How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Learn how to make hard boiled eggs perfectly every time! With this easy method, they'll be easy to peel and have vibrant yellow yolks.

Perfect Hard boiled eggs

Here’s the good news: perfect hard boiled eggs are easy to make. …And the bad news: so are less-than-perfect ones. I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly cooked my fair share of the latter. When you try to peel away the shell, half the whites come along with it, or when you cut it open, the yolk is slightly green instead of brilliant yellow. Pretty disappointing, if you ask me.

See, cooking perfect hard boiled eggs is easy, but that doesn’t mean that the process you use doesn’t matter. After years of trial and error, I’m happy to say that this method for how to make hard boiled eggs works every time! The yolks are always sunshine yellow, and the shells slide right off. Whether you’re getting ready for Easter, prepping for Passover, or just on the hunt for a protein-packed snack, this easy hard boiled egg recipe is guaranteed to please.

Eggs

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Follow these simple steps to make perfect hard boiled eggs every time:

First, boil the eggs. Place them in a pot and cover them with cold water by 1 inch. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.

How to hard boil eggs

Then, let them sit in the hot water. As soon as the water begins to boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Leave the eggs in the hot water for anywhere from 10-12 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. The 10-minute eggs will have vibrant, creamy yolks, while the 12-minute yolks will be paler and opaque, with a chalkier texture.

How to make hard boiled eggs

Finally, move them to an ice bath. When the time is up, drain the eggs and transfer them to a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Leave them in the ice bath for at least 14 minutes before you peel the eggs.

If you’re not planning to eat the eggs right away, feel free to leave them in the shells and store them in the fridge. But even if this is the case, don’t cut the ice bath short! It’s crucial for stopping the cooking process and making the eggs easy to peel later on.

See below for the complete recipe!

Eggs in an ice bath

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Tips

  • Buy the eggs in advance. If I’m cooking sunny side up eggs, fresh eggs will yield the best results every time. But if I’m hard boiling them, the opposite is true! Boiled farm-fresh eggs are more difficult to peel than older eggs. If you want to make perfect hard boiled eggs, it pays to buy them in advance and cook them after a few days in the fridge.
  • Store the eggs upside down. This tip comes from Jack’s mom, who makes the BEST deviled eggs for family gatherings. In order for the yolks to land right in the center of the hard boiled eggs, she recommends storing the raw eggs upside down before you cook them.
  • Don’t skip the ice bath! Overcooked hard boiled eggs have an unappealing greenish ring around the yolks. We want our yolks to come out sunshine-yellow, so transfer the eggs to an ice bath to stop the cooking process as soon as they come out of the pot. This step is also crucial for making hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel. The ice bath helps separate the egg membrane from the shell, so you’ll be able to peel away the shell without ripping off chunks of egg white.
  • Peel them carefully. The ice bath should set you up for success here, but that doesn’t mean the shell will all come off in one piece. Gently rap the egg on the counter to break the entire shell into small pieces. Carefully peel it away along the fractures, leaving the egg whites as intact as possible.

Peeling hard boiled eggs

Storing and Serving Suggestions

Peeled or unpeeled hard boiled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy them as a protein-packed snack with salt and pepper or Everything Bagel Seasoning, slice them into salads, add them to grain bowls, or top them onto avocado toast. I also love to make hard boiled eggs to turn into deviled eggs or healthy egg salad!

How do you like to eat hard boiled eggs? Let me know in the comments!

Best hard boiled eggs

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

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This easy method for how to hard boil eggs works every time! They're easy to peel, and they have perfect yellow yolks. Enjoy them as a snack, add them to salads, and more!

Ingredients

  • Large eggs

Instructions

  • Place eggs in a medium pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then cover the pot and turn the heat off. Let the eggs cook, covered, for 9 to 12 minutes, depending on your desired done-ness (see photo).
  • Transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water and chill for 14 minutes. This makes the eggs easier to peel. Peel and enjoy!

Notes

*Eggs may vary based on size, type, and freshness. Farm-fresh eggs are more difficult to peel than older eggs. 

