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    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.

    how to boil eggs

    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 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.

    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! 🙂

    how to make hard boiled eggs

    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 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.

    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

    how to 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 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


    • 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 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.


    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 62 Calories from Fat 36
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 4g6%
    Saturated Fat 1g5%
    Cholesterol 163mg54%
    Sodium 62mg3%
    Potassium 60mg2%
    Protein 5g10%
    Vitamin A 240IU5%
    Calcium 25mg3%
    Iron 0.8mg4%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    Course Appetizer, Breakfast
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Christmas, Easter, Easy, Gluten Free, Grain-Free, Healthy, Low Carb, One Pan, Paleo, Quick, Thanksgiving, Whole30
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    5 stars
    Perfection!! I can’t wait to try this different versions!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Sam!


      5 stars
      I tried this recipe today on a snow day perfect hard boiled eggs thanks

    5 stars
    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

      Thanks, Chrisy! Hope you give it a try!

    5 stars
    Loving the visual! Such a good reference.

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Lauren!

    5 stars
    Great tutorial! I love me some soft cooked eggggsss!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

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

      Stacey Morrison

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      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


        This is how my mom also taught me to cook boiled eggs. I said the same thing been over cooking them more than 20 years. I can’t wait to make it this way, its much faster and no grey yolk

    5 stars
    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

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

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

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Debra!

    5 stars
    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

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

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

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Elena!


    5 stars
    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

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


      Do you have to have a cover? I didn’t cover mine so wondering if need to add cooking time?

        No, you don’t have to adjust the cooking time. It’s good to cover the eggs otherwise the water will evaporate quicker and there might not be enough water to cover the eggs. This can result in undercooked eggs.


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

      Delicious Meets Healthy

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


        Glad this question was answered. In the video, there was no cover.


    5 stars
    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.


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    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

      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!

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

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      This method is so easy and quick! 🙂

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

      Delicious Meets Healthy


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

      Delicious Meets Healthy

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

    5 stars
    What a great guide! I’ll have to share with my mom and brother who eat eggs!

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


    Time suggestions for medium eggs?

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      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

      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

    5 stars
    “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!


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

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      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.


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


    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

      Yes, the picture is taken by me.


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


    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

      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.


    Interested in easy vegetarian meals
    Also fish and eggs 😊


    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    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

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


        5 stars
        Making deviled eggs for Easter, and want them to be perfectly cooked! Just found your site and gave it a trial run with one egg ~ turned out exactly as stated and peeled easily. I cooked for 9 minutes as I wanted a very firm yolk; they are a beautiful yellow color! Thank you!


    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

      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.


    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

      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!


    5 stars
    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

      Awesome! Glad they turned out great! 🙂

    B Stone

    5 stars
    Absolutely perfect! Thank you!

    Leigh Stevens

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

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      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

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


    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

      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! 🙂


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    5 stars
    I Love this! Making a copy . Thanks.


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


    5 stars
    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

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


    5 stars
    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

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

    Josh Hampton

    5 stars
    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

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


    They peeled okay after boiling the eggs. But after in the refrigerator they do not the shell sticks to the whites. What am I doing wrong?

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Hi Vicki,

      it’s normal for the eggs not to peel well after they have been in the refrigerator. At that point, I don’t think there is anything you can do to make them easy to peel. You could possibly peel them before you place them in the fridge.


    5 stars
    Visual is extremely beneficial.

    Water boils at different temperatures at different altitudes (etc.). Hotter at sea level. Cooking times can be tweaked accordingly.

    Love the way you ‘cut to the chase’. You have a convert.

    K of PA


    5 stars
    Just tried you recipe letting it boil for five minutes. PERFECT creamy eggs! DELICOUS! Thank you for sharing.

    Love this chart, it is super helpful! I’m forwarding it to my hubby because he always asks me how long to cook eggs for!


    5 stars
    Thank you for the resource! I am ALWAYS over boiling my eggs. It is kinda funny to me how I can cook but can’t boil eggs 😂


    5 stars
    Great tips! There’s really nothing worse than rubbery boiled eggs. That yolk in the 4 minute soft boiled is calling my name! My absolute favorite.


