It’s happened to the best of us. You go to create an Instagram worthy, food-porn masterpiece – complete with the perfectly peeled, delightfully runny egg…only to have the little f**ker completely tear apart at the finish line.
Can you tell I’ve shared my fair share of frustration over the matter?
I won’t lie – there was one particularly dark instance when I was meal-prepping Scotch Eggs and an entire batch of eggs tore apart before I could successfully encase them in the seasoned pork mixture. On about my 6th failed egg, I flew into such a rage that I hurled the broken eggs against my kitchen wall. Yup…I full on egged myself. Needless to say, that reaction didn’t help the situation, and it remains far from being one of my proudest moments.
So – if I may, please allow me to try my best to save you from even a fraction of that same shame and frustration. And before you shrug off my approach as just another gimmick, let me assure you that I have literally tried every “old wives” trick for making an egg easier to peel. I was damn close to throwing in the towel and claiming a conspiracy theory on all those restaurants and bloggers posting perfectly peeled eggs every time, but then I tried this one, final method. Wouldn’t it figure, it was the winner.
So, without any further banter, let’s dive in and get you to boiling some kickass eggs.
First and foremost, it does not matter if your preferred method is steam or boiling – the name of the game in guaranteeing an easy peel of your cooked eggs is sudden temperature changes. Keep that in mind as we dive into the steps…
Step 1: Bring Your Pot of Water to a Rolling Boil/Steam.
This is of utmost importance. For the longest time I would jump the gun and add my eggs too soon. In that scenario, the slow build up of temperature just makes the egg membrane extra tough and clingy – thus tearing apart your egg whites during the peeling process. Trust me now, believe me later, bring your cooking temperature up to full heat first. Not sure what I mean by a “rolling” boil? Please see the video below…
This provides a great opportunity for me to point out the exact reason why uni-tasker egg steamers such as this one are a no-go in my book. Sure – the device looks sleek and makes the actual cooking process pretty hands off and fool proof, but you’ll ultimately pay for all that convenience during the peeling process. The make of the device is designed to bring your eggs and the steam to temperature at once. There is no way to start the steam and add the eggs after – this results in the same tough, clingy membrane as mentioned above. If you’re asking me, I say save your money and stay with the tried, true method of some boiling water and a sturdy pot.
Step 2: Add Your Eggs to the Boiling Water Directly from Your Fridge.
Did I say add your eggs that have been sitting out on the counter top? No. I said add your eggsDIRECTLY FROM THE FRIDGE to your ALREADY boiling pot of water. This drastic temperature change is key for setting you up for an easy peel process.
Step 3: Set Your Timer Depending on Your Egg Preference.
Nailing your exact cooking time will depend on a handful of factors (i.e. pot size, number of eggs, etc), but the guideline posted below will surely get you near the right ballpark.
How would you like your eggs…?
- Next to Raw – the white isn’t fully set and the yolk is totally raw – 2 minutes
- Soft – the white is fully set, but the yolk is thick and runny – 4 minutes
- Goldilocks – the white is fully set, and the yolk is mostly set – 6 minutes
- Medium-Well – the white is fully set, the yolk is set, but tender – 8 minutes
- Hard Boiled – the white and the yolk are fully set – 10 minutes
Step 4: Transfer Your Eggs Directly to a Bowl of Ice Water.
Did I say transfer your eggs to a bowl of room temperature water? No. Did I say transfer your eggs to your counter top to leave them to cool? NO! Did I say immediately start to peel? WTF?! OMG – STOP IT!
Prep a large bowl of ice water beforehand and have it ready to dunk those babies in.
In other news – has anyone tried ice baths or cold showers post intensive training? It can actually be kick ass for your recovery process! Curious to know more? Comment below that you’d love to see a post on the subject. 😉
Okay, okay…back to your eggs…
Step 5: Crack Those Babies Open
Let the eggs chillax in their ice bath for 20-30 seconds before beginning to peel. I typically start by smashing the bottom of the egg, but that is truly personal preference.
I went ahead and filmed my most recent egg peel in order to prove just how easy the shell removes…but I’m worried the video ended up becoming more of an ASMR experience… Either way, enjoy!
Your egg’s shell should remove with minimal effort, leaving you plenty of time to plate and enjoy your perfectly prepped egg. (Be sure to post a photo on Instagram or else it didn’t happen…that goes double if you forget to tag me 😉 )
Now – let’s cue the eggy, drool photos….
Alright kids – I’ve taught you everything I know in regards to boiling and peeling an egg. What are you waiting for? Go start that pot of water a boilin’! Don’t forget to let me know how your eggs turn out!
Until next time,