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    Make perfect hard boiled eggs with a creamy yolk, and beautiful egg white by using these Tips for making hard boil eggs. Only 6-7 minutes to boil eggs.

    A bad hard-boiled egg can ruin your breakfast. Have you had a complimentary 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.

    How To Make 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.

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    Many people recommend different ways of cooking the perfect hard boil egg. Some suggest removing 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 recommended 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.

    You can also cook eggs in the Instant Pot and cook them for only 5 minutes.

    Check my video where I show you how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs for only 7 minutes.


    How To Boil Eggs

    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 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! 🙂

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    How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

    What you need

    6 large eggs, cold from the fridge
    Cold water

    Slotted spoon


    Place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch. Cover the 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 over medium-high heat for perfect hard boiled eggs.

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    How Long To Boil Eggs

    • 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
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    Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a large bowl with ice cold water and let them cool for a couple of minutes. Or you can place them under cool running water to stop the cooking. This will also help the eggs peel easily.

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    Peel and serve the eggs immediately. You can sprinkle some paprika or chives on top. You can also make some delicious deviled eggs.

    How Long Do Boiled Eggs Last

    Storage: Refrigerate any unused hard boiled eggs, still in their shells. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.

    How To Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

    How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
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    How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

    How Long and How To Cook Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
    Prep Time 1 minute
    Cook Time 7 minutes
    Total Time 8 minutes
    Servings 6
    Calories 62kcal


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


    • Saucepan
    • Timer
    • Slotted spoon
    • Bowl


    • 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 full rolling boil, set the timer for the desired time. Boil for 6 – 7 minutes over medium-high heat for perfect hard-boiled eggs.
    • For soft-boiled eggs boil eggs for 4 minutes
    • For slightly soft-boiled eggs boil eggs for 5 minutes
    • For custardy yet firm soft-boiled eggs boil eggs for 6 minutes
    • For creamy hard-boiled eggs boil eggs for 7 minutes
    • For firm yet still creamy hard-boiled eggs boil eggs for 8 minutes
    • For very firm hard boiled eggs boil eggs for 9 minutes
    • Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a large bowl with ice cold water and let them cool for a couple of minutes. Or you can place them under cool running water to stop the cooking.
    • Peel and serve the eggs immediately. You can sprinkle some paprika or chives on top.


    Easy to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

    • Use older eggs (~ 1 week old). A few days older eggs are easier to peel.
    • Add 1/2 tsp salt to the water. Adding salt to the water may help make the eggs easier to peel. 
    • Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda. Some people suggest to add baking soda to the water which increases the alkalinity of the water and makes the eggs easy to peel. 
    • Add vinegar (if you are using farm fresh eggs). You can easily peel hard boiled eggs by adding a little bit of vinegar to the water which makes the shell softer.
    • Roll them on the counter. After you boil the eggs and you cool them in an ice cold water, roll them on the counter to remove the shell. It will fall off easily.
    If you notice that some eggs are hard to peel, crack them all around without peeling them and place them under a little bit of running water or soak them in a bowl with water for a while. The water penetrates under the shell and makes them easier to peel.

    How To Prevent Your Eggs From Cracking

    Don’t place the cold eggs from the fridge in the hot water on the stove. 
    Place the eggs in cold water and then turn on the cooktop. 
    If an eggs has a crack, you can add a littel bit of vinegar to the pot. It will help to congeal the egg white if it starts to leak out from the shell.

    How To Store Hard Boiled Eggs

    Refrigerate any unused eggs, still in their shells for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. 


    Calories: 62kcal | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 163mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 60mg | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.8mg
    Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Christmas, Easter, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, hard boiled eggs, Healthy, How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs, Low Carb, Paleo, Thanksgiving, Whole30
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    Carl Conrad

    5 stars
    Worked beautifully. Also, to peel a few minutes after the ice water bath, crack the shells all over (I used the sink), then rolled each egg between my hands and peeled under running cold water.

    Nine of the ten eggs peeled perfectly; only one loss some egg white go the shell removal.


    5 stars
    I had to comment and say thank you for this recipe. My eggs came out perfect. I did a dozen for 8 minutes and added a little salt/baking soda…it really helped the peeling process. Will use this method again and again!


    5 stars
    Thank you! Worked great except I had a bunch of different sized farm eggs. Boiled about 8 1/2 minutes. The small and medium -large eggs were perfect and the extra large were not quite done in middle. Next time I will try to use more uniform sizes. I will go back to your method every time@


    5 stars
    A little chatty but overall very helpful

      Ashley Haglin

      There is a jump to recipe button at the top if you don’t want to read the blog post!

    Andrea Chappell

    The eggs turned out perfectly! Thanks for the good tips!!

    Haisum Usman

    5 stars
    Superb team.

    Natalie Bourgeois

    5 stars
    This is the best recipe for hard boiled eggs. Hands down. I had always been overcooking them. Now they are perfect! Every time!


