Perfectly hard cooked “boiled “ eggs with creamy yolks and tender whites and shells that slip right off! No Instant Pot or fancy equipment needed!
These “boiled” eggs are so easy to make, you’ll want to prep lots of them ahead.
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I know you’re skeptical. I’ve been there.
I’ve tried every trick I’ve ever seen.
I’ve boiled them with all kinds of things added to the water; vinegar, salt, baking soda. The shells were still hard to get off.
I’ve made them in my Instant Pot. They peeled easily but, in my opinion, the yolks were dry and the whites were sort of rubbery.
Nothing ever worked.
Then I saw this technique in my Cook’s Illustrated magazine.
These eggs aren’t boiled and you don’t need to go buy an Instant Pot.
All you need is a pot and a steamer basket.
Yep, these eggs are steamed. I know it sounds weird, but I promise it works every time. Perfectly cooked eggs and shells that slide right off!
Once you try this method you’ll never go back!
And, depending on the timing, you can make eggs that have softer yolks right up to yolks that are fully cooked.
You’ll also need a big bowl with ice and water to cool them when they’re done steaming.
Start by putting an inch or two of water in your pot. Don’t make it so deep that it touches the eggs.
Bring the water to a rolling boil.
Load a single layer of eggs into your steamer basket (I got 14 in mine, your milage may vary) and carefully place it over the boiling water. Make sure they don’t touch the water.
Cover and reduce the heat to medium. Steam for 11-13 minutes.
Here they are top to bottom 11, 12, and 13 minutes.
At the end of the cooking time, carefully remove the eggs with tongs, drop them in the ice bath, and leave them until they’re cooled, about 5 minutes.
Just look at how perfectly smooth they are. The shells come off practically in half.
Just so you can see it’s not one or two, here are all of them and their shells (minus a couple). Hey, I had to test them for you, right?
I like to peel them right away so they’re handy for a grab and go breakfast or snack.. I store them in a gladware container lined with paper towels.
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