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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.

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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?

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 whisk 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 one
  • If you’re going out of town and want to extend the life of your eggs

How to freeze eggs

Do not freeze eggs whole: they’ll explode in the freezer! Instead, lightly whisk the eggs and place them in a silicon tray. 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 the holes with oil if using a regular ice cube tray or muffin tin. This is the easiest way to pop out the frozen eggs.
  • Lightly whisk the eggs, then pour into the trays. Use 1 egg per hole, or if you’re using large ice cube trays like ours 2 eggs will fit.
  • Freeze 2 hours. 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 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.

Can’t you cook the eggs right from the freezer? No, 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 tested this variation! 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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Want to freeze other ingredients you’ve got on hand? Try these handy methods:

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Can you freeze eggs

Can You Freeze Eggs? Here’s How.

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


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 whisk 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
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Paige says:

    Why whisk the eggs before freezing?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      The consistent texture thaws better.

  2. Monika says:

    I observe that I interpret ‘scramble’, with eggs, as the cooking process that makes scrambled eggs. Noticing that, I acknowledge I don’t interpret these directions as ‘cook the eggs a bit before freezing them’, but I see how that could be a risk!

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Great point! We’ve updated the instructions to indicate to whisk the eggs. Thank you!