    5 stars
    Been cooking hb eggs for over 45yrs and everyone, including their mothers, have had a different suggestion to fix “that” (whatever the issue happened to be). NEVER have they turned out as good as these. Gotta say, Neli, you’ve hit the mark! TY!!!


    5 stars
    I want to say thank you for your recipe on how to cook boiled eggs… I know I’m not the only one who has had problems getting the shell off the egg!!!! Some are better then others but some have half the white part come off as well.. going to try this way the next time I make hard boiled eggs… I’ve asked different people how long to cook, how to get the shell off in one piece ect I’ve been told when it comes to a hard boil eggs take off the burner and let it sit forget how many minutes. Also when cooking put vinegar into the water and the shell comes right off. There are other things as well but I want to try it your way next… Thank you so much…


    5 stars
    This method works perfectly for me! It is quick too, rather than letting the eggs sit in the boiled water by taking the pan off heat (no thank you). Thia recipe is tried and true! I typically go for the 7-8 min range personally, but it is all preference on how soft you like the eggs & the yolk.

    Kathy Ross

    5 stars
    Love this recipe. My eggs Are always perfect and my husband is happy! Great directions and pictures easy to follow.


    5 stars
    This was a very helpful instruction. My 6 minute eggs turned out beautifully. Thank you for your thorough explanation and pictures. Eggs are one of those things you can easily get wrong and never quite figure out why!!

    Scott Burkhardt

    I’m going to try but do you have any peeling advice? Not how to peel but how to ensure that the egg peels easily. Heard many theories but from my experience, peeling right away is best. Recipe says to not peel those you plan to store but why?

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Scott, if you want your eggs to peel easily, make sure you keep them in ice-cold water for several minutes. I also find that very fresh eggs usually don’t peel that easily. And sometimes it just depends on the individual eggs – some peel easily and others don’t.

    Mat Snyder

    5 stars

    Morgan Macconaugha

    Turns out perfect every time!




    5 stars
    Perfect every time. Thanks so much for this guide.


    5 stars
    I have never been able to cook a hard boiled egg in my life. I used this recipe tonight to prepare eggs for potato salad, and it was PERFECT! I went for about 8.5 min, and it matched the photos exactly. I’m so glad to finally be able to do this 🙂


    5 stars
    Hi, I stumbled upon your page because I needed a refresher in hard-boiling eggs (it’s been a while). I followed the recipe for the 8 minute eggs and they came out absolutely perfect. Thanks!


    I cooked my eggs in the water for 9 minutes and I got nothing.. It was the equivalent to 4 minutes on the chart yet i followed all the steps.. What wnet wrong?

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Did you add your eggs AFTER the water started boiling? It sounds like you added them at the beginning in cold water when you put the pot on the cooktop. They should definitely be cooked through if they were boiling for 9 minutes. Hope it works better the next time.

    Jennifer Shields

    5 stars
    Thank you for this! I often forget to boil eggs for salad and do without because I don’t want to wait almost 30 minutes. Your method shaved 6-7 minutes off and they were perfect!

    Leah Najjar

    5 stars
    Perfect every time! Now the kids and I can make consistently perfectly-boiled eggs.

    Thank you for taking the guesswork out of the process.

    We put put eggs in a bowl of cold water from the Sparklettes cooler.

    Jessica @FitnessEquipmentsLab

    5 stars
    Hey Neli, They are perfect!! But the first time I made them I cooled them in cold water, immediately after cooking. They were really hard to peel. I wanted to try again baecause the eggs really were perfect. So I cooled them in medium temperature water and they peeled very nicely. I finally know how to make perfect boiled eggs.

    Emmalee Latham

    5 stars
    My family lived this so did I!


    5 stars
    Is the process and timing the same for a larger batch

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Yes, it’s the same for a larger batch as well. Just make sure you have a large pot for all eggs and that they are all covered with water.


    I rate 5 ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️!
    I’m 66 yrs old and hated when the shell stuck to my hb eggs, and left ugly pits in the flesh of the egg. Thank you!

    Colville WA


    5 stars
    Thank you so much. I’m an avid (unqualified) cook. This is the absolute best guide to boiling eggs I’ve ever come across. Had so much trouble with the grey ring before.


    I always have been wondering to boil the eggs perfectly for their better taste.
    Found this lovely piece of the article shared by my friend. I am glad that I used your way to boil the eggs perfectly. My husband loved the dinner tonight.

    Souls of Mischief

    5 stars
    Great visuals and easy to follow. Thanks.We use this in egg salad sandwiches.


    5 stars
    Before my eggs were inconsistent. I learned to boil eggs by watching my mother. Little thought was given to how long…we just boiled them until we felt they were done…usually 15 min. I laugh now…who knew eggs didn’t have to be green! In fact what is the green? Now I have…Perfect eggs everytime These hard boiled eggs are now a staple in my refrigerator and are requested by my family.

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