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Easy-Peel Hard or Soft Boiled Eggs

Do you love hard (or soft) boiled eggs but dread making them because they are too much of a hassle to peel? Worry no longer because here is THE FOOLPROOF WAY to cook them. The secret is in the steam, which permeates and loosens the shell, making them super easy to peel. And this is a teaser to a yummy Paleo Deviled Scotch egg recipe coming up next!

You will need a steamer basket and however many eggs you want to cook.

  1. Fill your pan with enough water to reach the bottom of the steamer basket. I use a stock pot with steamer insert.
  2. Heat water on high heat until boiling and you see steam.
  3. Reduce heat to medium high and gently place eggs in a single layer in the steamer basket over the pot and cover.

  4. Set your timer. 10 minutes for soft boiled, 12 for medium boiled, 15 for hard boiled. (I prefer 11 minutes for a bright and soft yolk but cook for 12-13 minutes for a deviled egg where I’m scooping out the insides. If your eggs are stacked on top of each other it may take longer. The timing may need some experimentation but personally 11 minutes results in perfect eggs for me.)
  5. While the eggs are steaming, prepare a large bowl with ice water.
  6. When the timer goes off, remove the steamed eggs with a slotted spoon directly into the ice bath to stop the cooking.

  7. When sufficiently cooled after a few minutes, they are ready to peel. I just gently tap the egg all around its surface on the edge of the counter to create fractures all over the surface, then gently roll between my hands to loosen the shell, which then should easily release from the egg. Enjoy! These are great alone obviously, but are also fantastic mashed up with our delicious homemade mayo (with diced pickles or celery or onion) for some egg salad or deviled eggs!

(I think I originally came across this method at Simply Recipes by way of Google)