Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (Easy Peel)

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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.

Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs on a plate with one egg cut in half and sprinkled with salt and pepper
Featured with this recipe
  1. Ingredients (Including our Secret Ingredient)
  2. Method
  3. How Long To Boil Eggs
  4. Common Mistakes
  5. Health Benefits of Hard Boiled Eggs
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Recipes that Use Hard Boiled Eggs
  8. How to Hard Boil Eggs
  9. Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (Easy Peel) Recipe

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.
Eggs in a single layer in the bottom of a large pot


Method

  1. 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.
  2. Then, add enough cold water to the pot to cover the eggs with one to two inches of water.
  3. Add salt and baking soda to the pot and then bring the eggs to a boil on the stove over high heat.
  4. As soon as the hot water starts boiling, reduce the heat to medium and boil for one minute.
  5. After one minute, cover the pot with a lid and remove from the heat.
  6. Then, let the eggs sit, covered, for ten minutes.
  7. While the eggs are sitting, prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Common Mistakes

  • 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.
Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs on a plate with one egg cut in half and sprinkled with salt and pepper

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

How long do hard boiled eggs last in the fridge?

Hard boiled eggs will last a week in the fridge. Make sure to use them up in that time frame.

How long do you need to hard boil eggs?

Start to finish, the process should only take about 10-12 minutes. Read our method instructions above for cooking instructions

What’s the trick to making hard boiled eggs peel easily?

Tap on the large end of the egg, roll on the counter, then peel.

Are boiled eggs easier to peel hot or cold?

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

Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs on a kitchen counter with one egg peeled and cut in half with the yolk showing.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (Easy Peel)

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Perfect Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs turn out perfectly with this simple method. No grey ring, no cracked shells. Just delicious, smooth eggs every time!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Ice Bath 10 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Breakfast, Lunch
Cuisine American
Servings 10 eggs

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add eggs in a single layer to the bottom of a large pot. 
    Eggs in a single layer in 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.
    Eggs in a pot of water with salt
  • Strain water from pot and put eggs in an ice-water bath until the eggs are cool to the touch, about 10 minutes.
    Hard Boiled Eggs in a bowl with ice and water
  • Lightly crack the shell of the eggs and peel.
    Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs on a plate with one egg cut in half and sprinkled with salt and pepper

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1eggCalories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 349mgPotassium: 63mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 260IUCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg

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  1. 4 stars
    I’ve used the same recipe for years. If boiling only about five eggs: put eggs in the bottom of a pan, add cold water just to cover the eggs, boil for 5 minutes, cover and turn off heat, let sit for 5 more minutes, drain and let sit in cold water, Crack eggs and enjoy. I imagine you will have to adjust the time if cooking more eggs.

  2. I let the eggs sit out for an hour and use a pushpin to prick a hole in the bottom of each egg. Then I drop the eggs straight into boiling water, remove the pan from the heat and let stand for 14 minutes before the ice bath. No salt, no soda. Just water and eggs. Perfect peel every time. Learned it from my great grandmother. Don’t know why everybody seems to think we need these silly “hacks” today. It’s not like peeling eggs is a new concept.

  3. My eggs turned out very nicely using this recipe! They were very easy to peel and the yolks were cooked through without graying! I don’t make hard-boiled eggs that often because I usually end up taking most of egg whites off with the shell, but I see more H B eggs in the future using this recipe! Thank you for sharing!

  4. 5 stars
    just want to say that this is my go to recipe for hard boiled eggs, it works perfect every time. I think that if it didn’t work for you then you probably are using eggs that are way to fresh, I only use eggs that are at least one week old. thanx again…Sandy from Ontario…

  5. 5 stars
    Worked perfect – 10 perfect hard boiled eggs and they peeled perfect. Definitely my go to for hard boiled eggs when making deviled eggs. 👍👍

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

      1. The fellow food blogger you reference used a food colander inside a covered pot for steaming eggs and has since then been experimenting with the ‘Instant Pot’.Here’s an excerpt from her site- “Y’all know I’ve been experimenting with Instant Pot recipes lately, and I’ve fallen in love with this simple little appliance. And it just-so-happens to work like a champ for those super-fresh hard boiled eggs and peeling is a breeze. No mangled eggs at all.
        Time-wise, the process is about the same. But using an Instant Pot for hard boiled eggs versus my regular steaming technique requires less fiddling around with pots, colanders, and burners. You pretty much set it and forget it– no fuss”.
        All that being said; to date I’ve steamed 6 dozen eggs, all store bought, from fresh to somewhat aged, and never had one that had a green ring or was difficult to peel. As a matter of fact most peeled without the use of running water over them.
        My method is a vegetable steamer basket set inside a pot with a lid with about an inch of water, eggs (right out of the fridge) placed in the basket but not over crowded (important). I use a gas cook-top set at medium high for 15 minutes (pot covered), then immersed in an ice water bath for about 6 minutes and peel. I’ve used every method mentioned in the reviews and then some. In my opinion this is the only method that works more often than not. The only thing I know about the ‘Instant Pot’ is that, for me, it would be just another gadget & add more counter clutter & I could save about a hundred bucks.

        1. Thank you for taking the time to share this, Drew. I’ve never tried the steaming method, but now I’m curious. I’m going to give it at try. Thanks again!

          1. I followed directions exactly to boil and peel 18 eggs. The worst info I’ve ever used! The hardest to peel eggs in my 53 years of life! ONLY 1 egg was whole. The other 17 were ripped to shreds, and half gone. Thank God I was making egg salad! DO NOT USE THIS THIS METHOD!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

    1. Exactly! This was an epic fail and a waste of a dozen eggs! Didn’t peel and yolks weren’t cooked. 🙁

      1. I am so sorry this recipe didn’t work for you. What elevation are you at? Sometimes that can affect the cooking times.