5 Unexpected Ways to Use a Muffin Tin

March 20, 2018

Using a muffin tin for muffins is sooo 2017. Okay, not really, using a muffin tin to make muffins is perfectly normal. It’s encouraged, actually. But isn’t it time to think outside the box, to allow the sturdy bakeware a visit into new and exciting territory? I say yes! Let’s take the muffin tin from single- to multiuse.

To be clear, I’m not breaking ground here. Using muffin tins in unconventional ways is no novel idea. It is, however, not talked about enough. Prepare for that to change. The muffin tin proves a useful tool in a variety of settings, for a variety of foods. Check out some suggestions below.


Don’t just fold eggs into your muffin batter—fill your tins with them instead. To poach a dozen eggs all at once, crack each one into its own vessel and pop the whole tray into the oven. If it’s hard-cooked eggs you prefer, take a tip from community member inpatskitchen: “Set your eggs in muffin tins and bake at 325° F for 30 minutes. Using tongs, transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water.”


Use a muffin tin to freeze a big batch of single-serving oatmeal pucks. Make your oats ahead of time, then chill them in their own little beds. In the morning, just pop and heat and you’ve got breakfast, ready to be dressed up to your heart’s desire.


Here’s a trick for mini, individual portions. Instead of one big serving, why not make many tiny ones? That’s what I'm saying. Plus, you can get a crispy crunchy shell on each one. And that’s a cause worth celebrating.


These win on cuteness alone. Make a bunch of individual hand pies for a group, or just gobble them all up yourself. There’s no going wrong here.


Here, the shape of the muffin tin really comes in handy. Use the shell of each divot to perfectly fashion a pastry cup. These use phyllo dough. Once they’re all pretty and crispy, fill them with whatever you want.

What’s your most creative use for a muffin tin? Share your secret in the comments below.

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Valerio is a freelance food writer, editor, researcher and cook. He grew up in his parent's Italian restaurants covered in pizza flour and drinking a Shirley Temple a day. Since, he's worked as a cheesemonger in New York City and a paella instructor in Barcelona. He now lives in Berlin, Germany where he's most likely to be found eating shawarma.


FrugalCat September 8, 2020
Ice cubes! Street Taco tortilla shell bowls! Baked Apples or Stuffed Peppers (hold their shape well in a muffin pan). Love all the suggestions, especially the meatloaf and stuffing. I'm going to try the steamed greens too.
Dee April 6, 2018
I'm a fan of room-temperature meatloaf, so I often make mini-meatloaves in a muffin tin and take them in my lunch or put them in my kids' lunch.
Melissa April 6, 2018
I prefer to use lightly steamed greens in my smoothies, so I steam a big batch for 3-4 minutes, let them drain on a tilted cookie sheet, then fill a mini muffin pan with heaps of greens. Freeze for a few hours, pop them out and store in a zip bag in the freezer, ready for smoothies, soups, any dish that would benefit from some greens!
Nancy March 25, 2018
For years, Rachael Ray has been recommending baking stuffing (dressing) in muffin tins for Thanksgiving. Gives near individual portions and much more crispy crust than from one large baking pan.
Nancy March 25, 2018
typo. should read: "neat individual portions"
bearliner March 21, 2018
I make mini meatloaves in my muffin tins. Great for individual lunches.
Trixie March 21, 2018
I have a nice old enamelware muffin tin that doubles as a "fruit bowl". I've never liked piling my fruit up together, bruising it, so putting each thing in it's own individual compartment appeals to me greatly.
BerryBaby March 20, 2018
Mini muffin tins are great for holding colored Easter eggs. 🐇
The extra liquid falls into the tin and makes for easy cleanup.