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How do you take your hard boiled eggs (when you eat them as-is)?

ipsedixit Feb 16, 2013 08:23 PM

Hard boiled eggs, not in a dish (e.g. egg salad) or prepped (e.g. pickled or tea boiled) ... how do you eat them?

Do you just eat them plain? With no accouterments or condiments?

Or do you add a dash of salt? Or some red pepper flakes?

Maybe dip them in some sort of sauce (e.g. Srirachca or Tobasco) or something like ketchup?

Personally, I really like my hard boiled eggs dipped in soy sauce, although "plain-Jane" is good too.

  1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 16, 2013 08:37 PM

    Usually Plain Jane, but if I want a little kick I'll dip them in sambal oelek or sriracha.

    1. boogiebaby Feb 16, 2013 08:40 PM

      I only eat hard boiled eggs as Sambal Telur, or Malay style hard boiled eggs in a fiery /onion sambal.

      My 9yo old son will not eat hard boiled eggs unless he has soy sauce and white pepper.

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      1. re: boogiebaby
        ipsedixit Feb 16, 2013 08:48 PM

        I love Sambal Telur, especially with deep fried hard boiled eggs and all of it served over rice.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Sarah Perry Feb 18, 2013 02:44 PM

          Oh man, I did not know there was such a thing as deep fried hard boiled eggs! Sounds amazing, especially with aforementioned fiery sambal.

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            ipsedixit Feb 18, 2013 07:06 PM


            Google "Scotch Egg" ... Enjoy!

            1. re: ipsedixit
              Mestralle Feb 22, 2013 12:14 PM

              And if you want to be extra decadent: deviled Scotch eggs.

          2. re: ipsedixit
            boogiebaby Feb 18, 2013 05:08 PM

            I will also take short cuts and just boil the egg, cut it in half and top each half with a dollop of sambal. :) I can whip up sambal in less than 10 minutes, so by the time the egg is boiled, the sambal is ready too.

            I also slice the egg and put it between some bread with a smear of sambal. Great midnight snack in our house!

        2. Hank Hanover Feb 16, 2013 08:59 PM

          I smear mayo or miracle whip on them sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and eat.

          Mixing a little mustard with mayo would be good. or honey mustard sauce would be good.

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          1. re: Hank Hanover
            grampart Feb 17, 2013 05:17 AM

            +1 on the Miracle Whip with a little celery salt.

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              Violatp Feb 17, 2013 05:21 AM

              I do the mustard/mayo thing, too. Just a little dollop on each half. I call it lazy deviled eggs.

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              ellabee Feb 16, 2013 09:13 PM

              Salt and pepper. The only situation in which I eat them plain (w/ s&p) is traveling.

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              1. re: ellabee
                Crockett67 Feb 17, 2013 06:07 AM

                Or at a hotel breakfast buffet.

              2. Tom P Feb 17, 2013 01:24 AM

                Tons of salt and pepper. A little whole grain mustard as well, sometimes.

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                  HillJ Feb 17, 2013 05:03 AM

                  I dip the yolk into a bowl of ground black pepper so the entire dome is covered and a splash of soy for the salt kick.

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                    foodieX2 Feb 17, 2013 05:58 AM

                    Hard boiled eggs are my go to snack after the gym so those are eaten cold, plain Jane and on the go.

                    However I much prefer my hardboiled still warm with just a sprinkle of rough ground sea salt or maldon flake style salt. I eat them whole, salting as I go.

                    If am feeling particularly decadent I will eat them sliced, still warm on lightly toasted thick sliced bread slathered with salted high fat butter like Kate's.

                    1. Veggo Feb 17, 2013 06:01 AM

                      I usually remove the shell for a smoother mouth-feel.

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                        Violatp Feb 17, 2013 06:06 AM

                        What?? That's the best part!

