How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

A bad hard boil 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.

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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Perfect Hard Boil Eggs

Many people recommend different ways for 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 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.

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 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! 🙂

Learn How To Boil Eggs and How To Make Hard Boiled 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 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.

Peel eggs and eat!

How Long Do Hard 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.Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How To Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

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How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
7 mins
Total Time
8 mins
 
How To Cook Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 72 kcal
Author: Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
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.
Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 72 Calories from Fat 43
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4.8g 7%
Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 0.4g 0%
Sugars 0.2g
Protein 6.3g 13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

71 comments on How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks, Sam!

  • 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!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks, Chrisy! Hope you give it a try!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks, Lauren!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks, Kathi! I can eat eggs every day, cooked any way. 🙂

    • Stacey Morrison

      i love hard boiled eggs too. My mother and grandmother cooked eggs for 20 to 25 min. Without placin a lid on pot. I can’t wait to cook eggs the correct way. I have over cooked my eggs for over a two decades. I might have eggs everyday 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!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks, Debra!

  • 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!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hope you give it a try, Erin! I think you will love it!

  • Elena

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

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks, Elena!

  • 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.

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      This method is so easy and quick! 🙂

  • Tiffany

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

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks!

  • Liz

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

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks, Liz! I am glad you find it helpful!

  • 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!

  • Cameron Verotti

    “Eggcelent”! Love me some eggs, anytime anywhere. I enjoy adding some shishito pepper powder and cilantro top my egg after a hard boil. Simply delish!

  • sara

    are the eggs to be placed before it starts boiling or after and then set timer?

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi Sara,
      you place the eggs before it starts boiling. After the water starts boiling, you set the timer for the desired amount of time.

  • Nadia

    This was really helpful cause sometimes I either don’t leave them enough time or sometimes I leave them for too long LOVE THIS!

  • soy

    hello – is the photograph of the boiled egg guide yours? if i quote it in a source, who may i say is the photographer?

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Yes, the picture is taken by me.

  • Jessic

    Thanks, i always over boil my eggs. Now i know how not too. Thanks gor the visuals! Helped me out a ton!

  • Deb

    Never boiled eggs before, was wanting to try because my eggs are about to expire. What setting do you use high, medium, medium high? And if I cook them right before they expire will they still stay good for a week?

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      HI Deb,
      I usually cook them on medium high. I think they will still stay good for about a week if you cook them before they expire.

  • mary

    Interested in easy vegetarian meals
    Also fish and eggs 😊

  • Deb

    I just made 7 minute eggs and they were perfect. the whole egg was cooked, yet it was still soft if that makes sense. The BEST part is my yokes were not greenish gray like they can be when they are over cooked. Thanks for the tips!! Pictures really help.

  • Kary Cardenas

    Thank you for this I just had the best hard boiled eggs I EVER had! I made egg salad with rest and so creamy and delish! Best I ever made… lol I always over boiled but made egg salad so I thought who cares… well I do now! I had no clue how bad they were before cuz I was used to it… haha thanks again I’ll never over boil again! 7mins was perfect for me

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      That’s great!! So glad the salad turned out so good!! 🙂

  • Mandy

    Do you have any tips for peeling boiled eggs? I always lose parts of the whites with the shell. Thanks in advance!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi Mandy, if you let them cool down in an ice cold water for approximately 5 minutes, they should be easier to peel. This works every time.
      You can also place hard boiled eggs in a glass container (box or even a jar) with about 1/4 cup water and close it, then shake it really good and the shell should come right off.

  • Punkin

    Thank you so much. My question is which of these times would be the best to avoid egg coating between the white & the shell, from clinging so much to the white? You know.. The clear membrane that looks really dry if not removed?

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi Punkin! If you let them cool down in an ice cold water for approximately 5 minutes, they should be easier to peel and you would not have that problem with the thin membrane you are talking about.
      You can also place the hard boiled eggs in a glass container (box or even a jar) with about 1/4 – 1/2 cup water and close it, then shake it really good and the shell should come right off. Hope it works!

  • Sarah

    I just made eggs this way and they turned out perfectly and peeled beautifully! I did add a small amount of olive oil and salt to the water. They are SO delish. Thank you!!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Awesome! Glad they turned out great! 🙂

  • B Stone

    Absolutely perfect! Thank you!

  • Leigh Stevens

    The best breakdown I have ever seen for perfectly boiled eggs. Thank you!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thanks, Leigh! Glad you find it helpful! 🙂

  • Sherry Sulisz

    Hi! Just wondering, if you place the eggs in the pan and then put a lid on, how do you know exactly when it starts boiling and to set the timer?

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Hi Sherry,
      Yes, I place the eggs in the pan and then a lid on. You will hear it when it starts boiling.

  • Cole

    Your water must boil hotter than mine
    I boils for 8 minutes and they are more raw than your 4 minute eggs

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Wow, you BOILED eggs for 8 whole minutes, and they were still raw?!
      When did you start counting 8 minutes? You should count from the time the water starts boiling not from the time you place them in the water.
      Hope it works out better next time! 🙂

  • Megan

    Perfect!

  • Jazzy

    I Love this! Making a copy . Thanks.

  • D'andre

    Thanks Great Tip, I now boil 8 mins with lid.💯

  • Jessica

    I always hated boiled eggs, the yolks were so dry! I made some today following your advice and just had the best boiled egg ever! I pulled two eggs at four mins and left the rest for six mins. I’m a little sad I left the rest go for that two extra mins but I’m sure they’ll still be great lol!

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      That’s awesome! So glad you liked them, Jessica! You made my day! 🙂

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much! I followed Martha’s recipe and ended up ruining 12 eggs 😲 They took ages to cook and came out overcooked, dry, with the dreaded green/grey ring, yuk. Tried again tonight using your technique and they all came out perfect!

    You’re an absolute superstar! Thanks so much for sharing ❤️

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Thank you, Sarah! So glad they turned out great! 🙂

  • Josh Hampton

    I loved the visuals and easy it sounded. This was my first time ever making deviled eggs and this how-to made the first part of it easy for me. Thanks.

    • Delicious Meets Healthy (author)

      Awesome! So glad to hear that it helped you! I am sure the deviled eggs will turn out amazing! Happy Thanksgiving!

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