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Tips for Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

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Will you be decorating hard-boiled eggs this month for Easter? Take the guesswork out of undercooking or overcooking hard-boiled eggs by following these simple steps.

Easy Eggs1. Use a pot that’s large enough to lay one layer of eggs on the bottom. Make sure to gently lay the eggs in the pot to avoid cracks in your eggs. Fill pot with enough cool water to just cover eggs (about 1 to 1.5 inches high).

2. Turn stove to medium-high heat until the water starts to boil.

3. Cover pot with a lid, take it off the heat, and let eggs stand with the lid on for about 14 minutes for extra large eggs, 12 minutes for large, and 10 minutes for medium sized eggs.

4. Place eggs in a bowl of cool water (Tip: Use a spaghetti serving spoon to transfer eggs to bowl). Once cool, refrigerate eggs for up to a week.

easy hardboiled eggs Hip2SaveI like using this method because it helps avoid the green tint yokes that sometimes result from overcooking. Everyone has their own method for peeling hard-boiled eggs, but I like to tap the egg on the counter, roll it with my hand on the counter a couple times, and peel it under running water.

Do you have any tips for hard-boiling eggs?

Hard-Boiled Egg Hip2SaveWritten by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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  1. Cassandane

    I usually let my eggs sit 15-18 min after bringing to a boil. I have young kids and they like the yolks more well done. To easily unpeel, crack one end on the counter, then use a small spoon to gently pry off the shell and membrane. The spoon method works both while the eggs are warm and straight out of the fridge 🙂

  2. Adriana

    We raise chickens and have fresh eggs daily. So to get them to peel on the same day they were laid we add a dash of baking soda to the water.
    We also sometimes like to steam them.
    We place water in a pot and use a metal colander or spaghetti strainers.
    Once the water boils we add the eggs onto the colander making sure no water is touching the eggs.
    Cover the pot, colander and eggs with foil and let them steam for 10 mins than move them around and let them steam for another 5 mins.
    Than take the eggs out of the hot water into an iced water bowl

    • Adriaddiemom

      Thanks for this tip! We have chickens and I always wait a couple weeks before hard booing because the shell doesn’t have an air pocket yet. Going to try this!

    • ashley

      Thank you so much. We also have chickens. I find it almost impossible to peel a fresh egg. I will definatly be trying the baking soda trick. Thanks again😀

  3. MK

    I saw a tip on food network on how to peel eggs. After they are cooked, tap all sides of the egg on the counter, and peel them slowly in the kitchen sink under the tap in a slow stream of cool water. The shell and membrane come off very easily like lifting a cloth this way.

    • TS

      I tried that but I’m cursed when it comes to peeling eggs. No matter what I do my egg looks like they were in a brutal fight after I peel them! Lol

      • rob

        Omg I’m always cursed with that too & oddly enough last week I made egg salad & the stars must have aligned or something bc I did the same thing I always do and for the first time they all peeled perfectly – I was so psyched I almost called my hubby at work to share in my “victory” but he just wouldn’t get it lol I’d say how I did it but I have no clue since that was first time it has ever happened

        • BonnieD

          Just wondering if your eggs were older this time. Seems like if they are too fresh they won’t peel.

        • TS

          Lol Glad I’m not alone!

      • Wendyt

        I used to have the curse and then found the answer; finally! Boil a pot of water, drop eggs in with a spoon, cook for 13 minutes (large eggs), then shock immediately in ice water for minimum of 15 minutes. Perfect every time! They peel so easily! I do sometimes have one egg crack as I put in the boiling water if it is straight from the fridge. If you let stand out for a few, it seems to help. http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/05/the-secrets-to-peeling-hard-boiled-eggs.html

  4. Chantel

    I bought a color changing egg timer at the dollar store years ago. I swear it works perfectly everytime and I never have the grey ring around my yolks! Best $1 I ever spent.

  5. Lisa

    I recently purchased a Dash rapid egg cooker on Amazon from one of the deals posted on Hip2Save. It is amazing. I’ve never had much luck peeling hard boiled eggs and every single egg I’ve cooked so far has peeled perfectly. I am in love with this product as I make a lot of hard boiled eggs. Worth the money in my opinion.

  6. CJ

    I add a few onion skins (just the flakey skins, you don’t even have to cut into it, just grab the crispy peels from the onion bag) and I let them boil along with my eggs and they give the shells a tan color (like a brown egg) so I can quickly tell the difference…my white eggs are raw, my tan what are hard boiled. Try it, you’ll be amazed at how it works everytime with just a tiny bit of skins! 😀

    • maranda

      Love this tip, thanks!

    • K

      I write BOILED on all sides of the carton in huge block letters. But alas, I still find cracked ones in the carton after hubby has grabbed the wrong ones. Maybe if I tint them he’ll grab the right ones. But probably not… 😒

      • Kelly

        I just hold the egg in front of the light bulb in the fridge. If you can see through it, it’s raw. If you can’t, it’s hard boiled.

        • tracy

          You can spin a boiled egg on the counter. A raw egg will wobble a bit but not spin.