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  1. wildbill
    04.05.2020

    You might Confirm what temp the eggs are to start. Are they straight out of the cooler or room temperature?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      04.05.2020

      Hi Bill, I start them cold from the fridge.

  2. Janet
    04.05.2020

    I am actually looking forward to making perfect hard boiled eggs for the holiday.

  3. Sarah
    06.24.2020

    Just wondering, how can you store an egg upside down? Which way is the right way up for an egg?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      06.24.2020

      Hi Sarah, put the smaller tip side down in the carton.

    • Jewel
      12.16.2020

      The pointy end it the top

  4. Meaghan
    07.22.2020

    Thank you so much for this!!! side note, WHERE is that beautiful spoon rest/platter thing from!?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.22.2020

      Hi Meaghan, it’s vintage, I think I found it on Etsy.

  5. Sherri Pallick
    07.24.2020

    5 stars
    I have been trying to make hard boiled eggs forever. Simple thing right? Wrong! I tried your way and I had THE most perfect boiled eggs ever! Thank you so much . No more frustration on should be the sinplimplist thing ever!!!

  6. Sonia
    07.30.2020

    This is kind of a dumb question. I have an electric flattop stove. Do I leave the pot on the burner (which still has residual heat) or do I move it to another burner?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      07.30.2020

      Hi Sonia, I would move it to another burner.

    • Ali
      10.14.2020

      Not a dumb question- I had the SAME thought! Thanks for clarifying

    • Paige
      11.29.2020

      I had the same question, thanks for asking!

      • Laura
        01.20.2021

        Yes, me, too! Thank you!

        • Nancy
          03.30.2021

          I was asking myself the same question and when I read about the ice bath slowing the cooking process I assumed it would need it off…

  7. Zozo
    08.24.2020

    Thanks! Making deviled eggs 😋 my family is getting tired of all the sweets i bake.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      08.30.2020

      I hope you enjoy!

  8. Barbara
    09.01.2020

    5 stars
    I’ve tried lots of different methods for making hard boiled eggs, including baking them in the shell. But this method is the best! At 12 minutes, the yolks were completely cooked, but it overcooked. And every egg pealed perfectly. Happily, my quest for the period method can end..

    • Barbara
      09.01.2020

      5 stars
      My comment should say, the yolks were completely cooked, but NOT overcooked.

      • Jeanine Donofrio
        09.01.2020

        Hi Barbara, I’m glad your eggs were perfect!

  9. Char S
    09.24.2020

    5 stars
    This method is great! I found that straight from the fridge yielded a couple cracked shells. So I put the eggs in the pan covered in cold water and let them sit on the counter for 30-45 min to balance the temperatures. Then I followed the recipe and Voila! No cracked shells and perfect HB eggs! Thank you 😊

  10. drey samuelson
    10.08.2020

    5 stars
    perfect directions–thanks so much for posting!

  11. Maria
    10.09.2020

    5 stars
    Perfect! This is my go to recipe for hard boiled eggs. Never fails!
    Thank you!

  12. Diana
    10.12.2020

    5 stars
    Just tried this recipe for lunch today – it came out perfectly! Thanks so much! I’ve always had so much trouble with hard boiled eggs. I will use this recipe from now on! 🙂

  13. Natalie
    10.15.2020

    At what point do you consider the water boiling? When little bubbles form as in simmering or a full rolling boil?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      10.15.2020

      Hi Natalie, when the surface starts to ripple – past the point where the little bubbles form on the sides, but not long enough for a huge rolling boil.

  14. Kareema
    10.22.2020

    I was taught to poke a tiny hole in the large end of the egg before boiling them….this sometimes works so the shells don’t crack, but sometimes they still do. I have never seen this method before, so I’m about to try it in a few minutes….I hope they turn out OK! I love hard boiled eggs, deviled eggs & egg salad, so….if this method works for me, I will be thrilled!

    Wish me luck!

  15. Laura
    11.06.2020

    5 stars
    I followed this recipe today and the eggs came out perfectly. I let the water get to just boiling and let the eggs sit for 12 minutes followed by the 14 minute ice bath and they peeled with no problem. Yum!

  16. Rebecca
    11.23.2020

    5 stars
    I’m 42 years young and proud to say I have finally mastered the perfect hard boiled egg because of you. Thank you!

