Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

After years of googling how do you make hard boiled eggs, I finally wised up and learned the best way to cook a hard boiled egg and some tips and tricks that make it easy to peel boiled eggs. These are the perfect tips and tricks if you’re getting ready to decorate eggs for easter, or if you’re planning on preparing deviled eggs for an appetizer. 

When Madeline was little, around 2 years old, she was pretty fascinated with eggs.  Perhaps bordering on obsession. She was always asking to hold one when I had eggs out. And unfortunately, she didn’t seem to understand that one wrong move with a raw egg in her hands would crush it.

So I found myself making eggs a lot, but I’ve never been able to make a perfect hard boiled egg. Madeline never really gotten into eating them; she just wanted me to open the hard boiled eggs up and remove the white so she could find the “baby egg” (the yolk) inside.

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I used to hate cooking hard boiled eggs, even though I enjoy eating them – by themselves for a snack or chopped up on top of a salad. Why did I hate making them?

Because I would either under or overcook the egg. Overcooked hard boiled eggs are just gross. Soft boiled eggs have never appealed to me. The same way I’ve never really liked over easy eggs. I have never been a fan of a runny yolk. For whatever reason, eggs are just one of those foods that I’m particularly particular about.

Rather, I like my eggs perfectly done. Not over cooked, not undercooked. Perhaps I’m like Goldilocks in that way. For me, my eggs have to be just right.

And then on top of the doneness issues, the shells were hard to peel away without removing chunks of the white with it and that was sort of a drag. I mean, how do you peel an egg without the shell sticking? It shouldn’t be that hard!

Thanks to Madeline’s obsession during her younger years, I finally figured out how to make perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel, so I thought that I’d share my method (thanks to lots and lots of trial and error!) for for today’s kitchen tip.

But, before I share my method, let me share with you a few tips that help make it easy to peel hard boiled eggs.

Tips for Easier to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

1. Fresh eggs are harder to peel! Have you ever wondered why is it hard to peel boiled eggs? Me too! The #1 reason is that white’s pH is low. The low pH causes it to stick to the shell membrane.

What can you do? The first thing you should do is plan ahead. That means buying your eggs about a week in advance of when you’d like to prepare them is best.

If you purchase farm fresh eggs, you might want to consider more than a week in advance. So, if you’re thinking about making some hard boiled eggs for Easter, make sure you buy them more than a few days before your planning to prepare for your egg hunt.

2. Cook them in cold water rather than pre-boiling the water. Cooking in cold water allows the egg to gradually warm up, along with the water, and prevents cracks from forming in the shell.

3. Don’t want to remove chunks of the egg white with the shell when you are peeling it? Adding salt (and less fresh eggs) helps with easier peeling of your hard boiled eggs. Don’t ask me why, but adding the salt to the water definitely helps.

4. Cool the eggs before peeling so they are easy to handle without burning your hands, and then make sure you peel them under cold water – this also helps make the peeling easier.

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6 Steps to Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Hard Boil Eggs

Follow these simple instructions for hard boiled eggs that turn out perfectly every time.

  • Eggs
  • Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Large Saucepan

1. Buy your eggs about a week in advance of when you’d like to prepare them.

2. Put the egg(s) in a pot with cold water that completely covers the egg, plus a little extra water to spare. About an inch or so.

3. Add one teaspoon of salt to the water.

4. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.

  • Make sure it is a strong, rolling boil.
  • Let the egg boil for a minute or two.

5. Turn the heat off, remove the pot from the burner and place it on an unheated burner or on the counter with a hot pad under it (so as not to damage your countertops) and cover it with a lid. Let rest for 10-15 minutes.

  • Letting the egg rest in the hot water cooks the egg evenly without overcooking. Overcooked eggs result in a yucky greenish colored ring around the yolk. You can say goodbye to that!
  • How long does it take to boil an egg? That depends on a few factors, especially the size of your egg (medium, large, or extra larger). Using this method with a large egg, I found that the perfect time was 15 minutes. 

6. Remove the egg from the hot water with a slotted spoon. When cool enough to handle, peel the egg.

  • To speed the cooling process, you can add the egg to a bowl of cold water to cool.
  • Or, if you are making many eggs at once for use through the next several days you can place them in the refrigerator.
  • Peeling the eggs under cold water helps make the peeling easier.

I have found that when I buy brown shelled organic eggs they peel easier than traditional white eggs. I find that the particular brand of brown organic eggs I purchase has thicker shells and that makes it easier to separate from the cooked egg.

Got Boiled Eggs? Try some of these recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Cobb Salad is a delicious twist on the traditional cobb salad.

This Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich would be really good with chopped boiled eggs added to the mashed avocado.

If you like deviled eggs, these Bacon Sriracha Deviled Eggs sound amazing!

7 Layered Salad sounds so good and easy!

I want to try this Easy, Creamy Potato Salad with Egg.

Lemony Egg Salad Toast with Arugula and Heirloom Tomatoes sounds like a tasty summer lunch.

What are your favorite boiled egg recipes?