Last updated on May 15th, 2024.

Eggs are a staple in many baking recipes, but how do you bring cold eggs to room temperature when they are out of the fridge? This is a skill every home baker should master. 

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Many recipes call for room-temperature ingredients like butter, cream cheese, milk, sour cream, and other dairy ingredients. So, the temperature of your eggs is just as important, and it doesn’t matter if you are using medium, extra-large, or large eggs. 

I also have a post on How To Soften Butter Fast and another post on Tips For Baking Pound Cake.

Why Room Temperature Eggs are Important

cold ingredients are often the reason why some recipes fail, why our pound cake is dense, why our sponge cakes are flat, and why our chocolate chip cookies just don’t spread. Room temperature eggs play a crucial role in baking for several reasons:

  1. Better Incorporation: Room-temperature eggs blend more easily with other ingredients, ensuring a smoother batter or dough. Especially when our recipe calls for whole eggs or egg yolks, the egg yolk’s protein is very stable. It requires more energy (temperature) to unfold and incorporate with the other ingredients. 
  2. Improved Texture: Baking is a delicate network of different ingredients, and how they incorporate with each other sets the tone of our baked goods. When at room temperature, eggs incorporate efficiently, helping create a more even texture and cohesive batters, resulting in lighter and fluffier cakes, muffins, and cookies.
  3. Enhanced Volume: Eggs are made of long chains of protein that unfold and stretch. When at Room temperature, the eggs whip up to a greater volume, which is essential for achieving the desired rise and structure in recipes like soufflés and meringues.

How to Bring Eggs to Room Temperature

Allow Eggs to Sit Out

The simplest method is to remove the eggs from the refrigerator and let them sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the temperature of your kitchen.

  • Place the eggs in a bowl or countertop, away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Warm Water Bath method

This is the most effective way (and fastest way) when you need to increase the temperature of the eggs in a moment’s notice, The amount of time will vary depending on the number of eggs.

  1. Gently place eggs in a large bowl (or tall glass), and place it in the sink, under the faucet.
  2. Set the faucet to warm water and let the water run over the bowl or container with the eggs until the water is lukewarm* (see tips), aiming for a temperature around 70-75°F (21-24°C).
  3. Let the eggs sit in the water for 5-10 minutes to gradually reach room temperature.
  4. Rotate or gently agitate the eggs halfway through to ensure even warming. If needed, drain the water and refill it with more warm water.

Alternatively, you can place the eggs in a bowl of warm water and let it warm for about 10-15 minutes. The problem is that the eggs might lower the bath’s temperature, and you might need to drain and replace the water.

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How to Bring Separate Eggs to Room Temperature

Separating eggs while they’re cold can be tricky, but with a little care, you can ensure all your eggs are at the right temperature.

  1. Crack the eggs into separate bowls while they are still cold.
  2. Place each bowl separately inside a large container filled with about 2 inches of warm water.
  3. Allow the eggs to sit for 10-15 minutes until they reach room temperature.  
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Tips

  • Plan ahead. If you know you’ll be baking, take the eggs out of the refrigerator beforehand to allow them to come to room temperature naturally.
  • Don’t Rush. While it’s tempting to speed up the process, the temperature of the water is very important, so avoid using hot water or direct heat, as this can cause the eggs to cook or spoil. Keep in mind the eggs’ cooking temperature; egg whites cook at 144-149F (62-65C), and yolks cook at 149-158F (65-70C).
  • *Some faucets take time to warm the water while others take no more than a few seconds. To avoid wasting water, consider running the water as you wash some dishes.
  • If the eggs float, they are bad and should be discarded. 

More Baking Tips And How To Posts

How to Make Laminated Dough, High Altitude Baking Adjustments Chart, The Best Apples For Baking

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How To Bring Eggs To Room Temperature

A quick and easy method to bring eggs to the right baking temperature.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword how to bring eggs to room temperature
Prep Time 1 minute
Servings 4 eggs

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs Cold from the refrigerator
  • 1 large Bowl

Instructions

  1. Gently place the eggs in the bowl and place it in your kitchen sink under the faucet.

  2. Allow the water to run over the eggs until warm.

  3. Run the warm water for 1-2 minutes, then turn the water off, making sure the bowl is full of water.

  4. Allow the eggs to sit in the warm water for 10-15 minutes.

Recipe Notes

  • It is always best to plan ahead and place the eggs over the counter to let them reach the right temperature over time, about 30-60 minutes.
  • To warm separate eggs, place the bowls of the separated eggs in a slightly larger bowl filled with warm water 2 inches high.
  • Keep in mind the eggs’s cooking temperature; egg whites cook at the temperature of 144-149F (62-65C). Egg yolks cook at the temperature of 149-158F (65-70C).
  • If the eggs flat to the top of the bowl/cup, they are rancid and should be discaded.
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