March 2, 2021
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No more messing with huge pots of boiling water, I’m about to show you the easiest, most effective way of making boiled eggs, using your oven!
When I first heard about this method I knew I’d have to try it for myself because it seewemed too good to be true. Can you really bake a dozen or more eggs at once and have them come out with perfectly soft yellow centers every single time? Friends, the answer is YES. And after testing different bake times and oven temperatures I’m ready to show you how it’s done.
Whether you’re prepping eggs for a week of school and office lunches or making dozens of boiled eggs for Easter, this is THE method that will save you time and leave you wondering why you didn’t start baking eggs sooner! While I do still make hard-boiled eggs in the instant pot here and there, and I’ve perfected my stovetop-boiled egg method for when I just need an egg or two but there’s nothing like doing eggs in bulk using the oven.
Hard-boiled eggs are a weekly ingredient I meal prep for school lunches and you better believe if there is an easy way to make a dozen easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs at once, I’m going to use it.
I’ve mastered the stove-top and Instant Pot Hard-Boiled eggs, but this oven method is a great alternative to making a lot of eggs at once without them cracking or having to check on them. The eggs cook perfectly through, and there’s no boiling water or fancy kitchen gadgets involved.
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Can You Boil Eggs in the Oven?
Baking hard-boiled eggs is a clever way to make hard-boiled eggs, all you have to do is place the eggs in a muffin tin, pop them in the oven at 325F and bake away!
I love that this method requires no special attention, you can just set the timer and move on to other meal-prep to-do’s.
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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven
Baking perfect hard-boiled eggs in the oven consists of 3 easy steps:
Preheat the oven to 325F. Place one egg in each muffin cup.
Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Ice Bath
Once the eggs are baked, create an ice bath in a large bowl. Transfer the hot eggs into the ice bath and rest for 5-10 minutes.
Don’t skip this step. The ice-water will “shock” the membrane in between the egg-white and the eggshell, loosening the shell and making it much easier to peel without taking off half the shell.
In case you need a visual of the process above, check out the video below for easy baked hard-boiled eggs:
How Long to Boil Eggs in the Oven
Whether you are craving soft-boiled eggs with runny yolk or need a batch to make deviled eggs, the time stamps below will ensure you know exactly how long to boil eggs in the oven:
|Yolk Texture||Cook Time|
|Soft Boiled (runny)||22 minutes|
|Creamy Hard-Boiled||28 minutes|
Do Eggs Explode in the Oven?
When baking, eggs heat slowly in the oven, so there should be no fear of explosions or unexpected messes when boiling eggs inside the oven.
Do You Need a Muffin Tin to Oven-Boil Eggs?
No muffin tin is required. While I’ve found the tin to be the easiest way to bake eggs, you can also place eggs directly onto your oven’s rack and bake as instructed in this post. Be sure to use tongs for placing and removing eggs from the oven so you don’t burn yourself as the eggs will become quite hot when baking.
Are Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs Easy to Peel?
Oven-baked hard-boiled eggs are just as easy to peel as other methods, but here are two tips to making your hard-boiled eggs with shells that practically glide off.
Use Week Old Eggs
The best eggs for boiling are at least a week to ten days old. If an egg is fresh, the pH of the white is super low, which causes it to stick to the shell membrane.
Place the Eggs in an Ice Bath
The ice-water will “shock” the membrane in between the egg-white and the eggshell, loosening the shell and allowing you to peel it off in nearly one piece.
There are a few effective ways to peel hard-boiled eggs without taking off half the shell. From peeling under running water, shaking the eggs in an airtight container filled with water, or cracking and rolling, I’ve tried them all, and you can see which is the most successful in the video below:
More Oven Baked Boiled Egg Success Tips
Aside from following the baking instructions and using week-old eggs, there are a few more tips to keep in mind so you make perfect baked eggs galore!
- Keep the Oven at 325F
325 is the magic number and ensures oven-baked hard-boiled eggs that are just right, with no green-grayish overcooked centers.
- Peel Under Running Cold Water
This makes getting the pieces of shell off much easier.
- Double the batch
Need a large batch of hard-boiled eggs for an egg hunt or party? You can bake up to 2 dozen eggs at once on a mini muffin pan.
- Peel at room temperature
Once the eggs are at room temperature, be sure to peel them before refrigerating them in an airtight container. Refrigerated hard-boiled eggs with shells do not peel well.
How to Tell if an Egg is Boiled without Breaking it?
Want to tell if an egg is fully cooked without cracking it open? Easy, carefully grab a hard-boiled egg, place it on a flat surface and give it a spin. If it spins and wobbles all over the place, it’s still raw. If it spins, stays upright, and stops, it’s cooked!
If your eggs are still undercooked, pop them back in the preheated oven for 5 minutes before transferring them to the iced water bath.
Baked Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven
- 12 large eggs
- Preheat the oven to 325F. Place one egg in each muffin cup.
- Place the muffin tin in the oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Once the eggs are baked, create an ice bath in a large bowl. Transfer the hot eggs into the ice bath and rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Peel the eggs at room temperature and refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
I look forward to trying your baking method for hard boiled eggs!
For pealing, I put the egg on it’s side and gently roll it, cracking it as I go. You just want a cracked ring around the egg, don’t crack the entire shell around the whole egg. Then using my hands I gently squeeze the egg shell halves so it loosens the shell from the egg and it comes off it two halves. It will crack more as I go but not the shattered shell look. Hard to explain without a video but it works well.
MOMables - Laura
I hope you try this baked hard boiled eggs in the oven method and can’t wait to hear how it works with your epic method!
Baking the eggs worked great and they still pealed just as nicely. I thought of a better word picture for how I peal the eggs. Once I have it cracked around the circumference I gently massage it going around the circumference and watching for any areas that need focused attention until the shell loosens from the egg and then the shell comes off in two parts. ☺️ It’s a lot faster than actually pealing on the crumbled shell pieces off the egg. Thanks for sharing how to bake hard boiled eggs. It is a game changer and time saver here!!! Blessings!