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Want perfect Hard Boiled Eggs that peel Easily too? We are sharing 4 easy methods for this result that won’t disappoint!
Easy Peel Boiled Eggs
Do you know how to make Hard Boiled Eggs?!
I’ve been making them for years, but sometimes they turned out – sometimes they didn’t.
I wanted a hard boiled egg that was cooked perfectly, but more than anything, I wanted it to peel easily too.
I went to the drawing board and did so much research ending up testing many different methods of making Easy Peel Boiled Eggs.
I changed up several factors:
- Fresh eggs vs Older Eggs
- Hot Start (putting eggs in once the water is boiling)
- Cold Start (having eggs in the water before they start boiling)
- Boil Times
- Ice Bath times
I ended up finding FOUR methods that all worked (and lots more that did not work). They gave me great hard boiled eggs that peeled easily, but we definitely found a method that seemed easiest, quickest and NO-FAIL.
I will start by sharing that method and will then share with you the other methods that worked for easy peel eggs.
METHOD 1 – The Winner!
For each recipe, we tested 6 eggs. And for each recipe, you only needed the following:
- 6 large eggs
- Ice bath (cold water with ice in a bowl)
NOTE: All 4 recipes that worked had hot starts and seemed to be a key factor in making perfect eggs.
The winner method that we ended up slightly tweaking came from The Pioneer Woman.
This is what we did:
BOIL WATER. To start, bring water to a rolling boil in a medium pot or saucepan (the KEY for perfect eggs). Once the water is boiling, gently place eggs using a strainer ladle or slotted spoon, into the water in a single layer.
SIMMER. Turn heat down so it is a simmer, and simmer eggs for 15 minutes.
ICE BATH. Once done, add the eggs to a large bowl of ice water (ice bath) and set a timer for 5 minutes.
PEEL. Remove from water, tap to crack on counter to shell. Peel eggs and see how easy it is to do and that they are perfectly cooked – with a nice no-gray golden yellow yolk!
We boiled ours a little longer than she suggested.
THE RESULT: Perfect hard boiled eggs and SO easy to peel.
The second method came from The Dancing Beauty Expert. This is how she makes easy peel hard boiled eggs.
She starts by letting the eggs reach room temperature.
BOIL WATER. Fill a pot with enough water to make sure the eggs will be fully submerged and then bring to a boil. After water is boiling, gently lower the eggs into the pot with a large metal strainer (or, one by one with a large straining spoon).
BOIL + WAIT. Let the eggs boil for 8 minutes. Turn off the burner, and let the eggs sit in the hot water for another 20 minutes.
ICE BATH. Gently place the eggs in ice water in a large bowl. Place in the fridge. Let eggs sit for 15 minutes in the ice water bath. Drain the water.
PEEL. Give the eggs several taps on the counter and then peel.
THE RESULT: Perfect hard boiled eggs and easy to peel, BUT it required more time and work.
The third method comes from a friend. It’s simple and works, but it also takes a little more time than the 1st method.
She begins with a HOT start, as well.
Here is her method:
BOIL WATER. Fill a pot with enough water to just cover eggs. Bring to a boil. Put cold eggs right from the fridge into boiling water. Boil for exactly 13 minutes.
COLD WATER + ICE BATH. Ladle eggs into a colander and run cold water over eggs for 1 minute. Transfer eggs to a bowl filled with ice and water and let sit for 15 minutes.
PEEL. Drain the water and peel eggs.
THE RESULT: Perfect hard boiled eggs, but the process took some time and had a few extra steps.
This last method comes from my aunt who swears by it. Now, I must mention that many of these methods are similar but all have a few differences.
I’ve already told you this technique works. It’s just up to you to try and see which technique you like best.
Here is what she does:
PREP ICE BATH. Fill a large bowl with lots of ice and cold water and put in the refrigerator.
BOIL WATER. Fill a pot with enough water to completely cover the eggs and then bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down so it is barely a boil. Gently ladle the cold eggs into the pot.
SIMMER + COOK. Turn heat down a little more, cover and cook for 13 minutes.
ICE BATH. Ladle cooked eggs into the ice/cold water bowl and add more ice. Leave in the ice bath for 15 minutes. Drain the water and you’re ready to peel!
THE RESULT: Perfect hard boiled eggs that were easy to peel. Process takes longer but still works!
All worked! All good! Peeling process is great for all.
When it came down to it, we liked METHOD 1 best because it took less time and was very simple.
Having said that, all of these methods should work.
Fortunately, all of these should work with fresh or older eggs, and all have simple instructions.
Because all had a hot start and worked, I think that one of the main tricks for these easy peels eggs is ladling the eggs in once the water is boiling.
Be sure to use these eggs in some of our favorite recipes and snacks:
For all FAQ about eggs, including storing, how long they last check out our post about Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs.
Again, here is our favorite method in a recipe card:
Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe
- 6 eggs
- ice bath
- Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Once the water is boiling, gently lower the eggs using a strainer ladle, into the water.
- Turn heat down so it is a simmer, and simmer eggs for 15 minutes.
- Once done, add the eggs to an ice bath for 5 minutes.
- Remove from water, tap on counter to shell. The shell will come off perfectly and the eggs will be cooked perfect too!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.