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Steamed Ginger Egg Custard

Steamed ginger egg custard is a very traditional Chinese dessert using only 4 ingredients and cooked in a steamer.

There are desserts that I make because there is always room for dessert. :) But there are some I make because it reminds me of my childhood, like this steamed ginger egg custard. These are super easy to make, and they are supposed to be good for you too! So totally no guilty feeling even if you prepare them often. :)

Steamed Ginger Egg Custard

Steamed Ginger Egg Custard

Ginger, Egg, Milk, and Sugar

Yup, those are the only 4 ingredients you need to make this dessert. And the hardest thing you need to do is to grate the fresh ginger and squeeze out the juice, which shouldn’t take any longer than 5 minutes. If you want it to be even easier, just use a food processor/blender, and you will probably only need 1 minute!

Steamed Ginger Egg Custard

Steamed Ginger Egg Custard


You can use any sort of bowls/ramekins to steam the custard, just make sure they are made of material that is steam proof. Aside from standard ramekins, you can use ceramic/stoneware bowls. I have also tried using Pyrex custard bowls, and tiny bowls from Corelle. Since you serve these steamed ginger egg custard straight out from the bowl, it is nice to use pretty looking ones.

Steamed Ginger Egg Custard

Steamed Ginger Egg Custard

Steamed Ginger Egg Custard

5.0 from 8 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson




Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 30 mins

Serves: 3-4

Print Recipe


  • 2 tablespoon ginger juice (from ~ 2 inch fresh ginger)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. Grate fresh ginger and squeeze the grated ginger to get ginger juice.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together milk, eggs, and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add in ginger juice to the mixture, and whisk again.
  4. Strain into bowls/ramekins, and cover each bowl/ramekin with aluminum foil.
  5. Prepare a steamer over medium heat. Steam the custard mixture until firm and fully cooked. About 20-25 minutes, but the steaming time depends on the bowl/ramekin you are using, so please check starting at around 15 minutes.
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  • Monique Monique says:

    This one is really healthy and delicious. Also very easy to make.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Yup, definitely one of those guilt-free dessert that should be on the rotation. :)

  • Easy Chicken Recipes Easy Chicken Recipes says:

    Great post! Dear, it's very beautiful to see. I like your explanation. Thank u

  • Beautiful Beautiful says:

    Love those remekin bowls, they’re so pretty!!!πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    • Anita Anita says:

      Thanks! I believe they are supposed to be teacups, but since they are stoneware, I use them as ramekins in this recipe.πŸ˜ƒ

  • Jessica Jessica says:

    I love how simple yet delicious this recipe is! I already have everything on hand and I can't wait to make it this weekend!

  • Danielle Danielle says:

    Fabulous custard to make. The consistency is just the way it should be - and the color is amazing. Can't wait to make it!

  • Justine Justine says:

    OMG turned out so good and super easy to make too.

  • Jayne Jayne says:

    I love the flavor of ginger. This custard is so good, I high recommend you trying this recipe.

  • Katie Katie says:

    Such a unique and fun flavor. Love how easy it is too!

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