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Eggs. They’re probably the easiest and most versatile protein to work with out there. But when it comes to making The PERFECT hard boiled egg, so many of us fail miserably. That was me until I became obsessed with perfecting the hard boiled egg. Now you’ll learn how to get the perfect hard boiled eggs every time without fail to use in all your favorite ways!

Best hard boiled egg recipe

Best Hard Boiled Egg Recipe

Want the perfect boiled eggs that are easy to peel? It all starts with fresh and quality eggs. The better the quality, the better the taste. With something as simple as hard boiled eggs, you never want to skimp on the quality because taste is everything.

Easy Hard Boiled Egg Recipe

This easy peel hard boiled eggs recipe is a no-fail way to make them every single time. All you need are good eggs and a pot of boiling water. Then you’ll have hard boiled eggs to use your way!

Hard boiled egg ingredients

Hard Boiled Egg Ingredients

  • Fresh Eggs – the better the quality of eggs, the better the taste you’ll get
  • Water – start with cold water in your pot
  • Ice water – you’ll move your eggs to the ice water after the designated cooking time to cool them down

How do you make hard boiled eggs

How do you make Hard Boiled Eggs?

One of my best friends recently asked me “How do you boil the perfect egg?”.  It’s so easy to master! The best way to hard boil eggs is to put your eggs in a pot of cold water in one single layer, ensuring the eggs are covered with the water. Then bring them to a full rolling boil in the hot water. You’ll cover them with the lid and turn off the heat while leaving them on the hot burner. Depending on how you like them, that could be anywhere from 6 to 12 minutes. After that, move them to an ice bath for 15 minutes before peeling.

You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard boiled egg.

Expert Tips for the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg Every Time

  • Always use that ice bath! – It keeps the yolks a bright yellow color plus they’re easier to peel this way.
  • Be careful when peeling – While the ice bath will help, you should gently tap the cooked egg on the counter, breaking the shell into small pieces. Then peel it carefully without destroying the whites of the eggs.
  • Vinegar – Some people like to add a teaspoon of vinegar or baking soda to the water to help prevent the egg from running if one of your eggs accidentally crack.

How to cook a hard boiled egg

How to make hard boiled eggs?

Put your eggs in one layer in a pot of cold water. Let it boil, then cover and let it sit for 6 to 12 minutes. After that, put the eggs in an ice water bath for 10 to 15 minutes.

How long does it take to hard boil an egg

What is the best method to hard boil eggs?

The best way to boil eggs is to start with cold water, bring it to a full boil, cover for 6 to 12 minutes depending on how you like it, and then placing the eggs in an ice bath to stop them from cooking.

How long does it take to hard boil an egg?

Hard boiled egg time will depend on how you like the yolk in the center. For a softer yolk, you’ll do 6 minutes. But for a firmer yolk, go for 12 minutes.

How long to cook boiled eggs?

It depends on how you like your eggs. Minimally, it should be 6 minutes on up to 12 minutes. You’ll also want to factor in 10 to 15 minutes of time the eggs are submerged in an ice water bath.

Is 10 minutes long enough to make a hard boiled egg?

It should be if you like yours more hard boiled than soft boiled but want it a little creamier inside.

What is the trick to hard boiled eggs

What is the trick to hard boiled eggs?

Using a cold ice water bath after you’ve cooked your eggs is the trick to getting them to peel perfectly and have a nice yellow center. You simply need a large bowl of ice water.

How do you hard boil eggs so they peel easily?

It’s the ice water bath. Putting your hard boiled eggs in there not only stops them from overcooking but also makes it easy to peel them.

What is the fastest way to hard boil an egg?

This recipe is the fastest way to hard boil an egg, though depending on how done you like them, it could be much faster.

How do you know when eggs are done boiling?

When cooking hard boiled eggs, use a kitchen timer to keep accurate track of the cooking time. But if you have any doubts, you can set your egg on the counter. Spin it, then tap it with your finger to halt the spin. If it’s cooked, it will spin easily and stop fast.

How to peel hard boiled eggs

Should you put eggs in cold water after boiling?

Yes, preferably with ice. This stops the cooking process and makes them much easier to peel.

Why are my hard boiled eggs not peeling easily?

Put them in an ice bath. This is the trick to getting them to effortlessly peel the shell away. Another trick is to use older eggs. Older eggs peel easier than fresh eggs.

Best ways to use a hard boiled egg

Best Ways to Use a Hard Boiled Egg

Sometimes, there is nothing more satisfying than a hard-boiled egg with just a pinch of salt. But of course, they are the foundation for deviled eggs, great for slicing into spinach salad, making egg salad, and plenty more. You can add them to potato salad or tuna salad too to give it a richer texture and flavor!

Best Seasonings to Add to Hard Boiled Eggs

Salt and pepper are always simple and easy to add to your hard boiled eggs. Everything bagel seasoning also kicks it up a notch with some crunch too. I love a little smoked paprika, especially on deviled eggs to really bring out its delightful flavor.

How to tell when hard boiled eggs are done

How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Use an ice bath. This is the no-fail way to peel hard boiled eggs without destroying the white part.

How To Store Leftover Hard Boiled Eggs

In the shell, you can keep your hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator for a week. If you peel them first, you can keep them in a bowl of cold water for about the same duration though you’ll need to change the water daily.

How Long do Hard Boiled Eggs Last?

I love to make hard boiled eggs for meal prep. They make great snacks too! But you should be sure to consume them all in about one week after making them.

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The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 serving
Calories 63
Getting your hard boiled eggs just right is a sweet science. This recipe tutorial will teach you how to make sure you have the PERFECT hard boiled egg every time!



  • 4 eggs


  • In a large pot, place eggs in a single layer on the bottom carefully so they do not crack, and cover with about 1-2 inches of cold water. On your stove, bring the pot to a full, rolling, boil on high heat. Once the water starts boiling, keep the pan on the burner, cover, and let sit for 6-12 minutes (depending on egg preference). To stop the eggs from cooking further, strain the water from the saucepan and place in cold water ice bath for 10-15 minutes allowing to cool thoroughly before serving.
Calories: 63kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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I’m a mom of two, food and wine lover, and recipe creation enthusiast. Good food brings families together. Which is why I’m devoted to sharing my best recipes that are simple enough for even the beginner cook that your family will love!

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  1. alessandra Reply

    5 stars
    Thank you for teaching me my mom says thank you for teaching me

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