Gyeranjjim (Korean Steamed Eggs)

Gyeranjjim is a Korean savory egg custard dish. It’s a popular side dish that goes well with any Korean meal. Try it with this easy recipe!  
Gyeran jjim (Korean steamed eggs) in an earthen ware

Gyeranjjim (계란찜) is a Korean savory egg custard dish. Gyeran means eggs, and jjim refers to a steamed dish. Eggs are also called dalgyal (달걀) in Korean, so this dish is also called dalgyaljjim (달걀찜). It’s a popular side dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner both at home and restaurants. Gyeranjjim is so quick and easy to make that I often add it to a meal at the last minute. 

In this post, I’ve updated my gyeranjjim recipe that was originally posted in March 2010 with more information, new photos and an improved recipe.

You can make it simply with eggs and scallions, but other chopped vegetables such as carrot, onion, and/or zucchini are great additions as well. Growing up, we often had it with pollack roe. 

Gyeran jjim (Korean steamed eggs)

To thin the eggs and enhance the flavor, I usually use anchovy broth. You can certainly use water or any other broth such as dashima broth or vegetable broth. For a silky, custard-like texture, I use 1/4 cup liquid for each egg. Adjust to your taste. 

For the seasoning, salted shrimp (saeujeot, 새우젓) is the best with eggs. Saeujeot adds a unique savory flavor to the eggs. Fish sauce will be excellent as well. 

How to steam the eggs

Gyeranjjim is usually cooked and served in a small earthenware (ttukbaegi, 뚝배기) at Korean restaurants. I also like to cook it in my earthenware directly on the stove top. But, you can use a ramekin or a heatproof bowl and place it in boiling water in a pot to steam. You can also microwave the eggs, covered with ceramic wrap, although the result may not be as silky as the other methods. 

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Gyeran jjim (Korean steamed eggs)

4.78 from 18 votes
Gyeran jjim in a stone pot (Korean steamed eggs)
Gyeranjjim (Korean Steamed Eggs)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Gyeranjjim is a Korean savory egg custard dish. It's a popular side dish that goes very well with any Korean meal. Try it with this easy recipe!  

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: custard, eggs, gyeran, jjim, savory, steamed
Servings: 2
Author: Hyosun
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup anchovy broth (or water or dashima broth)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salted shrimp (saeujeot) or 3/4 teaspoon salt (or fish sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallion
  1. Beat the eggs with a spoon.

    Eggs for gyeran jjim (Korean steamed eggs)
  2. Run the mixture through a sieve to break it down into a smooth liquid consistency. (If you skip this process, make sure to beat the eggs until very smooth.)

    Gyeran jjim (Korean steamed eggs)
  3. In a lightly oiled earthenware, small stone/ceramic pot, or any heatproof bowl, mix the beaten eggs well with the anchovy broth or water and salted shrimp (saeujeot) or salt.  

    Gyeran jjim (Korean steamed eggs)
Use one of the following cooking methods depending on the cookware used:
Earthenware/ceramic pot (stove-top proof):
  1. Add the egg mixture to the pot. Cover, and simmer over medium low heat on the stove for about 7 minutes. The egg mixture should still be runny in the middle at this point. 

  2. Gently stir the eggs in a circling motion with a spoon. Reduce the heat to low. Add the scallions, cover, and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is set.

Stock pot:
  1. Bring water to a boil in a medium-sized pot. The water should come halfway up the sides of the ramekin/bowl. (Adding a folded paper towel at the bottom will prevent the ramekin/bowl from rattling while the water is boiling.) 

  2. Carefully place the ramekin/bowl in the pot. Cover the pot and steam for 8 minutes over medium low heat. Make sure the water boils gently. 

  3. Gently stir the eggs with a spoon. Add the scallions, cover, and steam for an additional 4 minutes until the mixture is set.



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  1. Anonymous says

    My wife is Chinese and makes this but more basic. Just water eggs and salt. Then steam it until it is set and serve it with rice. A friend makes it with a can of chicken broth and 4 eggs. The broth gives it a nice flavor.

  2. This looks so lovely and delicious. What a great idea for a sidedish.

    Thanks for the inspiration! I will have to try it!

  3. Thank you! Let me know how it turns out for you. It will work as an appetizer too.

  4. I don’t really like savoury egg custards but yours looks beautiful – good enough to tempt me!

  5. This actually doesn’t taste like an egg custard to me! More similar to a quiche! It’s delicious!!!

  6. This looks beautiful with the prawns and all. I usually steam the egg by placing it on top of the rice in the rice cooker just 15 minutes before the rice is cooked.

    • hi Fern! That’s how we used to do when i was growing up. But it’s now a little difficult with the electric pressure cooker I use. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. 5 stars
    I like the style of writing on your blog.

  8. Would you also add the pressure cooker direction that you mentioned/commented? Thank you

  9. Where do I buy anchovy broth

  10. 5 stars
    I love this Korean Steamed Eggs dish. At my household, we eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Easy to make and very fulfilling. I have 2 medium-sized ttukbaegi(s) that I use to make this lovely dish.

    I usually spray the inner of the ttukbaegi with cooking oil so the eggs do not stick to the walls. Although this method has significantly reduced the amount of egg that sticks, it is not 100% fool-proof. Does anyone know of a method that does NOT allow the eggs to stick to the walls of the ttukbaegi? Thank you.

    • I use butter on the inside of the ttukbaegi. It adds a little buttery kick and the egg slides right out of the dish!

  11. Healthy and tasty thing to eat.Glad to know about this dish.
    I must appreciate your creativity.
    Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe with us.
    Keep Blogging

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  13. I tried to follow the recipe with the earthenware method but the top of the eggs wouldn’t set in step 2. What did I do wrong? 🙁

  14. Question: what sort of cooker do you use? Gas or electric? I have an electric one so I’m unsure if I could use a stone or ceramic pot on it…