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Spicy Son-in-Law Eggs

We came across a simple recipe for son-in-law eggs and loved the story behind the original recipe. Apparently, a young man just married wanted to impress his mother-in-law with a meal, but all he knew how to make were hard boiled eggs. So, he did the best he could with the ingredients at hand. She loved them very much and the recipe survives today. Here is our variation, with a jalapeno pepper focus, of course.


  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 4 eggs, hard boiled and shelled
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 6 tablespoons lime juice
  • spinach leaves to serve

Cooking Directions

  1. Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, syrup and lime juice in a sauce pan. Slow boil until sugar dissolves, then simmer 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Cook onion and jalapeno slices in oil about 4-5 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Fry the hard boiled eggs in shallow oil and cover until they brown on all sides. You can also deep fry them. Be sure to keep them covered, as the oil will splatter.
  4. Quarter the eggs and set over spinach leaves.
  5. Sprinkle jalapeno peppers and onion mixture, then drizzle with your soy sauce mixture.
  6. Serve!

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