Hard-steamed eggs

    40 min

    Try this method of steaming eggs instead of boiling them! You are much less likely to crack the eggs before they are cooked if you use this method. Follow my tips for cooling and peeling the eggs - it never fails for me. It will work for as little as one egg or up to a dozen at a time.

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    Makes: 12 eggs

    • 12 eggs, at room temperature

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Extra time:20min cooling  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Place a steamer insert into a pot and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer. Bring water to just below the boil. Add eggs to steamer insert and steam for 15 minutes.
    2. Immediately transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water until cool enough to handle. Make a small crack on the large end of each egg and place eggs back into the ice water for about 20 minutes. Peel.

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    If you've ever gotten so mad while peeling your boiled eggs that you feel like cussing and throwing them all away because once you turn them into deviled eggs everyone will think a critter had already started chewing on them before they make it to the table then look no further than this method! And I know you've been there. I'm hooked. Once I started making my eggs this way I've yet to say one bad word. Brian deserves a great big kiss for sharing this secret. Shhh...don't tell my husband I said that!  -  11 Feb 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Oh Bd.Weld! You are my HERO! The pan set I bought recently has a steamer unit, & boy is it going to get a workout from now on! I put 3 farm fresh eggs, 3 new from store, 3 older than a week, plus 3 random and they ALL came through it perfectly! I made a new folder for my recipe box called A-Plus Methods and there went this "recipe" for easy access! Thank you for letting us all know about this! I like to keep boiled eggs on hand, since they make such good snacks, & sandwiches, plus I like to use "farm fresh" eggs, & they just don't compute with my "old" method. I just may start cackling pretty soon! !!! Blessings!  -  14 Feb 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Never fail way to get your eggs peeled flawlessly. Tuck this into your "more idea than recipe" folder and don't forget about it. I've been using this method for quite some time (when it was still a "personal recipe") and have always had success. This method works even with a bamboo steamer and a pressure cooker (in 8 minutes). The trick is not to dump the eggs into the ice water, but to place them one-by-one with a slotted spoon into the ice water. Thanks bd.weld for this idea.  -  10 Feb 2015  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)