Dyeing Easter Eggs From Onion Skins

Red Eggs

Traditionally, Easter eggs are dyed red on Holy Thursday.

There are many other ways to dye your Easter eggs apart from store bought egg dye. You can make your own dye with various ingredients you have right at home! 

It might require a little more patience to make home dyes out of natural ingredients because it is a much slower process.

Greece's favourite chef Akis Petretzikis, shares his recipe of how to dye your Easter eggs naturally:


  • 20 eggs
  • 10 onions (skins, red)
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
  • Olive oil (to shine the eggs)


  • Add the onion skins, cold water and the wine vinegar to a wide pot.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Set aside to cool. Add some more water if necessary.
  • Wipe the eggs to clean them. Choose white or light coloured eggs so that the colours of the dye look brighter.
  • Use a slotted spoon to add the eggs to the pot. Lay them in a single layer, carefully so they don’t crack. Bring to a boil again and simmer for another 20 minutes.
  • Remove eggs from pot. Set pot with water aside to cool. Once the water cools, refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, remove eggs, drain on paper towels and make them shiny with some oil. Show them off in a nice Easter basket!

Greek Orthodox Icon Easter Red Eggs
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Tips from Akis:

If you want to make blue eggs, try the same procedure with red cabbage!

If you want to make yellow eggs, try turmeric!

Yellow onion skins lend a red color and red onion skins lend a cherry-brown color!

Source: Akis Petretzikis

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