  17. Karissa
    11.29.2020

    I actually enjoy my hard boiled eggs still hot and cut into bite size pieces with some butter and salt and pepper over them.😊

  18. Mary Stark
    12.10.2020

    To prevent the eggs from cracking while being boiled, I use a metal skewer to poke a tiny hole in the fat end of the egg. That’s where the air pocket is, and the hole allows the air to escape from the egg without cracking it. Use the type of skewer that’s very thin and sharp like a turkey skewer. You can also use a darning needle as long as it’s sharp.

    • Egg-lover
      04.14.2021

      I learned from making ramen eggs that if you lightly crack the egg (just enough to crack the shell a bit but not enough to break the membrane beneath) before boiling, that the eggs will be much easier to peel!

  19. Flori Manluza
    12.11.2020

    Finally made perfect hard boiled eggs! Thank you for this!

  20. Lorenzo from Loveandlemons.com
    12.29.2020

    So I have a dozen jumbo eggs. I saw you mentioned that cooking time would vary based on size of eggs. I assume that I would still cook them to the same boiling point. But would I leave them in the pot longer before the ice bath? Has anyone used jumbo eggs for this method? Thanks☺️

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.29.2020

      Hi Lorenzo, they might take a little more time than regular large eggs. I’d test one egg before boiling them all.

  21. Goldenberry
    12.30.2020

    5 stars
    Thank you for making this a simple task with perfect results. I like hard-boiled, so 11 minutes was perfect for me. For so many years I couldn’t boil an egg without it turning green. I think what happened was that I didn’t leave them in the ice-water bath long enough, but following your instructions made them perfectly hard but still creamy and sunny yellow. Thanks again.

  22. Dr. Lew Gordon
    01.02.2021

    5 stars
    Thank goodness for this wonderful recipe at 1:15 AM. Love it.

  23. Lucy
    01.02.2021

    Once the eggs are covered and the burner is turned off, is the pot left on that burner or moved to a cold one?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.02.2021

      Hi Lucy, if you have a gas stove you can leave it on the same burner, if you have an electric stove I would move it to another one.

  24. Angela
    01.11.2021

    5 stars
    This is hands down, the best way to make hard-boiled eggs. The shell comes off so easily and they are perfectly cooked each time. Never will use another method again.

  25. Stan M from modelpix.com
    01.11.2021

    5 stars
    Twelve minutes as suggested for hard boiled eggs… Turned out perfectly. I was going to use the “blow the egg out of its shell” method for peeling but found out the eggs peeled flawlessly the conventional way. Now I have a half-dozen, hard boiled and peeled eggs in the refrigerator waiting to be used in a salad or as a quick snack.

  26. Lindsey
    01.20.2021

    5 stars
    I always make a mess when peeling the hard boiled eggs, but I followed your recipe exactly and the shells came off so easily. I was amazed!

  27. OKgirl
    01.29.2021

    5 stars
    Decided to try your method out tonight after clicking through a few different blogs’ recipes on hard boiled eggs. I’ve never made them before and they came out PERFECT!!! I took the 12 minute route and they are a beautiful soft yellow, delicious and easy to peel! Thank you for teaching me how to hard boil eggs!! 🙂

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.30.2021

      yay! So glad they were perfect!

  28. Susan W.
    02.05.2021

    5 stars
    I fill deviled eggs with creme fraische and real bacon bits and cilantro. tastes very fresh.

  29. Erica
    02.24.2021

    This is really good – but I like my hard boiled eggs hot, so the ice bath method won’t work.

    • JM
      03.30.2021

      I work in a hospital and many of the shifts start early for nurses. I learned a trick from coworkers. They bring in their own hard-boiled eggs and put them in a glass of hot water to warm them and they still peel perfectly if they’re cooked right

  30. Kaci from mysticalrainbowcreations.com
    03.02.2021

    5 stars
    Totally appreciate the clarity in the directions but also in the follow up questions in comments, like…what exactly do you mean by boil…initial little bubbles rising or full rolling boil (answer was just in between, when top of water ripples)….as well as moving the pot off to another burner for the cover and set period. I think a mistake I’ve made in the past was not leaving them to sit in the ice bath long enough, 14 minutes felt so long but it really let the cold water set them and they peeked like a freaking dream. I feel like a higher level of adulthood had been finally unlocked at 41. Lol… Thank you!

