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How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Making a perfect hard-boiled egg isn't science, it's all about the exact amount of time boiling. I've found this method works every time!

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 good hard-boiled eggs.

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.

Step by Step

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.

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

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Remove the pot from the heat and immediately cover.

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

Microwave timer set to 13 minutes

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.

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Hard-boiled eggs in a stainless steel bowl with water and ice

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

Hard-boiled egg sliced in half on a wooden cutting board next to shell pieces and other eggs (vertical)
Hard-Boiled Eggs

Recipe

Originally Published On: April 19, 2019

Last Updated On: March 9, 2020

Hard-boiled egg sliced in half on a wooden cutting board next to shell pieces and other eggs

Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

Making a perfect hard-boiled egg isn’t science, it’s all about the exact amount of time boiling. I’ve found this method works every time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course: Homemade Staple
Cuisine: American
Keyword: eggs, hard boiled eggs
Servings: 6 eggs
5 from 11 votes

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • water
  • 1 tsp salt

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Instructions

  • 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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Nutrition Facts
Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 62 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 163mg54%
Sodium 450mg19%
Potassium 60mg2%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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50 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. 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.

  11. Wow! Your post made it look so simple but I always get it wrong. I hope I’ll get it right next time. In addition, keep posting. your content adds flavor to my life: Literally. LOL!

  12. I did not know that method and will try it. My mom told me to put a little salt in the water which I have been doing. Next time, I will follow your steps. Happy Easter, Stephanie.

    1. I sometimes salt the water too. I haven’t noticed much of a difference when I do and don’t, though. I’ll have to really pay attention next time on what it does to the eggs. I hope you had a Happy Easter as well!

  13. I love all kind of boiled egg but I prefer it to be somewhat wet, boiling them for 3-5 minutes. Ive never done putting them in an ice bath.

    1. Personally, I don’t like when the yolk is runny at all, it grosses me out. Therefore, I’ve never made a soft-boiled egg like that so I don’t know how much the ice bath will help, but it’s worth a try!

  14. So do you just bring the eggs to a rolling boil and then immediately take them off the heat? Or do you let it sit there for a while. I was always told 12 minutes or so of rolling boil. Never thought about if I covered the lid and let it sit for a while.

    1. I immediately take them off. The eggs are placed in the water cold, bring it to a rolling boil with the eggs in the pot. Remove from heat and cover for 13 minutes. After 13 minutes, remove the eggs and submerge them in ice water. I always did the 12 minutes at a boil and kept getting that strange green ring around the yolk. I’ve never gotten it with this method.

  15. I totally love hard-boiled eggs too and agree there are so many uses for it. I knew thought about adding it to a bucket of ice cold water. Thank you for the tip! I hate waiting for it to cool down. Especially when I’m starving. I will definitely try this out tomorrow morning.

  16. It always amazes me the hard boiling an egg, for as simple as it really is…can be so confusing. Thanks for making it simple and straight forward!

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