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How to Cook Easy Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

Once I figured out the secrets to easy peel hard-boiled eggs…well, let’s just say that I make hard-boiled eggs a lot more. There are so many great uses.

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Past Issues with Hard-Boiled Eggs

For years, I struggled with peeling hard-boiled eggs.

I struggled so much, that I rarely wanted to make them. That was too bad, because I love eggs.

Whether they are deviled eggs, egg salad, or in potato salad.

How to Cook Easy Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

However, when you struggle with peeling the eggs, these recipes are not very fun to make.

Somehow, it seems eggs should be easy to make! That was not always the case for me. When I would peel the eggs, it seemed that I would end up with about ½ the egg left after peeling. Because I mangled the egg and the shell just trying to get the egg peeled! Seriously frustrating.

Another thing that I struggled with is the grey or green ring that will often form on the edge of the egg yolk. While I do not think it changes the taste of the hard-boiled egg, it just does not look very nice.

When you are making a nice dish to pass at a party, you want the eggs to look and taste great.

Easy peel hard-boiled egg
Showing a peeled egg

Finding Success in Cooking and Peeling Eggs!

Just look at those beautiful eggs. It is just a thing of beauty. You can have eggs just like these too.

Bowl of Peeled Eggs
Bowl of Peeled Eggs

Changing When I Peeled the Eggs

One day, I was in a hurry, I cooled the eggs quickly with cool water and started peeling them when they were just cool enough for me to handle. The shells almost fell off! I accidentally found a new trick.

Eggs in Kettle
Eggs in Kettle

Changing How I Cooked the Eggs

Then a few years later, I decided to cook the eggs in a covered kettle versus a small pot that barely held the eggs.

I covered the kettle and only used about an inch of water. I bring the water to a boil and let the eggs boil for 5 minutes. Then I keep the cover on the kettle and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Then, I put the kettle in the sink and slowly start to add cool water. When the eggs are cool enough to touch, I begin peeling the eggs. The result was perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs that peel easy.

Hard-Boiled Eggs Cut Open
Hard-Boiled Eggs Cut Open

Not Only Easy Peel, But No Grey Ring Around the Yolk

This Cooking Method for Eggs Works Every Time!

I am sure that there is a scientific reason for why this works, but I don’t have a clue why this works. This is the method that I use all the time to make my hard-boiled eggs and it works every time. Making and peeling hard-boiled eggs is no longer a dreaded task.

Just Look at the Large Peelings and Perfect Eggs

Notice the large chunks? Not small pieces with all the egg white still stuck to them? Love it!

Egg Shells
Egg Shells

What are the health benefits of eating eggs

Eggs are almost the perfect food; they contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need.

  • Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA
  • Folate: 5% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA
  • Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA
  • Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA
  • Selenium: 22% of the RDA

Eggs also contain decent amounts of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc Eggs come with 77 calories, 6 g of protein and 5 g of fat, 1.6g saturated fat and 212mg cholesterol. (source)

Easy peel hard-boiled egg
Easy peel hard-boiled egg

How Many Calories are in an Egg?

There are 77 calories in an egg that has been boiled or poached. However, note that as soon as you cook an egg in oils, butters, or add it to other foods, those additional food items add to the calories. By itself, eggs are an excellent source of a high-protein food.

Which is healthier whole egg or egg white

There is a common misconception that only the egg white contains the healthy protein, whereas the yoks should not be consumed. However, almost half of an egg’s protein content comes from the yolk. So, go ahead and enjoy the whole egg, yolk and all for the most nutritional benefits that eggs have to offer. (source).

Deviled Eggs Filled Using Piping Bag

Healthy Grab-and-Go Snack

I like to boil a dozen eggs on Sundays for a healthy and quick snack to enjoy during the week. They are easy to turn into deviled eggs or just enjoy with a little salt and pepper.

Here are a few More Tips on How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

While I do cook the eggs in a bit of boiling water, once they have reached the hard-boiled state, I immediately remove the pan from the heat. Sometimes I will remove it a minute or two early and let the eggs continue cooking for a minute or two before I cool and peel.

Ever Have the Greenish Ring Around Your Hard Boiled Eggs?

While the green ring is harmless, it can make the egg look unappetizing. It occurs when eggs have been cooked too long or at too high a temperature. (source).

