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How to Bring Eggs to Room Temperature Quickly

Knowing How to Bring Eggs to Room Temperature quickly is useful when making cakes, cupcakes, waffles, and more. In this post, I’m sharing four methods for bringing eggs to room temperature and explaining why it’s important to do so. 

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Why Use Room Temperature Eggs? 

Chances are good that you’ve stumbled across a recipe that calls specifically for room temperature eggs. And chances are also good that you’ve ignored that step, thinking it wouldn’t affect the end product. Wrong! 

Bringing eggs to room temperature is a good habit to adopt if you frequently make cakes, cupcakes, waffles, or similar treats. Room temperature eggs not only mix into batters and doughs more easily, but they also add more volume to baked goods. 

Warm eggs whip up much faster than cold eggs, plus they don’t separate when they come into contact with dairy products like butter. Getting eggs to room temperature prior to baking a cake is crucial to creating a light and airy crumb. 

How to Bring Eggs to Room Temperature 

There are a few ways to bring eggs to room temperature in 10 minutes or less. Here’s how to get eggs to room temperature quickly — and safely! 

Method #1: Place Under a Warm Bowl 

This first method is simple. 

  1. Place the eggs onto a plate or another flat surface.
  2. Cover with an inverted cup or bowl that’s been warmed in the microwave or under hot tap water. 
  3. Leave the eggs under the hot cup for about 10 minutes, or until they come to room temperature. 

When choosing a cup or bowl to invert over the cold eggs, be sure to find one with a wide enough mouth to completely cover the eggs without touching them. 

Method #2: Use a Warm Water Bath 

This is the most common method for bringing eggs to room temperature quickly, and it’s the one I use most of the time. 

  1. Place the eggs into a bowl, making sure they’re not too crowded. 
  2. Pour warm tap water over the eggs. They need to be fully submerged. 
  3. Leave the eggs in the warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. 

For this method, it’s very important that the water is warm, not scalding hot. If the tap water is too hot, you may partially cook the eggs. Use water that’s the same temperature as bath water. 

Method #3: Run Under Warm Water 

I don’t like using this method for bringing eggs to room temperature since it wastes water and isn’t environmentally friendly. However, it’s quick and effective so I wanted to share it regardless. 

  1. Place eggs into a bowl or measuring cup. 
  2. Run a constant stream of warm tap water over the eggs, letting it overflow into the sink. 
  3. Let the water run for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the eggs are no longer fridge cold. 

You can also hold the eggs directly in your hands for this method, but that makes it harder to tell when they’re room temperature. 

Method #4: Warm Cracked Eggs in a Stainless Steel Bowl

If a recipe calls for whole eggs, you can bring them to room temperature in under 5 minutes by cracking them into a bowl and placing it in a water bath. 

  1. Crack the eggs into a stainless steel bowl. 
  2. Place the stainless steel bowl into a larger cake pan or baking dish.
  3. Pour warm tap water into the cake pan until it reaches halfway up the stainless steel bowl containing the cracked eggs.
  4. Leave the eggs in the water bath for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. Dip a finger into the eggs to test their temperature before adding them to the recipe. 

It’s important that you use a stainless steel bowl for this method, as it conducts heat better than glass or ceramic. 

Is It Safe to Leave Eggs on the Counter to Come to Room Temperature? 

Yes, it’s safe to bring eggs to room temperature by setting them out on the counter. It will take roughly 30 minutes to get eggs to room temperature this way so you’ll need to plan ahead if using this method. 

How Long Can Eggs Sit at Room Temperature? 

Eggs can sit out at room temperature for a maximum of 2 hours. After that, they’ll need to be refrigerated. 

If you forget to refrigerate the eggs after 2 hours have passed, you’ll need to throw away the eggs. By that point, they won’t be safe to eat. 

How to Tell If Eggs Are at Room Temperature 

Ideally, eggs that have been brought to room temperature using one of the four methods listed above should be between 68ºF to 70ºF.

You’ll know when eggs are room temperature when they feel neither warm nor cold in your hands — they should be “neutral” in temperature. 

How to Bring Separated Eggs to Room Temperature 

If a recipe calls for just egg yolks or egg whites, or a mixture of the two, you’ll need to separate them while the eggs are still cold.

Cold eggs separate more easily than warm eggs. Warm egg yolks break more easily, which makes separating eggs a tricky task.

To bring eggs that have been separated to room temperature: 

  1. Place the egg whites and yolks in separate bowls or ramekins.
  2. Place the bowls into a larger baking dish. 
  3. Fill the baking dish with hot water until it comes halfway up the bowls. 
  4. Let the separated eggs sit for 5 to 10 minutes before using.

This is the only method that you may use hot water for instead of warm.

Because the separated eggs are in thicker ceramic bowls or ramekins, you need the water to be hot so that it penetrates the bowl and warms the eggs. 

Tips for Safely Getting Eggs to Room Temperature 

  • Use a stainless steel bowl: Stainless steel bowls conduct heat faster than glass. Use a stainless steel bowl whenever you’re bringing cracked eggs to room temperature. 
  • Add more water, as needed: The more eggs you need to bring to room temperature, the more water you’ll need. Rather than cramming more eggs into a smaller bowl, use a larger bowl and additional water. 
  • Never use hot water: Hot or scalding water will partially cook the eggs. If the water is too hot, you’ll need to throw away the eggs (or finish hard boiling them as a snack!) and start over. 
  • Separate eggs when cold: If you need to separate the eggs for a recipe, do so when they’re cold. They’ll be easier to separate and you can bring them to room temperature afterwards.  

Recipes Using Room Temperature Eggs

Now that you know how to quickly bring eggs to room temperature, you're ready to get baking! Here are my favorite baked goods that require room temperature eggs.

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These Tips for Baking with Yeast will help you feel more confident in the kitchen and yield more successful results. 

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How to Bring Eggs to Room Temperature Quickly

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Knowing How to Bring Eggs to Room Temperature quickly is useful when baking cakes, cupcakes, waffles, and more!

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • Warm water
  • Stainless steel bowl(s)
  • Ramekins or cereal bowl

Instructions

    Place Under a Warm Bowl 

  1. Place the eggs onto a plate or another flat surface.
  2. Cover with an inverted cup or bowl that’s been warmed in the microwave or under hot tap water. 
  3. Leave the eggs under the hot cup for about 10 minutes, or until they come to room temperature. 

Use a Warm Water Bath 

  1. Place the eggs into a bowl, making sure they’re not too crowded. 
  2. Pour warm (NOT hot) tap water over the eggs. They need to be fully submerged. 
  3. Leave the eggs in the warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. 

Run Under Warm Water 

  1. Place eggs into a bowl or measuring cup. 
  2. Run a constant stream of warm tap water over the eggs, letting it overflow into the sink. 
  3. Let the water run for 2 to 5 minutes, or until the eggs are no longer fridge cold. 

Warm Cracked Eggs in a Stainless Steel Bowl

  1. Crack the eggs into a stainless steel bowl. 
  2. Place the stainless steel bowl into a larger cake pan or baking dish.
  3. Pour warm tap water into the cake pan until it reaches about halfway up the stainless steel bowl containing the cracked eggs.
  4. Leave the eggs in the water bath for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. Dip a finger into the eggs to test their temperature before adding them to the recipe. 

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 282Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 186mgSodium 359mgCarbohydrates 41gFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 13g

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