Slow Cooker Monday: Hard Boiled Eggs

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This is one of those ridiculously simple Crock Pot recipes. It seems a little unnecessary, cause you can hard boil eggs on your stove top in no time, but it serves a few purposes. When it’s really hot and you want to avoid your stove at all costs, the little slow cooker on your counter doesn’t emit much heat at all. Also, if you don’t want to worry about watching the pot or if you consistently have problems with cracked eggs, you can put them in your slow cooker and just totally forget about them. No need for a bowl of ice or waiting for water to boil. It seems foolproof and just really easy.


Slow Cooker Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Eggs (up to as many fit in your slow cooker in a single layer)
  • Water

Place eggs in slow cooker. Fill with enough water to cover eggs and cook on low for 3 1/2 hours.

51 Comments on Slow Cooker Monday: Hard Boiled Eggs

  1. Heidi @ Food Doodles
    April 4, 2011 at 10:14 am (11 years ago)

    Interesting. I might just try this in the summer when it’s really hot. What’s even better, is I put my crockpot outside when it’s too hot. I have a plug in my back porch and I plug it in out there so it doesn’t heat my house at all. Perfect for cooking in the summer 🙂
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  2. Danica
    April 4, 2011 at 12:36 pm (11 years ago)

    You make me think I should replace my old broken slow cooker. Also, can you just leave them in all day on low? Or do they get overcooked?

    • Stephanie
      April 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm (11 years ago)

      Danica – I’m not sure about leaving them in there all day. I’ll have to try it and get back to you!

    • rose
      November 3, 2016 at 1:33 pm (6 years ago)

      I wondered the same thing about leaving them in all day.

    • Sarah Johnson
      November 27, 2017 at 8:18 am (5 years ago)

      They turn tan. They taste terrible. The yolks get a blackish ring.

  3. Sandra
    April 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm (11 years ago)

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  4. Melissa
    April 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm (11 years ago)

    Perfect for me who lives off the slow cooker due to kitchen reno! Thanks!

  5. tony
    September 12, 2011 at 11:28 am (11 years ago)

    Thanks for the knowledge.

  6. sharon
    January 10, 2012 at 8:38 am (10 years ago)

    This will save a lot of heat from the kitchen in the summer!! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sarah
    January 24, 2012 at 6:48 pm (10 years ago)

    This is awesome! I recently moved into a new home and there is no stove. My kitchen is rather odd shape so I have to special order a range. I’ve been using a crock pot for everything! Who knew you could boil eggs! Thank you for posting!

  8. Naomi
    April 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm (10 years ago)

    I found this blog on Google. I put five dozen eggs into a large kettle and tried cooking them on a glass top range. I could not get the water to boil. This of course is a new stove for us and we have a party of sixty that we are getting ready for. When I realized I was in trouble I started searching for answers. I used your recommended 3.5 hours and the eggs turned out better then perfect! I never knew that eggs could be slow cooked, with or without the crock pot. Thanks for the tip.

  9. Sandi
    April 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm (10 years ago)

    This is such a simple idea. Sure glad that I came across your blog as I never could get hardboiled eggs right.

  10. Amie
    August 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm (10 years ago)

    We are renovating our kitchen and have been without a stove for a month…I have eggs in my crock pot now and I am soooo excited to have eggs on my salads again! Thank you so much! 🙂

    • Stephanie
      August 15, 2012 at 8:51 am (10 years ago)

      @Amie – perfect! I hope you enjoy the recipe. Good luck with your renovation!

  11. Gary J. Bryan, Sr.
    September 18, 2012 at 10:03 am (10 years ago)

    I am writing the find out what size eggs you are using? And, if you have the time table for larger eggs? Thank you for your time..

    • Stephanie
      September 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm (10 years ago)

      @Gary – I used large eggs. I don’t know if you’d need much more time for x-large – my guess is no but I haven’t tried it.

  12. RE
    January 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm (9 years ago)

    Since eggs are on special this week, this recipe will be very helpfull, thank you!

  13. KC
    April 12, 2013 at 6:40 am (9 years ago)

    Do you use cold, warm or hot water to cover the eggs?

  14. JM
    May 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm (9 years ago)

    I’d like to do this with eggs & potatoes to prep for potato salad!

  15. Jennywren
    January 13, 2014 at 5:32 am (8 years ago)

    My oldest is going to college and she loves hard boiled eggs. I off handed said I wonder if…. and I found this recipe! If they can do crockpots (I bet they can!) then this is going to be a life saver for her! Thanks!

  16. Alice smith
    January 14, 2014 at 8:46 am (8 years ago)

    I was so excited to try this. I did yesterday. When I cracked the first egg, it was just soft boiled. I put them back in for another two hours, and they were the same. What gives?

    • Stephanie Saunders
      January 14, 2014 at 10:35 am (8 years ago)

      Alice, it could be the size or temp of your slow cooker. Each one cooks at different temperatures. You could try setting it on high.

