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Easy-to-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

Total time 30 mins

Makes 12 eggs

For eggs that peel easily and cleanly, we've found no better method than this one, from chef Ryan Pollnow of Aatxe ("Ah-chay") restaurant in San Francisco.


  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 12 eggs

How to Make It

  1. Bring 4 qts. water to a boil in a large pot and add the salt. Pierce eggs with a clean thumbtack (this lets the egg's air pocket expand without cracking the egg). Lower eggs carefully into boiling water, bring to a simmer, uncovered, and simmer 6 minutes. A small thread of white will escape from the shells; this is normal and won't affect the final result.

  2. Remove pot from the heat and let sit, uncovered, 6 minutes.

  3. Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice and cold water; let sit 6 minutes. Crack gently all over. Peel eggs.