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For the longest time hard-boiled eggs were one of those, “well, they’re never going to be beautiful” situations for me. I tried every which way- vinegar, baking soda, putting them into hot water, starting them in cold. You name it, I tried it! I was always left peeling an egg and having half of the white come off with it. Not fun, and not conducive to deviled eggs or any situation where you need them looking pretty!

You can find a million different ways to make the “perfect” hard/soft-boiled egg on the internet. Take it from me, I’ve tried them all! Finally I stumbled across the trick. The only way I will make hard or soft boiled eggs again! This week for Foodie Friday with American Express I wanted to share it with you in an easy handy infographic that you can pin or save to have on hand. 


The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg: The Trick? STEAM them! | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Place 1 inch of water into your pot

2. Place steamer insert into pot

3. Cover pot and bring to a boil

4. Add eggs into the steamer basket, cover, and cook for 6-11 minutes (soft-boiled —> hard-boiled)

5. Remove and place eggs directly into a bowl of ice cold water

6. Peel and enjoy!

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What are your favorite ways to use hard-boiled eggs? Have you ever tried to steam them?

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  1. I would like to know what button I use to cook this I am new to Instant pot I have used a different brand and this is my first time using a Instant Pot. I was told 5-5-5 on eggs? I am so confused. Vickie

  2. Hi!
    A friend of mine told me to put the hard-boild eggs in a jar with a little water, lid on them, and shake The more eggs you put in the jar the less water you use. They, literally peal themselves. All you do is shake the jar and they come out perfect every time.

    Try it and you’ll see.


  3. Will try this. HOWEVER my issue is I cook the eggs then put them in an egg carton in the refrigerator. When I try to peel them it is a disaster!! Most folks I know do the same thing. Any suggestions.

  4. I tried so many techniques to get my fresh eggs to peel easily, and this is the only method I’ve found for perfect soft to hard boiled eggs that peel easily.

  5. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I make (or attempt to make) hard boiled eggs frequently and, like you, have tried many techniques with random success. Usually half the white would end up in the bottom of my sink during the peeling process. Saw this the other day and saved it – just finished making a half dozen eggs using this method, some were older than others even. All of them peeled perfectly! Will never make and HBE any other way!