We eat boiled eggs a lot! After much frustration with peeling eggs and getting them just right, I must tell you about this 100% tried and true way to make easy peel perfect boiled eggs. You add one simple thing to the water, and I promise it’s like magic because the eggshells will slide right off. Every. Single. Time!
If you’re like me, you’ve tried a hundred different methods for removing the shell of a boiled egg, all without success, leaving your egg rigged, lumpy and not looking like the boiled egg you hoped for. Am I right?
You’ve probably tried adding the eggs to an ice bath after boiling to “shock” them.
And you’ve tried adding a pinch of baking soda to the boiling water.
And you’ve tried letting the eggs sit in the refrigerator overnight before peeling…
We’ve all done it, and nothing works.
So what’s the secret?
How To Make Easy Peel Perfect Boiled Eggs – Every Time
The simple secret is adding oil to the water! (trust me!)
You can add olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil — any oil will do! Just add a tablespoon to the water, and the magic will happen!
An egg’s shells are porous. The oil seeps inside of the shell, creating a barrier that makes the shell separate from the egg, making peeling them very easy!
How Long Do You Boil An Egg?
- First, you’ll want to fill a pot with water 1/2 way. Add the tablespoon of oil.
- Right before the water boils, add the eggs (one at a time), using caution because of the hot water.
- Once the water starts to boil, set a timer for 13 minutes.
- Once the timer goes off, take the pot to the kitchen sink and run cold water over the eggs or put the eggs into an ice bath. This helps the eggs cool off fast and stops the cooking process.
- Lightly tap the egg on a bowl’s edge, the edge of the pot or your countertop. I like to peel my eggs under running cold water, which helps remove tiny bits of shell as I go.
- Enjoy! One of our favorite recipes for using boiled eggs is this turkey salad!