  17. Carla
    January 25, 2014 at 10:55 am (8 years ago)

    I’m glad to see this recipe. We are smelling gas with our oven so had to turn it off so have been without a stovetop and oven for a week. I’m not sure when we can get if fixed but have been wanting hard boiled eggs. I can’t wait to try this!

  18. zack mann
    February 17, 2014 at 12:43 am (8 years ago)

    When I tried this the egg shells did not come off easily for me. Should I try adding salt if I try this again? Or maybe using fresher eggs?

    • Cathie
      August 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm (7 years ago)

      It is harder to peel fresh eggs. If the eggs are a little older they will peel easier.

  19. Gina
    March 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm (8 years ago)

    Try taking a hot egg, roll it on the counter, press gently to crack the shell all over, then peel it under cold running water.

  20. Jim Ketchum
    March 24, 2014 at 6:14 am (8 years ago)

    I find that eggs about a week old work best. Just kinda press down with the palm of you hand (don’t flatten them out! LOL) and roll them on your countertop. Some times the shells will come off in two pieces. Also eggs seem to peel better left to right sometimes and other times right to left. If you are having trouble flip ’em over and try again. (I love hard boiled eggs especially Deviled Eggs!)

  21. cindy
    April 16, 2014 at 7:27 am (8 years ago)

    How do you know when they are done?

  22. Tammy
    July 17, 2014 at 8:50 am (8 years ago)

    Any idea if this works in higher altitudes too?

    • Stephanie Saunders
      July 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm (8 years ago)

      Sorry Tammy, I’m not familiar with cooking at high altitudes, so I don’t know how they affect slow cooking.

    • Mary
      December 21, 2015 at 5:59 am (7 years ago)

      Yes, it works at high altitude. I have hard boiled eggs in my slow cooker and I live at more than a mile above sea level.

  23. Debbie Fields
    May 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm (7 years ago)

    About getting the shells off, my mom and grandma always put a dash of vinegar in the water to hard-cook eggs. I bet this would work well with the slow cooker, too.

    • David
      October 23, 2017 at 11:40 pm (5 years ago)

      Easy method to peel hard boiled eggs. Get a small jar with a lid, put a small amount of water in the jar place the egg in the jar replace lid and gently shake the jar with the egg inside. Shell should come off very easily.

  24. Christina
    July 11, 2015 at 4:26 pm (7 years ago)

    This is for me since I eat 5 hard boiled eggs a day. I will be in a hotel with only a tiny fridge and microwave for the next three weeks. I brought my slow cooker so I don’t have to eat out everyday.

    • Cindy
      May 8, 2016 at 9:25 am (6 years ago)

      I live in a hotel so no stove and wanted egg salad for dinner so googled abd found this thank you so much

  25. Cindy
    June 3, 2016 at 5:33 pm (6 years ago)

    Cooking the eggs in the crock pot for 3 1/2 hours is NOT long enough to make hard boiled eggs. I put my eggs in the crock pot, covered them with water and cooked them on low heat for a bit more than the 3 1/2 hours given in the directions. Wanting to know if this method had worked or not, I peeled one of the eggs, and the white of the egg was a slimy mess and the yolk was mostly set, but still a slightly bit runny in the middle. Thinking perhaps that one egg was just a fluke I went ahead and peeled a second egg and it was the same as the first. I went ahead and put the remaining eggs back into the crockpot, and am hoping that another hour or so will do the trick

    • Cindy
      June 5, 2016 at 5:07 pm (6 years ago)

      Update to my initial comment

      After almost 6 hours, the whites of the eggs were finally cooked the way they should be for a hard boiled egg, but alas, by this time the yolk was way to overcooked. Needless to say, there went a dozen eggs to the trash.

    December 23, 2016 at 4:14 pm (6 years ago)

    Im excited to try this. We actually have deviled eggs for Christmas eve. Will be good to save the stove for other menu items. I have used my pressue cooker for eggs and they turned out perfect but cant fit very many. I will do a test to see which is better. Will reply with results!

  27. Bob Burgess
    September 19, 2017 at 8:18 am (5 years ago)

    9/1917 This is the second worst method for making hard-boiled eggs I have tried to date. FYI the worst was baking them.

  28. Lindy Shelly
    December 12, 2017 at 1:36 am (5 years ago)

    Its delicious and amazing recipe.I will make this recipe on Christmass eve. I always use some salt in the water to avoid the cracking the shell.

  29. Vijay Kumar Amar
    February 3, 2018 at 12:04 am (4 years ago)

    put a spoon of salt in the water. the eggs will break and peel out comfortably.

  30. Vern Harvey
    September 28, 2018 at 6:16 am (4 years ago)

    CROCKPOT BOILED EGGS!This is a great idea! I am always dashing for the bus in the morning…..sometimes I have left a burner on & had to return. I wake up several times at night anyway so I can put the eggs in the crockpot early & never worry about a house fire even if I forget the eggs!

  31. Alexia
    January 25, 2020 at 9:36 pm (2 years ago)

    I put 6 eggs in my 2 qt slow cooker for 3.5 hrs on low. The yolks were overcooked but edible. I’ll try again with 3 hrs.


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