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Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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Looking for an easy and delicious snack? Look no further than boiled eggs!

This fail-proof method of hard-boiled eggs means making perfect eggs every time without the guesswork.

Add them to salads or turn them into deviled eggs for a delicious treat.

An overhead view of a hard-boiled egg cut in half

The perfect snack, salad, or side!

Boiling eggs isn’t science, but it can feel like it. Below are my favorite tips for making the perfect hard-boiled egg.

  • Boiled eggs aren’t just for Easter eggs. We eat them all year round!
  • Low-sugar, low-calorie boiled eggs are a cheap and healthy snack!
  • This method of cooking means that the eggs do not need to be overcooked (and No gray ring around the yolk) for the perfect deviled egg or egg salad sandwich!

how to make boiled eggs

  1. Place the eggs in the pan and place cold water at least 1/2 inch above the eggs.
  2. Bring water to a boil, cover and remove from heat.
  3. Cover and let rest (remove from heat) As per the recipe below.
  4. Place in a large bowl of ice water for 5 minutes before peeling.

boiled egg boil time

This hard-boiled egg recipe uses large eggs taken from the refrigerator. You may need to adjust the cooking time if using medium or extra large eggs.Room temperature eggs may take less time.

Instead of simmering over high heat, bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Cover and start the timer, or for hard-boiled eggs, cover and let stand for 15-17 minutes. This will give you bright yellow yolks and soft whites and prevent cracking.

Perfect boiled egg on plate with writing

How to peel a boiled egg

To peel hard-boiled eggs, place the cooked eggs in an ice bath for at least 5 minutes. Gently tap the egg to crack the entire shell and peel the egg under running cold water, allowing the water to slide between the egg white and the shell membrane.

If your eggs are fresh, try making them in an Instant Pot (pressure cooker) or air fryer. Fresh eggs are easy to peel using these methods.

Older eggs are easier to peel! Why do some hard-boiled eggs peel easily and others not? It all comes down to science!

The pH level of fresh egg whites is different than the pH level of old egg whites. As the eggs age, the pH becomes more acidic, making them less likely to adhere to membranes and more likely to come off.

Holly’s tips for making the perfect hard-boiled egg

Here are my favorite tips for making the perfect hard-boiled egg.

  • use big egg For this recipe; cooking times vary for medium or extra-large eggs.
  • For best results, use older eggs, which are easier to peel than fresh eggs.
  • You don’t need to add anything to the boiling water, like vinegar or baking soda.
  • Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice water. This keeps the eggs from overheating and makes it easier to peel.
  • Place one layer of eggs in the pan and pour 0.5 inches of water over the eggs to cook evenly.
  • When the water boils rapidly, remove the pot from the heat, cover and let it rest. Gently cook the eggs in the residual heat of the water.
2 slices of hard-boiled egg


Boiled eggs can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about a week. You can save it before or after peeling it off.

Time to hard boil eggs.

Place the eggs in the pan and fill with water at least 1/2 inch above the eggs. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. Cover and remove from heat. For hard-boiled eggs, let the eggs stand for 15-17 minutes (for large eggs).

How long is the shelf life of boiled eggs?

Hard-boiled eggs, shelled or peeled, should be used within a week.

Can you freeze hard boiled eggs?

No, it doesn’t freeze well. The whites will be hard and rubbery.

recipes using boiled eggs

Looking for a delicious way to use fresh hard-boiled eggs? Add them to a classic Cobb salad or try making deviled eggs for a delicious appetizer.

Have you tried making these hard boiled eggs? Leave your rating and comments below!

Egg Lovers Delight:

Perfect hard boiled egg cooked with letters
Close up of perfect hard boiled egg with title
Perfect hard boiled egg with seasoning and title
Perfect hard boiled egg on table close up with title

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