                      2. Terrie H. Feb 17, 2013 06:41 AM

                        Only with a sprinkle of sichuan peppercorn, black pepper and coarse salt. And they must be warm. I just don't like cold egg whites.

                        1. BrookBoy Feb 17, 2013 06:58 AM

                          I cut each in half length-wise, then add a light sprinkling of salt, a small dollop of mayo and a few drops of sriracha on each half. Pure bliss...

                          1. Breadcrumbs Feb 17, 2013 07:58 AM

                            Mmm, we love hard boiled eggs. I serve them chopped in my vintage egg cups. I like them w Kosher salt. mr bc has his w lots of freshly ground black pepper and salt. Somehow they just taste better in an egg cup!

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                              sandylc Feb 17, 2013 06:45 PM

                              Kosher salt.

                              1. biondanonima Feb 17, 2013 06:50 PM

                                If they're still warm (my favorite), I eat them with salt and nothing else. If they're cold, I prefer a condiment - Sriracha or other hot sauce is good or mayo/mustard works.

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                                  ohmyyum Feb 17, 2013 11:41 PM

                                  Agreed! My prefer hard-boiled eggs still warm to the point that giving them a squeeze will deform them slightly without the white cracking.. If that makes any sense. When warm, a grind of Himalayan pink salt is all I need; cold, they get some whole grain mustard and a grind of black pepper.

                                2. jmcarthur8 Feb 17, 2013 08:30 PM

                                  I love them warm with a little bit of gooey yolk and a big grind of coarse black pepper.

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                                    ajk11 Feb 17, 2013 09:26 PM

                                    Hi All- This is my first post but I've been a LONG TIME follower=)
                                    I like them with:
                                    Cho gochujang
                                    Soy sauce
                                    Salt & Pepper
                                    Kewpi + Rayu chili oil
                                    Korean jangjorim style

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                                    1. re: ajk11
                                      ipsedixit Feb 17, 2013 09:32 PM

                                      Welcome to Chowhound!

                                    2. Passadumkeg Feb 17, 2013 09:32 PM

                                      Soft and runny or hard boiled, I ain't fussy. A dab of butter and salt & pepper. We usually eat it w/ a Norwegian frorkost bord of fish, cheeses, and meats.

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                                        CanadaGirl Feb 18, 2013 04:13 AM

                                        Lots of salt and pepper. That's it.

                                        I'm flexible on the temperature though. I prefer warm, but can handle hot or cold too. Yum!

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                                          jbsiegel Feb 18, 2013 05:08 PM

                                          I like them cold and either plain (eaten whole) or with soy sauce (cut into quarters the long way and then topped with soy sauce).

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                                            cheesemonger Feb 18, 2013 05:25 PM

                                            with a drizzle of last night's vinagrette- the chunky bits at the bottom that I reserve for this use, the marinated herbs and garlic.... a pinch of smoked sea salt, that's breakfast.

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                                              shoo bee doo Feb 18, 2013 07:50 PM

                                              Semi-mashed with as much butter you can manage and salt and pepper.

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                                                suzigirl Feb 20, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                That is the way my ex hubby taught me to eat them. Oh so good that way

                                              2. alarash Feb 18, 2013 08:09 PM

                                                I eat 2 hard boiled eggs with one slice of toasted wheat bread almost every morning.

                                                I cut the slice of toast lengthwise to divide it into two thin strips, then i cut each of those in half, producing a total of four small squares of bread.

                                                I cut each egg in half, producing 4 egg halves.

                                                Then I dress each half-egg with mayo, black pepper, on a small raft of toast, and down the hatch!

                                                But lately I've been replacing the mayo with mustard in an effort to gain an improved view of my feet, and I find it to be delicious.

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                                                  golfer1 Feb 22, 2013 09:58 AM

                                                  Sounds great! Isn't most bread "wheat" bread. Does wheat bread mean whole wheat, or brown bread or?

