Perfect Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Easy Peel Hard Boiled EggsI don’t know about you, but I judge perfect hard boiled eggs on two things… NO green ring and EASY to peel. It is easier to achieve both of those things than you make think!  The key to making perfect hard boiled eggs on the inside is to not over boil. If the eggs are too hot for too long you will get that greenish-grayish ring around the yolk. Now, there are 2 keys to making eggs easy to peel…


1. Add baking soda to the water while boiling. Don’t use too much… just like 1/2 tsp or even a little less.


2. After the eggs are done cooking, give them a little crack and plunge them in an ice-water bath (I usually only do this if I am going to peel them right away. If I am going to use them for Easter eggs, I won’t crack them first.. I will just put them straight into the ice water bath).

There you have it! Easy peel hard boiled eggs (with no green ring).

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs / Deviled Eggs

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  • eggs (use eggs that are at least 3 days old.. if they are really fresh they don't peel as well)
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. (or less) baking soda
  • water


  • Add eggs (making sure there is just a single layer on the bottom of the pot) to a large pot. Fill pot with COLD water until there is about 1" - 2" of water above the eggs.
  • Add salt and baking soda. Bring water to a boil.
  • Once water is boiling, reduce heat to medium and boil for about 1 minute. Cover pot and remove from heat.
  • Let sit, covered, another 10-12 minutes. Strain water from pot and run COLD water over the eggs or put eggs in an ice-water bath until the eggs are cool to the touch.
  • **If you are peeling the eggs right away, give them a little crack before cooling in the ice water bath... this will also aid in the peeling process.

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  1. Lacey says:

    These yolks look a little undercooked for my taste. Is that how they always come out?

  2. Lisa says:

    This was a miss for me. It took much longer to peel our hard boiled eggs then it usually does and it made a mess out of the eggs. Unpinning!

    • Erica says:

      What elevation are you at? You may have needed to boil it a little longer…

  3. Mirlandra @ Mirlandra's Kitchen says:

    I’m going to try this! The eggs look beautiful.

  4. ted says:

    The ultimate trick is ( and I have used this for years ) to make a hole in the flat\broad end using a push pin. No cracking the egg, just make a pinhole. Shells all but fall off.

    • Echo says:

      I’ve never tried that, but I’m going to now. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Loretta says:

    I have hens so will this work with fresh from the nest eggs? I have never had success yet with clean peeling?

    • Echo says:

      I have never tried this with fresh eggs – you are lucky to have those available to you. I found a fellow food blogger that has had experience with this. See her step by step instructions for boiling and peeling fresh eggs here:

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