Considering I have been cooking for well more than 30 years, one of the basics I have never mastered is the ability to boil a perfectly hard-cooked egg. Admittedly, the seemingly simple concept evades me.
No matter what recipe I follow, the eggs are either under cooked, they crack during the cooking process (which makes the egg white the texture of a tire) or the yolk has an ugly green or grey ring around it from, you guessed it, overcooking. Don’t even get me started on the peeling process, because those skills are also on a rocky road. Sadly, I have tried a variety of “tricks,” and all to no avail.
Though I will be the first to proclaim the banal and ironically cruel aspects of social media, I can actually thank this information-passing medium for this new and foolproof method. After battling with dozens (upon dozens) of eggs experimenting with one of the most basic cooking lessons, I might even be glowing a bit knowing I will rise to the occasion and soar whenever I need to make hard-boiled eggs again.
Yes, the truth is these perfectly cooked huevos are not boiled at all but rather baked in the oven. Though it might not be the most environmentally-sound method for making hard-boiled eggs, it works and, in my book, that has great value. Because don’t you think 30+ years is long enough to fail at making perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs?
The next time you have a craving for a dish that calls for hard-boiled eggs, turn on the oven instead of boiling water and trust this unique approach will make a believer out of you.
Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs in the Oven
- Pastured eggs from happy chickens
- One muffin tin
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Place eggs in a muffin tin and bake for 30 minutes.
Plunge eggs in a big bowl of ice water to immediately stop the baking process. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and then peel.
Roll the egg on a hard surface to crack open the peeling. Then begin to crack the shell under lightly running water. This seems to help the peeling slide off quite nicely.
If, however, you just want to save the eggs for later, store in the refrigerator unpeeled.