Steamed hard boiled eggs are easy to make and easy to peel! This tried and true method will become your go-to.

Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs

A hard boiled egg is one of the top kitchen skills for home cooks to master. You probably have your own tried and true method. What if we told you there was a better way? Introducing Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs! Why to steam eggs? Not only is it fast and easy, it makes eggs so easy to peel! Here’s how to steam eggs and why it’s become our new go-to method.

Why to make steamed hard boiled eggs

Why change up the standard method for hard boiled eggs? Well, there are a few reasons we think steamed hard boiled eggs are the way to go. Here’s why to steam hard boiled eggs:

  • It’s faster. You don’t have to wait for a pot of water to boil: just 1 inch of water beneath your steamer basket.
  • The eggs are easier to peel. The hot steam vapor helps to release the egg membrane from the shell, making it easier to peel than a standard boiled egg.
  • They taste better. It’s only a slight difference, but the egg white is slightly more tender and the yolk is creamier.
Steamed hard boiled eggs

How to steam hard boiled eggs

The method for steamed hard boiled eggs is very simple: all you’ll need is a steamer basket. We have a large steaming basket that came with our stock pot: it fits 8 to 10 eggs comfortably. If you have a smaller steamer basket that’s collapsible, you may want to steam 6 eggs at once. Here’s how to steam hard boiled eggs:

  • Boil the water: Place a few inches of water in a pot (that hits just below the steamer basket) and bring it to a boil.
  • Add the eggs in steamer basket: Add the steamer basket with eggs and top with a lid.
  • Steam for 13 minutes: Steam for 13 minutes for large eggs that are in a single layer. Add 2 to 3 minutes longer if the eggs are crowded or stacked in a steamer.
  • Place in an ice bath: Remove the eggs and place them in an ice bath until cool. Peel and enjoy.

How to peel eggs

After the steamed hard boiled eggs sit in the ice water, peel the ones you want to eat immediately. Here are a few tips on how to peel eggs:

  • Gently tap the larger end of the egg so that the shell crushes. The bottom end of the egg has an air bubble, which makes it easier to crush the shell. Then start to peel off the shell. Continue peeling the shell until all the pieces are removed.
  • Keep the eggs you don’t want to eat unpeeled and store refrigerated. You can store leftover unpeeled eggs in the fridge for up to 1 week. Keeping the peel on keeps them fresher longer.
Steamed hard boiled eggs

Ways to use steamed hard boiled eggs

The best way to eat steamed hard boiled eggs, in our opinion? Plain with salt! We’ve been adding them to our 4-year-old’s lunch box and he loves them. But if you want to get fancy, here are a few more recipes that feature hard boiled eggs:

This steamed hard boiled eggs recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs

Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 eggs 1x

Description

Steamed hard boiled eggs are easy to make and easy to peel! This tried and true method will become your go-to.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 6 to 8 eggs

Instructions

  1. Place a few inches of water in a pot (to a level just below the steamer basket). Bring it to a boil.
  2. Add the steamer basket with eggs, and top with a lid. Steam for 13 minutes for large eggs that are in a single layer. Add 2 to 3 minutes longer if the eggs are crowded or stacked in a steamer (depending on the number of eggs and size of your steamer*).
  3. Remove the eggs and place them in an ice bath until cool (about 10 minutes). Peel and enjoy. Store unpeeled eggs refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Notes

*We have a large steaming basket that came with our stock pot: it fits 8 to 10 eggs comfortably. If you have a smaller steamer basket that’s collapsible, it fits 6 eggs in a single layer.

  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Steamed
  • Cuisine: Eggs
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Steamed Hard Boiled Eggs

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. OMG, by far this is the best method to hard boil eggs. I destroyed a metal strainer that had a rip in it. Then I used a aluminum bread pan and cut the sides to reshape and poked a bunch of holes in it. Then set both the reshaped bread pan and strainer on top into the cast iron pot. I brought the water up to a rapid boil then I put the 8 eggs on top of the strainer. I did it for 15 minutes with the lid on top and left it on high, after I already put a bowl of water into the freezer before putting the eggs into the pot. After it beeped I turned off the stove top and moved the pot closer. Then I open the lid and pulled out the bowl of water from the freezer and started plopping the eggs into the bowl. I waited about 6 minutes and they felt not to warm so I started cracking the eggs one by one and peeled them. I tell you what, I only had two eggs that had a little damage from not having the cracked shells in the right spot while peeling. But that was only 2, the rest looked perfect! I made deviled eggs with them and only ate half of one cause it was too thin where the yoke was removed. But other then that, my new preferred way to hard boil eggs. 2:55am 5/26/2022 with my deviled eggs next to me :D YUMMY!!! I tried salt and vinegar, baking soda in the water, those didn’t really help much when trying to boil them. Steaming is the way guys and gals!
    Thanks a bunch Sonja and Alex for this amazing way of boiling eggs via Steaming.
    Ron