Gordon Ramsay may be known for being a hard-headed, screaming, demanding chef, but he has a soft side underneath his hard exterior. It includes cooking with his daughter, making elaborate picnics, fishing, and relishing his delicate pastimes, such as making delicious hard boiled and soft-boiled eggs. And thanks to Ramsay and his love of soft interiors, it turns out that peeling boiled eggs is a snap.
The Hell’s Kitchen celebrity shared a video of how to make soft-cooked Scotch eggs — which he always brings on fishing trips. Scotch eggs ala Gordon Ramsay are pretty elaborate. They have an outer coating of fried blood pudding-sausage-apple-panko batter and look like they weight a pound each.
But the inner most section of those Scotch eggs —those perfectly tender, pearly, unscathed morsels —is what we’re here to talk about.
If you’re like most people who like hard boiled and soft-boiled eggs, you’ve probably spent a lot of time trying to peel shells off. Maybe you end up nicking the egg whites or just end up with bits of shell in your teeth. But we’re here to convey Ramsay’s secret method and let you know, it gets easier.
So, what’s the trick to perfectly peeling a boiled egg?
Step 1: Use a Spoon to Submerge the Eggs
Use a spoon to gently place the eggs in the boiling water. Ramsay recommends tilting the spoon slightly at an angle so that the eggs don’t fall onto the bottom of the pot. That will prevent the eggs from cracking before they’re cooked.
Step 2: Run Boiled Eggs Under Cold Water
Ramsay recommends a cooking time of exactly 4.5 minutes for soft-boiled eggs. Eggs.com states that hard boiled eggs need 10-12 minutes. As soon as your timer goes off, take the pot of eggs and run it under cold water.
“Cracking and cooling the eggs quickly will prevent the yolks [from] turning gray,” the Michelin chef explains.
Don’t drain the water. Just make sure it’s cool because you’re going to be touching it soon.
Step 3: Gently Tap
Tap the eggs on the inside of the pot and then put them back in the water while swishing them a little bit in your hand.
“What happens is the water seeps underneath the shell,” says Ramsay.
Step 4: De-Shell the Boiled Eggs
Take the shell off with your fingers.
That’s it! You’ve successfully prepared your boiled eggs for easy shell removal. What’s more, you prevented the egg yolks from graying. Now go enjoy your eggs, whether they turn into Scotch eggs, Deviled eggs, or whatever else you have planned.