Sweet & Simple: Dye Eggs with Rice and Food Coloring

I have never had much success with boiling eggs or coloring them for Easter.  My solution generally is to just not do it!  My girls, however, love to color eggs.  Recently, I learned that you could boil eggs in a rice cooker.  I also heard of a simple and easy way to color eggs that I was dying to try.  If I could find a simple way to make my girls happy, I was all for it.  I'm happy to say that my little experiment was a success, and that we had so much fun that I'm even willing to try it again!

Dying easter eggs with rice and food coloring

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The first hurdle to overcome was finding a simple way to boil eggs.  I have never been successful with boiling eggs.  They never come out consistently cooked, and the shells are ridiculously hard to get off. When my mother-in-law gave me a rice cooker for Christmas, she let me know that you could cook eggs in the steamer basket of the rice cooker.  My husband also recently gave me an Instant Pot (pressure cooker) for Valentines Day which also boasts a simple way to cook eggs.

Hard boiled eggs in a rice cooker

Rice Cooker Boiled Eggs:  

So this is ridiculously easy.  Put two cups of water in your rice cooker and place eggs in the steam basket. Close the lid and select the "steam" function, and you're good to go.  Except for one egg, they all turned out beautifully.  The shell came off clean and easy, and the eggs were consistently cooked through. This could have been due to a weak shell, but it was fun to look at!

Steaming eggs in a rice cooker

rice cooker boiled egg

Instant Pot Boiled Eggs:

Cooking eggs in the Instant Pot is very similar.  Put one cup of water in your cooker and place eggs on the steamer rack.  Close the lid and set the venting to closed.  Next press the manual setting and set the pressure to low.  Set the timer for seven minutes and let the magic happen.

Instant Pot boiled eggs

Boiled eggs results

The eggs all turned out beautifully, so now it was time to make them pretty!

Dye Eggs with Rice

I love this method to dye eggs because it makes vibrant eggs, and it is so easy to clean up afterwards.  Here's what you need:

Place 1/2 cup of rice in a baggie.  Add a few drops of color to the rice.  I used seven drops of green and three drops of yellow. My girls used several different colors.

rice and food coloring for dying eggs


Gently place the egg in the baggie and work the rice around the egg until it is colored to your liking.

coloring Easter eggs


If you want to do a second egg in the same bag, you'll have to add extra coloring to the bag, or you might just want to have a lighter colored egg.  It only takes a couple of minutes and you end up with a beautiful and unique egg.

Using rice to color your Easter eggs

Marbled eggs with rice and food coloring

The eggs turned out beautifully and we let them dry on a drying rack for thirty minutes.  My girls love to doodle on anything, so we pulled out our white sharpie markers and metallic sharpies had fun embellishing the eggs further.

decorating easter eggs

using rice and food coloring to dye eggs

I love how they all turned out.  They are beautiful and unique and it was SO simple to do.  Just my style!

How do you like to dye eggs?


  1. Kimberly on March 4, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Oh, these look like so much fun, and an easier way of my 2 and 3 year old to help dye eggs this year. Thanks for sharing.

    • Betsy on March 4, 2016 at 1:09 pm

      My kids loved it, and there was so much less mess! Happy mom and kids?! Win – win!

  2. Tamara on March 4, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Love how these turned out, such a fun way to decorate Easter eggs, and a sensory activity for youngsters.

    • Betsy on March 4, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Thanks Tamara!

  3. andria on March 4, 2016 at 11:16 pm

    So much fun! I wish we had a rice cooker so we could try.

    • Betsy on March 4, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      It’s a pretty cool kitchen tool! The eggs were super easy to peel too. You’ll have to put it on a wish list ????

  4. Jenn Corter on March 5, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    OMG we did this last year! And let me tell you it was FUN! (Except for the part where the tupperware lid wasnt on right and rice went everywhere)…but we made memories!

    • Betsy on March 5, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Oh funny!! I didn’t have any Tupperware, so maybe I dodged a bullet by only having ziplock baggies! It is fun isn’t it!

  5. Tiffany on March 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Those are beautiful! I read a similar post today with shaving cream instead of rice! I’ll have to try both!

    • Betsy on March 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      I’ve seen the shaving cream idea too…looks really cool, although I’m kinda lazy and we don’t have shaving cream around the house. Rice seems to be in never ending supply!

  6. Tayler on March 29, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Do we need to soak the eggs in vinegar at all before coloring them?

    • Betsy on March 29, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      We didn’t.

  7. Katie on March 30, 2018 at 8:58 am

    They came so cute!! Did you use instant or raw rice? I saw another video to do this and it said to use instant rice. I’m thinking it has something to do with the absorption of the dye and how it transfers to the egg (?), but not sure which would be better or if it makes a difference.

    • Betsy on March 30, 2018 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks Katie! We just used raw rice. It would be fun to try instant rice though and see what the difference would be!

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