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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.

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    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

    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 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

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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

    INGREDIENTS

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

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • 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.

    NOTES

    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 egg has a crack, you can add a little 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. 

    NUTRITION

    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
    Perfect Boiled Eggs
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    September 30, 2019

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    Comments

    Stephanie Cline

    5 stars
    I love this method and time chart. It’s nice to not have to devote over a half anhour just to boiling eggs, and I love the fact there isn’t any fussing over them by adding things to the water, figuring out if they’ve cooked long enough, etc.

    Susan Dubose

    5 stars
    I have made these twice now and each time they came out amazing! I will only use this method from now on. So easy and fast. Perfect every time. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    Marty Grabow

    This is the absolute best! I remember my Mom making hard boiled eggs, and it took forever. Sorry Mom, but these are even better, with less cooking time. Thank you!

    Maisie Reynolds

    5 stars
    I’ve used this recipe a couple times now and they’ve turned out really good! I live at a higher altitude so the water takes less than 10 minutes to boil & then I set the timer for about 7 minutes. I do have a question though, am I supposed to leave the lid on for the 7 minutes or take it off after it comes to the first boil? Really liked how you showed the pictures along with the time, thanks for the recipe!

    Samantha

    5 stars
    Perfect! This is the only way! THANK YOU!!!

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