The inspiration for my nori deviled eggs comes from something my mom prepared for us a lot growing up: eggs fried in soy sauce and sesame oil, fluffed into white rice, with a little nori crumbled in. There's really nothing like that nostalgic tangle of nutty sesame, salty soy, yolky egg, and savory seaweed. At the risk of sounding la-di-da, this is, truly, my Proustian madeleine. —Eric Kim
Test Kitchen Notes
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- Prep time 15 minutes
- Cook time 15 minutes
- Makes 12 deviled eggs
vinegar, for boiling the eggs
baking soda, for boiling the eggs
sheet sushi nori (roasted seaweed), cut into a dozen 1-inch squares
- In a small pot, place the eggs in a single layer and cover with cold water, the vinegar, and baking soda (they'll make the eggs easier to peel later). Bring to a vigorous boil. Turn off the heat immediately, cover, and set your timer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes of steeping, pour the hot water out and place under a cold running tap for a minute or so. You can start peeling at this point, but I like to set them aside for a few more minutes to ensure even easier peelage (room-temperature eggs are significantly more yielding than freshly cooked ones).
- Once you've peeled the eggs, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop their yolks out into a small bowl. Stir in the mayonnaise, soy sauce, and sesame oil (if thick, add a splash of water to thin out). Scoop this filling back into each egg half (trick: I hate piping with a vehement passion, so I like to do this with a mini ice cream scoop). Garnish with the nori squares.