Learn how to make hard boiled eggs in a muffin tin in the oven with this quick and easy recipe: Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs. They’re ready in 30 minutes and perfectly cooked to use as is or in your favorite recipe.
How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven Using a Muffin Tin
I have been cooking for well over forty years and even with all this experience you’d think I could make perfect hard boiled eggs. Not! Not, that is, until I finally decided to make hard boiled eggs in the oven.
You might think this is a bit strange, but stay with me, this is a very simple recipe for all levels of cooks with the results being perfection every time.
Truth be told, many cooks swear by the boil method. And, I say, if it works for you great. But for me, I’ve never found the boil method to work for me–at least not consistently.
One of the reasons might be that you have to “age” your eggs about three weeks for the boil method to work successfully. That is because “new” eggs (less than three weeks old) usually don’t boil up and peel as expected. Here’s the reason why: The Hard Truth About Boiled Eggs.
Also, in most cases, you have to add vinegar or baking soda to help the eggs peel better. For me, I don’t want to add anything to my eggs that might give them an “off” taste. Call me a purist.
The truth is, when you make hard boiled eggs in the oven, you can buy your eggs the same day and bake them as soon as you get home. And, there’s nothing you have to add to make them peel better.
I’ve tried the boil method unsuccessfully but with oven hard boiled eggs you’ll find that you’ll get consistently easy-to-peel eggs, again and again.
Set Your Oven Temperature
I will have to say at the start that no two ovens are the same. In fact, my oven runs cooler than most.
So my recommendation is to start with 325 degrees F and work up in increments of 25 degrees if you are unsure about whether your oven is too hot or cool for this recipe.
For me, I place my eggs in a muffin tin, in a preheated 375 degree F oven.
The oven provides even cooking of your eggs which in turn provides consistent results.
And, remember: The total cooking time is 30 minutes–exactly. No more or less. So set your cooking timer on and let the oven do the hard work.
Allow Your Oven Baked Eggs to Cool Slightly
Next, remove the tins from the oven and immediately place your eggs in a large bowl of ice water to cool for no more than 2 minutes.
When researching and testing this recipe, I noticed that I get better results when the eggs are cooled just enough for me to handle. This is achieved with a bowl of water and ice at the ready.
Then, in about 15-20 seconds or so, I’m able to handle the eggs. I like to crack and peel them while in the water and then place them, all clean, in another bowl. Once all the eggs have been cracked, just drain the bowl with the discarded eggshells, ice and water into a fine sieve or colander and toss the shells into the trash.
NOTE: if you won’t be eating your hard boiled eggs today today, you can place the tin–eggs and all–into the refrigerator for the next day. (Cooking Tip: Be sure to place a pot holder or thick towel underneath the tin, because it will be hot and could damage your refrigerator or crack a shelf.)
You might notice some “burn” marks on the eggs. That is normal and won’t hurt you or the taste of these eggs.
Some die-hard fans of this method have come up with some interesting ideas to stop this from happening, like placing eggs in silicon muffin tins, adding a bit of aluminum foil to the base of each muffin tin to keep the eggs from hitting the sides of the tin, to using cotton (which I DO NOT EVER recommend).
For me, I don’t really mind the spot or two that occurs. It’s part of the methodology and isn’t a game changer–just saying.
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:
- Easy Egg Salad Recipe
- Simple Tuna Nicoise Salad
- Classic Cobb Salad
- Old Fashioned Ham Salad Recipe
- Traditional Raspberry Linzer Cookies
- Quick and Easy Easter Egg Decorating ideas
I hope this recipe has inspired you to give Oven Hard Boiled Eggs a try. Enjoy!
Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe
- 12 eggs large
- Place eggs in 12-count large muffin tin.
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F** and place eggs in the oven. (See Note Below)
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and place directly into a large bowl of iced water to cool to the touch (less than 2 minutes), or let the eggs cool in refrigerator overnight.***(See Note Below)
- Peel. Eat as is or use in your favorite recipe. Enjoy!