How Long Can a Peeled Hard Boiled Egg Stay Fresh in the Refrigerator?


Hard-boiled eggs are handy to have on hand for a snack, a salad topping or to use in recipes. They will last about one week (seven days) in the refrigerator, either peeled or unpeeled. Hard-boiled eggs are ideally kept in their shell until ready to use.

Refrigerater Temperature

  • Make sure you refrigerate eggs at 45°F or colder and do not freeze.

Store in Water

  • Hard-boiled, peeled eggs may be stored in the fridge, in a bowl of cold water. Make sure the eggs are completely submerged and change the water often--at least daily--to discourage bacterial growth.

Sealed Container

  • You can also cover your hard-boiled eggs with damp paper towels and store in a container with a tight lid.

Room Temperature

  • Try not to leave hard-boiled eggs, especially peeled ones, at room temperature for too long. Hard-boiled eggs on a buffet, peeled or unpeeled, should be kept over ice. If you are ever in doubt about an egg's safety, dispose of it.


  • For best quality, your eggs should really be used within a few days of cooking. Peeled hard-boiled eggs can create an unpleasant odor in your refrigerator if kept uncovered. They can also pick up odors from strong-smelling foods.


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