I love a good kitchen hack. Little tricks that make kitchen chores easier are a big win in my book. Recently I was Googling around for variations on egg salad sandwich.
Not for the blog; I was just wanting to make one and was sort of bored of my usual method. That’s when I saw a few links that said you could hard boil eggs in the oven.
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I read a couple different sites but ended up basically following this method. You place eggs into a muffin pan. I baked a whole dozen because I was optimistic, but if you don’t use all the cups, you can fill the unused ones half full with water so they don’t warp as you bake
I also do this when I have one left over from a muffin recipe that just doesn’t quite make enough batter.
Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Once I removed them from the oven, I immediately plunged them into a bowl of ice water and let them sit for 10 minutes.
Then, I peeled off the shells. Some articles suggested that this method would make it easier to peel off the shells, but I thought it was basically the same as the traditional hard boiled method.
But, what I did love about this was my kitchen was significantly less, uh, smelly. You can always tell when someone is hard boiling eggs, as it has a very distinct (and sort of unpleasant) smell. Baking them in the oven definitely reduced the smell, so that was nice.
One thing I noticed was that a few of my eggs had dark brown spots. I think this was a result of where the egg touched the muffin pan while baking. It didn’t change the taste, but the texture in these dark spot areas was different.
But they were so small that it was easy to just slice off that small bit. Next time I’m going to try rotating the eggs halfway through baking.
Success! And now for egg salad sandwich. I also LOVE to top salads with hard boiled eggs. As a mostly vegetarian, eggs are a great source of protein for me. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma
Great idea cos it’s so hard to boil eggs in a pan!
Yum! I’ve never tried this method before but If i can reduce that eggy smell from hardboiling eggs the normal way i’ll try it! Usually every week i crack a few eggs into a muffin pan and bake them for about 20-25 min and then refrigerate them for easy breakfast sandwiches with english muffins!
Boiling water in a pot uses significantly less energy than heating the whole oven.. maybe if you were already using the oven (roasting veggies, baking a cake) you could justify this though?
Ah I don’t have oven but this is so tricky! That egg salad sandwich is beautiful, can I ask for the recipe? or I just toss the eggs and lettuce into the sandwich? 😛 thanks for sharing emma!
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I love this method. I use a damp cloth between the muffin tin and eggs (careful not to burn the clothe) in order to avoid burning the eggs.
I use a silicone mini muffin pan so no more dark spots (and no more rust spots in my good mini muffin pan). Stovetop may be faster but this is a “set it and forget it”!
I adore this idea! Seems so much simpler and faster! (My oven heats way faster than water boils!)
This is perfect to throw them in the oven when you’re already making something else! Time and energy saver!!!
I had wondered if this really worked. I have had it on my pinterest board for a good while now. Now I will try it!
Wow I’d never heard of that before! Can’t wait to try it out, and I totally agree about the smell of boiling eggs.. Thank you for sharing 🙂
The easiest way to make HB eggs is with a pressure cooker if you have one. Cold eggs go into the pot – on a wire platform, under which you pour about a cup of boiling water. Set the pressure cooker for 5 minutes. When it gets to pressure, depress it and cool the eggs quickly under cold water. The shells practically FALL off !!
To test with your pressure cooker, try one egg first! The timing will be the same for one or a dozen
This is genius, I definitely want to try it!
That sandwich looks AMAZING!
ahh i have to try this!!
This method will be great when we need lots of hard boiled eggs, for a party or family dinner, etc…its easy and need almost no watching over every few mins… but might not serve well for every day usage though, boiling water is my go-to.. thanks for sharing..
If you are looking for something different for your normal egg salad recipe, I add dill and smoked paprika to my mix! Give it a try! Xo
I used this technique when I worked for a soup kitchen in Lancaster, PA. We received a huge donation of eggs, and wanted to get them into the hands of our guests as quickly and efficiently as possible. Rather than boiling huge pans of water I found a similar recipe for hard-baked eggs and the rest, as they say, is history!
This method is also super helpful/easy if you need to make a lot of eggs! You don’t have to use a ton of water or a huge pot 🙂