Can You Reheat a Hard-Boiled Egg?

Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make, good for you, and easily stored. While some people want to eat their hard-boiled eggs cold, there are those that like them warmed up.

Yes, you can reheat a hard-boiled egg. There are two main ways to reheat a hard-boiled egg after you’ve cooked it: by microwave and with boiling water. 

Microwave Method

The most foolproof method, microwaving your hard-boiled egg to reheat it is as easy as pie. Let’s go over each step:

  1. Peel your egg. This is really important. If you don’t take the shell off of your hardboiled egg before placing it in the microwave you may end up blowing it up and causing a fire.
  1. Cut your egg in half. This ensures that you heat your egg thoroughly, and don’t end up with a cold center.
  1. Place your egg in a microwave-safe bowl, or on a plate. Again – no explosions in this kitchen! You always want to make sure your dish is microwave-safe before placing it in the microwave.
  1. Heat your egg in the microwave. Set your microwave temperature to medium-high, and heat your egg in 10-second intervals. The short times prevent you from overheating your egg and making it all rubbery.
  1. Enjoy! Put your favorite toppings on your egg, or eat it plain – either way, it’s sure to be delicious!

Boiling Water Method

For those who may not own a microwave, using boiling water is a great way to reheat your hard-boiled eggs.

  1. Place your egg or eggs in a heat-proof bowl – leave the shell on! You’re about to use boiling water – you don’t want your bowl to crack or melt! Your bowl should be big enough so that your eggs will be completely covered with water.
  1. Boil your water. Boil enough water to cover your eggs completely. 
  1. Slowly pour your boiling water over your eggs. We’re still trying to avoid explosions here. Make sure your water covers your eggs completely, and try not to splash and burn yourself.
  1. Cover your bowl. Cover your bowl with a lid or a plate in order to ensure that no steam escapes and the heat stays trapped inside.
  2. Set a timer for 10 minutes. After you let your eggs sit for 10 minutes, remove the cover off of the bowl.
  1. Carefully remove and peel your eggs. Use kitchen tongs or a slotted spoon to remove your eggs from the hot water. After allowing them to cool slightly, peel the shell from the eggs and enjoy.

Running an Egg Under Hot Water to Cook or Reheat It

This is not a suggested method for cooking eggs. If you’d like to make hard-boiled eggs, you should do so in a pot with boiling water.

You can reheat your hard-boiled egg using hot running water, however. Just make sure if you’re holding the egg under your faucet that the water isn’t too hot, so you don’t burn yourself.

Given the number of ways to reheat a hard-boiled egg, it’s totally fine to make a large batch and keep them in your refrigerator. Happy eating!