How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Around here, we loved hard-boiled eggs for all things lunches, egg salad sandwiches, or a high-protein snack. The only thing I don’t like? When those hard-boiled eggs are hard to peel and result in half the white coming off with the shell. 

I’m sure you don’t experience this….. *ahem, but just in case you ever do, this post is all about how to get the perfect, easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs. 

Peeling under running water, shaking the eggs in an airtight container filled with water, or cracking and rolling… I’ve tried them all, and you can see the end results in this video:

How to Get Eggs to Peel Easily

There are several different methods for peeling eggs, and many people claim it’s the difference between shells that seem to fall off and those that cling to the egg white. The truth? Achieving achieve hard-boiled eggs that are easy to peel is a result of 2 elements: 

  1. How old the eggs are
  2. Cooking method

The older the egg and the way you boil them determines the way they peel. Believe it or not, boiling eggs does take a little technique but thankfully it’s not complicated and I share how to boil eggs the best way in this video: 

Why are Some Eggs Hard to Peel?

If you crack the eggs and begin to peel only to find the whites want to stick to the shell, this could be for a couple of reasons. 

As mentioned previously, if you are using fresh eggs, they’re more likely to become a mangled eggy mess.

If an egg is fresh, the pH of the white is super low, which causes it to stick to the shell membrane. 

If you’re in a pinch, add baking soda to the water, it prevents any sticking. Otherwise, I would stick to using fresh eggs for omelets and scrambling and use the week-old carton for hard-boiled eggs. 

Another reason could be due to poor cooking technique, so make sure to follow the cooking directions exactly!

image: a brown boiled egg being peeled by hand

Is There a Trick to Peeling Eggs?

Cracking into a boiled egg only to find it sticking to the shell is a total bummer- there goes any chance of a Fiesta Deviled Egg. 

While I always recommend sticking to the recipe for the best results, there are also a few tricks to help you achieve the perfect and easy to peel, hard-boiled egg. And, a few different ways to peel the egg. 

Try one of these methods for the easiest eggs!

Crack & Roll

I use this method most often, and it goes just like it sounds, crack the egg around the center and then roll it on a flat surface. This will help separate the egg white from the membrane; from there you can use your fingers to remove the pieces. 

With a Spoon

A newfound idea and it has good results. Make a small crack in the egg and using a spoon, carefully insert it underneath the shell, making a circular motion “scoop” the boiled egg from the shell. 

Shaking in a Container

This method works best when you have a large number of eggs. Fill a lidded container with cooled, hard-boiled eggs, add enough water to cover them, and place the lid over the container. Give it a good shake, not too hard, until the eggs shells begin to fall off the eggs. 

Here are more tips for easy-to-peel hard-boiled eggs: 

1. Use aged eggs.

Purchase 2 dozen eggs at a time and use 1 carton for that week and the other the following week for hard-boiled eggs. 

2. Chilled eggs

Start with chilled eggs the whites are less like to stick the shells membrane, making them easier to peel. 

3. Ice Bath

After the eggs finish boiling, drain the water from the pot and add enough ice-cold water to cover the eggs.  

4. Peel under running water

The water helps to separate the egg from the shell. 

Best Recipes With Hard-Boiled Eggs  

Now that you are an egg peeling expert let’s add in a few recipes for you try out those new skills! These high-protein lunches and recipes are family favorites and a great place to start with freshly peeled eggs!

Where will you begin, once you’ve peeled your hard-boiled eggs?

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