There’s no other time that I feel as though I’ve failed at life as when I hard boil eggs. It seems like a simple endeavor: boil eggs, cool them, peel them. But usually my eggs are impossible to peel.
When I asked my friends on social media why I can’t seem to successfully peel an egg, I got all sorts of egg-cellent suggestions from running them under water as I peeled them, to shaking them vigorously in a jar of water (totally didn’t work). The most frequent response I got was I was using too-fresh eggs.
I dutifully tried every suggestion but got no closer to a peelable egg. Finally, I heard a new one: steam the eggs.
I tried it. It worked. Here’s how to make the perfect hard-cooked egg. *note: after trying this method three times, the only successful batch was when I steamed 4 eggs. When I tried to steam 12 they didn’t get cooked through enough — but they were incredibly easy to peel!
What you’ll need:
A steamer basket
Fill your pot with about an inch of water and bring it to a boil. Place your eggs in a steamer basket and lower them into the pot. Cover, turn the heat to medium and steam for 13 minutes.
A couple of minutes before the eggs are done, fill a bowl with ice and cold water. Transfer the eggs to the bowl and let them cool for 15 minutes.
They peeled perfectly!
Yay for life hacks.
Looking for a good egg salad recipe? Try my chicken salad but substitute eggs!
2 thoughts on “The secret to perfect hard-boiled eggs”
how many eggs did you do? want to do this to do easter eggs for dyeing…
I did three eggs and they turned out perfectly but when I did 12 eggs they were underdone. I would steam them for 15 minutes if you’re going to do a lot.