When your eggs are finished boiling, put them in an ice bath. An ice bath serves two purposes:
- It immediately stops your hard-boiled eggs from continuing to cook when you take them off of the burner.
- It helps separate the membrane from the egg, which makes the eggs easier to peel.
If you want to see if your eggs are fully cooked before you take them off the stove, check out our simple trick to check if your eggs are hard-boiled.
- Place the egg on a cutting board or another hard surface.
- Apply mild pressure to the egg as you roll it back and forth with the palm of your hand. (Don't apply so much that you split the egg in half while rolling.)
The eggshell should crack into smaller pieces.
Once you get it started, the eggshell should start to peel off in strips. When you finish, you'll have a perfectly peeled egg.
Pro-tip: If the egg still gives you any trouble, try peeling it under running water. An eggshell is porous, so the water can actually penetrate the shell and lift it.