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How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

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How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs: Nothing added; just water, eggs and ice

Do you just need to know how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs?

Making a hard boiled egg doesn’t seem like a difficult thing—and it shouldn’t be—but sometimes those buggers just won’t peel without taking half of the egg with it.

This is especially true with fresh eggs.  

Any time this happens, it is just frustrating and discouraging. 🙁  

Here is a tried and true way how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs.  

Although there is not a 100% success rate for perfectly peeled eggs, it is pretty close.  

I am even using fresh eggs from my girls that are 1-4 days old.  Aren’t they beautiful? 🙂

Fresh eggs



Some recommend adding vinegar, baking soda, salt, or even oil to the water but that is unnecessary.

There is nothing needed but water and eggs to boil them and then ice water to cool them quickly.  

That is the trick; put them into the gently boiling water to heat them quickly and then right into ice water to cool them quickly.

Peeling them right away also helps instead of keeping them in the refrigerator with the peel still on them.  

Step by Step Directions


Bring enough water to cover all of the eggs to boil on high heat.  

water to boil

When it is boiling gently, so carefully add the eggs with a slotted spoon.  Obviously, you don’t want to drop them or bump them or they will crack. 

**Editing to add: You don’t want a hard boil here; just a gentle boil. You will see in the video that the water is boiling so softly that by the time I have all of the eggs added, it has pretty much stopped. I have had some readers say that their eggs crack when they add them to the boiling water. It could be that the water is boiling too hard.

How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Turn the heat down, to about 7 on my stove, and boil gently for 18 minutes for hard cooked eggs.

We like our eggs cooked all the way through so adjust the time if you don’t like them as done.

How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

During the last few minutes of boiling, prepare a bowl of ice water; lots of ice because those hot eggs will melt it quickly.  

How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Ice Water

When the timer goes off, carefully scoop the eggs out into the ice water and swish them around with your hand to cool them quickly.  

Do this a minute or so and then let them sit for another 5-10 minutes until they are nice and cool.  

How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs


To peel them, roll them against the counter to break the shell all the way around.

Sometimes it works to start at the end the air pocket is but the rolling works better.

Look at how big the shell pieces are!  That is some easy peeling there! 🙂

egg shells

Here is another batch; look at those half shells! They came out so easily!

Enjoy your beautiful hard boiled eggs!

These are going to be Best Ever Deviled Eggs.  Yummy!

Best Ever Deviled Eggs

We also love Easy Creamy Egg Salad and Red Beet Eggs.

Red Beet Eggs

And Check out 21 Best Low Carb Keto Deviled Eggs Recipes and  10 Low Carb & Keto Recipes for Hard Boiled Eggs!

Now you know how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs! Tell a friend and save them the frustration of picking at the egg and peeling much of the egg with it!

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Here are some reader comments from Pinterest! 

Cindy; These instructions for easy peeling perfect hard boiled eggs is wonderful! I have used it twice and both times I feel almost giddy because they make a perfect egg. Yolks aren’t greenish gray on outer edges. They are cooked all the way through and consistent throughout. They really are so easy to peel and none of them looked like they had gone through torture like my eggs use to look. I have beautiful, smooth, perfectly cooked eggs!

Tammy; perfect!

Airedale; worked great!

Rebecca: This method is perfect. I use it every time. I always have 1 egg that cracks but I usually eat that one first! I leave my eggs out for a little bit instead of pulling straight out of fridge. Less likely to crack.

S Linder: This is the first helpful hint that actually worked!!!

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Saturday 18th of April 2020

That was THE BEST I have ever boild eggs and they came out perfectly, THANK You So Much


Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

Yay, Sandra!!! I'm so glad it worked well for you!! Thanks for letting me know!!! :)