I Tried the TikTok-Famous Trick for Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs with a Coffee Mug

updated Mar 3, 2021
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Credit: Ashley Abramson

When I’m super busy and know I won’t have time to cook, I make a batch of hard-boiled eggs to eat throughout the week. They’re a great option for snacks, breakfast, or to throw on a lunch salad for extra protein. But while cooking hard-boiled eggs is pretty easy, peeling them is another story. I normally use the ice water method for peeling, where I put the boiled eggs in a ice water bath for five minutes and then tap them on the counter and peel with my hands. More often than not, I lose at least half of a hard-boiled egg because I’ve peeled them too soon or not carefully enough.

So when I found this viral TikTok video with a new-to-me solution, I was instantly intrigued. The video poses an interesting idea: After you boil the eggs and put them in cool water, grab an egg and shake it inside of a coffee mug. Then, after the mug knocks off portions of the shell, it should be easy — even effortless — to peel. Could this really be a faster, easier method for peeling hard-boiled eggs? I had to find out for myself.

I Tried the Coffee Mug Trick for Peeling Hard-Boiled Eggs

There weren’t specific, step-by-step instructions in the video, so I did my best to replicate the process. After boiling my eggs, I carefully moved the hot pot to the sink and ran them under cool water. Once most of the water was cold, I grabbed an egg and attempted to shake it inside of a mug. The first time, I must not have waited long enough for the eggs to cool, because the aggressive shaking totally destroyed the egg. So I waited an additional five minutes and then tried it again without shaking so long or aggressively. 

I softly shook the mug three times before attempting to peel it — and that seemed to be the happy medium. The shaking cracked the egg without destroying the whites, but I still had to peel the egg carefully so as not to de-white the entire thing. Even though this was a cool trick, it ultimately took the same amount of time as my normal ice bath method.

Credit: Ashley Abramson

Would I Use This Method to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs Again?

Even though this trick doesn’t save me any time, it’s way more fun than the ice bath method. And I’m curious to see as I use it more often, if it would become easier and eventually faster. So yes: Whenever I need to make a batch of egg salad or deviled eggs, I’ll reach for my coffee mug.