Are you ready for the easiest way to make perfect hard boiled eggs, every single time? Of course you are! This step-by-step tutorial is brought to you in collaboration with Living Loving Paleo (that’s me!) and Michelle over at The Whole Smiths.
First up, let’s talk about Michelle. If you aren’t already following The Whole Smiths, she’s one of my absolute favorite bloggers, and really just one of my favorite humans ever. Not only is she an amazing, hard-working woman, a beautiful momma to 2 young girls, a wife to a rad guy named Brad, and on top of all of that, she’s also really an incredible friend. She’s the friend that’s there when you need her, and the friend that there’s literally never, ever enough time to catch up with.
Michelle and I gettin’ down with our perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs!
Even when we headed to Expo East together last month, I left realizing that I had approximately 4,897,189 things left to tell her. So each time we get together, we catch up on everything possible, and then suddenly hours fly by while we basically laugh the whole way through…and somehow manage to get some work done, like this perfect hard boiled eggs post!
I couldn’t ask for a better friend and business mastermind associate (that’s her technical title, obvi). Everyone should have a Michelle in their lives. Bonus points if that awesome person’s name is actually Michelle!
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Alright, onto the most perfect hard boiled eggs!
I’ve literally tried every hard boiled egg method there is. I tried poking a hole in shell, adding baking soda, apple cider vinegar, using fresh eggs, older eggs…you name it. Well, except for hard boiling them in my Instant Pot. I know many people are all about that, but I’ll be honest – taking my Instant Pot out of the tallest cabinet in my kitchen and washing all of those parts just isn’t worth it to me, when I already LOVE this method of steaming eggs.
So steaming it is! This is the only way that I’ve found where I get perfect hard boiled eggs, every single time, and the shells always peel right off!
I think we’ve all been there when we go to peel a hard boiled egg and suddenly we’re left with like half a yolk, because the egg white stuck to the shell. I know, it happens to the best of us.
Plus, if you were a child of the 80’s, odds are you grew up with that gorgeous (actually kinda disgusting) gray ring around the edge of the yolk. That’s because our parents didn’t realize at the time that the ice bath is what stops the cooking of the hard boiled eggs, and therefore prevents the gray ring. Oh what kids these days will never get to experience!
Alright friends, let’s make some perfect, hard boiled eggs!
1. First off, you’re gonna need some eggs! I personally prefer pasture-raised eggs for their flavor and the more orange yolk, but any eggs will work!
2. Next, bring a pot of water to a boil. I add about 3” of water to the bottom of the pot.
3. Place a steamer basket over the pot of water. If you’re using a steamer basket that sits at the bottom of the pot, just make sure that the basket isn’t actually touching the water.
4. Place as many eggs as you’d like into the steamer basket. Cover the pot and continue to boil the water. Meanwhile, fill a bowl with water and lots of ice, leaving plenty of room to add the eggs, so that the water won’t overflow, and set aside.
- For a runny yolk and set egg white, steam the eggs for 7 minutes.
- For an almost completely set yolk and completely set white (my personal fave), steam the eggs for 9 minutes.
- For a completely set and firm yolk and white, steam the eggs for 11 minutes.
5. Once the time is up, use tongs to place the eggs into the ice bath to stop the cooking process. Let them sit in the ice bath until they’re cool enough to handle.
6. Once the eggs are cool enough to handle, crack the peel on the edge of the bowl or a countertop, and roll them to crack the peel all around. Gently peel off the shell and ENJOY! I love topping my hard boiled eggs with Franks Hot Sauce & sea salt!