    5 stars
    Wow! This recipe was incredible! I struggled for a while trying to find a method that would work but I kept finding that most recipes left me with soggy or un-peelable eggs and were too complicated (I mean c’mon, how hard can it be to boil an egg right?). This one, however, was a miracle method! I boiled for 7 minutes and used the running water method too cool and they came out absolutely perfect! This recipe should have more reviews and be at the top of the google results, because its honestly the only one that has ever worked for me. Quick, clean, and to the point! Love it! Thanks!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thank you so much for the comment, Ivette! It made my day! So glad to know that you find the recipe helpful! I learned this quick & easy method for boiling eggs from my Grandma. 🙂

    Simple with perfect results! Can’t beat that!

    5 stars
    I never know how to make eggs perfectly. Thanks for taking the time to write it up!

    5 stars
    Very beautiful and detailed post. Thanks for sharing. It’s amazing how something so simple as preparing a boiled egg we take for granted.

    Looks so perfect. I wil have to try your tips next time. Thanks for sharing

    Hard boiled eggs are my favorite lunch option together with a mixed salad. I like them firm, like 8-9 minutes. Thank you so much for the tips!

    5 stars
    Oh now this looks useful! especially for those who need a reminder on how to cook boiled eggs perfectly. Love your tips too! I like mine 4-6 minutes cooked soft and yes I use hard boiled eggs frequently in salads or wraps for lunch =)

    5 stars
    We love hard boiled eggs or soft boiled or any way I can get them. 🙂 Very good instructions to keep on hand.

    It’s always good to know how to boil an egg! I love that you took photos of each one for a visual!


    This post is GOLD! I always struggle with boiling eggs. Seems like it should be so simple, but it’s always a struggle! Thank you for sharing!


    5 stars
    This is so helpful! I always overcook!


    5 stars
    What a great reference, thank you so much for this! Saving this:)

    Mandy Kumpe

    Don’t you wish people would learn to read and follow directions!! It would drive me crazy, asking the same question fifty times. Lol I always over cooked my eggs but now they are perfect. I absolutely love the visual. Thanks

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Fabulous! So glad that the eggs turned out great, Mandy!
      this is one of the easiest to follow recipes 😉


    Hi, do I need to open the lid after it reached the boiling point?

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      No, you don’t need to open the lid. Make sure they boil over medium-high heat. If it starts boiling too much, you can slightly move the lid to the side but leave it on.

    Holly Johnson


    5 stars
    This visual is so helpful!


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    Very informative! Keep up the good work. 🙂


    5 stars
    Great recipe!

    5 stars
    Woow!! that’s wonderful. You share very easy steps of making perfect hard-boiled eggs. I can’t wait to make this. Keep updating.


    Do you add time if cooking a dozen eggs?


    5 stars
    I finally made the PERFECT Hard Boiled Egg!
    It was ABSOLUTE PERFECTION! The taste was like no other. Thank you for sharing”How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs”. My perfect point was 7 minutes, the creamiest most delicious hard boiled egg I have ever eaten! Thank You!


    5 stars
    This absolutely made the perfect 7 minute boiled egg. I have finally found out how to make a perfect egg. Thanks so much!


    5 stars
    I tried your hard boiled egg recipe and it’s the best I have used


    Am I supposed to keep the burner on after it starts to boil?


    5 stars
    This is the best way to boil eggs . It works everytime


    5 stars
    This recipe was great! My eggs came out perfect.


    5 stars
    Perfect eggs every time. Thanks!


    5 stars
    This method is just perfect
    Thank you

    RACHEL Evans

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    How to remove shell:

    The shake with water method might be a bad idea for softer boiled eggs.

    Cool egg with water, crack the egg gently and remove some of the shell, take a thin similar shaped spoon and drag it gently under the edge of the shell and shell membrane, push a little against the shell with your fingers to support the shell and spoon as it glides under the shell, be careful not to cut too much into the egg while doing this, rinse and repeat. You dont need to do this under running water.

      Thank you for your suggestion, Rachel! This is another easy way to peel eggs. If you don’t mind, I will include your comment in the post.

    Josie Velilla

    Excited to learn quick, easy & yet healthy recipes! 😊

    Test Mctesticles

    well I misread that and ended up with an uncooked egg…
    thought timer started when heat started.
    I feel like such an idiot


    This is indeed a great post about the perfect methods of hard boiling an egg. I must say you have covered the post with enough details even for novice to understand. Thank You!

