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How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Make Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

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 brown and green eggs on towel on counter

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.  

Follow my Keto Egg Recipes Pinterest Board for dozens of ideas from all around the web! I am constantly finding new things to add so there will be new things all the time!

Step by Step Directions


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

water in pot 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.

eggs boiling on stove

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.

eggs boiling on stove

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

eggs boiling on stove and bowl of ice water next to them

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.  

eggs in water with ice


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!

hard boiled eggs and the peels in halves to show how well they peeled

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!

plate full of perfectly peeled hard boiled eggs
hard boiled eggs cut in half

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!!!



Friday 17th of March 2023

I would just like to thank you so much for for posting this! I pickle eggs to sell at farmers market, eggs are just now coming down so I can afford to start pickling, I usually buy eggs that is about to be out of date to cook and peel because they seem to peel easily. Well I had to buy 70 dozen of fresh eggs because I couldn’t wait any longer, In order for them to be ready April 22nd. I used your method and just let me tell you… it worked wonderfully! Thank you again 😊


Saturday 18th of March 2023

Aw, Tracy, I'm so happy you found this method! 70 dozen eggs to peel! Wow! :) Thanks so much for your comment! It made my day! :)

Nuvia Bean

Wednesday 13th of April 2022

It worked!!! I'm so thankful I finally found the BEST way to peel boiled eggs. Thank you!!


Wednesday 13th of April 2022

Yayyyyy!!!!! I'm so glad you found it too! Thanks for telling me! :)


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!!! :)