Greek Easter Red Eggs

By Sean Tan  ,

April 12, 2019

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These classic red dyed eggs, known as kokina paschalina avga, are traditionally enjoyed at Greek Orthodox Easter. They make a great Easter surprise!

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 12 Eggs


1 sachet Greek red food dye (see TIP)

2 litres (8 cups) warm water

½ cup (125 ml) white vinegar

12 eggs



1Combine dye, one cup of the measured warm water and the vinegar in a glass jug or bowl and stir to dissolve the dye. Add the dye mixture to a large saucepan with the remaining water.

2Wash the eggs well and add them to the saucepan in a single layer (or cook in two batches if necessary – if eggs are crowded in the pan they will not colour evenly). Bring water to the boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 mins, then gently remove the eggs and allow to cool.

3Polish the eggs with a lightly oiled cloth before using.

TIP: The dye is strong and will stain – use old utensils and disposable gloves. It is available from greek, and some supermarket, delicatessens. You can substitute a strong gel or powdered food colour if preferred. Liquid food colours will not give an intense colour. Can be made up to three days ahead. Not suitable to freeze. Not suitable to microwave.

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