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:
- How old the eggs are
- 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!
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:
- 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.
- Chilled eggs
Start with chilled eggs the whites are less like to stick the shells membrane, making them easier to peel.
- Ice Bath
After the eggs finish boiling, drain the water from the pot and add enough ice-cold water to cover the eggs.
- 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!
- Loaded Deviled Eggs
- Cobb Pasta Salad
- These Egg Salad Lunches
- Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
- Protein Bento Boxes
Where will you begin, once you’ve peeled your hard-boiled eggs?
How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs
- 12 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon salt
- Place your raw eggs in a medium saucepan and cover with at least 2 inches of cold water.
- Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
- Place the pan over high heat until it reaches a boil.
- Turn off heat, cover, and let it sit for 13 minutes.
- After 13 minutes, remove the eggs from the pan and place them in an ice-water bath and cool for 5 minutes. The ice-water bath will “shock” the membrane in between the egg-white and the eggshell, loosening the shell and allowing you to peel it off in nearly one piece.
- Carefully crack the eggs shells (making sure the majority of the shell is cracked).
- If using the crack and roll method, crack the egg around the center and then roll it on a flat surface. As needed, you can dip the egg (as you are peeling it) in and out of the water to remove any slivers of the shell.
- If using the spoon method, make a small crack in the eggs, and using the spoon, carefully insert it underneath the shell, making a circular "scoop" motion to remove the boiled egg from the shell.
- If using the container method, fill a small lidded container with cooled, hard-boiled eggs and add enough water to cover them. Place the lid over the container and give it a good shake until the eggshells begin to fall off. You may need to peel off the remaining bits of shell.
- Serve immediately, use in a recipe, or store in your refrigerator for three days for future use.