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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4.86 from 397 votes
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. S
    01.26.2024

    5 stars
    I’ve used this previous times, as well as today. I noticed the timing is most accurate when you are using a pan that is effective for heat conduction. (Copper, stainless steel. Not aluminum).

  2. Sandra
    01.12.2024

    5 stars
    OMG! This is a fricking game changer!
    I let them in hot water 11 minutes, 14 to 15 minutes in the icy bath, and they peeled like they worked in a strip club! My eggs were 3 days old, I did put a dash of baking soda in my hot bath. My husband and I eat so much of those, and I use to dread making them, but not anymore! I punched a small hole at the bottom of half of them, but no noticeable difference. Thanks, thanks, thanks! Can I leave 10 stars?

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)
      01.12.2024

      Hi Sandra, I’m so glad you loved them!

  3. Katrina
    01.08.2024

    5 stars
    I’ve followed these instructions twice. Perfect both times. 🙂 Thank you!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.09.2024

      I’m so glad your eggs were perfect!

  4. Elise
    01.07.2024

    5 stars
    Boiled one dozen eggs Followed your instructions, these eggs turned out perfect. Thank you so very much.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.09.2024

      I’m so glad your eggs came out well!

  5. Veronica
    01.06.2024

    5 stars
    Thanks that was so helpful – they’ve turned out really well!

  6. Joanne
    01.05.2024

    After reading this tip below I was left with one question…how do I know what is upside down for an egg?

    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.

    • Will
      01.06.2024

      Store eggs pointy end down. This allows the air pocket on the rounder end to stay put and away from the yolk and the pointy end is stronger if you happen to drop it.

  7. Reed
    01.01.2024

    I followed every bit of the instructions and spent an inordinate amount of time trying to peel the eggs while shredding the whites. I was making deviled eggs and 4 were unusable. Maybe it was the eggs. Maybe it was lack of detail as regards “first start to boil.”

  8. Paula
    12.25.2023

    Unfortunately, my eggs did not turn out as described. The yolks were accurate at 12 minutes however, I was unable to peel the eggs without great difficulty. Approximately half of the egg whites were lost. I followed instructions as directed. My eggs had been in the refrigerator for two days. Best to all.

  9. Patti from BK
    12.24.2023

    5 stars
    I followed the directions and my eggs were perfect!

  10. Vinny T
    12.22.2023

    5 stars
    Jeanine and Jack nailed! By far the best hard boiled egg recipe ever!

    I added 3 minutes to the time after you cover and remove it from the heat for high altitude, Denver Colorado. Water boils 10° lower ( 202°).

    I also gently crack the eggs by Rolling them on the counter and then peeling under a slow stream of cold water, ideally getting the stream of water to get underneath the thin membrane. Works really well!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.24.2023

      I’m glad your eggs came out perfectly!

  11. Heather Smith
    12.22.2023

    Getting ready to try these directions for the 1st time. Awesome idea to store the eggs upside down 1st. Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  12. Iradj M.
    12.19.2023

    5 stars
    You still need to leave the pot on the hot burner after turning it off. Also, make sure it comes to a boil (not just little bubbles coming up).

    I did the recommended steps and all went well; nicely done.

  13. Emilie
    12.18.2023

    This has literally nothing to do with the recipe and everything to do with your eggs / peeling method

  14. Juliana
    12.18.2023

    This is my tried and true recipe for perfect hard boiled eggs every time!

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.21.2023

      Hi Juliana, I’m so happy to hear!

  15. Joy
    12.17.2023

    5 stars
    Followed the instructions exactly and they turned out absolutely perfect. I was nervous because I read the current negative comments while my eggs were in the ice bath but my worried were alleviated when I peeled my perfect egg.

    I used week old large brown eggs straight from the fridge.

    Waited for boil to begin then turned off right at boiling (as directed)

    Let sit with the top on for 11 minutes before the ice bath and the yolks were a texture between the two pictured in the article. Perfect!

  16. Lisa
    12.16.2023

    Terrible instructions, the eggs were completely runny. What a waste of eggs

    • Paula M
      01.17.2024

      When you shut the burner off you need to keep the covered pot on the burner for said amount of time. This keeps the eggs cooking and not over cooked.

      I followed the instructions to a T and the eggs were perfect.

  17. Durham Garbutt
    12.15.2023

    2 stars
    This didn’t turn out well for me. I put three eggs in cold water in my heavy pot, brought it to a boil, took it off heat and covered it for 10 minutes. My eggs wouldn’t peel and the yolks were runny.

    • Deanna
      01.10.2024

      5 stars
      You’re too leave them on the burner. Just turn the heat off and cover.

  18. Anonymous
    12.05.2023

    1 star
    Not sure what went wrong but every one fell apart and stuck to the shell. Wasted half a dozen eggs.

    • Lena
      12.13.2023

      I would say that means they weren’t done, because I’ve not cooked eggs entirely through in the past and the whites don’t stay together when that’s the case;it’s like lines or thin layers through it that are wet, so the pieces of cooked yolk separate. I don’t think a slight boil will do at all, it’s got to be a really good rolling boil before you turn off the flame and cover them

  19. Jessalynn Sadler
    11.22.2023

    2 stars
    The eggs were perfectly hardened after 12 minutes. My problem was the peeling. Only half looked niceand peeled easily. The other half had many craters and peeled poorly.

    • Betty Johnson
      01.05.2024

      Ive learned that poking a tiny pin hole in the large end of eggs, before boiling helps the peeling A LOT !! Try it😁

  20. P.D.
    11.21.2023

    5 stars
    i am very new to cooking and these turned out great on the first try! thanks so much! 😊💖

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      11.23.2023

      I’m so glad they were perfect!

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