How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

I love hard-boiled eggs. I love to eat them plain or on a salad or as an egg salad sandwich or deviled eggs… there are so many uses for a good hard-boiled egg.

But it can be hard to get your eggs cooked to perfection. They either aren’t cooked quite all the way, leaving different colors in the yolk, or they are overcooked and you get that strange green ring around the yolk.

After a lot of trial and error, I have found the way to get eggs perfectly hard-boiled every time! It’s easy to do and doesn’t take any special equipment, only a large saucepan, water, and eggs with a bit of salt if you want.

Put your eggs in a large saucepan and fill it with enough water to completely submerge the eggs. There should be at least an inch or two of water over the eggs to account for the water that will evaporate when it boils.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Add a little bit of salt to the pot (optional) and turn the temperature to high heat. Bring the water to a rolling boil.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Remove the pot from the heat and immediately cover.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Set a timer for 13 minutes and keep the pot covered.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

While the eggs are sitting in the hot water, fill a bowl with ice and water. When the eggs are finished, move them immediately to the water.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Leave the eggs in the ice water for at least 10 minutes to help make them easier to peel.

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course: Homemade Staple
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eggs, hard boiled eggs
5 from 5 votes


  • eggs
  • water
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Put your eggs in a large pot and completely cover with water making sure the water goes an inch or two over the eggs and add salt
  • Put the pot on the stove over high heat and bring to a full rolling boil
  • Remove from heat and immediately cover
  • Keep covered for 13 minutes
  • Meanwhile, fill a large bowl with ice and water
  • When eggs are finished, move immediately to the ice water
  • Leave in the water for at least 10 minutes before peeling
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How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

14 thoughts on “How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs”

  1. I don’t know what it is – and my husband always makes fun of me for it – but i am a slave to a medium or hard boiled egg lol I can eat them everyday for breakfast!

  2. Wow I haven’t tried this way of boiling eggs. I generally boil them for 12 minutes and submerge them in cold running water. I definitely have to try it this way 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  3. Patricia Chamberlain

    I love hard boiled eggs, but they can be tricky to cook. Thank you for sharing your method! I have always just ran mine under cold water, but I will try putting them in water with ice next time!

  4. HAHAHAHA Very nice! I will share this to my little brother because he don’t know how to boiled eggs perfectly thanks for sharing your idea!

  5. Wow, thanks for the tip on getting perfect hard-boiled eggs. I save this on Pinterest so I can have a reference when I need to make that yummy egg salad sandwich.

  6. Making boiled eggs is not a difficult process yet your post even makes it easier. I love your tips. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Oh those are perfect! I always struggled and then would have an issue removing the shell which tore up the outside so it was not pretty. My husband has recently taken to buying his from the grocery store each week! I need these tips!

  8. Tonya Tardiff

    This is so helpful! I love hard boiled eggs but I always buy the ones premade in packages at the store because I always have a hard time making them. Will definitely be trying your recipe now!

    1. Yes! The only time I’ve had that happen is if I put one in that has a small crack already and didn’t notice it. Since you are adding the eggs before you turn on the heat, you don’t have to drop them in to avoid burning your fingers.

  9. That was really useful! Your eggs are delicious and ”good looking” too! Great tip putting them into ice in order to peal them easily!

  10. Those eggs really do look great! I have seen people prick a small hole in the top of the egg and they swear by it. I was always nervous doing that. I’ll have to try this.

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