Peeling boiled eggs can be one of the most fristrating tasks in the kitchen. Isn’t it the worst when you spend a ton of time peeling only for your eggs to look like this?

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According to Serious Eats, there’s not really a fancy trick for easy-to-peel boiled eggs. All it takes is a hot start. Take a look:

Lower your eggs straight from the fridge into already-boiling water, or place them in a steamer insert in a covered pot steaming at full blast on the stovetop. If boiling, lower the heat to the barest simmer. Cook the eggs for 11 minutes for hard or 6 minutes for soft. Serve. Or, if serving cold, shock them in ice water immediately. Let them chill in that water for at least 15 minutes, or better yet, in the fridge overnight. Peel under cool running water.

No baking, no pricking, no tricks, no gimmicks, that’s it.

Then you get eggs that look like this!

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They have a very detailed explanation of their experiments for all of this if you’re interested!