These stunning beauties are wonderful atop a stir-fry or served as a fun appetizer (just sprinkle with sea salt!).
12 quail eggs
½ cup cider vinegar
½ cup water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon pickling spice
1. Combine the vinegar, water, sugar, measured salt, and pickling spice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit until the mixture cools to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, place the eggs in a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Immediately remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let sit 3 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare an ice water bath by filling a 1 ½ quart sized bowl halfway with ice and water.
3. When the three minutes are up, transfer the eggs with a slotted spoon to the ice water bath. Let sit until the eggs are cold, about 5 minutes. Carefully crack and peel each egg and gently rinse under cold water to remove any residual shell pieces. Pat the eggs dry with a paper towel and transfer them to a glass pint jar with a tight-fitting lid; set aside.
4. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a 1- or 2-cup measuring cup with a spout. Pour the cooled pickling liquid into the strainer and discard the contents of the strainer. Pour the pickling liquid over the eggs and seal the jar. Refrigerate at least 24 hours and up to 1 week. Slice in half lengthwise to serve.