How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs Easy to Peel

Wondering how to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel? Old eggs are easier to peel than fresh eggs. Here are tips for boiling and peeling boiled eggs.

How to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel

How to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel?

We’ve all had it happen: peeling a hard boiled egg where end up with a raggedy mess instead of a perfect sphere! There is no magic way to peel hard boiled eggs, but we do have some tips for you on how to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel!

  1. Older eggs peel easier than fresh eggs. If you have some eggs that have been in the refrigerator for about a week, these would be the best to use for hard boiling.
  2. Use the right method for hard boiling the eggs, an Instant Pot (pressure cooker) if possible. Boiling eggs in an Instant Pot makes for hard boiled eggs that are easiest to peel. If you have an Instant Pot or pressure cooker, this Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs method is your best bet for easy to peel eggs. If you don’t have an Instant Pot, our Perfect Stovetop Hard Boiled Eggs method also results in eggs that are easy to peel.
  3. Gently tap the larger end of the egg so that the shell crushes. After you boil the eggs and let them sit in an ice bath for 15 minutes, they’re ready to peel. Lightly tap the larger end of the egg so that the shell crushes: the larger bottom end of the egg has an air bubble, which make it easier to crush the shell. Then start to peel off the shell. Continue peeling the shell until all the pieces are removed.

If you follow the tips above, this should result in hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel. See below for a video tutorial!

How to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel

Video: How to peel hard boiled eggs

Here’s a video tutorial of me showing how to peel hard boiled eggs in our kitchen. Fast forward to 1:21 to see the peeling portion of the tutorial!

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Egg recipes

Hard boiled eggs are perfect as a grab and go snack or morning breakfast. Now that you know how to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel, there are lots of creative ways to use hard boiled eggs, from salads to deviled to grilled cheese fillings! Here’s what to do with hard boiled eggs:

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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs Easy to Peel


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 eggs 1x

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Wondering how to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel? Old eggs are easier to peel than fresh eggs. Here are tips for boiling and peeling boiled eggs.


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Ingredients

  • 6 eggs (older eggs peel easier than fresh eggs)

Instructions

  1. After cooking the eggs, place them into an ice bath: a large bowl with cold water and several ice cubes. Leave the eggs for about 15 minutes until they are cool.
  2. To peel the eggs, lightly tap the larger end of the egg so that the shell crushes. (The larger bottom end of the egg has an air bubble, which make it easier to crush the shell.)
  3. Then start to peel off the shell. Continue peeling the shell until all the pieces are removed.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-1RBGsQhW4

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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