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What is Roast Egg

Updated on February 8, 2014

How To Roast an Egg

This roast egg with the wry smiley face really is mine. My first attempt to roast an egg.

Roast eggs are all the rage and I had never heard of a roasted egg, let alone tasted one. Straight away I consulted my Granny's trusty and ancient cookbook - nothing. I just had to find out more. My first question was simple enough - "What is a roast egg?" Not a boiled egg, not a baked egg but a roast egg. My second question was partly answered by the first one: "How do you roast an egg?".

Once I found the answer to these questions a third sprang to mind - "why on earth would anyone want to roast an egg?" Well, I found the answer to this one too and I thought I'd share my adventures with roasted eggs with you. Did I crack it?

I can't say it was a roaring success eggactley, but take a look a look at my roast egg recipe - a recipe for an explosive success ora recipe for failure? Was I left with egg on my face?

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Ways to Roast an Egg

  1. Hard boil eggs and roast in the oven
  2. Roast raw eggs in the oven
  3. Hard boil eggs and roast over a gas flame
  4. Hard boil eggs and roast in the grill
  5. Roast in a fire or wood burning stove

To Roast Raw Eggs You Need an Egg Piercer - Or egg pricker as I would have called it (in my ignorance)

Whether you are going to have roasted eggs or boiled eggs you'll be delighted with this little egg piercer. A cheap little lovely that I use all the time to stop my eggs cracking (boiled) or exploding (roast).

Fox Run 5711 Plastic Egg Piercer, White
Fox Run 5711 Plastic Egg Piercer, White

Cheap as chips and worth its weight in gold. This is one little gadget that is a real 'must have' for boiling as well as roasting eggs.


How To Roast an Egg in The Stove - Or you could roast an egg on an open fire or bonfire

B L Walton
B L Walton

Having tried the other methods (see below) I had a go at roasting my egg in my wood burning stove. I tried roasting boiled eggs and raw eggs and this is what I did:

First, I put my hard boiled egg into the warm ash at the side of the stove but this didn't really do the trick, so I put it much closer to the flames - though not actually in the flame - and I cooked it for about thirty minutes. Result - disaster. Charred and rubbery.

I tried again, this time a bit further from the flames and for about twenty minutes turning the egg frequently. Result? Better. My roasted egg was hot, was roasted and smoky but still just a boiled egg. Why roast it?

It would be a great idea to roast RAW eggs like this. so I used my egg piercer to prick both ends of the eggs (otherwise they explode) and did the same. I left it in for twenty minutes, again turning it to ensure even cooking, and when I took it out it was beautifully cooked - exactly like a boiled egg. Of course the timing is tricky - how close to the flame is the egg? How hot is your stove?

You Need Metal Tongs to Turn the Eggs - Kitchen tongs are great tools

These tongs are super-useful for lots of other things in the kitchen. I bought a pair after watching Jamie Oliver on TV use them all the time.

I try not to splash the cash on useless gadgets but I thought, "Why am I struggling to turn over my veg or meat in the pan when I could have a pair of kitchen tongs." I went ahead and invested in them. Very worth while!

Edlund Company 9-Inch Heavy Duty Tong with Lock
Edlund Company 9-Inch Heavy Duty Tong with Lock

Heavy duty metal tongs will allow you to hold your egg over an open flame or turn it in the stove or on the fire.


Don't Over Cook!

Or your eggs will be rubbery!

— (Me)

My First Egg Was A Burnt Offering! - A little trial and error is needed

Still keen to roast an egg?

— Me!

How to Roast Eggs in the Oven

Hardboiled and raw

If you don't have a stove you can roast the eggs in the oven.

Hardboiled eggs: Heat the oven to 325. Put the eggs on the rack in mid-oven and put the eggs straight onto it and bake for about 30 minutes. Remove eggs and if you are not going to eat immediately, plunge into cold water to stop them continuing to cook.

Raw Eggs: do the same but prick both ends of the eggs and cook for about twenty minutes or until the egg begins to crack.

