How To Peel An Egg

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peeled hard boiled eggs

Peeling a hard boiled egg is a seemingly easy task, but many people really struggle with it.  If you don’t know how to peel an egg the right way, parts of the egg will get stuck to the peel, resulting in an ugly egg with lots of craters in it and a bunch of the egg white missing!

If you follow my easy instructions on how to peel an egg, you will be peeling hard boiled eggs easily right away.  My method of peeling boiled eggs produces nice smooth peeled eggs that you won’t be embarrassed to show to others :)

In order to peel hard boiled eggs easily, you need the boil them in a correct way – see my perfect hard boiled eggs recipe.  If you boil them in a different way, the peel will get stuck, so it’s really important to follow the boiling method correctly.   Another crucial thing is to chill the hard boiled eggs in a bowl of ice water – this step helps to separate the peel from the egg membrane inside the egg.

How To Peel Hard Boiled Eggs


  • Eggs
  • Water


  • Put the eggs in a pot and pour enough cold water over them to completely cover the eggs.
  • Bring water to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer and set the timer for 10 minutes.
  • Fill a bowl with cold water and ice (I just get the ice from the ice maker in my refrigerator).
  • When the timer beeps, remove the eggs from heat.
  • Carefully take the eggs out of the hot water one at a time with a slotted spoon and immediately lower them in a bowl of ice water. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  • To peel a hard boiled egg, remove the egg from the ice water. Hold it with your hand and bang the dull end of the egg on the counter, so it cracks.
  • Carefully remove the cracked peel. Continue peeling until all the peel is removed.
  • If you are having trouble removing the little pieces of peel from the egg, peel it under cold running water – the water will wash away all the peels and the egg will be completely peeled and clean.

Here are the step-by-step pictures of how to peel an egg easily:

Step 1 – Boil the eggs for 10 minutes

hard boiled eggs in a pot

Step 2 – Chill the boiled eggs in a bowl of water with ice

chill boiled eggs in a water with ice

Step 3 – Crack the dull end of the egg on a table or counter

cracking the egg on a table

Here’s how the cracked end of the boiled egg will look:

cracked hard boiled egg

Step 4 – Peel the cracked end of the egg

easy peel boiled egg

Step 5- Continue peeling the rest of the boiled egg, until the whole egg is peeled!

peeled hard boiled egg

That’s all there is to peeling hard boiled eggs easily :)

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