This post has two easy methods to make hard-cooked eggs that will give perfect hard-boiled eggs every time!
It's getting close to Easter, and that means families everywhere will be making hard-cooked eggs and then dying them bright colors to go in Easter baskets. For years I just put eggs in a pan, added water, and boiled them, often with mixed results. Imagine my surprise when I learned a few years ago that there's a right and wrong way to make hard-boiled eggs. If you use the boiling-water soak method, your eggs will turn out perfectly every time, with firm yellow yolks, and no tinge of green or gray to the yolks.
And then through the miracle of Facebook I learned about steam-cooked eggs. This method isn't new, my friend Michelle wrote about it back in 2011. But somehow I missed that memo and only recently spotted the method of steaming eggs, which results in perfectly-cooked eggs with shells that slip right off. Mind blown!
If you're going to be making eggs for Easter, try one of these Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs. I promise, you will not be sorry!
Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs: Steam-Cooked Eggs
You can use any type of Vegetable Steamer or Steamer Insert for steamed eggs, and I used the wonderful steamer I got from my late stepmother Norma. Here's how to steam the eggs. (By the way, you can make hard-boiled eggs in a pressure cooker, which is also a steaming method.)
- Only put enough eggs to fit in a single layer.
- Put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of the steamer, as much as you can fit without the water touching the eggs.
- When the water comes to a boil, steam eggs 20-22 minutes. (I live at a high altititude so my eggs needed a couple more minutes, but 20 minutes will be perfect for most places. You might need to do a test batch to decide what the perfect cooking time is at your altitude.)
- While the eggs are steaming prepare a bowl with ice and water.
- When eggs are done use a large spoon to immediately transfer them to the ice water bath.
- Let eggs sit in the ice water about 10-15 minutes, then peel. (If you're eating them hot, just leave in the water for a minute or two.)
And here are a couple of photos of the peeled and sliced eggs to show how the shells slip right off and the eggs turn out perfect every time!
Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs: Boiling-Water Soak Method
This is the method I've used since 2007, and it also gives perfect results every time, although the steamed eggs are slightly easier to peel. But if you don't want to buy a steamer, just use this method.
- Eggs that are too fresh are difficult to peel, so always keep eggs in the refrigerator for a week or two before making boiled eggs.
- For best results, take eggs out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before cooking.
- Put eggs in a pan large enough to hold all the eggs in a single layer, with water to cover eggs by at least an inch.
- Bring water to a boil. As soon as it boils, turn off heat and cover eggs. Set timer for 12 minutes.
- After 12 minutes, drain eggs, and add cold water with a couple of ice cubes. Let eggs cool at least 10 minutes in cold water, then drain and store in refrigerator.
What Do I Make with Hard-Boiled Eggs?
Without a doubt, deviled eggs are my favorite things to make with boiled eggs, and I shared all of My Favorite Recipes for Deviled Eggs in one post.
I also love this recipe for Egg Salad in Pita with Green Olives, Green Onions, and Dijon.
More boiled egg ideas from my food blogging friends:
Fun Ideas for Easter Eggs:
Hard-Boiled Ruby Eggs from A Veggie Venture
Marbled Beetroot Eggs from Nami Nami
How to Make Golden Chocolate Easter Eggs from The Kitchn
Deviled Eggs of Every Type:
50 Deviled Egg Recipes from Taste and Tell
99 Deviled Eggs Recipes from CopyKat Recipes
32 Ways to Make Deviled Eggs from Carrie's Experimental Kitchen
25+ Deviled Eggs Recipes from No Biggie
15 Deviled Egg Recipes for Spring from A Spicy Perspective
Delicious Egg Salad Variations:
Egg Salad from David Lebovitz
Lemon-Dill Egg Salad from The Perfect Pantry
12 Eggs-Cellent Egg Salad Recipes from A Family Feast
A Tale of Two Egg Salads from FoodieCrush
Cottage Cheese and Egg Salad from Nami Nami
This post was updated March 2015 with better photos and new information. Let us know in the comments if you have another great idea for using boiled eggs.