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April 1, 2014
If you don't feel like waiting for a pot to boil, turn on your oven to hard-boil your Easter eggs! While you make get a few brown spots on the shells, but they will be baked to perfection on the inside
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Calories Per Serving
- 12 large eggs
- 12 large eggs
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
In a muffin or cupcake tin, place eggs into each individual cup with a little bit of water.
Bake eggs for 30 minutes.
Carefully remove from the oven and submerged warm eggs into cold water for 10 minutes.
Calories Per Serving143
Folate equivalent (total)47µg12%
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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven
This hand-off hack for baking hard boiled eggs is perfect for a crowd.
Next time you’re hosting a weekend brunch or meal prepping, try baking hard boiled eggs in the oven. Let’s face it𠅎ggs, especially hard boiled eggs, are never as easy to cook as they seem. Add in the stress of trying to cook perfect hard boiled eggs by the dozen and it can seem downright impossible to nail. Baked hard boiled eggs are great if you’re cooking a large batch of eggs for easy deviled eggs or egg salad. This low-maintenance method can be done in 30 minutes and frees up stove space.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven
Cooking hard boiled eggs in the oven is about as easy as it sounds. You put the eggs into a muffin tin, pop them into a preheated oven for 30 minutes, then ice bath and peel! But, every oven and environment is a bit different, so it helps to test out your method on a few eggs first until you’ve got the perfect temperature and time for your kitchen. Here are a few best practices:
- Cook anywhere from 2-12 eggs in the oven at a time. Of course, you can try baking even bigger batches than this—just know that you may need to cook for a longer time with more eggs in the oven at once.
- Interestingly, older eggs seem to work better for this oven baked boiled eggs method. By “older” I just mean 1-2 weeks since purchase (not expired, of course). So, if you’ve got eggs that have been sitting in your fridge for some time, this is a great way to use them up!
- Generally, most recipes recommend letting the eggs come to room temperature before baking them. Personally, I’ve also made baked boiled eggs with eggs straight out of the fridge, and they turned out great!
- Bake in a mini muffin tin to prevent the eggs from rolling around, or even a regular muffin tin with liners.
- Test 2-3 eggs first to gauge the oven temperature. I’ve found that baking for 30 minutes at 325°F (160°C) is perfect for hard boiled eggs in my oven, but others have found that 350°F (180°C) worked better for them. Try it out at 325°F first and adjust if your eggs turn out underdone.
How Long Do I Bake Hard Boiled Eggs vs. Soft Boiled?
As with any method, you can make baked boiled eggs that are hard boiled or soft boiled! All that you need to adjust is your cooking time. With my eggs on the middle oven rack at 325°F (160°C), I find that baking for 30 minutes is perfect for hard boiled eggs.
For soft boiled eggs, bake for only 20 minutes. Or, go anywhere between 20-30 minutes to your desired doneness!
Do You Put Eggs in Cold Water After Boiling?
Short answer: yes! After cooking your boiled eggs in the oven, use tongs to transfer them directlyinto an ice bath. To make an ice bath, simply add some ice into a large bowl and then fill it up with cool water—enough to cover your eggs. Leave them for only 5 minutes,until they’re cool enough for you to handle safely. (Longer than that and they’ll become harder to peel.) Finally, simply remove from the bath and dry the shells. You can store your baked boiled eggs in their shells in the fridge for later, or peel them immediately for easiest peeling!
Tips for Baking Hard Boiled Eggs in Muffin Tin
As mentioned, a mini muffin tin is your best option because the small cavities will prevent your eggs from rolling around. My recommendation is to place your eggs onto each mini muffin cavity sideways, so there’s less surface area touching the tin. You can use a regular size muffin tin, just know that they may still roll around a bit, so it helps to use cupcake liners.
Now, in some cases, due to the heat that transfers onto your muffin tin, your baked hard boiled eggs may end up with some brown markings on the shells. Have no fear—these are harmless! And, more often than not, these brown spots disappear after putting your eggs into the ice bath. But, if you want to prevent these spots altogether, simply use mini cupcake liners or even place your eggs into silicone molds to bake.
Cooking Hard Boiled Eggs without Muffin Tin
Now, what to do if you don’t have any kind of muffin tin? Another option is to place your eggs onto a wire rack on top of a baking sheet, then pop that tray into the oven. Or, if you’re feeling even more minimalist, try cooking your baked hard boiled eggs directly on the oven rack!
Simply place your eggs straight onto the oven rack so they’re secure, carefully slide the rack back into the oven, and bake for the same time and temperature as described. Keep in mind, the oven rack will get very hot so you may end up with some brown spots on the shells, but again—they’re harmless!
Whatever way you choose to get your eggs into the oven, the method is the same. Simple, convenient, and with consistently great results. My oven baked boiled eggs always turn out light and delicious, with shells that are super easy to peel! A great method to use for meal prep or when you want to prep large batches of boiled eggs.
