Can you freeze eggs? Here’s a handy kitchen hack for if you’ve got a bunch of eggs to use up…and the surprising way to do it.

Can you freeze eggs

Got a bunch of eggs that are about to go bad? Or headed out of town and want to save the dozen in your fridge? There’s a kitchen hack for that, and it involves your freezer. Can you freeze eggs? Yes. Turns out, the freezer is the perfect way to save eggs for months. But whatever you do: don’t try to freeze them whole. Follow this method!

Can you freeze eggs? A kitchen hack!

Want to extend the life of a dozen eggs in your fridge? Guess what? You can freeze them. It sounds odd, but you can lightly scramble eggs, freeze them in cubes, and use them for breakfasts for the next few months. Why would you do this?

  • To cut back on food waste
  • To save eggs for longer, especially if you’re cooking for 1
  • If you’re going out of town and want to extend the life of your eggs

How to freeze eggs

Whatever you do: do not freeze eggs whole, because they’ll explode in the freezer. Instead, follow this simple method:

  • Grab an ice cube tray (silicone is best) or a muffin tin. We like using silicone ice cube trays so you can pop the eggs right out.
  • Brush with oil if using a regular ice cube tray or muffin tin. This is the easiest way to pop out the frozen eggs.
  • Lightly scramble the eggs, then pour into the trays. Do 1 egg per hole, or if you’re using large ice cube trays like ours 2 eggs will fit.
  • Freeze 2 hours. Then pop them out of the trays and place in a sealed freezer safe container.
Can you freeze eggs

How long do frozen eggs last in the freezer?

Frozen eggs last in the freezer for 3 months. Technically you can freeze them for up to 1 year. But we suggest using them within 3 months: you won’t have to deal with the risk of freezer burn.

Defrost in the fridge for 24 hours before using!

Last tip about freezing eggs! You’ll need to defrost them for 24 hours before you use them. Place them in the refrigerator and allow them to defrost.

Why can’t you cook them from frozen? The eggs don’t cook evenly. If you place a frozen block in a pan, the outsides cook and become rubbery before the insides are defrosted. (We tried as an experiment! Not recommended.)

How to freeze eggs

What to make with frozen eggs

You have to scramble the eggs to freeze them, so you can’t get away with using them for fried eggs like sunny side up or over easy. Here’s what you can make with frozen eggs:

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Can you freeze eggs

Can You Freeze Eggs? A Kitchen Tip!

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: Varies
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Can you freeze eggs? Here’s a handy kitchen hack for if you’ve got a bunch of eggs to use up…and the surprising way to do it. 



  1. Lightly scramble the eggs. Brush oil onto an ice cube tray or muffin tin, or use silicone ice cube trays (this is what we used). Pour the eggs into the holes, either as single eggs or two eggs (our ice cube tray is large and each hole holds 2 eggs).
  2. Freeze 2 hours. Once frozen, pop the eggs out of the ice cube trays and transfer to a sealed container. Freeze for up to 3 months (or as long as 1 year: they’re better fresher).
  3. To thaw the eggs, let them defrost for 24 hours in the fridge. Then cook as you would any scrambled eggs!
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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