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Russian Easter Eggs with Onion Skins (Video)

How to naturally dye Easter eggs using onion skins - a wonderful rustic and simple Russian tradition without harmful chemicals. Russian Easter Eggs with Onion Skins (пасхальные яйца)
Course Easter
Cuisine Russian, Slavic, Ukrainian
Keyword easter eggs onion skins, homemade easter eggs, Russian Easter Eggs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Peter's Food Adventures


  • onion peels from 10-12 onions
  • water to cover the onion peels and eggs
  • 1 dozen uncooked eggs at room temperature


  • Place the onion peels and water into a saucepan and bring to a boil for about 20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool to around room temperature. Place the eggs inside the saucepan with the onion peels. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes. If you are unsatisfied wiht the color, allow the eggs to cool in the onion mixture for a deeper color. Remove with a slotted spoon and allow to dry.
  • Optional: Gently rub the eggs with a bit of cooking oil for a nice shine. Keep the eggs refrigerated until you are ready to eat them on Easter morning.



If you are in a hurry, you can place all the ingredients in a saucepan together, allow to boil for about 20 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon. The color will be more rusty brown than red. If you place cold eggs into the boiling hot water, they will crack. If you place eggs in warm to hot water (warming them up) before placing them in the hot onion water, you will reduce the likelihood of cracked eggs.