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How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs -With Fresh Eggs

Sometimes fresh eggs can be difficult to peel. Thankfully, there are a few ways to easily hard boil fresh eggs so the shells don’t stick.

One of the best parts of having chickens is all the fresh eggs.  Eggs are super versatile and delicious and can be used in so many different ways. 

Here are some tips on how to make perfect hard boiled eggs, even with fresh eggs. They peel beautifully and make delicious deviled eggs, egg salad, or potato salad!

How to Hard Boil Fresh Eggs So The Shells Don’t Stick

Last week I wanted to make Russian Carrot Salad from Penniless Parenting.  I’m not a huge fan of carrots but I do like them cooked and I DO like potato salad and this reminded me of a potato salad.  

My biggest stumbling block was it’s impossible to peel fresh eggs.   I didn’t want to BUY eggs when I have a couple dozen just sitting on my kitchen counter. I also didn’t want to wait for my eggs to get old enough to peel easily.

Thankfully google came to my rescue and I had a plethora of recipes to choose from. I steamed my eggs and they all peeled beautifully, and my carrot salad was delicious.

Here’s How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil
  • Place a steamer basket with your eggs (or in my case, a metal strainer) over your boiling water
  • Cover
  • Let steam for 20 minutes
  • Remove from heat
  • Cool eggs before peeling.

And that’s it!  Hard boiled eggs are awesome in carrot salad, potato salad, quiche, or for deviled eggs.  

Whenever I have an excess of eggs I like to hard boil a batch of them to use throughout the week.  They are even delicious all by themselves (although I’ve yet to convince my children of this).  

If you REALLY have a gluttony of eggs you can hard boil them and add them into your chickens diet to increase their protein, which can be helpful if they are going into a molt.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs - With Fresh Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs - With Fresh Eggs

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Fresh eggs can be difficult to peel, but here's how to make perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to to peel!


  • 12 Eggs
  • Water


    1. Bring a pot of water to a boil
    2. Place a steamer basket with your eggs over your boiling water
    3. Cover
    4. Steam for 20 minutes
    5. Remove from heat
    6. Place eggs in ice water bath
    7. Peel eggs once cool


Instead of steaming your eggs, you can let them age and boil them for 15 minutes. Make sure to use the ice water bath to cool them down or they may be difficult to peel

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 372mgSodium: 144mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 13g

More Tips For Making Fresh Eggs Easy To Peel!

If steaming isn’t your favorite way to cook your eggs, you can let them age first.  An egg left out at room temperature ages quickly.

By three days it’s about as old as the three week old eggs you buy from the store.  This means that the membrane has more air between it and the white and thus will not stick to the egg as much.

If you don’t want to wait until your eggs age a bit, make sure to use an ice bath after boiling or steaming.  Boil your eggs for 15 minutes or steam them for 20. 

As soon as the time is up, remove them from the pot of hot water and place them in a bowl of ice cold water.

How do you hard boil your fresh eggs?  Have you tried steaming them before?  How did it work out for you?  Share in the comments below!

How To Hard Boil Fresh Eggs

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Julie H

Thursday 7th of March 2019

Thank you so much for the idea to steam fresh eggs. Oh my goodness. It worked beautifully!! I have tried numerous ways to boil farm fresh eggs to no avail. This is a game changer. Easy and eggs peel perfectly.


Saturday 9th of March 2019



Thursday 24th of May 2018

This is what have found works great- add 1 tablespoon salt to water- bring to boil turn off heat- time 13 minutes- cool in cold water- best results yet


Thursday 24th of May 2018

Awesome! Thanks for sharing. :)


Saturday 25th of March 2017

I've tried all sorts of ways to boil fresh eggs. All failed, including your steaming method. I finally found one that works for me. Place the eggs in cold water in a pan. Boil for 5 minutes. Using a potato masher or something similar, gently press on each egg until the shell cracks. Continue to boil another 5 minutes. Place eggs in icy cold water until cold.

This is the only method I've found that works every time for me.


Tuesday 28th of March 2017

Thanks for sharing!

Carley Biblin

Tuesday 26th of August 2014

*sigh* I love when you post anything to do with chickens, but I get sad, too, because I don't have any (yet!). This is pinned and ready for when I do.

Kathryn @ Farming My Backyard

Wednesday 27th of August 2014

I hope you can get some soon. Sorry to make you sad :(

Josh B.

Monday 25th of August 2014

I never tried steam boiling, that is a good idea, I'll have to try that!

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