  31. PL
    03.02.2021

    5 stars
    Wonderful. I actually kept in hot water for only 9.5min. Perfect yolks and whites.

    • Jeni Z
      04.03.2021

      5 stars
      I am with you PL. I am a 9-9.5 minute egg type of person. Will not buy hardboiled eggs from the supermarket. My mom overdoes them–she does not realize the grey is a bad color 🙂 I am doing tonight for a potato salad so I may do for the whole 10 so the potatoes don’t beat them up too bad!!

  32. Jackie Flores
    03.02.2021

    If I want to boil 6 eggs, would I still cook them for 10-12 minutes? Or is it 10-12 minutes per egg?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.03.2021

      Hi Jackie, you can do 6 eggs at once!

      • Jackie Flores
        03.12.2021

        Thank you for your help!

  33. Lana
    03.03.2021

    Looking forward to making perfect hard-boiled eggs for the holiday.

  34. Tara S.
    03.16.2021

    5 stars
    This “recipe” is PERFECT for using fresh eggs. Usually boiled eggs are made with older eggs (near expiration or expired). I used this recipe with some old eggs and some fresh eggs in the same batch–not the same result at all.

    You should specify in your recipe that fresh eggs are best.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.16.2021

      Hi Tara, that’s interesting because I’ve most often found the opposite. I think it just totally depends on your specific eggs.

  35. Rhonda
    03.23.2021

    5 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe for the perfect hard boiled eggs. I have a little tip for hard boiling fresh eggs ; add about a tablespoon or two of baking soda to the water you are boiling the eggs in. The shells will peel off easily.

  36. Livingbeauty
    03.27.2021

    5 stars
    Thank you for this info! My boiled eggs were slways hit or miss. Over cooked or under cooked. Your method helped me boil them perfectly every time.

  37. Mj Jones
    03.30.2021

    5 stars
    So good and easy to peel! Hard cooked eggs would seem simple and yet I have struggled for years. No more picking off tiny shell bits or gray green yolks! Thank you! Your instructions are clear and the added comments helped clarify the details.

  38. Julie
    03.30.2021

    Oh my! Thank you so much for this recipe. I am a good cook but I have never been able to fully master hard boiled eggs where the shell peels off perfectly🥰
    My one suggestion, if you ever edit this maybe make a sidenote about range vs gas stove because I had the same question others did… Move to another burner? I did it a minute or two too late, eggs still came out great but more of the yellow versus the orange yoke which is what I was hoping for (This first batch will be for Easter egg dying. LOL, thank you again).

  39. Mariel
    03.31.2021

    5 stars
    Always been mystified! Such a simple thing yet stumps so many of us LOL!

    Long live hard-boiled eggs!

    Love your site! So fresh and good,

  40. SA
    04.03.2021

    5 stars
    Bless you for the “jump to recipe” button! ❤️

  41. Marnie
    04.03.2021

    Will running gold water from the faucet continuously do to chill the HB eggs after the 12 unite cook time? I don’t have ice and it’s 12:30 AM Easter morning.
    Please help

    • Marnie
      04.03.2021

      That should say cold water. Lol
      Not gold water.

      • Tanya
        04.04.2021

        Yes, that works for me. I usually refill the bowl with cold water a few times as the eggs warm the water up and I don’t like to run the tap for 14 minutes. Be careful to hold the eggs in place if you’re tipping water out of the bowl; saves the eggs bumping into each other and cracking.

  42. Kate B.
    04.04.2021

    5 stars
    Turned out perfectly!!

  43. Joe
    04.05.2021

    1 star
    I tried this and the yolks looked nice…but the shell was the worst thing in the world to peel. Most of them took all the egg with them.

  44. Carly
    04.14.2021

    Super good with avocado and cheddar cheese for breakfast

  45. Sallie
    04.15.2021

    5 stars
    They came out absolutely perfect!! Thank you!!

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