Perfect Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

"If you are frustrated by hard boiled eggs which are difficult to peel, try steaming them instead of boiling. No vinegar, no timing issues. Just steam for your normal boiling time, they come out perfect, even very fresh eggs which are the worst to peel. I found this recipe on Backyard Chickens and figured if anybody knew how to boil eggs they would."
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  • Fill a saucepan with about an inch of water.
  • Place your steamer in the saucepan.
  • Poke a small hole in the large end of each egg. A pushpin or small screw works well but you can twist the end of a small knife into the shell carefully to make the hole. I've even forgotten about the hole, it still works.
  • Put the saucepan on a medium-high heat, when the water comes to a boil, turn down to just above a simmer.
  • Start timing from when you turn on the heat. I like 18 minutes.
  • Cool in pan or under running water.

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  1. Once you try this you’ll never go back. It will work without the hole, but chances increase that it will explode at least a little bit. So easy to peel!


  1. Steaming is the only way to go. I just wish I had figured it it out 50 years sooner. Great for deviled eggs, because they peel so perfectly. I start the pan without the eggs in it, then add the steamer basket with the eggs and cook for 12 - 13 minutes. This gives me perfectly/fully cooked eggs every time. If you like moister yolks, reduce the time to your taste.


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