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Salted Egg Yolk Wings


It’s been a while since I indulged in salted egg yolk. It’s a once in a blue moon treat for me. It has also been a while since I shared chicken wings recipe on my blog. The last one was last year I think, when I shared my Lime Cilantro Crispy Wings. On that post, I shared about how to attain crispy oven-fried chicken without thick batter and deep-frying.

Using a secret ingredient, baking powder. That combined with a little coating of flour, a very light spray of cooking oil, and a hot oven was all that was needed. The baking powder helps draw out moisture from the skin and evaporates the moisture as it cooks, allowing the chicken skin to crispy up. Flour helps to lock in the juices of the chicken to keep it moist. At the same time, the chicken cooks in it’s own rendered fat as it bakes, and excess fat drips off onto the pan. 

Salted egg wings 1

This has been one of my favourite way to make crispy oven-baked chicken wings, and be able to enjoy it with less guilt knowing that it did not come out from a deep fryer filled with oil. This recipe can be adapted to be used in an airfryer as well, as an air-fryer somewhat mimics that of a smaller oven. 

So let me get to the sauce. Oh the sauce… Mmmm the sauce… one word. Orgasmic. I mean, it’s salted egg yolk, curry leaves, chilli padi, tad of curry powder to boost the aroma of curry leaves, a tad bit of sugar to balance the saltiness of the yolk, and then the creaminess of the evaporated milk. We made 12 mid wings that night, meant for 4. But I’ll let you in on a little secret, the both of us finished all 12 in a sitting. The husband is not a salted egg yolk fan to begin with, but he could not stop eating it. He said, “What sauce is on these wings? The whole thing is really really good! You should make it again.” So a word of advice, make more or there will be war.  


Salted Egg Yolk Wings

Servings 4


Oven-baked crispy wings

  • 12 chicken mid wings
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray / melted butter

Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

  • 4 salted egg yolks
  • 20 curry leaves
  • 1 chilli padi seeded and sliced
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder


Oven-baked crispy wings

  • Pre-heat oven to 200C.
  • Clean and pat dry wings.
  • Season wings with salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, toss wings with flour and baking powder, lightly coating each side.
  • Place wings on wire rack and lightly spray with cooking spray or lightly brush on melted butter.
  • Bake for 25 minutes, flip and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until crispy.

Salted Egg Yolk Sauce

  • Steam salted egg yolks for 10 minutes until cooked.
  • Mash salted egg yolks.
  • In a pan, melt butter.
  • Stir-fry curry leaves, chilli, and garlic until fragrant.
  • Add salted egg yolk and stir-fry until bubbly.
  • Pour in evaporated milk, and season with sugar and curry powder.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce slightly, and remove from heat. (This process is quick, do not over simmer and dry up sauce.)

To Assemble

  • Toss crispy baked wings in salted egg yolk sauce.
  • Serve immediately.


Do not over simmer sauce or over reduce or sauce will dry up.
Add more milk if you want more sauce.

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  • Reply
    18 March, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Hi just wondering about the salted egg yolk, is it the hard (boil) salted egg or liquid one?
    Thanks 😊

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      19 March, 2016 at 12:14 am

      Hi Rosy, get the raw kind and steam it. You can save the whites to marinate meat patties for steaming. 🙂

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    Sandos Huang
    19 March, 2016 at 8:16 am

    Hi Sharon just like to know do we just take the egg yolk and what about the egg white .how long do we steam the egg yolk .

    Kindly advise me .Thank you .Sharon

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      19 March, 2016 at 8:54 am

      We do not need the egg white for this recipe, so just separate the yolk and white. I usually keep it to make other dishes or marinate meat. As written on the recipe, steam it for 10 minutes. 🙂

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    Chung Phaik Khe
    3 April, 2016 at 8:39 am

    What kind of flour you are using? Can i use corn or rice flour for extra crispiness instead of normal flour?

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    Jason L. Trevino
    6 June, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Wow !
    Very nice food. You have shared with us how to make it with chicken.If you give us a video than We will understand everything. But your details is very good . Thanks a lot for your useful post.

  • Reply
    1 March, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Hi. What if i dont steam the salted egg yolk and use the raw salted egg yolk intocthe batter?

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      1 March, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      It’ll be tough to mash it into the sauce. Alternatively, you can buy cooked salted egg from market if it’s available.

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    11 May, 2017 at 12:16 am

    Thanks for the crispy chicken recipe! The wings turned out really nice and I love that is so foolproof. I was lazy and used a packet salted egg yolk sauce but I think next time I’ll try out your version. And the rest of your recipes too !

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      11 May, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Amelia! Thank you for taking the time to write me, I really appreciate it. 🙂 Have fun with the rest of the recipes, tag me if you post it on fb! I’d love to see your creations.

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    28 May, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Hi Sharon,

    What type of flour would be doable? Would rice flour work and produce good results?

    • Reply
      Sharon Lam
      3 June, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      Hi Dennis, I used plain flour for this. I’ve never tried baking with rice flour before but deep frying will definitely work.

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