To see how this recipe is made—along with the rest of this breakfast bento box—check out my Bento Box Breakfast & Lunch video!
Favorite Hard Boiled Egg Recipes and Crafts
Finally, eat or slice your Oven Hard Boiled Eggs to your favorite recipe or decorate them as you would any other Easter Egg.
Here are my favorite ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs:
I hope this recipe has inspired you to give Oven Hard Boiled Eggs a try. Enjoy!
How To Solar-Cook ‘Boiled’ Eggs
I keep a couple of cardboard egg cartons that have had the tops removed. I use those half cartons when cooking my eggs in the solar oven.
In a standard kitchen oven you’ll probably want to use a * silicone muffin pan placed on a cookie sheet. Oven-bake at 325 degrees for about 30 minutes)
So to get ready I pulled out my trusty solar oven and set it up in the yard. This gives the oven a chance to preheat.
I’m planning on 40-45 minutes to bake them, depending upon how much sun we get and how well I’m able to track the sun. They won’t burn in my solar oven so I’m not too concerned about perfection in the cooking time.
(I’ve got a video below showing me removing the cooked eggs from the oven & testing to see if they’re fully cooked. Be sure to check it out!)
At the same time I brought my hen’s eggs out of the refrigerator, placed them in that topless cardboard egg carton and set them outside to warm up a bit. The demonstrator mentioned that these solar-cooked eggs do better if they don’t go into the solar oven freshly chilled.
My oven has a sun cube built right into the door so it’s easy to point the oven in the direction where it gets maximum sun exposure. Have I mentioned lately how much I love that thing.
When the eggs had been de-chilled about 30-45 minutes and the solar oven had preheated, it’s showtime!
How to Hard Boil Eggs in the Oven
Hard boiled eggs in oven is the as easy as 1-2-3. All you need are eggs and a muffin tin. Honestly, you could probably even use a cake pan or a cookie sheet if you don’t have a muffin tin on hand! We love using a muffin tin because it keeps every single egg in its own little nest, safe from any harm. Just like any other egg recipe, there are many different yolk consistencies to consider when you are cooking hard boiled eggs in the oven.
Are you a runny yolk kind of a person or do you like your yolk hard and almost chalky? We know there are both people out in the world, so we decided to let you decide how you like your eggs by testing hard boiled eggs in the oven at different bake times. If you are looking for runny soft boiled eggs, you won’t find that here. We went for soft and jammy on the lower cook time and fully cooked on the longer cook time!
25 Minutes- Soft, jammy, and the perfect deep orange color. The 25-minute egg is a harder to peel then the rest of the other eggs, so make sure to let it soak long enough in the ice bath. If you are looking for a hard boiled egg that still has a little shine from the yolk, 25 minutes is your time.
27 Minutes-Â The perfect yellow and fully cooked yolk. The 27 minute egg was still a bit difficult to peel, so let the eggs sit long enough in the egg bath and be patient when you peel the egg.Â If you would rather have an egg yolk that is fully cooked, but still has a moist texture, 27 minutes is perfect!
30 Minutes-Â Fully cooked, no moisture and easier to peel! The egg white has hardened a bit more and the shell comes off a heck of a lot easier. If you need a fully cooked egg with no chance of any moisture, 30 minutes is the egg for you!
32 Minutes-Â Hard with no possible sign of wet yolk. Have no fear, if you are one of those people that wants nothing to do with a wet yolk, this is your egg. A major bonus of baking a hard boiled egg for 32 minutes is an easier peel! We found that the 32-minute egg was easier to peel then the rest!
Supplies needed to dye eggs:
Hard boiled eggs that have been cooled
Tongs, Egg Dippers or Slotted spoon
Egg Dying Preparation Tips:
The key to properly dyed eggs is taking your time throughout this process. Be sure to cover your work surface with towels or newspapers to protect them from being stained.
Each color will need enough boiling water to cover the egg completely once submerged. Using liquid colors will require up to 20 drops, using gel colors requires 1-3 drops depending on the depth of color.
How to Make 24 Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Oven at Once
If you find yourself needing to cook eggs for a crowd, one pot of boiling water just won’t do. It’s much easier and more convenient to make hard-boiled eggs in the oven when you need to make eggs in bulk. (Plus, you’ll want plenty of space on the stove to prepare bacon, pancakes, hash browns, and other essential breakfast foods.) You could probably argue that this muffin tin hack provides you with ked” eggs instead of hard-boiled eggs. But truly, there’s little to no difference between stovetop eggs and baked eggs. Both cooking techniques work, but seriously think about it: When you’re cooking eggs for a crowd, would you prefer to fuss over two huge pots of water or stick the eggs all in the oven at once? I𠆝 chose the latter. Every. Single. Time. All you need to do is set the temperature, start the timer, and walk away.
So, the question remains: How do you cook hard boiled eggs in the oven? Start by preheating the oven between 325ଏ and 350ଏ. (First timers, it’s definitely worth performing a test run with a few eggs to better understand the perfect temperature for your oven.) Put one whole, unpeeled egg in each of the muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on your desired doneness. Shock the eggs by placing them into a bowl of ice and cold water for a few minutes. Peel when they’re cool enough to handle and the shell will just slide right off.
