I love hard-boiled eggs. They are easy and delicious, and you can eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack. I especially like them by themselves or on salads. I am trying to make better food choices, and I find that having hard-boiled eggs in the fridge makes that easier.
I have seen the pins on Pinterest about baking eggs in the shell, and I have wanted to try it for about a year now. I hadn’t tried it because I had a great electric egg cooker – sadly, today, my egg cooker died. Despite how much I liked it, I didn’t see any reason to spend $25 to buy a new one if baking the eggs was just as easy. So, I decided to give the oven method a try.
Pinterest pins suggest cooking the eggs in mini muffin pans, regular muffin pans or directly on the oven rack. I chose not to put the eggs directly on the oven rack for two reasons: 1) I think it would be a pain to work with 12 individual eggs vs. one pan; and 2) eggs can break when you cook them, and I didn’t want to clean up the mess.
I got out my silicone mini muffin pan and placed one egg in each cup. I put the muffin tin on a baking sheet just in case any of the eggs broke (I didn’t want egg all over the bottom of my oven). Then, I popped them in a preheated 325 degree oven and waited.
Thirty minutes later, I pulled them out and immediately put them in a pot of ice water to stop the cooking. I was happy to see that none broke, but one of them had brown dots all over it. The dots washed off, and the egg tasted fine, so I wouldn’t worry if that happens to your eggs.
I also noticed that none of my eggs had the bigger brown spots that a lot of other people on Pinterest said they had. This might be because I used a silicon pan, but I am not sure. Everyone on Pinterest that got those spots said that the eggs inside also had them, but that the eggs tasted fine. So if all you have is metal pans, don’t freak out if you get the brown spots.
I let the eggs sit in the ice water until they were cold (not just room temperature), and then set to peeling them. I like to peel all of the eggs right away because it makes it even quicker to grab one for a snack or a recipe later.
Peeling the eggs wasn’t any easier than when they are cooked other ways, but it wasn’t any harder either. I have never had big issues with hard-to-peel eggs. I gently tap the egg in a few places in the middle, and then I slowly and gently start peeling. I always peel my eggs under cold running water because I find it helps to make the peeling easier and it also washes the egg so you don’t find little specs of shell later.
In the end, the eggs were cooked perfectly. This is now my new way to cook hard boiled eggs. Give it a try and let us know how it works for you.
- Muffin tin (mini or regular)
- Sheet pan (optional)
- Large bowl of ice water
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
- Place one egg in each section of your muffin tin (in a mini muffin tin, you will need to stand them on end)
- Put the eggs in the oven, and bake for 30 minutes
- Immediately remove eggs from the oven and put them in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking
- Peel and serve