super EASY 5-ingredient Chinese Steamed Eggs (Savory Egg Custard 蒸水蛋) Recipe in 20 mins. Silky smooth eggs literally melt in your mouth.

Make this super EASY 5-ingredient Chinese Steamed Eggs (Savory Egg Custard 蒸水蛋) Recipe. Silky smooth eggs literally melt in your mouth. Serve over rice to make a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love! 😀

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After being blown away by how ridiculously silky smooth our Pressure Cooker Flan (Crème Caramel) turned out, I immediately told Jacky the pressure cooker’s moist cooking environment would be perfect for making Chinese Steamed Eggs too. So, we’ve been really eager to try it out! 😀

Chinese Steamed Eggs is one of those dishes that you can find in almost every home in Hong Kong. Though this homey dish is super simple and easy to make, there has always been a debate among the Chinese community about “How to make smooth Steamed Eggs?” LOL~

Growing up, I often listened to many aunties and uncles’ share their secrets to making smooth Chinese Steamed Eggs, but never had I tried one that’s as smooth as this pressure cooker one. Sorry uncles and aunties, but this one is sooo smooth that it’s even smoother than silken tofu and tofu pudding!! You seriously have to try it out.

Steamed Eggs (Savory Egg Custard 蒸水蛋) in Pressure Cooker Recipe Ingredients

You can make this Chinese Steamed Eggs when you’re looking for something easy, quick, frugal, requires little ingredients, and great for kids and family.

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Make this super EASY 5-ingredient Chinese Steamed Eggs (Savory Egg Custard 蒸水蛋) Recipe in 20 mins. Silky smooth eggs literally melt in your mouth.

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Important Tip: In Step 3, remember you MUST cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil before cooking. It makes a huge difference! If you don’t wrap the dish, the steamed eggs will turn out firm and crumbly. 🙁

We’ve tested the recipe with the same cooking time and method but with 2 different Eggs to Chicken Stock Ratios:

  • 1:2 Eggs to Chicken Stock Ratio in Volume (~2 eggs to 1 cup homemade unsalted chicken stock): the steamed eggs have super smooth texture that melt in your mouth (even smoother than Silken Tofu or Tofu Pudding/Douhua 豆腐花). The dish has light egg fragrance and taste.
  • 1:1 Eggs to Chicken Stock Ratio in Volume  (~4 eggs to 1 cup homemade unsalted chicken stock): the steamed eggs have slightly stronger egg taste and the texture is a bit more firm. Though the texture is not as silky smooth, the steamed eggs were still very smooth. It didn’t melt in our mouths like the 1:2 ratio though.

We both prefer the 1:2 Eggs to Chicken Stock Ratio more as the melt-in-your-mouth smooth steamed eggs are really addictive to eat! So, use between 1:1 to 1:2 Eggs to Chicken Stock Ratio depending on your preference. Just make sure the total volume is at least 370 ml.

*Did you notice there are a few slight cracks in the steamed eggs in the photo? These “cracks” were caused by the pressure from me gently pouring the sauce! YES!! The steamed eggs were THAT crazy soft!!!

UPDATE: One of our readers’ pressure cookers doesn’t have the Low Pressure Setting, so we’ve decided to go back to the kitchen and try cooking it at High Pressure.

  • Method: High Pressure for 4 mins, then full Natural Release – The result is still good and silky smooth! We’ve noticed there’s a bit of water that’s separated from the steamed eggs. The taste is also slightly different and it tasted somewhat like an hard-boiled egg. So, you can use this cooking time and setting if Low Pressure is not an option for you. 🙂

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Steamed Eggs (Savory Egg Custard 蒸水蛋) in Pressure Cooker

Make this super easy 5-ingredient Chinese Steamed Eggs (Savory Egg Custard 蒸水蛋) Recipe. Silky smooth eggs literally melts in your mouth.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Amy + Jacky


  • 2 (~120ml in volume) extra large eggs
  • 1 cup unsalted chicken stock
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt (Optional) (taste & adjust the soy sauce mixture if adding salt)
  • Green onions , chopped for garnish

Soy Sauce Mixture (see notes):


  • Beat Eggs: In a 2 cups glass measuring cup, beat 2 extra large eggs until egg yolks and egg whites have fully blended.
  • Mix in Chicken Stock: Slowly pour 1 cup of chicken stock into the well beaten egg mixture as you continue to mix. Optional: Add in 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Mix well.
  • Filter Egg Mixture: In a shallow dish, pour the chicken stock egg mixture through a strainer. Remove the air bubbles on the surface with a spoon or a blowtorch. Tightly cover the dish with aluminum foil.
  • Pressure Cook Eggs: Place a trivet in the pressure cooker and pour in one cup of water. Carefully place the egg dish onto the trivet. Close lid and cook at Low Pressure for 6 minutes, then Full Natural Release (roughly 6 minutes).
  • Serve: Open the lid. Carefully remove the aluminum foil. Garnish with green onions and pour the Soy Sauce Mixture onto the steamed eggs. Serve immediately.
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Recipe Notes:

In Step 3: Covering the dish tightly with aluminum foil before cooking is a MUST!! The steamed eggs will turn out firm and crumbly if you don't wrap it with aluminum foil.
It's important to taste & adjust the sauce according to your preference as different bottles of soy sauce or fish sauce (even for the same brand) have different level of saltiness. This will effect the taste of the final dish.
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Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 726mg | Potassium: 184mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 324IU | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Hong Kong
Keyword: chinese steamed egg, instant pot egg recipes, instant pot eggs, instant pot steamed egg, instant pot steamed eggs, pressure cooker egg recipes, pressure cooker eggs, steamed egg recipes
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Kris J.

This is one of my go-to dishes. It is so delicious and easy to make. It melts in your mouth and is creamy and savory and full of umami with the sauce. Sometimes I stir-fry some shiitake mushrooms and throw them on top of a bowl of this egg custard, along with a bit of toasted sesame seeds. Maybe not traditional, but such a good meal.5 stars

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I noticed in your video that you used a shallow dish to steam your eggs. Does the cooking time matter if I cooked it in a bowl or a small glass dish? Thank you

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I know the answer to my question…. it didn’t matter whether I used a bowl or a small dish… It came out perfect, it was even better than my dad’s (and he’s a cook at a Chinese restaurant!!) I used water rather than chicken stock since I was cooking this dish for my baby. It still came out silky and smooth. So amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Hope you have a blessed new year!5 stars


If I use the steam function, do I still set it to cook 6 mins? I have the IP Ultra
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Delicious! Can I double or triple this recipe?5 stars

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Ida Leung

This is a no-failure and best steam egg i ever have. Whole family love it. Thanks for such great recipe!!!5 stars

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Has anyone tried to make this with ground pork on the bottom? Do you think the cooking time would be the same? I usually layer my raw egg mixture on top of raw ground pork before steaming it…


So excited to see this recipe as this authentic Hong Kong dish brings back lots of childhood memories for me! And it turned out to be the silkiest and smoothest steamed egg I’ve ever had!

I’ve made it several times so far, just can’t believe how easy and tasty it is! I once even put the marinated minced pork & chopped parsley in the egg with a few more minutes (that’s what my mum used to make a lot back then), and it turned out perfectly?

Thank you so much for this simple yet memorable recipe ?5 stars


This is amazing!5 stars


My instant pot auto turns to keep warm while natural release. Should I turn that off?
Happy New Year 🙂5 stars


Thank you for this! I tried this twice. The 1st time I used a bowl with too much insulation, but the 2nd time was perfect, even better than how my mom makes hers!5 stars

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