I NEED to tell you about this super 100% fool-proof way to make easy peel boiled eggs that you HAVEN’T heard of. Adding olive oil to the water ensures perfect boiled eggs EVERY SINGLE TIME! Because the eggshells are porous, the oil seeps into the shell and creates a barrier. The eggshell just slides right off every time!! It’s nothing short of a miracle.
Let me guess: you’ve probably tried already a million ways to hard boil the perfect, easy to peel egg only to be disappointed and frustrated, standing over the trash for what seems like hours trying to peel that accursed egg and ending up with a lumpy, ripped up mess instead. We’ve all been there.
Here’s what you’ve probably tried in the past.
You’ve tried adding the eggs to cold water, bringing them to a boil for a certain amount of time, and letting them sit covered.
Or, you’ve tried adding baking soda to the water when you are boiling.
You’ve used an ice bath to “shock” the eggs back into the shell.
And maybe you’ve even tried this nifty as-seen-on-TV “Eggstractor” to peel your eggs. Old eggs, new eggs, brown eggs, white eggs…
Nothing seems to work.
Except THIS Perfect Hard Boiled Egg Recipe!!!
The SECRET to making PERFECT Easy Peel eggs!
The simple secret to making easy to peel eggs is adding a special ingredient to the water when you are boiling them. Are you ready? This is going to sound weird, but I promise it works…
ADD OLIVE OIL TO THE WATER! Or canola oil, vegetable oil, or any other kind of oil.
Just add a tablespoon or so to the water and you’ll get easy-to-peel eggs EVERY time!
Why does using oil to make easy peel eggs work?
Here’s the thing about eggs: their shells are porous.
Over time, if left unused, air will actually seep into the eggs and the inside will dry out/evaporate. In fact, to test if your eggs have gone bad, you should submerge them in water; if they float, they have gone bad, since air has gotten inside.
The porous nature of the eggshells is what causes this method to work: the oil seeps inside the shell right in-between the egg white and the shell/membrane, causing a slippery barrier that makes peeling the egg VERY easy.
How exactly to make easy to peel, perfect hard boiled eggs using oil:
- First, boil water (enough to completely submerge the eggs) with a tablespoon of olive (or other) oil.
- Once the water is boiling, reduce the water to a gently boil. If it’s too vigorous, the eggshells may break.
- Gently add the eggs one at a time using a spoon to the water.
- Set your timer to 13 minutes. This is the magic number for hard boiled eggs that aren’t overcooked (you won’t get a gray line around the yolk) but are 100% solid.
- While the eggs are boiling, prepare an ice bath with plenty of ice and water- enough water to cover the eggs and enough ice (about one tray’s worth) that it will stay cold for a long time.
- At the end of the allotted time, spoon the eggs directly out of the boiling water and transfer to the ice bath. I’m actually not sure of this is necessary in terms of the eggs being easy to peel, since it never helped with other boiling methods I’ve tried before. Some people swear by it for this reason, but I like it because it cools the eggs down to where you can handle them almost immediately, rather than waiting.
- After about 5 minutes in the ice bath, remove from the water and either store in the fridge, or peel.
- When you are ready to peel, roll the egg on the counter to crack the shell and start the process, and peel under running cold water. The water helps rinse off any lingering tiny pieces of shell and makes it a bit easier to peel.
FAQs about boiling eggs
- Can I make these soft boiled? Sure! Just cook them for less time. For medium boiled, try 10 minutes, and for soft boiled, anywhere from 3-6 minutes, depending on how runny you want the yolk. Be extra gentle when peeling them.
- Can I dye these eggs? Good question. My initial thought was that the dye wouldn’t stick quite as well because of the oil, one reader commented below that she had success with the dye sticking after wiping them off with a paper towel! Hooray!
- Are there any other ways to make easy peel eggs? Boiling with oil is my favorite way to ensure easy peel eggs every time, but steaming them in a steamer basket over boiling water, rather than submerged, is my second favorite. Same time- 13 minutes once the water is boiling!)
- Should I use old or new eggs? Some people say that using old eggs instead of new eggs helps with them being easy to peel- I have not found that to be true, at least with this method. In fact, if your eggs are old, the yolk may have sunk to the bottom of the eggs, making them more difficult to use for deviled eggs and such. Old or new eggs work with this.
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Did you try this hard boiled egg hack? Comment and rate below and tell me how it went!
How to make Easy Peel, Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs EVERY TIME!
- 6 eggs or however many you want!
- water enough to completely submerge the eggs
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or other oil
- Bring water and oil to a gentle boil in a pot large enough to lay the eggs in one layer.
- Add the eggs one at a time gently to the boiling water using a spoon.
- Boil for exactly 13 minutes for hard boiled eggs, or 10 for medium, and 3-6 for soft (depending on how runny you want the yolk.
- Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath with about a tray's worth of ice and enough water to completely submerge the eggs.
- Remove the eggs with a slotted spoon and place immediately in ice bath.
- Allow to sit for at least 10 minutes in bath.
- Peel gently, preferably under running cold running water.
- I used large eggs for this. If you use smaller eggs, you may need to cook for less time.
- Nutrition information is for one egg with no oil, since most of the oil stays in the water.
- The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.
This Easy Peel Egg Recipe first appeared on Bowl of Delicious in November 2015. It’s been updated to include a video, process shots, answer some FAQs, and provide other tips and tricks for making the perfect easy peel hard boiled eggs.