How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

You can make perfect hard boiled eggs at home with this easy recipe for how to cook hard boiled eggs. Cooking a hard boiled egg is so simple and makes for an awesome on-the-go snack packed with protein. Sometimes, we will boil extra eggs and keep them in the refrigerator for snacks throughout the week. If you do this, follow the steps below, but do not remove the shells from cooked eggs until you’re ready to actually eat the egg. Hard boiled eggs will keep, in their shells, in the refrigerator up to one week.

Step-by-Steps for How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

Find yourself a medium-sized saucepan then add your eggs so that they are in one layer. You don’t want to pile them in there, when the water we’re adding in the next step begins to boil, we don’t want to risk cracking one or more of the egg’s shells.

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Now, add cold water. You want the water to cover the eggs by 1-2 inches.

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Bring the water to a boil. The moment the water begins to boil, remove the pan from the heat.

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Next, cover the pan with a lid, set a timer for 12 minutes and you’re set. The 12 minute cooking time is for a large egg, reduce the time by 1-2 minutes for medium-sized eggs.

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Remove the eggs and either run under cold water or submerge into a large bowl filled with water and ice. This will stop the eggs from cooking.

A Note About Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs

If you’ve made hard boiled eggs before, you’ve probably experienced the occasional stubborn egg that just doesn’t want to peel nicely. There are lots of tricks out there for easy peel eggs. We’ve tried a few, but have found the following tricks to work best for us:

Try not to use the freshest eggs. Fresher eggs don’t peel as easily so if you have the chance, buy eggs for deviled eggs a few days in advance. (This is not necessary, it just makes things a little easier)

Cool the eggs completely before peeling. We find this helps a lot, but if you’re still having trouble, crack the cooled egg and place it back into the ice bath. The water sneaks underneath the shell where you cracked it and makes it easier to peel after 5 minutes or so.

For more suggestions, take a look at these articles for the best ways to peel hard boiled eggs: Peel away the complications of the perfect hard-boiled egg from La Times and The Best Way to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs from Food 52 and Huffington Post.

Do you have any tips for peeling hard boiled eggs? Share them in the comments below.

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You can make perfect hard boiled eggs at home with this easy recipe for how to cook hard boiled eggs. This recipe is for four eggs, you can increase or decrease as you see fit, however, when cooking, make sure the eggs can lay in the saucepan in one layer so they do not hit each other and crack shells during cooking.
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Yield: 4 whole eggs
You Will Need
  • 4 large eggs
  • water
Directions
  1. Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 1/2 inches. Heat over high heat until the water comes to a rolling boil, cover the saucepan with a lid, cook for 30 seconds then remove completely from the heat and let stand for 12 minutes. (This can range from 12 to 14 minutes, depending on the size of your eggs).
  2. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Transfer eggs with a slotted spoon to the ice water and leave for 5 minutes. Crack egg shells and carefully peel them away. If the shells are not easily peeling away from the eggs, place them back into the ice water and try again in 5 minutes.
Notes and Tips
Do not remove shells from cooked eggs until you're ready to actually eat the egg. Hard boiled eggs will keep, in their shells, in the refrigerator up to one week.

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6 comments… Leave a Comment

  • Marsha Z May 16, 2014, 6:06 pm

    I don’t have a problem with the cooking method. I have difficulty peeling the shells
    off the eggs. They come off in itty-bitty shell fragments. Am I not letting the eggs
    cool down enough? Are the eggs too fresh? Also, since I’m now disabled, a lot of
    my prep work is done at the dinette table, instead of standing at the countertop.
    Anything to make the task easier, right?

    Reply
    • Joanne May 19, 2014, 10:54 am

      Hi Marsha, We’ve just added a little note about peeling hard boiled eggs in the article above. (Your question inspired us to add a few tips). Here’s what we’ve added:

      “If you’ve made hard boiled eggs before, you’ve probably experienced the occasional stubborn egg that just doesn’t want to peel nicely. There are lots of tricks out there for easy peel eggs. We’ve tried a few, but have found the following tricks to work best for us:
      Try not to use the freshest eggs. Fresher eggs don’t peel as easily so if you have the chance, buy eggs for deviled eggs a few days in advance. (This is not necessary, it just makes things a little easier)
      Cool the eggs completely before peeling. We find this helps a lot, but if you’re still having trouble, crack the cooled egg and place it back into the ice bath. The water sneaks underneath the shell where you cracked it and makes it easier to peel after 5 minutes or so.”

      Hope that helps!

      Reply
      • Theresa July 8, 2014, 12:10 pm

        Put a spoonful of vinegar in the water while coooking and the eggshell will come off nicely!

        Reply
  • Lorae July 3, 2014, 12:47 am

    I Loved all your tips and tricks! Very helpful :)!

    Reply
  • Marty July 3, 2014, 1:40 pm

    A hint for some one making potato Salad with hard boil eggs. When potatoes are boiling put your eggs in i use a spoon and time it for 10 minutes and take them out putting them in a bowl of cold water or running water it stops the cooking process. Making Devil Eggs, Hard Boil Eggs the same way use boiling water also. The yolks come out with a beautiful yellow color. Have also mention this method to chefs many times also. No Gray yolks for me.

    Reply

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