Updated: Aug 23, 2021
We’ve all been there...thinking we will make a quick batch of hard boiled eggs only to spend just as long peeling them as it did to make them!
It can sometimes be challenging to get fresh eggs to peel when hard boiled. I have an instant pot, and my hard boiled eggs turn out perfect every time using the 5-5-5 method.
5 minutes of pressure cooking on high.
Release pressure valve and let sit in the instant pot while it is releasing for 5 minutes.
Put eggs in ice water for 5 minutes.
I’ve never had this method fail!
If you don’t have an instant pot, here is a tried and true method for hard boiling farm fresh eggs so they are easy to peel:
Get a pot of water boiling that will be large enough to hold all of the eggs you want to hard boil and have them be completely submerged.
Gently lower the eggs one at a time into the boiling water using the slotted spoon.
(If you didn't have enough water to cover the eggs just add some hot water from the tap and wait until boiling resumes to start the timer.)
Now set your timer for 15 minutes.
Boil the eggs for 15 minutes regardless of size, small, medium, jumbo, doesn't matter. (some local eggs come in mixed dozens, medium-jumbo)
While waiting, toss some ice cubes in a bowl by the sink and put your colander in the sink.
When the timer goes off, turn off the heat, grab your oven mitts and drain your eggs in the colander, then just dump the eggs into the bowl of ice and top off with cold water.
If you are concerned about cracking shells just lift the eggs individually with the slotted spoon and delicately set in the ice bath.
Now just let the eggs cool, if some of the eggs are above the surface just give it a stir so they all get a chance to chill out.
When you are ready to peel, just tap the egg on the counter and peel off the shell. It's really easy, the eggs just about fall out of the shells. I just put the peeled eggs right back in the colander to rinse off any shell bits that may get left behind.
Easy peasy! Now you’ll never have to spend twice as much time peeling as you did actually boiling your eggs.