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How to Boil Eggs (So They Peel Easily)

Boiling eggs. It seems like such an easy thing, doesn’t it? You boil some water and add some eggs and then ta-da! Yummy eggs!

Unfortunately, that’s not how it always goes (and you probably know this if you boil eggs for the holidays). What most people don’t realize is that you need to follow directions a little more than you think for boiling eggs.

How to Boil Eggs Perfectly and Properly

To hardboil eggs:

  • Put eggs into a pot and cover with 1-inch of cold water.
  • Place the pot onto the stove on medium-high heat, uncovered.
  • Once water starts to boil, cover pot and remove from heat.
  • Let eggs sit in covered pot for 10 minutes.
  • Drain the hot water and transfer eggs to an ice bath to cool.
  • Peel eggs after cooled.

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How to Boil Eggs so They Peel Easily


The trick in easy peeling isn’t in the boiling as much as what you do after the boiling. When you add the eggs to the ice bath to cool, crack each one on the side of the pot before you place it in the ice bath. Then, let them sit in the ice bath until completely cooled, but not longer.

How to Boil Eggs in Microwave

Did you know that you can boil eggs in the microwave? (I.KNOW.) It’s pretty easy:

  • Fill a microwave safe dish (with lid) with water, leaving enough room for the eggs to submerge.
  • Heat the water until boiling.
  • Remove dish with boiling water and carefully with a spoon place each egg into the water.
  • Cover with the microwave safe lid and return to the microwave.
  • Cook on low to medium setting for 8 minutes.
  • After cooking, let the eggs sit in the microwave dish and water for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Then, place the eggs into an ice water bath to cool.
  • Peel after cooled completely.

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Along with being a contributor to PrimeParentsClub.com, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate. Founder and executive director of Monkey Do Project and co-author of 50 Shades of Frayed: What Happens When 'I Do' Becomes 'Not Tonight': A Humorous Mompilation.