The Best Way to Spice Up a Hard-Boiled Egg

The Best Way to Spice Up a Hard-Boiled Egg

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Kelli Foster
Jan 2, 2017
(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Looking for a snack that fills you up and fuels you well? The humble hard-boiled egg is a small powerhouse of nutrition, but too often overlooked. We're upgrading the boiled egg in 10 sexy, spicy, flavor-jammed ways for better snacking.

Want a spiced-up snack full of protein? Start with a boiled egg, then open the spice cabinet for dukkah, the nutty Egyptian spice blend. Treat your hard-boiled egg to a welcome crunch and boost of warm, earthy flavor.

First, Make Your Hard-Boiled Eggs

Before you can transform your basic hard-boiled egg into a satisfying snack or quick meal, you've got to cook it. There are a couple methods — choose the one that's best for you.

1. On the stovetop: This is the classic cooking method for making hard-boiled eggs and the one we lean on when cooking just a few eggs at a time. Once the pot of eggs comes to a boil, remove it from the heat and set a timer to get the eggs cooked just the way you like them.

  • For firm yet still creamy hard-boiled eggs: 7 minutes
  • For very firm hard-boiled eggs: 9 minutes

2. In an electric pressure cooker: Cooking a big batch of hard-boiled eggs? The electric pressure cooker (or Instant Pot) is our favorite tool for the job.

  • For firm yet still creamy hard-boiled eggs: 7 to 8 minutes
  • For very firm hard-boiled eggs: 9 to 10 minutes

Upgrade Your Hard-Boiled Egg with Dukkah

Dukkah is an ideal choice for dipping, thanks to its mix of seeds and texture that stick to the egg in an appealingly crunchy way. Unlike more traditional spice blends, this one typically includes a mixture of ground nuts, sesame seeds, coriander, and cumin. You're going to love what it does for your hard-boiled eggs. Here's how to bring these two together for a new way to snack.

Roll a whole peeled hard-boiled egg in a few tablespoons of dukkah, halve the eggs and sprinkle it over, or just sprinkle a bit of the spice mixture over the eggs as you nibble away.

Learn more: Inside the Spice Cabinet: Dukkah

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