How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Eggs are one of the most versatile and nutritious foods on the planet, and they are also incredibly easy to cook. One of the simplest ways to cook eggs is by boiling them, and hard-boiled eggs are a great addition to many dishes, including salads, sandwiches, and breakfast plates. However, boiling eggs can seem deceptively easy, but getting the perfect hard-boiled egg can be a bit tricky. We’ve put together an easy-to-follow guide to help you get perfectly boiled eggs every time.

To start, let’s review the basics: a hard-boiled egg should be fully cooked through, with a solid white and yolk that isn’t runny. Unlike soft-boiled eggs, which are cooked for only a few minutes, hard-boiled eggs should be boiled for around ten minutes, but depending on the size of the egg and altitude of your location, cooking times may vary.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the steps to make perfect hard-boiled eggs.

Step 1: Choose Your Eggs

The freshness of the eggs matters when it comes to boiling them. Fresh eggs are more difficult to peel than older eggs, as the egg white membrane adheres more strongly to the shell in fresh eggs. Therefore, we recommend purchasing your eggs a few days before boiling.

Step 2: Bring Water to Boil

To start, fill a pot with enough water to cover your eggs by about an inch. It’s essential to have a pot large enough that the eggs are all in a single layer. Place the pot on the stove and turn it on high heat.

Step 3: Add Salt

Before the water comes to a boil, add a pinch of salt to the pot. This will help the eggs peel more easily later.

Step 4: Add Eggs

Once the water comes to a rolling boil, use a slotted spoon to add the eggs to the pot gently. Be careful not to drop them, as the heat can cause the shells to crack, leading to egg whites escaping. It’s also crucial to add eggs that are at room temperature. This helps prevent the shells from cracking, as adding cold eggs to hot water can cause the shells to expand quickly and crack.

Step 5: Boil The Eggs

After the eggs have been added, reduce the heat slightly to maintain a consistent boil. Let the eggs cook for at least ten minutes. For smaller eggs, you can reduce the time by a minute or two, and for larger eggs, add an extra minute. As mentioned before, the altitude can also affect cooking times, so it’s best to adjust accordingly.

Step 6: Rinse the Eggs

When the eggs have finished cooking, immediately remove the pot from the heat, and carefully transfer the eggs to a bowl or plate with a slotted spoon. The final result of the eggs will depend on how long you let them cool, so if you plan on eating them right away, you can rinse the eggs under cold water to cool them down quickly. Alternatively, if you plan on using the eggs later, you can let them cool down to room temperature before placing them in the fridge.

Step 7: Peel the Eggs

After the eggs have cooled down, it’s time to peel them. The key to easy peeling is to gently tap the egg on a hard surface to crack the shell, then roll it gently between your hands until the shell loosens from the white. Rinse the peeled eggs under running water to remove any remaining bits of shell.


Q. How can I tell if an egg is fresh?

A. You can tell the freshness of an egg by placing it in water. If the egg sinks to the bottom, it’s fresh. If it floats, it’s not as fresh.

Q. Can I boil eggs from the fridge?

A. You can, but it’s best to let the eggs come to room temperature before boiling, as adding cold eggs to hot water can cause the shells to crack.

Q. How long can hard-boiled eggs be stored?

A. You can store hard-boiled eggs in the fridge for up to a week, but it’s best to peel them right before eating them.

Q. Can I use a pressure cooker to boil eggs?

A. Yes, pressure-cooking eggs takes less time and can be done in just a few minutes. However, the eggs tend to come out with a darker yolk and a slightly firmer texture.

In conclusion, boiling eggs may seem like a straightforward task, but paying attention to a few details can make a big difference in the final result. By following these steps and paying attention to our tips, you’ll be making perfect hard-boiled eggs in no time.

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