How to Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly and Peel Easily (without sticking to the shell)

Happy Easter (tomorrow)! Today we went to brunch with my parents where they had an Easter egg hunt for the little man and a small petting zoo.  It was tiny but amazing because all of the kids just went into the fenced in areas and were able to hold baby chicks and ducks (my little man’s favorites), as well as pet geese, goats, sheep and chickens.  I couldn’t believe that the animals weren’t freaking out (well….they probably were). Anyways, on the way home from brunch I called my mom and asked if she still wanted me to make her famous potato salad – she did – but during our conversation she mentioned that she had tried to boil some eggs for deviled eggs and she wasn’t able to get the peels off without sticking and ripping through the egg whites.  It’s weird, because I don’t remember having issues with this when we were growing up but it seems that every single time I have tried to boil eggs over the last few years I have had the same problem. Apparently, it’s an issue only with fresh eggs, because there hasn’t been enough time for air to penetrate the eggs beneath the shells.  So what are you to do if you have some super farm fresh eggs? Well, LUCKILY, just yesterday I was reading one of my favorite blogs, The Prairie Homestead, and found this post of hers from 2014 where she tried a few of the methods people have been posting on the web.  I decided to leave the experimenting to her and just jump right to the method she used that worked…..steaming them. I guess that would mean these are actually “Hard Steamed Eggs”.

Hard Boiled Egg

Before you get started, here’s what you’ll need:



Hard Boiled "Steamed" Eggs; Perfectly Cooked and Easy to Peel

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • Eggs
  • Water


Add about 1 1/2" of water to your pot. Place the steamer basket into the pot and place the eggs on top of it. They should be fine if you have multiple layers. Cover and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, put on your timer because you'll want them to cook for exactly 15 minutes.

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Look at these perfectly cooked and peeled eggs! I haven’t had eggs peel like this in forever! Thanks Jill from the Prairie Homestead for testing a bunch of methods and finding one I will use from now on!

Steaming Eggs


easy to peel hardboiled eggs




Now I’m off to make my mom’s famous gluten free, dairy free, soy free, nut free Mustard Potato Salad (recipe to come later!) Happy Easter!

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