Making the best hard boiled eggs isn’t difficult, it’s all about the exact amount of cooking time. I’ve found this method works every time!Jump to Recipe
I love hard-boiled eggs. I love to eat them plain or on a salad or for egg salad sandwiches or deviled eggs… there are so many easy recipes that use hard-boiled eggs. You can also use natural ingredients to make a dye for Easter eggs for the kids.
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. The perfect hard boiled eggs are cooked through completely and firm.
Soft-boiled eggs are those that aren’t fully cooked in the middle. The egg whites will be fully cooked and firm while the egg yolks will be soft in soft boiled eggs. Usually, this takes about half the amount of time to cook.
After a lot of trial and error, I have found the best way to get eggs perfectly hard-boiled every single 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.
When you place your eggs in the water, it’s a good time to check if the eggs are fresh. Older eggs will start to stand on their side or float to the top. You want your eggs to sink and lay on the bottom of the pan once it’s filled with water.
We always use large eggs as that’s what we can get easily from the grocery store. If you use extra large eggs or smaller eggs, the different sizes will require a slightly different cooking time. You may have to adjust the time and find the sweet spot for your eggs.
How to Peel Eggs
There are a few ways to peel eggs. For the best results, I like to tap them a few times against a hard surface, such as the counter or side of the sink. Keep doing that until you’ve cracked the shell most of the way around then carefully peel. Run the egg under a cold water bath to get any last pieces of shell off the eggs.
I’ve also seen people put the egg in a container with a cup of water and shake it up. So far, this hasn’t worked well for me but you can give it a try since it would take less time than peeling each egg individually.
Hard Boiled Eggs Step by Step
- 6 large eggs
- 1 tsp salt
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.
Add a little bit of salt to the pot of water (optional) and turn the temperature to high heat. Bring the water to a rolling boil.
Remove the pot from the heat and immediately cover.
Set a timer for 13 minutes and keep the pot covered.
While the eggs are sitting in the hot water, fill a bowl with ice and water. When the eggs are finished, use a slotted spoon to move them immediately to the ice bath.
Leave the eggs in the ice water for at least 10 minutes for the easiest peeling.
Hard-Boiled Eggs Leftovers
Storage: You can store hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator after they are cooked. Don’t peel the ones you want to save for later so they stay fresh. I like to use an empty egg carton to keep extra hard-boiled eggs for up to 2 days so they are ready when I want them. Otherwise, an airtight container works to keep them for a bit longer.
Originally Published On: April 19, 2019
Last Updated On: July 22, 2023
Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
- 6 large eggs
- 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
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.
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