Embarrassed to be looking for a hard boiled egg recipe? Does it seem like everyone should know how to boil an egg? Don't worry! There are actually a surprising number of variations in the way people cook hard boiled eggs! And they mostly all turn out fine. The only important difference is how easy they are to peel!
Just use our perfect hard boiled egg recipe or one of our other easier recipes and you'll be a hard boiled egg pro in no time.
Hard boiled eggs are great to have on hand for quick lunches, garnishes,
and side dishes. I eat one almost every morning for breakfast. They're easy to make a week's worth at one time and then just grab one each morning, peel it, and you have a quick, healthy breakfast. I'll often supplement the egg with a small bowl of yogurt too.
Eggs have gone in and out of favor in the nutrition world over the years but everyone now seems to be in agreement that they're an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. The egg white is mostly water with some protein, while the egg yolk contains most of the protein and all of the fat, vitamins, and cholesterol.
The perfect hard boiled egg recipe leaves eggs with a tender white yolk that perfectly set (not darkened and not gooey), and peels easily.
I've included several recipes here for you to try, with varying degrees of difficulty. Now, I'll be honest with you. The first one, with I call the "Perfect Hard Boiled Egg Recipe" is a little over-the-top, as far as multiple steps, and I almost never use this approach.
Instead, I use the Easy Hard Boiled Eggs recipe below. It's good enough for me and it seems to make them easy enough to peel. In fact, how easy boiled eggs are to peel seems to be about the only difference in all of the recipes I've tried.
Microwaving eggs works well for salads and garnishes, where the boiled eggs are cut. The best part is that you won't need to peel them!
As you see in my recipes above, I recommend peeling eggs by first tapping on a hard surface to crack the shell and then rolling between the hands to loosen the shell before peeling.
The real trick to easy peel hard boiled eggs seems to be what you do with the eggs as soon as you've finished boiling them. Whichever recipe you use, you'll definitely want to immediately cool eggs in cold water to prevent further cooking and then move the eggs to a large bowl full of ice cubes and water (enough to cover the eggs) and let chill for 2-5 minutes.
I usually boil all of my eggs for the week on Monday and then just grab one each day (or at least the days when I'm in a hurry and don't feel like making something more ambitious). The ideal method for storing hard boiled eggs is to keep an extra egg carton on hand and label it clearly "Boiled" with a Sharpie. That way, you can store both boiled and un-boiled eggs in the refrigerator without confusion.
When I forget (or someone else in my household forgets) and we don't have an extra egg carton on hand, I'll generally just store my hard boiled eggs carefully in a bowl. They're not nearly as fragile as un-boiled eggs so it's rare for them to get broken. If you're worried though, you can always store them in a tupperware container that will completely conceal and protect them.
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