Recipe: Red Greeks Eggs

Why are Greek Easter Eggs red? Well, it’s tradition to dye eggs red as it symbolizes the blood of Christ, and the egg itself symbolizes his tomb before it was opened. The red eggs are often dyed on Holy Thursday, which will be May 2 this year, and saved for Greek Easter Sunday. The eggs can also be baked into traditional Easter bread called Tsoureki.

Want to dye your own easter eggs? It’s easy! Follow the steps below and before you know it, you’ll have a basket full of beautiful ruby eggs.



1 dozen hard-boiled eggs

1-ounce red food coloring or one sachet of Greek red food dye

Six cups of warm water

3 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar

Oil for polishing (optional)

Paper towels


  1. Combine dye or food coloring, 6 cups of warm water, and the vinegar in a glass jug or bowl and stir well. If you’re using dye, make sure it dissolves completely.
  2. Carefully submerge each egg into the water. Let stand until deep red, about 2 hours. Lightly rinse eggs under running water and allow to dry on a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. If you want the eggs to have a shiny finish, polish the eggs with paper cloth and vegetable oil.

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