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!



  • 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!


*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. Lucille March

    5 stars
    I finally got it right after 50 years ! Thanks !
    Perfectly cooked. I used jumbo eggs so I added one extra minute to the cook time.
    Gas stove –
    6 room temp jumbo eggs-
    Left pot on same burner after shutting gas-
    13 min cook time then 20 min in ice bath
    Peeled so easily- ate one immediately and it was delish.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad your eggs were perfect!

  2. Lois Blakesley

    Works perfectly!!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      Hi Lois, I’m so glad you love the recipe!

  3. Kir

    5 stars
    Wow, this worked perfectly! I followed the recipe and cooked the eggs for 11 minutes, then 10 minutes with the ice and cold water. Success!!!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      So glad they came out well for you!

  4. Jay

    Very disappointing for me and my family. I followed the recipe exactly including the 14 minute ice bath. The eggs were definitely NOT easy to peel and I lost several chunks of white. The membrane was also sticking to the eggs. Most disappointing, this recipe assumes you want cold eggs. I like them still hot when I peel them. What a let down.

    • Barbie

      Hi Jay, I have experimented with eggs and the peeling, trying all different recommendations. What has worked best for me is to cook the eggs longer, such as 14 minutes. But the secret is to salt heartily in the pan before cooking, and to peel while still warm (skipping the ice bath). I only perform an initial rinse to cool the eggs enough to be able to handle them

  5. Rob

    5 stars
    might want to add for electric stoves take the pot off the element. Shut off heat is vague.

  6. Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

    So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  7. King P.

    5 stars
    I followed the recipe as stated and they turned out great for me! Thank you for sharing.

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      So glad you loved it!

  8. Jen Y

    5 stars
    This worked perfectly! For those asking, I left the pot ON the burner just turned it off. Cooked 12 minutes for hard boiled and they were perfect.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad they were perfect!

    • Fran

      Do you have an electric stove?

  9. Karen

    Do you take the pot off the burner and cover or leave it on the burner and cover (I have a flat electric stove top)when the water starts boiling? Someone else asked but there was no reply.

    • Jen Y

      Someone named Billy said, below, “ turn the burner off dont remove from the heat.”

      I’m going to try this method now – I can also let you know if it works for me!

  10. Aletha

    5 stars
    Maybe eight, but didn’t go through the other tips about buying a good couple days ahead of time still good

  11. DD

    5 stars
    My hard boiled eggs were just perfect!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      So glad they came out well for you!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe!

  12. billy

    turn the burner off dont remove from the heat.

  13. Andrea S.

    5 stars
    Best recipe for hard boiled eggs. And amazing how easy to peel. Thank you!!!!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad your eggs were perfect!

  14. Samantha Marinaro

    5 stars
    Ummm I learned today THE best way to cook perfect hard boiled eggs. Flawless! It’s so simple and easy. I feel stupid for even having to learn this late in life 🙂 thank you for the best way to get easy peeling eggs. I don’t have time to mess with eggs!

    • Phoebe Moore (L&L Recipe Developer)

      I’m so glad you loved the recipe!

      • Nel

        Hi Phoebe, when you turn the heat off, do you remove the pot from the burner or leave it for the 15 minutes?

  15. Stephanie

    5 stars
    I love your recipes. As usual, the eggs cooked and peeled perfectly. Thank you for sharing!

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad they were perfect!

    • Jeff

      5 stars
      You can also put them in pickle juice for a few days. For really colorful eggs put them in with pickled beet juice.

  16. Sue

    Do you wait until the eggs come to a rapid boil, or Emma or when you 1st start to get tiny bubbles?

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sue, when the surface starts to bubble (past the point of tiny bubbles around the sides of the pot). It doesn’t have to be rolling.

  17. Adrienne

    Which is the top side of an egg, wide or narrow? I’d like to store them upside down but don’t know what that is! Thank you!

    • Vince

      Top side is the pointy end.

  18. Haley

    5 stars
    Tried this as written and my eggs came out absolutely perfect! I left them in for 10 minutes because I like my yolks a little on the soft side and they were just how I like them. I’ve tried a lot of subtly different recipes for hard boiled eggs, but I must say I’m an ice bath convert now. Thank you for my new go-to recipe! (I’m using an electric stove in case that helps anyone decide if this method is for them!)

  19. Charlotte

    5 stars
    I come back to this post all the time— never had more consistent success with hard-boiled eggs! When using a gas stove, I might set it to « low » for an extra couple minutes as the stovetop does not retain as much heat as the electric burner I might typically use. I wonder if that, or not using enough water, might account for the people who have not had success with this method.

    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Charlotte, I’m so glad your eggs have been so successful!

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