How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

A bad hard-boil egg can ruin your breakfast. Have you had a complementary hotel breakfast where you grab a hard boil egg from the breakfast buffet only to find out later that it’s overcooked – gray-green ring around the yolk. Yuck. Here I am sharing with you my tips for making perfect hard boiled eggs.

The perfect hard-boiled egg has no green ring around the yolk; the yolk is creamy and mellow; and if you want, you can stop short of the hard-boil and make a gooey soft-boiled egg instead.

Do you know how to make perfect boiled eggs every single time? For only 6-7 minutes? I will share with you my simple tips on how to get perfect hard-boiled eggs every single time.

Perfect Hard Boil Eggs

Many people recommend different ways for cooking the perfect hard-boil egg. Some suggest to remove the saucepan with the eggs from the heat once the water starts boiling and to let them sit for about 15 minutes. I even found one recipe where the author was recommending to bake the eggs in the oven for 30 minutes. That’s a lot of time for me. You can cook a whole meal for that amount of time.

I believe hard-boiled eggs should be quick & easy to cook. You can cook a beautiful creamy hard-boiled egg for only 6-7 minutes. Why spend half an hour when you can have perfect hard-boiled eggs within minutes? Especially when I cook eggs in the morning for breakfast, the last thing I want to do is wait so long for the eggs to cook.

Get a perfect hard-boiled egg every time with these simple tips on how to hard-boil an egg. It’s so easy and quick. It’s foolproof. You’ll never have a rubbery white or a gray-green ring around the yolk again.

Boiled eggs are a convenient and affordable source of protein. With hard-boiled eggs on hand, you have the components of a satisfying breakfast, lunch, snack, appetizer, or dinner. So get cracking! 🙂

Perfect Hard Boil Eggs

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

What you need

Ingredients
6 large eggs, cold from the fridge
Cold water
Ice

Equipment
Saucepan
Timer
Slotted spoon
Bowl

Instructions

Place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Cover pan with a lid and bring water to a rolling boil over high heat; when the water has reached a boil, set the timer for the desired time. Boil for 6 – 7 minutes for perfect hard boiled eggs.

How Long Does It Take to Boil An Egg

  • For soft-boiled eggs: 4 minutes
  • For slightly soft-boiled eggs: 5 minutes
  • For custardy yet firm soft-boiled eggs: 6 minutes
  • For creamy hard-boiled eggs: 7 minutes
  • For firm yet still creamy hard-boiled eggs: 8 minutes
  • For very firm hard boiled eggs: 9 minutes

Perfect Hard Boil Eggs

Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a large bowl with ice cold water and let them cool for couple of minutes. Or you can place them under cool running water to stop the cooking.

Peel and eat!

Storage: Refrigerate any unused eggs, still in their shells. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
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How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 6 large eggs, cold from the fridge
  • Cold water
  • Ice
Equipment
  • Saucepan
  • Timer
  • Slotted spoon
  • Bowl
Instructions
  1. Place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Cover with a lid and bring water to a boil over high heat; when the water has reached a boil, set the timer for the desired time. Boil for 6 - 7 minutes for perfect hard boiled eggs.
  2. For soft-boiled eggs: 4 minutes
  3. For slightly soft-boiled eggs: 5 minutes
  4. For custardy yet firm soft-boiled eggs: 6 minutes
  5. For creamy hard-boiled eggs: 7 minutes
  6. For firm yet still creamy hard-boiled eggs: 8 minutes
  7. For very firm hard boiled eggs: 9 minutes
  8. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a large bowl with ice cold water and let them cool for couple of minutes. Or you can place them under cool running water to stop the cooking.
Notes
Refrigerate any unused eggs, still in their shells. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.

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35 comments on How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah

    I love the visual you have here! I always seem to second guess myself and boil eggs too long, so it’s great to see how just an extra minute or two can change things. Will have to experiment with this for my lunch next week!

  • Alisa @ Go Dairy Free

    I’ve never been a big egg fan, but my husband loves them. I’ve always struggled with hard-boiled eggs for him so this guide is great! I’m guessing a minute or two adjustment for higher altitudes.

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi Alisa! Yes, I would adjust a minute or two for higher altitudes. Glad you find this guide helpful!

  • Debra @ Bowl Me Over

    Love the simplicity and I totally agree, boiled eggs are such a great to-go protein. Nice!

  • Erin

    We love hard boiled eggs here. I have to admit that I have never tried to do anything other than a firm yellow yolk but I might have to try your chart and test it out!

  • Elena

    Learning how to perfectly hard boil an egg to your exact specifications is life changing!

  • Gordon

    I did try your way of cooking eggs loved it!!!! My grandma showed me when i was younger it was to bring to a fast boil then take off let set 10 min coverd, then place in cold water the water we drawed up from a well next to the farm house it was always very cold water we didnt have indoor plumbing and cooked on a wood fired cook stove. We would take them with us as we did our chores on the farm. Now that im a service plumbing Tech i still cook them and take with me for a snack or lunch now im out the door faster and have them anyway i please!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks for stopping by, Gordon! Yes, this is a much faster way to make hard-boiled eggs. I am glad you love it! 🙂

  • BP

    Once it reaches a boil, do uncover the lid or leave it covered ?

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Leave the lid covered. If it starts overflowing, open it up a little bit.

  • Summit

    Great point to a simple recipe for people who want a quick protein healthy recipes. Sometimes even I make things more complicated than they should be, especially something like eggs. I know eggs are “hard” to cook. They can be overcooked, undercooked or even continue cooking after you put your eggs on the plate! But not every understands or cares they just want to eat their eggs as long as it’s healthy and good.

  • Summit

    P.S. I was wondering how I can save your recipes to the favorites on this website directly without signing up for a Big Oven account? I use a iPhone 6s Plus, if that helps!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi, if you don’t want to use BigOven, you can bookmark the recipes you want to save. You can create a bookmark folder called “ecipes” and bookmark all your favorite recipes there. Hope this helps!

  • Sam | Ahead of Thyme

    Those eggs look perfect! Great tips, I will have to try out your method.

  • Tiffany

    This is so helpful! Great tips and such lovely photography too!

  • Liz

    Knowing exactly how they’ll turn out by minute is so helpful. This is awesome!

  • J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all

    Hubby loves making hard boiled eggs so I am going to have to show him this post! Thanks for sharing! He’ll love it!

  • Angie

    Time suggestions for medium eggs?

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Do you mean medium size eggs? I use the same time chart for both medium and large eggs and it works great!

  • Sandy W.

    Do I use a longer time for more eggs? I boiled 2 dozen yesterday for 10 minutes. I did a dozen this morning the same. We like them done but don’t like the green on the yolk. I have chickens, so all our eggs are farm fresh. My husband likes the blue & green eggs we get from the Amercaunas. I like the golden brown from the Golden Sex Links. I have one RI cross bred that lays a light golden brown. They sure beat a store bought egg anyday! I like the idea that we can go down on time. Just making quantity doesn’t change the cooking times. If so how much do I need to adjust? I did notice a couple yesterday with a little hint of green around the yolk. We didn’t add the eggs until the water boiled. I also add salt to help the water boil and 2 cupfuls of apple cider vinegar makes them peel like a dream!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi Sandy,
      You don’t need to boil them longer if you are using more eggs. And yes, farm fresh eggs are so much better than store bought! 🙂 I know that hard boiling farm fresh eggs can take a little bit longer than usual but 10 minutes seems a little bit too long. I would boil them for about 8 minutes and see how you like them . Hope that helps!

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