                                                2. hannaone Feb 18, 2013 08:42 PM

                                                  Thanks ipsedixit

                                                  Reading this thread pushed my CRAVE button and I just had to boil me some eggs.

                                                  Light salt and very warm.

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                                                  1. re: hannaone
                                                    calmossimo Feb 21, 2013 07:40 PM

                                                    I also had cravings for some boiled eggs after reading this thread. They've been a great, easy staple to keep stashed in the fridge the last two days. I forgot how convenient they are.

                                                    I had a couple today for breakfast with some lovely smoked sea salt. Then after work, I tried one with maggi seasoning and, for some reason, was supremely surprised at how much I loved it. I don't know why I was so surprised, because I love maggi, and I love hard-boiled eggs. I'll definitely be eating them this way more often!

                                                    When I'm in a rush or am taking them on-the-go, usually just plain jane or with regular salt. I was smart enough to pack a teeny bag with the smoked sea salt and remembered to bring it this morning, but that is not the norm.

                                                  2. EWSflash Feb 20, 2013 05:24 PM

                                                    Salt. Maybe a little blue cheese dressing

                                                    1. pinehurst Feb 20, 2013 05:26 PM

                                                      Plain Jane and I LOVE them, as in practically Cool Hand Luke love them.

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                                                        Hank Hanover Feb 21, 2013 02:13 PM

                                                        50 eggs, Luke? That's got to be 5 - 6 pounds of eggs. In an hour?

                                                      2. Ruthie789 Feb 20, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                        A jumbo egg, with salt, toast and butter and my cup of tea is my morning meal. Also make devilled eggs for parties, seems to be a hit.

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                                                          wadejay26 Feb 20, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                          Soaked in a nice vinegar and beet juice mix for a week.

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                                                            Tripeler Feb 20, 2013 09:47 PM

                                                            Or, just soak them in the liquid from a can of pickled beets.
                                                            This is my favorite thing to do with a boiled egg because they turn out so beautiful.

                                                            1. re: Tripeler
                                                              ipsedixit Feb 20, 2013 09:52 PM

                                                              Of just soak them in a jar of kimchi.

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                                                                Tripeler Feb 20, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                                Or throw them into a pickle jar once all the pickles have been eaten. That's also pretty good, and after about a week or two, if you make deviled eggs with the pickled eggs, they are pretty good, too.

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                                                            selfportrait93 Feb 20, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                            Salt and Pepper....in two bites.

                                                            1. deet13 Feb 20, 2013 11:43 PM

                                                              I enjoy eating hard boiled eggs with a pitcher of cold beer and bottle of Tabasco sauce.

                                                              1. fame da lupo Feb 20, 2013 11:52 PM

                                                                Olive oil, aleppo pepper, salt. Halved.

                                                                1. JungMann Feb 21, 2013 09:12 AM

                                                                  As much as I love spicy foods, I never thought to put Sriracha onto a hardboiled egg. If I'm eating hard boiled eggs on their own I'm usually in a rush so I want something quick to just dip them in. Usually that's chaat masala or sesame seed salt and soy or za'atar. Something dry that I can toss into a dipping bowl and leave in the sink for later.

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                                                                    ipsedixit Feb 21, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                    How is squirting some Sriracha any more of a hassle (time wise) than dumping some dry seasoning into a bowl?

                                                                    I would imagine it would be less of a hassle b/c you could just squirt it directly on the egg. No bowl. No sink. No nothing for "later" to worry about.

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                                                                      JungMann Feb 21, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                      Not a hassle, just never thought of it; I don't like Sriracha with scrambled eggs so never thought that they might be better on hard boiled.

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                                                                        ipsedixit Feb 21, 2013 10:27 AM


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                                                                          fame da lupo Feb 21, 2013 12:34 PM

                                                                          I never thought of combining a hard boiled egg with a spicy sauce until I had it with sambal (Indonesian spicy sauce). So delicious.

