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If you’re new to hard-boiled eggs, we can help. Learn how to make easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs by following these simple techniques.
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In my book, there are two characteristics to the perfect hard boiled egg: they can’t have any grey-ish rings around the yolk and they also have to be easy to peel! Before practicing this method, it was such a gamble to get it right. Not anymore! Now they’re cooked to perfection every time. In this post, you’ll see how easy it is to make beautiful hard boiled eggs for every occasion! Whether you’re dyeing Easter eggs, craving a simple Egg Salad Sandwich, or whipping up a batch of Deviled Eggs to snack on, this method will give you smooth, hard, yet creamy yolks without the unappetizing green or grey ring.
Ingredients (Including our Secret Ingredient)
- Eggs – This hard boiled eggs recipe works the best with large eggs to medium eggs. If you are using small, medium, or jumbo eggs, you will need to adjust the cook time. If you are using farm fresh eggs, you will want to wait one to two weeks before hard boiling them. For store bought eggs, you can hard boil them about three days after you buy them. If the eggs are too fresh, the membrane will be too strong and it will be extremely hard to peel away the shell without ripping the egg whites.
- Salt – The reason you salt the water is actually to safe guard the egg if it cracks. The egg white will solidify in salty water faster than unsalted water. So, if the egg cracks while boiling, the salty water will help to quickly stop up the crack.
- Baking Soda – This is the secret ingredient! Baking soda helps to loosen the membrane inside the shell. It changes the pH of the egg white. This makes the egg so much easier to peel.
- Water – You’ll need water to boil the eggs and for an ice bath afterwards.
- Ice – Make sure you have ice on hand for the ice bath. The colder the water, the more the egg will contract and pull away from the shell, making it easier to peel.
- Start by adding your eggs in a single layer to the bottom of a large pot or saucepan. Make sure they have space around them and they aren’t stacked on each other.
- Then, add enough cold water to the pot to cover the eggs with one to two inches of water.
- Add salt and baking soda to the pot and then bring the eggs to a boil on the stove over high heat.
- As soon as the hot water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium and boil for one minute.
- After one minute, cover the pot with a lid and remove from the heat.
- Then, let the eggs sit, covered, for ten minutes.
- While the eggs are sitting, prepare a large bowl of ice water.
- When the ten minutes are up, drain some of the water out of the pot, and then use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs into the ice bath. If you are using the eggs immediately, lightly crack the eggs before adding to the water.
- Let the eggs sit in the ice bath until they are cool to the touch. If you are not using them right away, place eggs in the fridge until ready to use.
If you have a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot, make sure to check out our Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs recipe!
How Long To Boil Eggs
After eggs have been removed from the heat, allow them to sit in the hot water (covered) for the amount of time specified depending on how well cooked you want the eggs to be:
- For soft-boiled eggs with a runny yolk, let them sit for about 4-6 minutes.
- For medium-boiled eggs with a slightly jammy yolk, let them sit for about 8-9 minutes.
- For perfect hard-boiled eggs with a fully cooked yolk, let them sit for about 10-12 minutes.
- The first common mistake people make is adding cold eggs straight from the refrigerator into a pan of already boiling water. This shocks the eggs and increases the chance that they will crack.
- Another mistake people make is not using a timer. The key to making perfect eggs on the inside is to not over boil, even by a minute. If they’re too hot for too long, you will get that green ring around the yolk.
- This one is a big one. If you make deviled eggs or egg salad from hard-cooked eggs, they will only be good at room temperature for two hours. If you are having a picnic or a party longer than that, then make sure you put it back in the fridge. Making this mistake can lead to food poisoning or other food borne illness.
Health Benefits of Hard Boiled Eggs
Incorporating hard-boiled eggs into your meals can be a simple way to support your overall health and nutrition. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein, containing all essential amino acids crucial for muscle repair and immune support. Packed with vitamins such as B12, D, and riboflavin, along with minerals like selenium, they contribute to overall well-being. The presence of choline supports brain health, while lutein and zeaxanthin provide antioxidant protection for the eyes. Eggs can also aid in weight management due to their protein content, and their omega-3 fatty acids contribute to heart health. With benefits for bone health, blood sugar regulation, and skin health, they are a nutritious addition to your diet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hard boiled eggs will last a week in the fridge. Make sure to use them up in that time frame.
Start to finish, the process should only take about 10-12 minutes. Read our method instructions above for cooking instructions
Tap on the large end of the egg, roll on the counter, then peel.
Dfinitely peel them when they’re cold. You can shock your recently boiled eggs by plunging them into a bowl of cold water. If you let them cool for about 15 minutes, they’ll be easy to peel.
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Recipes that Use Hard Boiled Eggs
These easy peel eggs are the perfect ingredient to so many recipes! They are a great addition to your breakfast or lunch. They taste great on sandwiches or salads. They are also key for Easter meals and activities. Here are a few of our favorites:
How to Hard Boil Eggs
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (Easy Peel)
- Add eggs in a single layer to the bottom of 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, for another 10 minutes.
- Strain water from pot and put eggs in an ice-water bath until the eggs are cool to the touch, about 10 minutes.
- Lightly crack the shell of the eggs and peel.
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