You might notice little brown marks on the surface of the shell and sometimes, on the whites after peeling. That’s a result of the egg touching the pan while baking. You could try cupcake liners or wrapping cotton or foil around the edges of each hole. But if the marks bother you that much, you could get rid of the muffin tin altogether. Alton Brown makes oven-baked eggs with a moist kitchen towel that’s placed directly on the oven rack and the eggs resting on top. That, however, is a serious fire hazard. To play it safe, either rotate the eggs halfway through cooking or slice off the brown bits after cooking and peeling.
Now, you may be wondering how to store hard-cooked eggs so they’ll stay fresh longer. Hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be kept in the refrigerator for one week. If you’re a fan of peeling all your eggs ahead of time, leave them in a bowl of cold water in the fridge for a week. We also have a trick for reheating hard boiled eggs that doesn’t include the microwave, so no explosion or mess are involved.
Alton Brown’s Trick for Making Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven
Did you know you can make hard boiled eggs in the oven? OK, so they’re not technically boiled, but you can still get the same eggy goodness without heating up a drop of water.
Everyone has their go-to hard boiled egg technique: Some swear by using their Instant Pot and the 5-5-5 method while others claim adding a dash of vinegar to the water before it boils makes all the difference. But I’m sure most of us never even considered popping them in the oven instead.
I certainly hadn’t, which is why I was so intrigued when I found the trick in one of Alton Brown’s old blog posts. It’s pretty simple: Pre-heat your oven to 320 degrees Fahrenheit, place your raw eggs in a muffin tin, bake for 30 minutes. Like a lot regular boiling methods, Brown also recommends placing them in a bowl of ice cold water once they’re done to stop the cooking process.
I obviously had to give it a try! It felt a little silly putting un-cracked eggs into my muffin tin, but I could already see this coming in handy for meal planning a week’s worth of eggy snacks (or dozens of deviled eggs for a party).
My old school oven doesn’t have super-exact temperature options, but I figured setting it to the 325 mark wouldn’t make too much of a difference.
I also took my eggs out a few minutes before the 30 minute timer. A previous attempt with the full time suggestion resulted in some being slightly over done, so I wanted to avoid that.
Here’s how one looked after taking them out of the oven, giving them the ice bath, and peeling:
The first noticeable difference of “hard boiling” eggs in an oven is a few brown spots on the shell and inside the egg. I’m guessing this is because of the dry oven heat hitting in certain spots a little more. But I was sure those small spots wouldn’t affect the flavor (spoiler alert: I was correct).
Brown also warns in his post about the oven method making the shells more difficult to peel off. I didn’t notice any extra struggle, personally. I even tried the hack of swirling eggs around in a cup of water and it worked just as great as it does for traditionally boiled eggs!
As you can tell, my yolks were on the softer side, especially right in the center. I actually prefer that, though, so this sliced open egg looked perfect to me! And it clearly produced the same results as, y’know, actually boiling the eggs in water.
This method of “hard boiling eggs” in an oven definitely takes longer than other techniques, but I think that could be an advantage. You don’t have to worry about rushing to snag eggs from piping hot water or releasing the steam of a pressure cooker while you wait. That’s also time you can use to get other meal prepping work done, wrangle your kids, or, if you’re like me, relax while catching up on your latest Netflix binge.
I definitely recommend trying this out the next time you’re in the mood for hard boiled eggs, especially if you want to whip up more than just a few.
Cooking Hack: How to Cook Eggs in the Oven
Bake Eggs In the Oven
Place eggs in a dry muffin tin in a preheated oven. I vary between 325 degrees F and 350 degrees F but it will be important for you to find the best temperature based on the doneness you prefer. I bake at either 350 degrees for 22 minutes or 325 degrees for 25 minutes. Note that you do not need to fill up the muffin cups with water or spray with cooking spray.
2. Cool Eggs in a Ice Bath
Once eggs have baked, transfer them to a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes. This will stop the cooking process and prevent the eggs from overcooking. Note that the eggs may have brown spots on the shell after baking. Also, the egg may have a small brown spot where it set in the pan.
3. How to Perfectly Peel Eggs
Crack one of the eggs gently on the counter on gently peel off. You&rsquoll be amazed how easily the shell peels off! And here&rsquos a pro tip &ndash use eggs that have been in your fridge for at least a week. They also peel better.
4. How to Use Hard Cooked Eggs in Recipes
Enjoy these eggs as is, chopped over a salad, sliced onto toast, deviled, or whichever way you prefer. One thing is for sure though, you&rsquoll never go back to the water boiling method again!
To note&hellipeach egg will have a tiny brown spot on it where it sat in the pan. That is nothing to worry about!
How do you make your eggs? Do you have a favorite egg recipe? Please share in the comments!!