Easy Peel Hard”boiled” Fresh Eggs

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I absolutely love getting our family’s egg supply from nearby friends that have a flock of backyard chickens. You simply can’t beat the freshness and nutrition of eggs that come from well-cared for chickens that get plenty of sun, fresh air, grass, bugs, and healthy feed! Those perky, bright orange-yellow yolks are indicators of healthy animals and superior eggs.

Farm-fresh eggs used to present one small problem, though. Hardboiling them never turned out well! Because they are so fresh (as opposed to store eggs that are anywhere from 2-4 weeks old when purchased), the shells will stick tight to the whites after they are hardboiled. If you have tried peeling hardboiled fresh eggs, you know how frustrating it can be to try to peel them, and the results are far from pretty, not to mention the fact that much of the white is wasted!

However, I just learned a new trick that gives you a hardboiled egg that is also easy to peel, and it is just as simple to do as the typical hardboiling process. Ready to be amazed? 

I used to try to plan ahead for hardboiled eggs and leave a dozen out on the counter top for about five days. That worked decently so long as I remembered far enough in advance that I wanted to make hardboiled eggs. Not too long ago, though, I forgot to set some out, and I needed to hardboil fresh eggs and still be able to peel them.

And so to Google I turned. I found one method where a small hole is poked in the shell with a pushpin before the eggs are hardboiled. It looked like it gave good results, but I didn’t want to take the time to carefully poke a hole into an uncooked egg’s shell. I kept looking. Then I found a few places that recommended using steam instead of boiling water to cook the eggs, and I was intrigued.

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I tried it. It worked. Beautifully. Easily. Success!

Actually, the first time I tried it, I followed these instructions for steamed eggs and found them overcooked. They peeled easily, but the yolks were gray around the outside and quite dry. I tweaked the cooking time and now have a simple technique to hard”boil” fresh eggs!

Easy Peel Hard”boiled” Fresh Eggs

hardboiled eggs

  1. Fill a large pot or sauce pan halfway with water. For a batch of six eggs, I used a medium saucepan. For a larger batch of 18-2 dozen eggs, I used a large pot. For best results, keep the eggs in a single layer. When I’ve stacked them on top of each other while steaming, this hasn’t worked.
  2. Place a colander or steamer insert into the pot or pan. Water shouldn’t come up into the colander or steamer insert. If it does, pour some out. Place eggs in steamer or colander.
  3. Turn heat on high and cover colander or steamer with a lid.
  4. Bring the water to a boil. Set a timer for 15 minutes once the water boils, and continue boiling it over high or medium-high heat.
  5. After the 15 minutes, place the eggs into an ice water bath to cool. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, start peeling and be amazed!

hardboiled eggs

Perfection! It couldn’t be much easier, could it?

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    1. I just spent an aggravating hour peeling eggs for red beet eggs….So I looked on Pinterest for “How to hard boil fresh eggs”. (How did our parents survive without pinterest!!)
      We used to have this fancy egg cooker (that we bought when we were first married, before kids), that you would poke a hole in the top of egg, then you steam them. It worked good, but it burnt out last week…so I think I’m going to try this next time. Thank you for pinning it to Pinterest!

      1. No kidding on Pinterest! I thought the same thing recently.

        I’ve also seen the trick with poking a hole in the shell. I like not having to do that with steaming them this way. I hope this works as well for you as it does for me!

        Thanks for reading, Heather!

    2. I just found you through Pinterest and not only am I pinning this but I am grateful for it. My hubby hates peeling eggs that are fresh and he loves having his eggs every day. I cannot wait to try it!
      The Adored Home

    3. I tried this method this morning on eggs that we gathered last night. It worked PERFECTLY! It’s been years since I’ve tried to hard-boil a fresh egg since I’ve struggled with it in the past. It is rather aggravating to have to buy ‘store eggs’ to make deviled eggs when we have dozens of fresh eggs at home. No more of that! 🙂

      1. Yeah! I’m so glad to hear, Wendy!

        Thanks for popping in to let me know that this worked well at your house. Enjoy those eggs!

      1. Thanks for sharing your link! I hadn’t read about adding vinegar and salt to the water. That’s another one that’s good to know.

        I hope that you like the steaming method if you try it. Thank you for stopping by!

      1. Second batch of boiled eggs I have ruined this morning. I did one the traditional boiling way, Would not peel. Now I tried the steam version above. SOME RESULTS! So disappointed. Two dozen NON eggs that shells stuck too. Can’t do deviled eggs as I planned. REALLY did not want egg salad. Did not work.

        1. Hi Arlene,

          I’m so sorry to hear that this didn’t work for you! The only time I’ve had trouble with the shells still sticking is if I have tried to steam too many eggs at once. If I do them a dozen or less at a time, it’s always worked for me. I try to not stack them up on each other too much, too. I’ll clarify this post with that.

          Again, I’m sorry to hear this didn’t work for you. I hope you find a method that does! Best wishes.