The American Egg Board recommends cooking eggs in hot, not boiling, water, then cooling immediately to minimize the green ring. However, with my method of boiling, cooling, and peeling right away, I have not had any green ring issue.

Easy Peel Eggs

Sometimes getting eggs to peel also has to do with the egg itself in combination with the cooking and cooling methods used.

Eggs that are fresh are hard to peel. Use eggs that have been refrigerated a week to ten days. This helps the membranes separate from the shell.

How Long Will Boiled Eggs Last

If the eggs are cooked and left in the shell, they can last up to one week. However, once peeled, they should be eaten that day for the most freshness.

Colored Chickens
Colored Chickens

Ever Wonder About the Color of the Egg Shell?

Sometimes, I have heard people talk about how the brown shelled eggs are more nutritious. However, did you know that this does not indicate the nutritional value, rather the type of hen that laid the egg?

Natural Colored Eggs from Different Chicken Varieties
Natural Colored Eggs from Different Chicken Varieties

Hens with white feathers generally lay white eggs and hens with colored feathers, such as red tend to lay brown eggs.

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How to Cook Easy Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

Learn how to cook hard-boiled eggs that will peel easily every time. Once you know the tricks to hard boiled eggs, it becomes easier to make them for any number of recipes.
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time8 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Eggs, recipe, snack
Servings: 12 eggs
Calories: 5kcal


  • water Enough water for approximately 1 inch in the kettle
  • eggs as many as you want-I often do a dozen at once


  • Using a kettle, place eggs inside and cover with approximately 1 inch of water. Place lid on top. Bring to a boil, which does not take long with this little of water. Once boiling, boil for 5 minutes. Then turn off heat and let kettle sit with the lid on for 10 minutes.
    Eggs in Kettle
  • After the eggs have sat for 10 minutes. Bring the kettle to the sink and start running cool water on the eggs (leaving the hot water in the kettle). This keeps the eggs from cooling down too fast.
    Running cool water on eggs
  • Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, start peeling the eggs. Take an egg and tap it all around lightly against the sink or the counter. This will help crack the shell for easier peeling. Don’t crack too much or the shell will not come off in large chunks which is part of what makes the peeling so easy.
    Easy peel hard-boiled egg
  • This is a pile of egg shell peelings. Notice that I am peeling them on a plastic bag from a store. This makes for easy clean up. Also, notice the large chunks of the egg peelings.
    Egg Shells
  • This bowl of eggs all turned just fine and it only took minutes to peel. I think with the cooking and peeling it all took less than 30 minutes.
    Peeled Hard-Boiled Eggs
  • This is an egg cut open. Notice how there is no grey ring around the yolk? Now, if you refrigerate it for a day or so, you might get a grey ring, but serving it the same day. I don’t have any problem.
    Hard-Boiled Eggs Cut Open

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Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
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Sunday 26th of November 2017

I love this post! One of my family's favorite dishes is Deviled Eggs. I usually do 2 dozen. I haven't been using any consistent method of peeling, and about half the time I curse the whole time I am peeling! I wonder if it has anything to do with the cooking method? I use the old Julia Child (and Egg Board) method. Cold water an inch over the eggs, bring to a boil, boil one minute, cover and set aside for 13 minutes. The eggs are perfectly cooked. Thank you; I am going to discipline myself to try this method going forward.


Sunday 26th of November 2017

I can relate! It bothered me to have eggs with chunks taken out of them because I couldn't get the shell off. Especially when making Deviled Eggs. I hope you have as much luck with this method as I do.

Misty Eilar

Thursday 3rd of August 2017

I use this method everytime when I make them. Works like a charm and less hassle.


Friday 4th of August 2017

So glad that there is another person out there that is using this method and gives it a thumbs up.

Ashley D Jarl

Thursday 3rd of August 2017

This is so helpful! I am more confident preparing a souffle than I am hard boiling eggs, but I am going to put your tips to use!


Friday 4th of August 2017

Love it! Glad to hear...


Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

Great tips!!! Mine never peel right LOL :)


Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

:) I hope they will now. Have fun.

Victoria with One Sharp Mama

Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

I don't care for eggs but I will share this with my MIL who makes them regularly


Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

Thank you.

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