How to peel hard boiled eggs

Have you ever boiled eggs and discovered that they weren’t “pretty” once you peeled them? What about nicking off half the egg because you couldn’t get the shell off?

How to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs

You can watch this 1 minute video on how to make easy to peel hard boiled eggs or read the step by step directions below.

Note: 13 minutes is for LARGE eggs. If you are using medium or fresh yard eggs, you might want to do 11 minutes.

Refrigerated hard boiled eggs will not peel well. Peel your eggs once they’ve cooled down to room temperature. These are the two most frustrating things about cooking hard-boiled eggs.  The yolk isn’t pretty and the shell is difficult to get off. Now, before you decide to head over to the grocery to purchase those overpriced and convenient hard boiled eggs; check out how easy it is to get them perfect at home-every time. Before my husband met me (or so he says), he had no idea that hard-boiled eggs COULD be over-cooked.

That dark gray-green ring around the yellow center of an egg?  He thought that was supposed to be there.  The poor boy didn’t know that ugly ring was a sign of an over-cooked egg. Perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs aren’t difficult — and, when you do it right, not only do you have an exquisitely yellow center but you also have a hard boiled egg that is easy to peel. There are 3 things / tricks to keep in mind:

  1. Eggs must not be fresh (10+ days)
  2. Don’t let them boil forever, and
  3. After cooking, let the eggs rest in an ice-bath to “shock” them.

If you remember to do this, you’ll have perfect, beautiful eggs every single time for your child’s lunch, an after-school snack or your favorite recipes.The-Trick-to-an-Easy-Peel-Hard-Boiled-Egg

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Word to the wise: super fresh eggs are going to be hard to peel regardless of what you do, so it’s best NOT to hard-boil eggs the same day they are purchased.  The best eggs for boiling are at least a week to ten days old.

For best peeling results, wait to peel your eggs when they have cooled down to room temperature. Fully chilled eggs don’t peel as well. You can peel your eggs ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. 

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  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: How to


  • Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • Water


  1. Place your raw eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with at least 2 inches of cold water.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
  3. Place the pan over high heat until it reaches a boil.
  4. Turn off heat, cover and let it sit for 13 minutes.
  5. After exactly 13 minutes, remove the eggs from the pan and place them in an ice-water bath and let them cool for five minutes.
  6. Carefully crack the eggs shells (making sure the majority of the shell is cracked).
  7. Gently begin removing the shells. The ice-water bath will “shock” the membrane in between the egg-white and the egg shell, loosening the shell and allowing you to peel it off in nearly one piece.
  8. As needed, you can dip the egg (as you are peeling it) in and out of the water to remove any slivers of shell.
  9. Serve immediately, use in a recipe or store in your refrigerator for three days.

The salt won’t affect the flavor of your eggs; it helps solidify the proteins within the egg, helping create an easier to peel egg! I have used both iodized (table) salt and Himalayan rock salt (the pink salt in my photo) and both have worked perfectly.Test one egg first, if for some reason it’s a bit undercooked, put eggs back and bring to boil, turn off heat.

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You need to fully cover eggs with at least 2 inches of water for this to work. less water means that it will cool down quicker and your eggs won’t cook throughly.

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You’ll find that people make hard cooked eggs in all sorts of ways.  If you’re not fussy about taste, texture or color – any method will do.  However, if you want easy to peel eggs that don’t have rubbery egg whites, dry chalky yolks and dark green rings, try this method:

  • First, choose eggs that are at least 5-7 days old or older – the fresher the egg, the harder to peel. Fresh eggs are perfect for poaching or frying sunny side up.
  • Place eggs in a single layer in a pot.
  • Cover with water so there’s about 1/2 to 1 inch of water above the eggs. (While some people recommend adding salt or baking soda to the water, I’ve never found this to make a difference.)
  • Bring to a full boil.
  • Once boiling, turn off the heat.
  • Put a lid on the pot and let rest for 14 minutes (the perfect time for solid but not over cooked yolks of large eggs).
  • Set a timer!
  • Immediately after the 14 minutes are up, run cold water over eggs and let sit in an ice/snow bath for 2-3 minutes.

shock eggs in ice water

Note: Technically, we should be calling the “Hard Cooked Eggs” instead of “Hard Boiled Eggs” since we’re not boiling the eggs for 7 minutes as in other recipes.

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How To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs Easily

Give them time

The fresher the egg, the tighter the white clings to the shell’s inner membrane. As an egg ages, the shell becomes more porous which allows air between the shell and the white. In the process, the egg begins shrinking slightly inside its shell which means it won’t cling to the membrane as much. Of course, you don’t want to cook rotten eggs, but those which have been in your fridge for a week or two work best.

The temperature trick

While peeling, run eggs under water that’s the opposite temperature of the egg itself. If they’ve just been boiled, the egg itself will still be warm so run it under cold water. If you’re peeling previously boiled eggs that just came out of the fridge, use hot water. This temperature difference will cause the egg to shrink back from the inner membrane and makes it easier to peel the egg without tearing it.

Spoon it

The easiest way to peel a hard-boiled egg is to crack it lightly on the larger end then hold it under water (the opposite temperature of the egg) and slip the tip of a spoon beneath the shell. Keep the cup of the spoon facing the egg as you slide it around beneath the membrane and the shell will slip right off.


• Don’t throw those shells away when you’re done peeling the eggs, either: try these unusual uses for egg shells.

• Made too many? Then try these recipes for leftover hard boiled eggs!

• Want a deliciously different treat? Try my Bacon Blue Cheese Deviled Eggs Recipe.

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