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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs


posted: 02/06/18

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How to make hard boiled eggs that come out perfect every single time! If you struggle with hard boiled eggs, you are going to find it so simple after this.

overhead picture of a pot with 6 eggs in it

When I was first learning to cook, there was something incredibly intimidating about learning how to hard boil eggs. It seemed like only a wizard could pull off that perfect hard boiled egg.

It’s actually incredibly easy to hard boil an egg, but there are a few tips and tricks that make it work out easier.

If you have a pressure cooker, I find Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs even easier.

a hard boiled egg that has half of it's shell missing

Tips for How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Start with older eggs. (Unless making deviled eggs.) The longer they sit in the refrigerator, the more the membrane separates from the shell making it easier for them to peel after hard boiling. (If you should only have fresh eggs, this method will still work.)
  • For deviled eggs, use fresh eggs. Fresh eggs still have the membranes in tact that hold the yolk in the center of the egg. This way when you remove the yolk to make the deviled egg, it won’t rip.
  • Don’t start with boiling water. By cooking the eggs in hot water, not boiling water, and by moving the eggs to ice water afterwards, it prevents the green ring that can sometimes form around the yolk.
  • Immediately remove the eggs from ice water after cooling them. It will help for them to peel easier.
  • If you peel immediately you should eat the egg that day. If you keep them in the peel they can stay refrigerated in a sealed container for up to one week.

How to Hard Boil Eggs

Place the eggs in a single layer in a pan. Cover eggs with water, so there is at least an inch over the eggs.

pouring water over 6 eggs in a small pot

Bring the water to a roaring boil. We want to see big roaring bubbles.

a small pot of water that is at a roaring boil

After the water has come to a boil, turn off the heat and cover. As mentioned above, we are not boiling the eggs, we are cooking them until the water comes to a boil. Let the eggs stand in the hot water for 12 minutes. Immediately transfer them to an ice bath you prepared while waiting on your eggs.

a metal bowl filled with ice water and hard boiled eggs

Remove the eggs after 5 minutes. Peel right away if using them that day, otherwise store in the refrigerator.

How Long Do Hard Boiled Eggs Keep?

Hard boiled eggs can be kept in the refrigerator with their shell on for one week.

Hard boiled eggs that are peeled should be eaten that day.

close up picture of a hard boiled egg cut in half

Recipes for Hard Boiled Eggs

These Hard Boiled Eggs are perfect every single time!
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How to make hard boiled eggs

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Cook: 18 minutes
Total: 18 minutes
How to make hard boiled eggs that come out perfect every single time! 


  • 6 eggs


  • Add the eggs in a single layer to a pan.  Add water to the pan so that they are covered by an inch of water.  
  • Bring to a roaring boil.  Turn off the heat and cover. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • While waiting for the eggs, fill a bowl with ice and then top with cold water.  After the 10 minutes, immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath.  Let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Crack eggs on all sides and peel.  Eat the peeled eggs right away or store unpeeled eggs in the sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
These Hard Boiled Eggs are perfect every single time!

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  1. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes says

    Bookmarking this because I can never remember how exactly to do this when I need to! Lol! Thanks for linking to my lasagna!

  2. Michele Mastromatteo says

    Hello Lisa,Just wanted to let you know that I just made your death by chocolate brownies and your linguine and clams tonight and my Husband must of said Delicious 10 times during dinner.The Brownies are Delicious also,I’ve made your best Italian Meatballs and took them to a party and everyone wanted the Recipe.Thank you for all the Fantastic Recipes and making me a better cook and Baker!!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      Ah, this just makes my day, Michele. Thank you so much for taking the time to come back and tell me!

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