Making the perfect hard-boiled egg is so simple and fast. Learn how to cook the perfect egg every time without any fuss. These easy-peel hard-cooked eggs taste and look amazing. I uncovered the secret to beautifully cooked and easy-peel hard-boiled eggs and I cannot wait to share that with you.
How Long To Boil Eggs?
There is not a simple answer for how long to cook hard-boiled eggs since each cooking method has different cooking time requirements.
However, I uncovered the secret to beautifully cooked and easy-peel hard-boiled eggs. I tried three different methods, for the most part, I found the eggs were not easy to peel.
Except for the Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs. Not to worry I found the perfect way to cook easy-peel eggs and I cannot wait to share it with you. I wanted to share the most used methods first.
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Start Cooking Eggs in Boiling Water
The first method I tried I started with enough boiling water to cover the eggs. Using a strainer I lowered the eggs into the boiling water and allowed them to boil 30 seconds before lowering the temperature to the lowest setting for 13 minutes.
While the eggs were cooking I prepared a bowl with ice water. Once the eggs were cooked I scooped them up with a strainer and gently lowered them into the ice bath and set the timer for 15 minutes.
Then I peeled the eggs. The eggs were a bit messy to peel. If you would like them soft boiled allow them to cook for 6 minutes. The soft boiled eggs turned out perfect with firm egg white and creamy yolks. I enjoy serving them in egg cups with toast.
Start Cooking Eggs in Cold Water
The next method I tried is the one I have been using for years. For this method, placed the eggs in the pan then add enough cold water to cover the eggs at least two inches. Add 1 tablespoon of salt and place the pan over high heat until it reaches a boil.
Turn off heat, remove the pan from the burner and cover for 13 minutes. After exactly 13 minutes, remove the eggs from the pan and place them in an ice-bath for 5 minutes.
Then gently crack the entire egg and start peeling from the large end. Peel the eggs under running water. These still were not easy-peel eggs see the photo below.
Tip: When using the stovetop cook method use older eggs to make them easier to peel.
Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot
I have to admit I was skeptical about cooking eggs in the Instant Pot, but I thought I would give it a try. I am so glad I did since I discovered the secret to easy-peel hard-boiled eggs.
Next, place the rack inside the Instant Pot.
Add two cups of water making sure the water is not covering the rack.
Place the eggs on the rack.
Place lid on and lock into position. Select pressure cook (high temperature) for 4 minutes.
Allow to natural release for 5 minutes then turn the quick-release button and remove the lid.
Perfectly cooked eggs with hot water.
Using tongs place cooked eggs in the ice bath.
Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs
- 12 eggs
- Place the rack inside the Instant Pot.
- Add 2 cups of water (water should not cover rack)
- Place eggs on the rack in a single layer
- Secure lid and plug in your Instant Pot
- Select Pressure Cook and add 4 minutes for cooking time
- After the 4 minutes of cooking time has ended allow the natural release for 5 minutes then manual release while holding a towel
- Remove lid and with tongs remove eggs and place in an ice bath for 5 minutes
- Peel and enjoy
- Refergridate up to 3 days
Allow the eggs to cool for 5 minutes before peeling. This is where I started getting giddy. I peeled the first egg and the peel came off in one piece and I was amazed. I knew that had to be a fluke so I peeled another egg and again the peel slid off in one piece.
So I cooked another batch this time using fresh eggs that I just purchased and again they ALL were easy-peel hard-boiled eggs! I cannot wait to make a batch of deviled eggs with these Instant Pot hard-boiled eggs and to decorate some for Easter eggs too.
The Best Way to Cook Easy Peel Eggs
In conclusion, the best hard-boiled eggs are not the ones cooked on a stove, but the ones cooked in an Instant Pot. You will be so surprised and delighted with the results. Thus the trick to peeling hard-boiled eggs is to cook them in an Instant Pot.
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