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.

Carton of 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, pickled eggs, or healthy egg salad!

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

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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

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 off the heat. 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. Tammy
    04.20.2024

    5 stars
    So, when you put the cover on the pot and let the eggs cook do you also take the pan off the heat? I did it that way yesterday. The eggs were good! The first was easy to peel, the s3cond was was messier. Ty for this recipe

  2. Kristen
    04.18.2024

    5 stars
    I have made this recipe SEVERAL times and this is what I have learned through trial & error and tricks:

    High Altitude: I just made these at high altitude (8400 ft) on an electric stove with no adjustment and they turned out just as perfectly as when I make them in Chicago using a gas stove.

    Boiling: This means a strong rolling boil—those eggs better be bouncing around. Big bubbles on the surface like when I’m boiling noodles.

    Remove from the hot burner: When it reaches that strong rolling boil and it is time to turn the heat off and put the lid on—PULL IT OFF THE HOT BURNER as someone else mentioned. This is how you can use the 10-12 min formula for the yolks. If you keep it on the hot burner, they are guaranteed to get chalky and overcook.

    Crack the shells: After being in the ice bath for 14 mins, I pull each one out and whap it on the counter on the end with the air pocket (at the least) and on the sides. I then throw it back in the ice water. I start peeling them after I’ve cracked them all. This helps the ice water get under the shell and helps a ton with peeling the shell and the membrane.

  3. Mary M
    04.18.2024

    4 stars
    Good question,…I do not know, sorry…
    Follow up from yesterday: the first egg peeled perfectly on 4-17. Today, the second egg with a slow, gentle peel in a bowl of water,… left c. 50% albumin in the shell fragments. Sooo,… between ice bath and today,… how do we keep the white part intact??
    Thank you🙂

  4. Meg Burns
    04.18.2024

    Any adjustments for high altitude?

  5. Mary Mazzeo
    04.17.2024

    5 stars
    The most perfect HB eggs ever!! For the past 55 years, I have tried too many inadequate recipes. One comment: Please mention in your recipe to REMOVE the pot from the hot turned-off stovetop burner, after boiling. This does make a huge difference… And thank you for the tip of upside-down fridge storage of raw eggs! Who knew!?! And the time of ice bath is crucial!! Thank You🥚😋

  6. Sam
    04.16.2024

    1 star
    This didn’t work at all. Eggs came out runny and only the yolks were cooked

    • L
      04.16.2024

      Wow, it seems everyone is so focused on hatred instead of what they possibly did wrong. Gracious. I’m fairly sure (being polite) I’ve seen this exact recipe all over the web. I don’t think it’s her fault the eggs didn’t turn out right. Mine were great.

      • Mary M
        04.17.2024

        5 stars
        Mine as well! The second time😊

    • L
      04.16.2024

      Maybe it’s not her fault. #hardtomessuphardboiledeggs

  7. Regan
    04.14.2024

    You’re stupid. These came out raw. You ruined my day.

    • Shawna
      04.14.2024

      No, you’re stupid (also what a RAB). I just made these on the same day and they are as great as they are every time I make them with these instructions. Maybe you should evaluate yourself.

    • Kernal
      04.16.2024

      Read the instructions carefully. My grandmother used this method for decades. So does the whole family. It works.
      Also Try 5-5-5 method for eggs. 5 minutes pressure cooking, 5 minutes natural pressure release, 5 minutes in an ice water bath to chill. Done.

    • Jean
      04.16.2024

      1 star
      Yea this recipe is crap

  8. Micheal Simmons
    04.14.2024

    1 star
    Eggs came out watery and raw when left for 12 min.

  9. Bobby
    04.13.2024

    Thank you. It worked perfectly, just like you said.

  10. Laurenaschmitz
    04.12.2024

    I use the egg timer app off the Play Store. You can select eggs are cold from fridge, or room temp and how many you are cooking. Start the water to boil, prickly the egg bottom to release the air pocket and put them in the water. Press timer start. It is flawless and the eggs peel.
    In the past pre egg timer app, I put 1 tbs of baking soda in the boiling water. Eggs always peeled perfectly!!

  11. MermaiD MagiC
    04.12.2024

    5 stars
    Hard boiled Egg Perfection,
    Inside & OuT
    Simply best way i have made.
    Peel very very easily
    Thank you

  12. Stephanie
    04.11.2024

    1 star
    The absolute worse hard boiled egg recipe there ever was. If all you want is the yolk, then it works but it is definitely not a hard boiled egg recipe.

  13. Travis
    03.29.2024

    4 stars
    The first few eggs peeled easily. The last few ripped the white off the yolk with the shell. I prefer using the Instant Pot for perfectly peel-able boiled eggs. But the timing for the yolks doneness is already perfect.

  14. Susan
    03.29.2024

    I have a question. I have a gas stove not electric. When I turn the burner off there is no heat. I know that electric takes tie to cool. Does the type of stove you have make a difference with the timing?

    • Andrew
      03.30.2024

      I think so, yes. I’ve used this method on both stove types, and on gas stoves, I let the pot remain on the same burner for the 10-12 minutes (no heat as you mentioned). On an electric stovetop, I move the covered pot to a cold burner for the 10-12 minutes, and the outcome is the same. Basically, you want to achieve ‘off-heat’, letting the hot water finish the eggs.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.31.2024

      Hi Susan, I have a gas stove too, so it’s totally fine, just leave the pot covered.

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