This easy recipe shows you how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs every time! Whether you are cooking 2 for breakfast or a dozen for deviled eggs this method for boiling and PEELING hard-boiled eggs works wonderfully every time!
Hard boiled eggs can make such a delicious breakfast, or brunch, or you might need them for a recipe. Deviled eggs, egg salad, and many more recipes require hard-boiled eggs, but they can be a pain to peel. After boiling eggs, the hardest part is often getting the pesky shell off without most of the egg white coming off as well!
Like you, I am always looking for an easy way to get perfect (and easy to peel!) hard-boiled eggs every time. I saw on Instagram that there was a viral TikTok hack for boiling and peeling hard-boiled eggs. It involved using a spoon to tap the round part of the shell the break the air bubble inside of the egg. I tried it and it worked! It's pretty cool actually.
However, if you are boiling a ton of eggs for the holidays or a party it can be a hassle to do every time!
My method for boiling eggs literally comes out perfect every time! I have been doing it for months and have only had great success. The only thing you have to do to get the shell to come off easily from your hard-boiled eggs is to place them in boiling hot water instead of cold. That’s it. The eggs can be taken out in advance or they can be cooked straight from the fridge. Either way, they will be easy to peel using this method.
When the eggs are placed in the boiling hot water, that little bubble inside of them gets “popped” because the boiling water immediately causes the eggs to tap on the bottom of the pot. This is similar to the spoon-tapping method, just without the hassle of tapping each egg individually!
Eggs - Use whichever type of eggs you like. We prefer the flavor of the Happy Eggs Brand. The yolks are always so bright yellow (basically orange!) and the flavor is so much better than any other grocery store egg.
Water - Regular tap water. We don’t need to be fancy here!
Large pot(6 quarts), this is the pot I used to boil 1 dozen eggs. The most important thing is that the eggs have enough room around them to boil without touching each other too much, causing them to break.
A slotted spoon, ladle, or large serving spoon. This is important because we are lowering the eggs into boiling hot water it helps to make sure the eggs don't break in the process.
- Should you use hot or cold water for hard-boiled eggs? Lower your eggs into boiling hot water. Not only does this help the shell to peel off easily but it also allows you to have a more accurate cooking time. Many factors can impact your cooking time and because of this, it's best to heat your water until it reaches a full boil then place your eggs in gently, so you'll get repeatable results.
- If one of your eggs cracks while boiling, pour 1 teaspoon of distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar into the water to help firm up the whites and keep them from pouring out further.
How To Store/ Make Ahead
How long can you keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge? If they have the shell on, they are good for up to a week in the fridge. Without the shell, hard-boiled eggs can last for up to 3 days.
Frequently Asked Questions —
Boiling hot water. This is the key to making sure the shells don’t stick to the egg whites. It also helps to ensure that your eggs cook at the same rate every time.
Since the eggs won’t physically look different when they are done, it’s important to set a timer to make sure the eggs are cooked to your desired level of doneness.
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The Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (Easy To Peel)
- Large pot 6 quarts
- Slotted spoon
- 1 - 12 eggs large
- On medium-high heat, bring a large pot with water to a rolling boil. The pot should be large enough for all of the eggs to sit comfortably and the water should cover the eggs by 1 - 2 inches.
- Once the water has reached a rolling boil, gently lower eggs into the water one at a time using a slotted spoon or ladle. Be careful not to drop the eggs.
- Set a timer, then boil the eggs for 10 minutes.
- After the timer is done, remove the pot from the heat then allow the eggs to sit in the water for another 10 minutes.
- Finally, drain the hot water then immediately pour cold water over the eggs to stop the cooking process.
- From here, you can immediately peel your eggs or store them in the fridge to peel later.
- To peel: Either tap the shell gently on the counter to crack it or gently roll the eggs between your hand and the countertop. Peeling eggs in water is sometimes helpful in removing any remaining shell and membrane from the egg. Pat dry with a paper towel then use the eggs in your next recipe or enjoy for breakfast!