Saturday, March 21, 2015

Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (and Recipe Ideas Using Hard-Boiled Eggs)

This post has two easy methods to make hard-cooked eggs that will give perfect hard-boiled eggs every time!

Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (and Recipe Ideas Using Hard-Boiled Eggs) found on KalynsKitchen.com

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

Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (and Recipe Ideas Using Hard-Boiled Eggs) found on KalynsKitchen.com

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.
  • 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.)

    Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (and Recipe Ideas Using Hard-Boiled Eggs) found on KalynsKitchen.com
    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

    Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (and Recipe Ideas Using Hard-Boiled Eggs) found on KalynsKitchen.com

    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?

    Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (and Recipe Ideas Using Hard-Boiled Eggs) found on KalynsKitchen.com
    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.

    Two Easy Methods for Perfect Hard-Cooked Eggs (and Recipe Ideas Using Hard-Boiled Eggs) found on KalynsKitchen.com


    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. 
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    56 comments:

    1. Hey Kalyn,

      Here's a deviled egg recipe that is a big hit at my church's pot luck breakfasts!

      dozen hard boiled eggs
      2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeds removed and chopped fine.
      1/2 cup mayonnaise
      1 clove garlic, crushed
      Salt and pepper to taste.

      Cut eggs in half and remove yolks. Using a fork, mash egg yolks and rest of the ingredients together. Fill the egg whites with the yolk mixture. (I use a pastry tool with a star tip to do this.)

      These are spicy and delicious!

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    2. I love egg salad sandwiches. You need really crusty Italian bread, then add a good dollop of mayo, thinly sliced onions and celery for crunch and lots of salt and pepper. Sometimes I take them to work and eat them just on their own with salt and pepper, great instant protein!

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    3. Hey Rachel and Katerina, thanks for sharing your boiled egg recipes. They both sound great. I love boiled eggs!

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    4. Kalyn, those were some great tips. Happy Easter!!!!

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    5. I love hard boiled eggs--so that's a great, and efficient, breafast. Beautiful eggs, by the way.

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    6. I wish I could remember where I learned how to do hard boiled eggs. Might have been in the Joy of Cooking but I'm not at home to look. You're doing it pretty much the way I've done it for a long time except I bring them to a boil, cover and let sit 10 minutes. I did some to bring with us on this plane trip. It's such a joy when they peel cleanly!

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    7. Hi Kalyn!

      What a fun egg recipe hunt! :-)

      And thanks for mentioning my curried stuffed eggs - I will have to make some soon. My newest tweak to the filling is to use Trader Joe's Wasabi Mayo. Now you're talking kicked up.

      Hugs from windy New Mexico,

      Karina

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    8. oo..I want some devil eggs now :P

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    9. Mmm, mmm, mmm -- boiled eggs are good! I haven't had a deviled egg in so long, I think I might have to make some this weekend.

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    10. Thanks for the hard boiled egg tutorial -- a great reminder that even the simplest things can be tricky sometimes.

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    11. Since being pregnant I have discovered a real love for hard boiled eggs so keep those delicious ideas coming!!!

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    12. Hi kalyn,
      I was not sure that this was worth it - getting eggs to room temp, waiting so long, etc, but I can say that it works. I am not sure that it is worth it for a couple of hard boiled eggs for breakfast/sandwich (takes far too long compared to boiling - but anyway, I prefer soft boiled for breakfast) but for a mass batch, I would consider this method!

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    13. Hi Kalyn,

      Thanks for the link! I just linked back to this from my egg salad because I hadn't bothered to give instructions for hard-boiled eggs! Great post!

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    14. I am one of those who just plonk my eggs in boiling water and boil and boil for 10 minutes :O

      Thanks for this post and tips.

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    15. Hi Kalyn,
      I followed your guide for hard boiled eggs for potato salad and it was great! Thanks.

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    16. Hi Kalyn,

      Don't be embarassed about showing your hardboiled egg breakfast in a bag! People out there are skipping breakfast, stopping at McDonalds, or eating those horrible breakfast bars from the grocery store. They need healthful alternatives for breakfast on the go.

      ~Anne

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    17. Anne, I am glad you approve of my boiled egg breakfast. It's easy to eat in the car, another plus!

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    18. Who ever imagined when I wrote about how to make perfect boiled eggs and shared ideas for using boiled eggs in April of 2007 that it would be one of my most popular posts ever? Comments before this one are before I updated the post in 2008 with even more boiled egg ideas.

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    19. I fowarded this to my mother in lawf for Easter. Big revelation coming from me but I don't like eggs...only in baked goods. I tolerate egg whites omelettes but that's about it. I know, totaly weird!!

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    20. I have a sister who has hated eggs from the time she was a tiny girl. Never changed her feelings about it either!

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    21. Hah... isn't it funny how we all have our own "fail-proof" method to hard-boil eggs? Mine is (a) bring to boil in salted water, about 1" depth over top of eggs; (b) once water comes to a full rolling boil, turn off heat and allow to sit 15 minutes; (c) remove and immediately peel under cold running water, or, cool and refrigerate for future use.

      For years I couldn't eat eggs, from about age 12 or 14 through about age 27. They did horrible, gassy things to me. And even though I always LOVED eggs, I could only eat maybe 1/2 egg every once in a while... if I ate more than that, I suffered miserably. And just as suddenly it was gone, and I could eat eggs again. Go figure.

      And what's wrong with eating an egg in the car on the way to work? I used to bring HB eggs to work for breakfast or lunch, and peel them there. So yummy sprinkled with salt!

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    22. Thanks for this post! I saw an episode of "The Secret life of...Easter" on the Food Network and I remember them showing this process...I forgot how long to let the eggs set in the water, so I was going to google it...But before I did, I decided to run through my fave blogs...and then I read this post all about eggs! You saved me so much time! Thanks!

