Egg Ideas You'll Love: 12+ Recipes & Tips - Shelf Cooking (2024)

What do you do when your eggs are about to expire, and you need to use them STAT? Well, you've got tons of options, and we're about to shell out some of our favorite egg ideas!

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There's no reason to let perfectly good eggs go to waste. Sure, you could boil them, make egg salad, or whip up a quick batch of deviled eggs, but been there done that, right?

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Beyond the obvious, we've rounded up some of our favorite ways to use eggs! From breakfast to dinner and desserts, there's something for everyone. You ready? Let's get cracking!


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No, we're not going to tell you to scramble a big batch and call it a day! We won't mention omelets, either. Let's think outside the egg carton for a bit. Here are five fun ways to use up your eggs and make a killer breakfast:

  • Mini German Pancakes – Have you tried our mini German pancakes? They're ready in minutes, barely make a mess, and everyone LOVES them!
  • French Toast Sticks – French toast sticks are a perfect make-ahead breakfast and a great way to use up extra fruit, too.
  • Freezer-Friendly Breakfast Burritos – We've been known to whip up a month's worth of breakfast burritos in an hour! And you can use a TON of eggs in the process, so why not?
  • Egg Muffin Cups – If you're bored of scrambled eggs, try this easy twist on the breakfast staple. Egg muffin cups are as easy as can be!
  • Freezer Waffles – You'll never buy the frozen kind again! Make a quick batch of our delicious freezer waffles.

Pro Tip: Make all these recipes on Saturday morning, and you'll have breakfast for weeks! Get more of our meal prep tips and learn all about the beauty of batch cooking.


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So, you need to use up some eggs, and you're also looking for new meal ideas? Well, you can't go wrong with any of these easy dinner ideas:

  • Crockpot Lasagna – This crockpot lasagna recipe calls for six eggs! It's also SO easy and incredibly delicious, so there's that.
  • Fried Rice – No matter how crazy your day is, there's always time to make a quick batch of fried rice! And you can use whatever you have. Toss in a little shredded chicken, shrimp, salmon, or make it vegetarian. Have eggs to use up? Fry them up and toss them all in!
  • Quiche – You can use up a ton of eggs pretty quickly if you make a quiche, but you can also throw in just about any ingredient! Use up those fresh veggies and grab some meat from the freezer.
  • Bibimbap – Bibi, what?! Oh, if you haven't tried it yet, you are in for a TREAT! We've got a bibimbap recipe that's a shelf cooking dream.
  • Baked Italian Sandwiches – Our family LOVES these Italian sandwiches, and they freeze beautifully, so go ahead a make an extra batch. Our other site, Fun Cheap or Free, has the recipe!

If you have a little time for meal prep this weekend, go ahead make extra sandwiches or rice to make dinnertime a heck of a lot easier.


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If you've got a sweet tooth and a fridge full of eggs to use, you are in luck! These sweets are hard to beat:

  • Ooey-Gooey Bars – In our opinion, this ooey-gooey bar recipe is the best way EVER to use some eggs. Go ahead and make a few batches! They're SO good, you guys. If you have leftovers, we'll take 'em!
  • Cake Mix Cookies – If you have a box of cake mix in the pantry, you're in luck! These cake mix cookies are amazingly delicious and easy–double or triple the recipe to use more eggs.
  • Egg Custard – Have you ever made egg custard? It's so simple! Grab this baked egg custard recipe from Allrecipes.
  • Cinnamon Rolls – These homemade cinnamon rolls from our sister site, Fun Cheap or Free, are EVERYTHING! Need an excuse to make a bunch? If you triple the recipe, you'll use half a dozen eggs. You're welcome.
  • Cupcakes – We like making these adorable cupcakes from Fun Cheap or Free around Easter, but they're good enough to eat all year long!

Is your mouth watering now? Before you go, let's cover a few quick freezer tips! Yep, you can freeze eggs. Keep reading for the deets!


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While we totally think you should make every single recipe from this post, we bet you're also wondering if you can freeze eggs. Well, wonder no more! Here's the skinny on saving your eggs for later:

  • Hard-Boiled Eggs – You can freeze hard-boiled eggs, but you have to peel them and separate the yolks first. When frozen, yolks expand, so for every four yolks you freeze, add either 1/8 teaspoon salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar. Label so you know which yolks to use for which recipes!
  • Whole Eggs – Want to freeze the whole dang egg? Crack and beat them first, add them to a freezer-safe container, and label with the date and number of eggs.
  • Scrambled Eggs – It's so simple to freeze scrambled eggs! Just cook a big batch, toss them in a freezer bag, then thaw in the fridge overnight before you're ready to use them.
  • Freeze Recipes with Eggs – Just about every recipe we shared here is freezer-friendly! When in doubt, check out this post that has a running list of items you can freeze. And take a peek at our tips for preventing freezer burn, so your leftovers don't go to waste.

No matter how you prep and freeze them, be sure to use your eggs within one year!


Now you know what to do if you have extra eggs! Whether you freeze them or whip up a few of these recipes, you've got way too many options to let those eggs go to waste.

What's your favorite way to use up eggs before they go bad? Leave us a comment or join the conversation in our Shelf Cooking Facebook group!

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Looking for more tips and tricks?

  • Learn how to make the perfect hard-boiled egg.
  • These shelf cooking tips will save you major time and money.
  • Grab our favorite leftover rotisserie chicken recipes. They make meal prep so easy!

Break an egg, peeps!

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