Easy-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs (Farm Fresh Eggs)

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Here is a fool-proof method to cook perfect hard boiled eggs every time! Even farm fresh eggs come out easy to peel with this method.

Halved hard boiled eggs on a cutting board.


 

I love hard-boiled eggs! They’re effortless and filling snack at any time. Most days, I like to simply cut them in half, sprinkle some salt & pepper and enjoy.

When I feel fancy though, I make deviled eggs.

Why you’ll love this method:

You know what bad hard boiled eggs are, if you’ve ever bitten into rubbery eggs with chalky dry yolk. And the worst if they had that unappealing grayish green ring around the yolk. No, thank you.

Well, I’m here to show you how to avoid that disaster!

Perfect hard boiled eggs have…

  • soft and silky smooth egg whites
  • velvety yolks cooked to your desired doneness
  • no grayish green ring around the yolks
  • and they must peel easily!!

The biggest advantage of this cooking method is that no matter how old your eggs are, you’ll get easy to peel hard boiled eggs every time! Yes, even farm fresh eggs!!!

My mother-in-law raises chickens and provides us with fresh eggs every week. And this is the only way I cook my eggs and they come out perfect.

Peeled hard boiled eggs on a white plate.

How to cook hard boiled eggs:

So, this fool-proof method I’ve been teasing you about this whole time is STEAMING!!!

Forget about those rules to boil the water first, or cold vs room temperature eggs, etc. None of those rules applies here!

  1. In a saucepan, bring about an inch of water to a boil. Then place a steamer basket in and add the eggs. Cover with a lid and let the eggs steam for 8-10 minutes. Then if you want hard boiled eggs with firm yolks (ie, for deviled eggs), turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Immediately transfer the cooked eggs into a bowl of ice water and let the eggs cool for 5-10 minutes.
Side by side images of steaming eggs and eggs in an ice bath.

Hard boiled eggs time chart:

Depending on your preference or what you’re using hard-boiled eggs for, the cooking time varies.

  • 6 minutes for soft-boiled egg with 100% runny yolk
  • 8 minutes for soft-boiled egg with semi-set yolk
  • 10 minutes for hard-boiled egg with firm, but custardy yolk
  • 15 minutes for hard-boiled egg with firm yolk (Note: The last 5 minutes is cooked with no heat.)
Hard boiled eggs time chart: 4 plates of hard boiled eggs of various doneness.

How to peel eggs easily:

Once the eggs are nice and cooled, they’re ready to be peeled.

  1. Gently tap the cooled egg on a hard surface to crack the shell all over.
  2. If possible, tear a small hole in the thin membrane under the shell.
  3. Then put the cracked egg back into the water, while you crack other eggs. We want to let water seep in between the egg and thin membrane under the shell.
  4. Then carefully peel the shells to reveal flawless hard-boiled eggs. Peeling the eggs under running water may be helpful too.
Step by step images of peeling a hard boiled egg.

Tip

Soaking the cracked egg in a bowl of water allows moisture seep between the egg and thin membrane for easy peeling.

Tips for Success:

  • Be sure to transfer the cooked eggs into an ice bath right away to stop cooking process.
  • For easy peeling, let the cracked eggs sit in a bowl of water for a few minutes. Or peel the egg under running tap water.
  • Hard-boiled eggs peel the easiest right after ice bath. If you’re making deviled eggs, cook the eggs right before making it.
  • Though fresh eggs tend to be hard to peel, steaming method ensures easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs every time. So, farm fresh eggs are just fine!

Storing Tips:

Store hard boiled eggs in the fridge.

  • Keep peeled eggs in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Unpeeled eggs are good for up to 1 week.

FAQs:

How do you avoid green ring in hard boiled egg?

Although harmless, grayish green ring around cooked yolk is completely unappetizing. It’s generally caused by overcooking the eggs or boiled at too high temperature. To prevent this issue, steam the eggs and immediately transfer them into an ice bath.

Can I use farm fresh eggs?

Yes, absolutely! We mostly use farm fresh eggs and this method has proven to be the best for farm fresh eggs time and again.

Recipes for using hard boiled eggs:

Besides enjoying this protein-rich snack with just salt and pepper, you can use the cooked eggs in so many recipes:

By the way, have you tried soft boiled qual eggs? They make the best snacks ever!!

Halved hard boiled eggs on a cutting board.
5 from 3 votes

Easy Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Here is a fool-proof method to cook perfect hard boiled eggs every time! Even farm fresh eggs come out easy to peel with this method.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 6 large eggs

Instructions 

  • In a saucepan, bring about an inch of water to a boil.
  • Place a steamer basket in and add the eggs. Cover with a lid and let the eggs steam for 8-10 minutes. (See the time chart below.)
  • Then if you want hard boiled eggs with firm yolks, turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  • Immediately transfer the cooked eggs into a bowl of ice water and let the eggs cool for 5-10 minutes.

To peel the eggs:

  • Gently tap the cooled eggs on a hard surface to crack the shell all over. If possible, tear a small hole in the thin membrane under the shell.
  • Then put the cracked egg back into the water, while you crack other eggs. We want to let water seep in between the egg and thin membrane under the shell.
  • Carefully peel the shells to reveal flawless hard-boiled eggs. (TIP: Peeling the eggs under running water may be helpful too.)

Tips & Notes

Cooking Time Chart:
– 6 minutes for soft-boiled egg with 100% runny yolk
– 8 minutes for soft-boiled egg with semi-set yolk
– 10 minutes for hard-boiled egg with firm, but custardy yolk
– 15 minutes for hard-boiled egg with firm yolk (Note: The last 5 minutes is cooked with no heat.)
Storing Tips:
Store hard boiled eggs in the fridge.
– Keep peeled eggs in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
– Unpeeled eggs are good for up to 1 week.

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 164mg, Sodium: 62mg, Potassium: 61mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 238IU, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American

This post was originally published on March 22, 2016, and updated on April 11, 2022.

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6 Comments

  1. Yay what beautiful eggs!  Funny thing I had to quickly boil some last night to have them ready for coloring and I was NOT paying close enough attention – got the green ring.  Oh well, I will definitely be saving this post for next time! 🙂  Thanks for sharing, found you at Link Party Lolapalooza! 

  2. What an interesting take on cooking hard boiled eggs – not to boil them at all:). I’ll have to try this. Do you think it works well for store-bought eggs as well as farm fresh?

    1. Oh yes, store-bought will work just as well. I love this gentle cooking for all kinds of eggs. Hope you’ll like it too, Laura.

  3. I just made hard boiled eggs for the first time using this recipe, with only 3 eggs and in a 1.5 quart pan. They came out great! Thanks for sharing!!!!