      • Kimberly

        I peel all of my hard boiled eggs at once, right after I hard boil them and then shock them in cold water. Then I keep them in a tupperware. No guessing if they are boiled or not that way. Then it is so easy to grab quickly, since you don’t have to peel it. The method I use to peel them is found on this youtube video, that I am in no way affiliated with. Mine shells never come off quite as easily as shown here, but I can peel 14 eggs in about 5 minutes. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAGmbS2djC8

      • Kimberly

        I peel all of mine right after boiling them. Then after I peel them I keep them in a tupperware, ready to eat. No confusion of boiled vs raw that way. I can peel 14 eggs in about 5 minutes using this method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAGmbS2djC8 To boil, I use the same method Lina listed here, although I add about 1 teaspoon of baking soda to the water and I shock them in cold water for only 5 minutes.

  7. D

    We have chickens and always had problems peeling eggs after we hard boiled them but now after several failed attempts and loosing most of the whites….we have this method, which works great!! We bring a large pot of water to a boil and then take the eggs straight from the fridge and put them in a single layer in the boiling water with a slotted spoon. Let them boil for the time you prefer for hard boiled eggs. I do 15 minutes. Then either transfer eggs with slotted spoon to cold ice water or pour out hot water carefully and put cold running water on them and add ice. My eggs peel great every time!

  8. mel

    Put them in the OVEN! Perfect hard boiled eggs every.single.time. Great when you need a dozen! First time I was afraid the eggs were going to burst, but nope.
    You MUST preheat your oven to 325 (some recipes I’ve seen 350, but 325 works for me). Place 1 egg inside each muffin tin hole. Bake for 30 minutes ONLY. Immediately plunge them in ice cold water bath, until cooled, usually 10 minutes. Then peel. Perfection!

    • Paula

      Yes, in the oven in a 24 count mini-muffin pan is the easiest. It’s the only way we do our eggs now. 325 for 25 minutes then into ice water.

  9. Michelle Erb

    Don’t forget to salt the water to help the shell peel without sticking! I have made this mistake a few times over the years and every time I forget, the shells stick when I go to peel them..

  10. jax

    If you add vinegar to the cold water it also helps them come right off.

  11. Karen

    If you are making deviled eggs, take your egg carton and tip it on the side the night before you want to boil your eggs. This will cause your yolk to center itself in the egg so that you have perfect looking eggs. I also use a pastry bag and star tip to fill my deviled eggs. I also put a teaspoon of vinegar in my water to help with the peeling the eggs.

  12. Sarah C

    If you have a pressure cooker, lay the eggs on the metal trivet at the bottom of the pot, add 1 cup of water, and set the pressure cooker for 5 minutes of low or high pressure. Both have worked fine for me. Then do a quick release and plunge into cold icy water.

    They peel so easily, I’ll never go back to boiling them!

  13. ann

    the trick I’ve found to peeling them is keep them in the cold water and one at a time smash an roll. smack it on the counter to crack then roll it all the way around. this loosens the entire shell and it slides right off.

  14. Pat Rosburg

    I cook for about 15 minutes in boiling water and then put in cold running water and when they’re cold I shake the pan with the eggs in it and that works well on loosening the shells.

  15. Bap673

    I make them in the Instant Pot. Perfect eggs every time using 6 minutes on manual, 6 minutes natural release and 6 minutes in ice water. No green and the shell practically falls off.

  16. Tiffany

    My husband just started doing this and they are cooked perfect & peel SO easily! The steamer even gives you a time for hard boiled eggs!

  17. Megan

    Seriously an egg cooker is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. I used every trick to hard boil eggs and for some reason I always failed! Egg cookers are relatively inexpensive, small, and they seriously make perfect hard boiled eggs every time!

  18. Jeannette

    I have found that shaking the hardboiled egg in a pint size mason jar with just a little water makes the shell just fall off. You can find videos on YouTube on how to do it. It works perfectly every time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsd0ZDutJlE

  19. Dawn

    I’m allergic to boiled eggs 😁

  20. Stephanie

    I’ve found that steaming eggs is the perfect method. The yolks come out perfectly yellow and the shell peels off with the membrane beautifully. The one thing I did notice with steaming is that the eggs don’t keep as long as if you boil them. The shelf life is less with the steaming method. If you are going to consume relatively quickly, it is a great way to cook them.

  21. mtmkjr

    I have seriously tried every trick in the book to make peeling eggs easier and not a single one worked consistently.
    But several years ago I learned the pressure cooker method and it has not let me down one single time. The eggs fly out of the shell!
    As several others have posted, simply pour one cup water in the pot with a trivet, lay the eggs and bring to pressure, start timing for 6 min. Then do quick release.
    That is it!
    More energy efficient, quicker and best of all, easiest to peel.
    Add to it the tip for turning the cartoon on its side overnight and you will have the prettiest, most perfect eggs 🙂

  22. Holly Estes

    Cooks illustrated recently had an article on this. After exhaustive research ( which is what they do ), they determined that steaming is the best method. Steam covered for 15 to 16 minutes and that’s it. It doesn’t matter what age they are with this method. I tried it, and it works beautifully. I will never use any other method.

  23. mommyx4

    We add salt to the water when cooking it actually does make it way easy to peel the eggs

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