Fail Proof Hard Boil Eggs Easy to Peel

I have always had trouble with peeling hard boiled eggs. Over the years I have tried many methods of boiling eggs. I followed all kinds of advice from friends and cookbooks. What ever I tried and how careful I was with following the directions, I still had a trouble with getting the shell off the eggs. Fresh eggs were always the worst, that the ones that set in the refrigerator for a week or so was much better.

This year I finally found a recipe for making hard boiled eggs that was easy to peel. I watched a retired southern man on a you tube channel that explained how to hard boil eggs by steaming them. He had a rickety old kitchen and the same worn out steam basket as me. He had always had the same problem with eggs that I had. He explained that steaming the eggs worked the best. He dropped that old steam basket into a pan with a tight fitting lid with just a small amount of water. I was amazed when he finished peeling those eggs.

Right away I dug around in the dark corners of my cupboards looking for that old steaming basket that I had not used in a very long time. I had broke the center handle and ring off it so I didn’t use it because it did not lift out of the pan anymore. I found it and cooked a couple of eggs. Place the pan with the eggs in the sink and ran cold water over them to cool. As soon as I could handle them I peeled one. It worked. A beautiful peeled egg with the yolk in the center.

You start with a pan that has a tight fitting lid so the steam will build up. You place the steam basket in the pan and fill the water up to the basket bottom. You can’t see it in the picture but this basket has little legs that holds it up about an inch. It is a good idea to set your eggs out so they become room temperature or you will have a egg that will crack while cooking.

The eggs are not going to set in the water. You don’t add the eggs yet. You put the lid on the pan and bring the water to a boil then carefully add the eggs because it is hot.

Put the lid on and set the timer for only 13 minutes. If you want a more creamy center then cook them for 10 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium or lower to maintain a gentle boil.

When the eggs are done cooking, remove from heat and take the lid off. Now take the pan with the eggs to the sink and run cold water over them. You can use some ice in the water to cool them. When cool, you can peel them by starting a pointy end. There is usually an air pocket at that end.

You can see how nice these eggs peeled.

If you have a hard time with peeling hard boiled eggs, give this a try. You don’t have to have a instapot to do this. Much easier to clean up this way.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. I have baked my eggs in the oven and they turned out good – just a little part had some brown…

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I had not tried that way. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I will have to remember how to bake eggs. That would be an easy way to cook up eggs while baking a main dish. The eggs could then be used in a side dish. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. Thanks for your tip as I have not tried to steam them 🙂

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  2. Oh yes steaming is the only way! I bought a little steamer gadget and love it!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I looked to replace mine at my local stores but didn’t see one. I did see silicon egg racks that went into Instant Pots. That would help keep the yolk centered but I didn’t want to spend the price they were asking for. The egg would stand up in each little ring holder. I will just stick with what I have and keep looking.

      Thanks for taking time to comment.

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  3. I’ve been steaming my eggs for years, for both hard and soft boiled, and it is a pretty foolproof method! I have the same steaming basket and luckily the handle is still on it! Amazing since I use it quite a few times each week.

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I think I got mine at a yard sale a long time ago, so it is quite old. No matter how old you are there is always something new to learn. I just wish I would have known this decades ago. Thanks for taking time to comment.

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      1. These old ones also fit into every pot I have! I had a newer silicone one that was cumbersome.

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  4. Tablewine says:

    Do you lower the flame after putting the eggs in the steamer basket or do you leave the water boiling?

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      That is a good question and I should of covered that in my instructions. I turned it down to medium heat on my stove. You would want a gentle boil to keep the steam up. I have not gotten any green rings either with this method. It is always nice when you stop in to comment.

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  5. Awesome – I always struggle with perfect boiled eggs, especially now that I live at 5280 ft above sea level!

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    1. trkingmomoe says:

      I live at sea level and this is the only thing that works for me. I also loves the fact there is no green around the yolk. Give it a try and see what kind of results you get. ; Thanks for stopping in.

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