How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

How to make perfect hard boiled eggs at home. Jump to the easy method for How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs or read on to see our tips.

How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

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Cooking Hard Boiled Eggs

Cooking a hard boiled egg is so simple. When we’re good enough to think ahead, we make a batch and keep them in the fridge for  on-the-go snacks packed with protein.

Making Hard Boiled Eggs Perfectly Every Time

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. Add cold water. You want the water to cover the eggs by 1 to 2 inches.

Cover with water

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

Cover with a lid

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.
  • 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.

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Recipe updated, originally posted December 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

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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 while they cook.

4 or more eggs

You Will Need

4 large eggs

Water

Directions

    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).

    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.

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AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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9 comments… Leave a Comment
  • david jones October 16, 2014, 12:57 am

    I like using a teaspoon. I just crack the egg and poke the teaspoon under the shell and rotate.

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  • Tom August 22, 2014, 12:28 pm

    Everybody seems to make a “process” out of peeling hard boiled eggs– this tip works with ALL Boiled eggs, Hot, ,Cold, ,over boiled – whatever! Ready? Here it is, Simply tap/crack shell all the way around and hold under COLD RUNNING TAP WATER While peeling the shell– a lot of times it will simply come off in mostly one piece without all the mess!! Water gets into the cracks and literally puffs out the shell away from egg. If the egg is broken, again simply run the tap water on the opposite side of the break and Wa – La, a perfectly peeled hard boiled egg

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  • 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
  • Lorae July 3, 2014, 12:47 am

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

    Reply
  • 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?

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    • 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
        • Joanne August 7, 2014, 1:20 pm

          Great tip!

          Reply
      • Nancy July 19, 2015, 6:31 pm

        After cooking and pouring in cold water I smash each end of egg against something and put it back into the water. That lets water seep in to make peeling easier. Hold egg under tepid water while peeling.

        Reply

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