Roast Egg on the Grill - BBQ your eggs!

Put the hard boiled eggs on the grill and when it starts to sweat begin to turn it for 10 to 12 minutes. Like the stove egg, it should have a nice smoky smell and taste.

Is It Worth Roasting Eggs?

In my opinion "NO"

Now eggs are roasted for Passover, as part of a religious feast (see more below) and that is one thing, but is it worth roasting an egg just for a change? I say "NO".

My lack of enthusiasm may have come about through lack of talent - I might not have roasted my eggs very well - but it seemed to me that I began with a delicious hard boiled egg and ended up with a slightly smelly roasted hard boiled egg.

There is one exception (apart from the religious feast of course) and that's if you have a raw egg and no pan or water or oil or oven to fry, bake, boil, coddle, poach or otherwise cook your egg.

How could this happen? In my case if I ran out of gas during a power cut and was without a pan, I might well be stumped when it comes to cooking my eggs for tea. I do have a wood burning stove though, and I could use that. Highly unlikely that this would arrive. But suppose you are camping? Roast your eggs around the camp fire - perfect!

Do look out for more of my egg recipes for breakfast - as soon as I can make the pages.

Have You Tried Roasting Eggs? - What is your opinion?

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Roast Eggs and Passover

Why roast an egg?

I don't really think the roast egg is an egg recipe for breakfast. It is part of a religious feast.

Passover is the freedom holiday celebrating the flight (or exodus) of the Jewish people from Egypt. If you remember the story the Jews were captured and used as slaves by the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II.

For eight days, or if you live in Israel for seven days, you'll celebrate The Seder, a family feast with your family and friends. It is a symbolic feast and the food that is served has symbolic meanings that are reminders of this joyful time in Jewish history.

The food is served on the special Seder Plate. The roasted egg, or the Beitzah is also served on the Seder Plate. It is burnt and charred to symbolises the biblical sacrifice that was made in the temple in Jerusalem. As with the pagan egg and the Easter egg, the egg is a symbol of life, birth and fertility.

Seder Plate - Serve your roast eggs on a lovely plate

Spode 696737258526 Judaica Seder Plate, one, Blue & White
Spode 696737258526 Judaica Seder Plate, one, Blue & White

You don't have to be Jewish to love these plates. They are beautiful.

I like the way the symbolic foods are depicted on the plate, and with the egg on the top.

So richly decorated, so ornate.


Is the Roast Egg a Good Egg? - Or a bad egg?

Will You Be Roasting Eggs?

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Not Roasted Eggs - Just naughty kids watching horror films

Cooking programmes harmless? We might think so but look at it from an egg's point of view.

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Anything to Say About Roast Eggs? - I'd love to hear from you

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    • BLouw profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Walton 

      4 years ago from France

      I can't remember now how I first came across roast eggs but it is quite a good thing to know when it comes to camping or bonfire night. Thanks for dropping by, Annie.

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      4 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      I'd never heard of a roasting an egg

    • BLouw profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Walton 

      4 years ago from France

      Yes, I think I agree. OK for symbolic reasons, bit of fun or if you have no pan or water but otherwise, give me a boiled, poached, scrambled or fried egg, please!

    • DrBillSmithWriter profile image

      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Thank you for sharing. I'll admit the title drew me in. No, thank you. For me, it is a really dumb idea. For those who believe in it, that is just fine. Enjoy your roast egg. I love eggs too much to do it, personally. ;-)

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      4 years ago

      I prefer poached or scrambled not sure how a roasted egg would taste.

    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I like my eggs sunnyside-up or scrambled. I wonder how a roasted egg tastes like.

    • Lynda Makara profile image

      Lynda Makara 

      4 years ago from California

      I've never heard of such a thing so I had to check it out. Roasting does seem to be the most impractical and unpredictable way to cook an egg, so I think I'll pass.

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      4 years ago

      Haha, very funny lens! But good point that it is a back up plan if traditional egg cooking methods are not available and this may come in handy one day! :)


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