I've tried a lot of methods for cooking hard boiled eggs over the years, but my favorite method doesn't actually involve boiling the eggs at all... I bake my "hard boiled" eggs in the oven!
I know it sounds a little strange, but bear with me for a moment. You see, we eat a LOT of hard boiled eggs. With only 70 calories and around 6 grams of protein each, eggs are a nutritional powerhouse. I make around 2 dozen at the start of each week for the seven of us, and we snack on them or slice them over salads throughout the week.
But have if you've ever had to sit around and wait for a pot of water to boil that's big enough to cook 2 dozen eggs, you'd be looking for a better method too. Not to mention it's hard to get the timing just right to avoid those icky green, over-cooked yolks.
Cooking hard boiled eggs in the oven couldn't be easier. Just preheat the oven to 325 degrees, and arrange your eggs in a muffin tin. I've seen other sites recommend that you just place the eggs directly on the wire racks in the oven, but some eggs are just too small, and imagine the mess that you're risking! I've found that a basic mini muffin tin works perfectly for this purpose.
Bake the eggs for 30 minutes. Remove them from the oven and immediately submerse them in ice water for about 10 minutes. You may notice some brown dots on the eggs when you remove them from the oven, but don't worry, they will come off in the water bath.
That's it -- so easy! I get amazingly perfect hard cooked eggs every time, and this is a fantastic method for making large batches all at once. Think Easter, deviled eggs for cookouts, etc.
A few more tips for perfect hard boiled eggs:
- Fresh eggs are notoriously harder to peel. If possible, buy your eggs a week to 10 days in advance of cooking them. Note that several readers have reported that when they're used farm fresh eggs, they've burst open, so use these at your own risk.
- Eggs are easiest to peel right after cooling because the cooling process causes the egg to contract from the shell.
- However, I don't recommend peeling your eggs if you're not planning to use them right away. Peeling them under cold water will help the shell fragments slide away.
- Unpeeled hard cooked eggs can be refrigerated for up to a week after cooking. Peeled eggs should be eaten that day.
Need to use up some extra hard cooked eggs in a hurry? This simple & classic egg salad recipe is absolutely the way to go!