How to Easily Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Updated on October 5, 2017

You're probably wondering right now why an article about a simple process like peeling or de-shelling hard-boiled eggs should be published. And if you really do wonder why, then perhaps you should also try wondering why to some people this so simple task could hardly be done perfectly - or even just the right way.

I've included a photo of a poorly peeled egg just below. Check it out, and you will understand what I mean.

Doesn't that look familiar? I'm sure it looks very familiar - otherwise why would you be so interested in reading this article right now. If it does look very familiar to you - or to anyone else who peels or de-shells hard boiled eggs like this, then this article is written for you and/or for them.

Poorly Peeled Egg

How does it feel to peel an egg which results like this? (Photo by Loren Akten)
How does it feel to peel an egg which results like this? (Photo by Loren Akten)

The reason is very simple - it's because to "some" of us, even a simple de-shelling or peeling of a hard-boiled egg can sometimes be a daunting task. And if you were only taught the right way on how to do it properly, you wouldn't have had wasted so many egg whites uselessly long before. Right - the egg whites which goes along with the unperfectly de-shelled hard boiled eggs go straight into the trash. Too bad, isn't it? So let's hope that by now, after you finished reading the few tips below, you will finally come to realize that in fact peeling a hard boiled egg can be so pretty simple and easy with almost just a blink of an eye.

A perfectly peeled hard-boiled egg.  (Photo by Loren Akten)
A perfectly peeled hard-boiled egg. (Photo by Loren Akten)

Below are very practical tips and simple techniques which you can follow to perfectly yet easily peel or de-shell hard boiled eggs. So the next time you’ll be cooking your hard boiled egg, you’ll be perfectly sure that you will be easily taking all the crunch out of your egg bites.

Here's how:

  • Hold the egg carefully while gently tapping its shell against a hard surface to make some small cracks. This procedure may easily be done on top of a sink, hard wood countertop, or simply on a plate.
  • Start opening the parts of the crack with your thumb, at the same time looking for the thin layer of white skin between the shell and the egg white.
  • Once you’ll find the thin skin layer, this is where you should be sliding your thumb carefully to open it more so that your egg will start to be peeled.
  • Make sure you’ll follow through the thin skin layer by gently rolling and peeling at the same time removing the rest of the skin. This way, the egg shells will just flake off and follow through the thin skin more easily and your peeling will be faster and more perfectly done.

More Tips & Warnings:

  • When tapping the egg to make a quick few cracks, be very careful not to apply too much pressure or you will accidentally break some parts of the egg whites.
  • Once cooked and peeled, you may easily store eggs in your fridge for later consumption. Remember, hard-cooked eggs must be refrigerated within 2 hours after cooking and must be used within a week.
  • Make sure you always wash your hands with soap and water after handling eggs.

Enjoy eating your perfectly cooked and peeled hard boiled eggs!


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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      @ boxxies & bayoulady - you're not alone, I've been so bad at peeling hard boiled eggs myself long before, too. Until I learned the right way of doing it, I just used to laugh at myself during those times. That's the reason why I decided to write this article. Thanks for your honest comments. :-)

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      bayoulady 7 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I am smiling, because I am so bad at peeeling eggs! Great tips!

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      boxxies 7 years ago

      Good tips for me as I often have problems with this.