I wanted to make Deviled Eggs, but before doing so, I needed to hard boil eggs. Having hard boiled eggs many times in the past, but not always getting very good results, I started looking for a way to hard boil eggs so that I would get eggs that are easy to peel. I researched several methods online and found this solution–steaming the eggs instead of boiling them. As usual, Cook’s Illustrated had a foolproof method for Easy-Peel Hard Cooked Eggs .
Note: I used an electric steamer for this recipe. If you don’t have a steamer but you have a steamer basket, bring 1 inch water to rolling boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Place eggs in the steamer basket. Transfer basket to saucepan. If you don’t have a steamer basket, use a spoon or tongs to gently place the eggs in the water. It does not matter if the eggs are above the water or partially submerged.
Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook eggs for 13 minutes.
When eggs are almost finished cooking, combine 2 cups ice cubes and 2 cups cold water in medium bowl.
Using tongs or spoon, transfer eggs to ice bath. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Peel before using. (There is no need to peel the eggs right away. They can be stored in their shells in the refrigerator and peeled when you need them.)