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Hard Boiled (or Steamed) Fresh Eggs

February 18th, 2015

You’ve probably heard hundreds of times how fresh eggs are difficult to peel when hard boiled. The key to easy peel fresh eggs is to steam the eggs instead of boiling. I’ve tried pretty much every method out there like salt and/or baking soda in the water and Julia Child’s method, which is quite involved. Then I read about steaming eggs, I tried it and it worked perfectly.
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All you need to do it set up your steamer, get the water boiling, add eggs, and cook for 8-12 minutes depending on the size of the eggs and how you want the yolks cooked. Remove from the steamer and plunge into ice water. They eggs should peel like a dream. These eggs were only two days old when I cooked them.
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Now the the only difficulty you’ll find after boiling eggs is trying to figure out what to stuff them with. On this occasion I used avocado and lime juice and sprinkled the tops with chipotle powder. Curried deviled eggs are also fabulous. There’s a jar of pickled beet juice in the fridge just waiting for hard boiled eggs as well. I love having deviled eggs in the fridge for quick healthy breakfast or snacks. Nothing beats the incredible edible egg!!!

What’s your favorite deviled egg recipe?

12 Comments to “Hard Boiled (or Steamed) Fresh Eggs”
  1. BJ Kopishke on February 18, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Seriously? Steaming! I can’t wait to try this out with our farm fresh eggs :) Thanks for the life hack Susy.

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  2. Natalie on February 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

    I am going to try this today! Thank you! It’s great timing as I’ve just decided to hard boil some eggs.

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  3. bonnie knox on February 18, 2015 at 9:33 am

    I like my deviled eggs with mayo, a little mustard, maybe a drop or two of Tabasco mixed in, and a sprinkle of paprika on top.
    I was pleased to see that the government has changed its mind about recommending people limit their eggs because of the cholesterol. Maybe more people will once again enjoy the incredible, edible egg.

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  4. Nebraska Dave on February 18, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Susy, since I don’t have a source of fresh farm eggs, I don’t really have much problem with peeling boiled eggs. Most of my boiled eggs get chopped up and go into the salads that I eat so it doesn’t really matter what they look like after peeling anyway. I do like deviled eggs but have never made them myself. I do have a gadget for steaming eggs and didn’t really pay much attention to the peeling of the eggs after using it. Apparently they peeled ok or I would have noticed that.

    Have a great fresh egg peeling day.

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  5. PennyAshevilleNC on February 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

    OHMYGOSH. We love deviled eggs, but the peeling is always a bummer. I look forward to trying this ! Thanks :D

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  6. Miss Bee on February 18, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Now that, is a useful tip. I had no idea! Most of my eggs are fresh so this is great.

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  7. Charlie@Seattle Trekker on February 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    A bit of good, useful, advice. Sadly this is so rare in todays world.

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  8. Natalie on February 18, 2015 at 10:02 pm

    I steamed a half dozen eggs today. They were perfect! Thank you!

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  9. Chris on February 19, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Thanks for this great idea! The steamer comes out today! :) did you mix the avocado with the yolk or just leave the yolk out with these? Can’t wait to try these! Yum!

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  10. whit on February 25, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Wondering if a rice steamer would work for this. I have one of those small appliances from our wedding registry that I have been meaning to donate, but if I could steam eggs in it…that’d be a game changer.

    We are getting over 2 dozen a day from our girls. We sell lots of the eggs larger than 2 oz, but it leaves us with lots of little eggs. It’s been fun making “bite sized” devilled eggs with them.

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  11. Megan on March 1, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I tried this today and it was amazing! We are now getting close to 2 dozen eggs a day so now I have eggs to eat after I finish my customer orders. They peeled perfectly! Now I won’t have to leave a carton in the basement fridge waiting for the eggs to get “old” before I hard boil them

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  12. laura on May 15, 2018 at 10:59 am

    Steaming?!? How did I miss this post? I’m so going to try this today! I love deviled eggs, but have so much trouble with peeling. I usually lose almost half my whites to bad peeling. Thanks for this!!

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