How to Easily Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiling eggs is easy, but peeling the hard boiled eggs can be a pain. Some eggshells insist on being picked off in tiny pieces. Some eggshells pull parts of the egg off, resulting in uneven eggs – which isn’t what you’d want for dishes that display the hard boiled eggs like deviled eggs. However, there are some steps you can follow to make sure you peel the perfect egg every time!

The Secrets of the Hard Boiled Egg

There is a process for boiling eggs that makes them easy to peel. It does require paying attention to the temperatures of both the eggs and the water. Don’t worry too much, though. The process for properly boiling and peeling eggs is not difficult.

  • Add cold eggs to already boiling water and boil them for 14 minutes. Make sure the eggs are cold and the water is boiling when you put them in.
  • Drain the eggs and put them back into the pot with cold water. Add ice cubes to the water to make it even colder to cool eggs faster.
  • Stir the eggs around in the pot so they run into each other and begin cracking.
  • Tap the eggs against each other and the pot gently to create more cracks.
  • Start to peel the eggs using the following method:
    • Start peeling at the bottom, wide part of the egg by removing some of the cracked chips.
    • Push your thumb into the side of the eggshell through the opening at the bottom.
    • Move your thumb around the egg in a circular motion and watch the eggshell fall off.
  • Rinse the eggs in cold water.

See how to peel a hard boiled egg in 10 seconds here:

No Longer Walking on Eggshells

Knowing how to perfectly peel a hard boiled egg is an important skill for any cook, and it can result in beautiful egg dishes that look almost too good to eat. Remember that practice makes perfect, so start boiling and peeling eggs now to nail down your technique!