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                                                                            potts Feb 22, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                            Where did you buy sambal? Would I find it in a chain food store?

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                                                                              fame da lupo Feb 22, 2013 02:59 PM

                                                                              Had it at an Indonesian restaurant -- sambal is common enough that you can probably find it at any Asian grocer. Though I believe there are several varieties, might want to do some Chow searching.

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                                                                                ohmyyum Feb 23, 2013 07:30 AM

                                                                                I think sambal has gone mainstream. I've seen it in the ethnic food aisles of all the large chain grocers near me-- whole foods, Harris teeter, lowes foods, and even Walmart. Usually near the sriracha.

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                                                                                  boogiebaby Feb 23, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                  Sambal oelek is the kind that's gone mainstream. It's basically fresh ground red chillis. There are many types of sambals though - the kind I make for eggs usually has fresh ground chillis, onion, garlic, tamarind, etc. it's completely different than just the sambal oelek in a bottle. Other kinds have lemongrass, dried shrimp, turmeric, etc. I all depends on what kind of sambal you are making.

                                                                                  I do use sambal oelek too, but as a base for other things, or to dip my char siu bao in.

                                                                      2. dave_c Feb 21, 2013 12:39 PM

                                                                        95% of the time as egg salad or deviled eggs.
                                                                        5% plain - peel and eat.

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                                                                          Riccardo Feb 21, 2013 02:24 PM

                                                                          Cut in half, top w/anchovy filet.

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                                                                            fame da lupo Feb 21, 2013 02:41 PM

                                                                            Sei pazzo. Sounds delicious.

                                                                          2. jmcarthur8 Feb 22, 2013 02:56 AM

                                                                            I love eggs sliced, in a toasted English muffin with some cheddar cheese. Melted under the broiler briefly so the cheese is warm and the egg is cold.

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                                                                              pretzal Feb 22, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                              With peanut butter.

                                                                              Just kidding. I don't like boiled egg yolks, they're too chalky to me :(

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                                                                                ipsedixit Feb 22, 2013 10:16 AM

                                                                                Oh, I dunno, I could see them working with peanut butter.

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                                                                                  pretzal Feb 22, 2013 12:12 PM

                                                                                  I actually considered the idea after I said it, except with fried eggs. Melty PB on a fried egg, hmmm....

                                                                              2. alliegator Feb 22, 2013 01:04 PM

                                                                                Sliced, with slices of tomatoes (if they're pretty--not the icky winter ones) and just salt and black pepper.

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                                                                                  ohmyyum Feb 23, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                                                  Alliegator, try looking for Campari pearl tomatoes on the vine or kumato brown tomatoes. They, of course, pale in comparison to a summer garden tomato, but they have been consistently decent all winter. They are also fairly small so the slices would be about the same size as the egg slices.

                                                                                2. petek Feb 22, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                                  S&P cut in half lengthwise,a dollop of mayo and a shot of Tabasco..

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                                                                                    LittleWave Feb 22, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                    I like them plain with salt and pepper.
                                                                                    Like them better with a cucumber on the side.
                                                                                    LOVE them in a pita with thick tehina and fresh cucumber. Great sandwich for road trips.

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                                                                                      dct Feb 27, 2013 09:46 AM

                                                                                      Usually just salt, but if I have some on hand, a spoonful of tapenade on each half of a HB egg is really good.

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                                                                                        itsmejessica Feb 27, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                        I just use salt pepper and a few dashes of frank's red hot sauce. The tapenade sound good. I love olive in my egg salad.

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                                                                                        plf515 Feb 27, 2013 03:33 PM

                                                                                        I will have to try with Sririacha

                                                                                        I like them mashed up with some Worcestshire sauce, or with some good anchovies and olive oil, or just some olive oil.

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                                                                                          mrzee Mar 7, 2013 04:09 PM

                                                                                          A couple of drops of Blair's Sudden Death sauce is all I need

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