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Slow cooker dyed Easter eggs are an efficient way to dye a large batch in a variety of colors at once, all while they are being hard-boiled to perfection! Grab some eggs, water, food coloring, and your crockpot and you’re on your way to a batch of beautifully vibrant Easter eggs ready to eat or use as a table centerpiece. All without dye ever touching your hands!

basket of colorful easter eggs.

Crockpot Easter Eggs

Learning how to hard boil eggs in the crockpot was a game-changer for me, so when the lightbulb went off and I realized I could make slow cooker dyed eggs by dyeing various colors and hard boiling at the same time, it was game on!

Making them in the crockpot means there’s no need to cook and cool them first, and best of all, it’s hands-free so there are no dye stains on your hands.

This is by no means a fast method, as told by the word slow in the slow cooker, but they’re by far the easiest method.

If I don’t have to stand over a stove and wait for the water to boil and can leave the crockpot to do all the work, that is well worth the time it takes!

This is about to become your new favorite way to making beautiful, perfectly colored Easter eggs every year from now on.

If you’re after a more hands-on approach with the kids, try my Kool-Aid dyed eggs.

Why you’ll love Slow Cooker Dyed Easter Eggs

Almost too easy – It’s an effortless and efficient way of dyeing a ton of Easter eggs up to 4 different vibrant colors all at once!

Perfect results every time – Evenly coated without blotchy or uncolored areas.

Mess-free – No need to lay out newspaper or worry about color splatter. Never again mess up your hands and spend days trying to scrub off dye! Also, no smelly vinegar lol

colorful easter eggs in a wicker basket.

Things you’ll need


Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.

  • Large Eggs – I used 16 eggs in an 8-quart crockpot, placing 4 eggs in each section. You can add more eggs if they fit in your basin.
  • Water – Added to each section of eggs for boiling.
  • Food Coloring – I use gel food coloring for more vibrant outcomes.
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil – This will be used to create walls to divide the sections. It needs to be sturdy enough to hold up.
  • Large Slow Cooker Liners – You’ll want to add these to help contain the water. Otherwise the water and dye will transfer from one section to the other messing up your color scheme!
overhead shot of eggs and food coloring laid out to color eggs.

How to make Slow Cooker Dyed Easter Eggs

This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.

  1. Step One: Grab your aluminum foil and fold pieces into squares and fit them into the basin of your crockpot. Every model is different so you’ll have to play around with the foil and fold it until 4 sections fit in yours. If not, you may need to only use a couple of colors instead of 4.
overhead shot of a slow cooker divided into 4 sections with tin foil.
  1. Step Two: Place one crockpot liner into each of the sections and roll the sides down to fit, just about the rim of the foil walls.
overhead shot of 4 sections of a slow cooker with liners.
  1. Step Three: Put 4 (or more if they fit) eggs into each bag, placing them down gently, and add as much or as little food coloring as you’d like. That will depend on how vibrant you want yours to turn out and which kind you’re using.
  1. Step Four: Add water into each bag until the eggs are covered, then place the lid on top and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.
  2. Step Five: Use a slotted spoon to remove the colorful eggs and place them on a paper towel lined plate to dry. If you’ve got an empty egg carton that works too.
overhead shot of a slow cooker with dyed green, orange, pink, and purple easter eggs.

Tips & Suggestions 🥚

  • If you’ve got the dye tablets from your own kit, go ahead and use those instead, but you might need vinegar.
  • Use fresh eggs if you plan to eat them after!
  • Remember to only use eggs with white shells. Brown eggs won’t show the color nearly as well.
  • If you want to experiment with colors, or make a color that you don’t have, use a combination of two colors to make the one you want. For example, red and blue for purple, blue and yellow for green, etc.
  • Gel is a bit more expensive than regular liquid food coloring, however, you need fewer drops to get the same amount. If liquid food coloring is what you’ve got, go ahead and use it.

Slow Cooker Dyed Easter Eggs Storage

How to store leftovers

Hard-boiled eggs should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge.

How long will crockpot Easter eggs last in the fridge?

They’ll keep for up to 5 days. They are safe to eat as long as they are fresh.

Just don’t eat them if you left them out for a long time for an egg hunt.

overhead shot of vibrantly colored easter eggs in a slow cooker.


Do I need to bring the eggs to room temperature first?

No! Not necessary at all. Since all the eggs are starting at the same temperature, they will cook at the same time.

How do I know when the eggs are done?

Even though the main point of dyeing eggs is for decoration more than consumption, however, it’s nice to know that they are cooked well in case you do want to eat one!

After cooking on low for 4-6 hours they should be cooked, but you can add drop a couple of extra eggs in there and use one as a tester.

What’s the best way to peel hard boiled eggs?

Ideally, you want to add your eggs directly into an ice bath once they are out of the crockpot. This helps the membrane to separate from the egg white, especially if they are fresh eggs.

But, that doesn’t work with these freshly colored eggs.

Even if you don’t use an ice bath, crack the egg on a firm surface and use your hands or a flipped-over spoon to carefully peel the shell away. The fresher the eggs, the harder they are to peel.

Need more fun Easter egg recipes? Try these:

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Kool Aid

Easter Egg Fruit Pizza

Easter Egg Oreo Truffles

More fun Easter recipes

Bunny Butt Dessert Cheese Ball

Spring Chick Dipped Wafers

Slow Cooker Easter Candy

Easy Bunny Bark

Click here for my entire collection of Easter recipes.

wicker basket filled with colorful easter eggs.

Did You Make This?

If you made this recipe, I’d love to know how it went in the comments section below.

You can also tag me on Instagram – @melissa_ppplates or share a pic in the Persnickety Plates Community Facebook group. I love seeing what you’ve tried!

basket of colorful easter eggs.
4 from 3 votes

Slow Cooker Dyed Easter Eggs

Servings: 16 eggs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Slow cooker dyed Easter eggs are an efficient way to dye a large batch in a variety of colors at once, all while they are being hard-boiled to perfection! Grab some eggs, water, food coloring, and your crockpot and you're on your way to a batch of beautifully vibrant Easter eggs ready to eat or use as a table centerpiece. All without dye ever touching your hands!


  • 16 large eggs
  • 16 cups water
  • 4 gel food colorings
  • heavy duty aluminum foil
  • 4 large slow cooker liners


  • Create dividers with the foil by folding pieces into squares and fitting into the basin of your slow cooker. Aim for four sections but it will depend on the size and shape of your slow cooker.
  • Place a slow cooker liner into each section and roll the sides down to fit into the slow cooker.
  • Gently place 4 eggs into each bag.
  • Add food coloring to each section – the amount will depend on how vibrant you want the colors and the type of food coloring you're using.
  • Add 3-4 cups of water into each bag until the eggs are covered.
  • Cover and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours.
  • Remove the eggs from the slow cooker using a slotted spoon and place them on paper towel lined tray to dry.


Shown is an 8 quart slow cooker – how many sections you can create and how many eggs you can fit will depend on the size/shape of your slow cooker.

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. 2 stars
    I tried this using liquid food coloring, since that was an option. The eggs did not take on any color at all. All I had in the end were hard boiled eggs, and several of those came out if the crockpot with cracked shells.