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    23. I use this technique as well and you are right...they come out perfect every time!! Thanks for all the great links:)

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    24. One think I like to do with hard cooked egg is pickle them. But not with red beets like you might think. I take a large jar of pepperoncini and a dozen whole, hard cooked eggs. Mix together and keep in fridge for a couple of days. Yowza! The heat of the spicy peppers and the cool of the egg are just a fantastic combination. Everyone who has tried them has raved about them. If you like spicy, you really should give them a try. One further tip, if your pepperoncini are not juicy enough, you may need to get another jar, just for the liquid.

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    25. Mary Jean, I love that idea of pickled eggs! Thanks for sharing.

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    26. These really are the perfect instructions. I often come back to this post. Thank!

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    27. Gemma, thanks! So glad it's useful.

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    28. Kalyn,

      If you get bored eating eggs with just salt, you should try sprinking them with soy sauce. The flavors blend together so well, and Chinese people eat eggs like that all the time!

      Just a suggestion! My boyfriend was really skeptical and then I had him try it, and he was surprised at how yummy it was!

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    29. Crystal, I love that idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    30. I finally found and bought and tried Vegesal last week! It was at Sunflower Market. OMG you are right, it is the bomb!

      I will probably mimic your baggie to work for breakfast recipe/idea, but add pepper to it.

      Easter's coming!!

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    31. Isn't Vege-Sal just great on eggs! I notice now they are labeling the jars Spike Vege-Sal, I guess capitalizing on the popularity of Spike Seasoning made by the same company.

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    32. I'm so happy I found this again. My computer died and I lost all my favorites, one of which was this method of cooking hardboiled eggs. I'd never been able to cook them until I found this site.
      Thank you for taking all the guessing out of it for me.

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    33. Sonia, glad it's working well for you.

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    34. I prefer hard boiled egg than the fried ones, but I've never seen or eaten hard boiled eggs like you have here, they look fantastic and sure taste great. Thanks to you now I can have my eggs flavored differently from my the usual plain one. :) This is my first visit to your lovely blog by the way and I'm sure be back to dig more of your posts. Thanks ~Claire

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    35. Claire, thanks! Glad you're enjoying the recipes.

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    36. For this method, what size of egg is appropriate? (medium, large, x-large?)

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    37. Tara I don't think the egg size will make much difference in cooking time.

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    38. I eat a lot of hard boiled eggs, especially in order to jazz up salads. I season mine with sea salt, ground pepper, and... lemon juice! I accidentally drizzled lemon juice on my eggs when I was dressing up a salad, but was pleasantly surprised when I ate them!

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    39. This is AMAZING!!!!! I love, love, love eggs...so pretty much plan to go through your whole list.

      YUM.

      Check out my site if you like for a recent fave: Soft-Boiled Eggs with Anchovy Mayonnaise

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    40. Glad you like the ideas, and I think anchovy mayonnaise sounds great in deviled eggs!

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    41. Again...I wasn't sure where to post this...I am trying to convert my eggs to organic. There are so many brands out there that is confusing!! I went to my local Sam's club (no Costco) and they have EB eggs for a really good price. I read the package and they seem good but I was wondering what type of eggs you recommend?

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    42. I buy Oakdell Farms high omega 3. They're a Utah product, sold at Costco here. I don't really know much about other brands.

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    43. Hi Kalyn,
      I'm glad you thought to post this on your site. I have had no luck boiling eggs since moving back to Utah from Las Vegas. I am learning that baking has to have adjustments for altitude so I thought maybe it affected the eggs. Apparently it does, but yours is the only site I found that had a procedure used in Utah. I have my eggs setting out and can't wait to get them done!

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    44. Oopsali, hope these tips will help. I think the freshness of the eggs is one of the biggest factors though; when eggs are too fresh, they just won't peel well.

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    45. I am such a dunce when it comes to boiling eggs... Wouldn't it make a difference if it's a gas stove vs. electric? With gas, the burner would cool down very fast. My electric stove will keep that water boiling for a long time if I cover a pan and turn it off. Am I supposed to remove the pan from the burner? I am laughing at myself for what is probably a stupid question here, so feel free to laugh along. :-)

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    46. I don't think it will matter. I have a gas stove though, so for electric you might take the pan off the heat.

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    47. Missed, totally, the MOST IMPORTANT
      aspect - how to shell easily!!!

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    48. I said "Eggs that are too fresh won't peel easily" which I think is the most important trick to removing the shells easily. If you know other tricks besides that, please share.

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    49. My fridge always feels "empty" if I don't have a container of hard boiled eggs in it. So helpful at this time of year to have a reminder of the best ways to make eggs in a batch at one time.

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      1. Lydia, deviled eggs are absolutely my snack of choice when I plan ahead enough to make them, so I can relate!

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    50. Have you tried oven baked "hard boiled" eggs. Best way ever. You will never have to mess with boiling water again. I use this recipe.

      http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/11/how-to-make-perfect-hard-boiled-eggs-in-the-oven.html

      Thanks for your blog.

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      1. I have heard of that, but haven't tried it. Somehow heating up the oven seems harder to me than steaming, but I will give it a try.

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    51. Steaming eggs? that is one method I've never tried! Definitely intriguing. I usually put my eggs straight from the fridge into a pan of water and start timing when it comes to a boil -- 8-9 minutes for yolks that are just cooked through, with a little dimple of damp in the middle. The creamier yolk makes for a better egg salad!

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      1. Eileen, I've done the steaming method about 6 times now and I can say it's really impressive how the shells slip right off!

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    52. Thanks so much for linking to our Egg Salad collection!

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      1. Martha, my pleasure! Great collection of egg salads.

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