Hard-boiled eggs are an easy and tasty way to sneak in some protein, and one makes for a filling treat. Even though boiled eggs are pretty simple to prepare, you might find them a little frustrating to peel. Here are the best ways to cook, peel and enjoy hard boiled eggs.
First Thing’s First: How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
As long as you can boil water, you’re good to go for boiling eggs (mostly). Here’s an easy-peasy, step-by-step guide to help you get your eggs right every time.
1. Place the eggs in a pot. Use older eggs instead of fresher eggs if possible.
2. Fill the pot with water until the eggs are completely covered.
3. Cook on medium heat until the water boils.
4. Turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid.
5. Let the pot sit for 11 minutes.
6. After that hot bath, dunk the eggs in a bowl of icy cold water. This sudden change in temperature stops the eggs from cooking and makes them easier to peel once cooled.
Can You Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Without Boiling Water on the Stove?
There are many ways to make hard-boiled eggs. You can:
- Cook eggs in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes
- Cook eggs in the steamer basket of a pressure cooker on low pressure for six minutes
- Cook eggs in the microwave on high for 6 to 8 minutes in a covered microwave-safe bowl filled with water
- Cook eggs in a steamer basket in a covered pot with about an inch of water for 12 minutes
- Cook eggs in a slow cooker on high for two and half hours in salted water
Whichever method you choose to boil eggs, make sure you follow it with the ice-water bath step before peeling.
How To Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs Without Making a Mess?
Cooking hard-boiled eggs is usually the easy part, but most people do have trouble peeling them without making a mess. Here are a few tricks to help you out:
- Make sure to let the eggs cool before you peel them
- Add a little vinegar or baking soda to the water during the egg-boiling process
- Be gentle when you crack the eggshell; hitting too hard can rupture the egg white
Boiling fresh eggs is the same as boiling older eggs, but the peeling process is trickier. Fresh eggs have denser shells and thicker membranes that the whites sticks to. As a rule of thumb, try to boil eggs that are at least seven days old. As the egg ages, the shell becomes more porous, which helps the inner membrane release from the egg white when you peel it.
Eggs-cellent Tools for Hard-Boiled Egg Lovers
Hard-Boiled Egg Peeler
If you love eggs and hate the peeling process, try a tool for a little extra help. The Negg Hard-Boiled Egg Peeler gets the shell to slide off like butter. Simply fill the cylinder with a quarter cup of water, add the egg, and snap on the top cap. Shake the Negg in an up and downward motion with enough force so that the egg strikes the top and bottom caps. After about 5-10 shakes, you have a perfectly peeled egg. It’s a simple solution to a dreaded kitchen chore.
Silicone Egg Boiler
The Silicone Egg Boiler by Eggibles lets you boil eggs or egg whites without the shell. Use nonstick spray or cooking oil on both top and bottom blue pieces to lightly coat the interior. Crack up to six whole eggs or pour liquid egg whites into the mold. Place Eggibles, fully assembled, into an empty large pot. Fill the pot with water up to yellow cap line, boil, and then use tongs or spatula to safely remove it from the water. Boom, hard boiled egg whites.
Meal Ideas for Hard-Boiled Eggs
Boiled eggs are a great snack as-is, or they can make a tasty addition to any meal. Here are a few easy hard-boiled egg recipes.
Bacon Deviled Eggs for Breakfast
Bacon deviled eggs combines two delicious things on one breakfast plate. There are a lot of variations of this recipe, but most involve mashing the boiled egg yolks with salad dressing or mayo and a little mustard, and then filling hollowed egg whites with the mixture. Top each one with bacon and you’ve got a savory and filling breakfast.
Egg Salad for Lunch
Egg salad is a classic lunch staple that can be easily tweaked to suit your tastes. It’s great on toasted bread, in a sandwich or on a green salad, or it’s yummy all by itself.
Soy Saucy Chicken and Eggs for Dinner
Pair hard-boiled eggs with pan-roasted chicken, brown rice, and soy sauce and you’ve got yourself a tantalizing dish for dinner. You can sub pork for chicken, noodles for rice, and play around with sauce variations to get a combo you really like.
There you have it—the tips and tricks that can help you make and peel hard-boiled eggs. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and get cracking.