A peeled hard boiled egg cut in half with salt and pepper.
Print Recipe
4.87 from 15 votes

How to make Easy Peel, Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs EVERY TIME!

This is the BEST egg hack for perfect hard boiled eggs EVERY SINGLE TIME! Add oil to the water- The eggshell just slides right off every time!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time18 mins
Resting time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Eggs
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 62kcal
Author: Elizabeth Lindemann


  • 6 eggs or however many you want!
  • water enough to completely submerge the eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or other oil
  • ice


  • 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.


Serving: 1egg | Calories: 62kcal | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 60mg | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg