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Wondering how to peel hard boiled eggs or how to crack a hard boiled egg? Here’s our quick and easy method.

How to peel hard boiled eggs
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There is no magic way, but we do have some tips for you for how to crack a hard boiled egg! First of all: older eggs peel better 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! Then, make sure to use the right method for hard boiling the eggs.

Best methods for easy to peel eggs

  • The best way to make easy to peel eggs? Steamed. Try this Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs. All you need is a steamer basket, and you can cook them up on the stovetop. The steam helps to loosen the outer shell.
  • Next choice: Instant Pot. We’ve found that if you have an Instant Pot, the eggs are even easier to peel! Here’s our Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs method.
  • Or, try them boiled. Our Perfect Stovetop Hard Boiled Eggs method should result in eggs that are easy to peel, as long as they are about 1 week old.

How to peel hard boiled eggs

Once you’ve cooked them: how to peel hard boiled eggs?

  • 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.
  • 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.) Then start to peel off the shell.
  • Continue peeling the shell until all the pieces are removed. If you use one of the methods above, the shell should come right off. See below for a video tutorial.

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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How to peel hard boiled eggs

Egg recipes

Hard boiled eggs are perfect as a grab and go snack or morning breakfast. Now that you know how to peel hard boiled eggs, 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:

Here are some common questions related to hard boiled eggs! Let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.

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How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs?


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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 peel hard boiled eggs or how to crack a hard boiled egg? Here’s our quick and easy method.


Ingredients

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  • 6 eggs

Instructions

  1. Steam the eggs or make Instant Pot hard boiled eggs. Or, use the standard Hard Boiled Eggs method.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.)
  4. Then start to peel off the shell. Continue peeling the shell until all the pieces are removed.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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2 Comments

  1. Danta Cole says:

    Can you please tell me how to keep my boiled eggs from exploding when I put them in the ice bath ?

    1. Sonja Overhiser says:

      Hi there! We haven’t had this issue before and haven’t heard of it from others who’ve made this recipe. In our recipe the eggs sit in simmering water, so they are not ultra hot when you place them into the ice bath. Perhaps this could be your issue? Let us know if this recipe works for you!