    Jeffrey Allen Fountain

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    Thank you for finally making my hard boiled eggs both look and taste appealing. For 51 years I’ve made them as I was taught as a young lad. They’ve always had that nasty looking grey-green color on the outside of the yolks. Unless I made deviled eggs from them they simply looked unappetizing. Now I can finally make hard boiled eggs for any dish without looking like an old fool! Thanks again. I will be enjoying my hard boiled egg dishes a lot more and more often. Jeff F.

    Mrs. Baer

    5 stars
    LOVE this recipe I have used it several times and each time without fail IT WORKS


    5 stars
    Never thought this recipe would be so good. 7 minutes resulted in perfect creamy hard boiled eggs. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


    I have been checking every site about boiled eggs & how to cook them. The one thing is it doesn’t say what is the best way/time to cook them to prevent tearing the egg with the shell. How long/prep will result in the best way to PEEL the egg with the best results?

      Hi Kelly, if you follow the directions, and submerge the eggs in cold water for at least a couple of minutes after you cook them, they will be easy to peel and you won’t destroy the egg white when you peel the shell. Hope this helps you! 🙂

    Jim Miner

    5 stars
    Thank you Zi know hard boiled eggs are easy but they were the best I ever had following your directions


    5 stars
    Perfect. 7 minutes and perfect. I will try the 6 minutes next because I’m good with even a little creamier. Tried to get it right with an Ina Garten recipe but they came out like soft boiled eggs. She uses the “take off the heat and let sit” method. I think this one is fool proof. Thank you!

      Yes, I am also between-6-and-7-minutes-kinda-girl 🙂 Glad to hear they turned out great for you!! Yes, definitely a foolproof recipe for hard-boiled eggs.

    Tony C: Boston

    5 stars
    At last, my search for the perfect hard boiled egg recipe is over! These instructions work perfectly. The six minute egg is absolutely the best hard boiled egg that I have ever had and every egg peeled perfectly using the ice bath.


    5 stars
    Tried this. Turned out great! Thank you!


    5 stars
    Best instructions for hard boiled eggs EVER! I’ve tried so many methods and have always had spotty results, not knowing what to expect upon cracking open the egg. I followed your recipe and did the eggs for 6.5 mins and they were all perfect. Look just like the pictures! Thank you!


    Your awesome thank you so much..! I always over do it and u made it perfect for me..! Thank you so much!

    (Ms.) Petey Beckner

    5 stars
    I love hard boiled eggs but for as long as I can remember I have struggled with making them so they will peel easily. I always did it the way my mother did (and Martha Stewart does) by bringing to a boil and removing from the heat for 15 or so minutes then putting in a cold bath. Sometimes it was okay but many times it wasn’t – very frustrating seeing most of the white going down the garbage disposal with the shell attached. I have been using this recipe for the last 6 or 7 times I’ve boiled eggs. I’ve used old eggs, new eggs, large eggs, extra large and even jumbo. Each time they have peeled perfectly, looked beautiful (no green ring) and, of course, tasted great. Everyone at works thinks I’m crazy because I keep talking about my boiled eggs! Thank you so much for sharing this fool-proof recipe for boiled eggs! Oh, and I followed your recipe exactly – no added oil, vinegar salt or anything. Nothing else is needed. Perfect!

      Hi Petey! So glad to hear that you love how your hard-boiled eggs turn out! Yes, with this method it’s quick and easy to hard boil eggs, and they always peel so easily!


    5 stars
    This is perfection!! Thank you for finally teaching me how to cook boiled eggs correctly…soooo good!

    Michael Ross

    I cant wait to get srarted.Ive been wanting egg salad for a long time.
    Thank you very much.

    Jay Langford

    5 stars
    Thanks for the helpful, well-presented article and illustrations. A minor issue is the Nutrition Facts chart where the title of the article appears instead of the standard food descripion and serving size. I went back to the article to do the kiddie math of numder of eggs–six–divided by number of servings–six–to confirm that the chart is for one egg.
    Keep up the good work.

      Hi Jay, glad that you like the recipe for hard boiled eggs!
      I double checked and the nutrition label is correct – the recipe title appears for reference, and the nutrition info is also correct for 6 eggs. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂


    5 stars
    Does the amount of time change if you want to do a dozen eggs?


    5 stars
    The perfect hard boiled eggs, in the shortest time, I swear! This is the best recipe!


    5 stars
    This is the best instructions I found so far for hard boiled eggs. I’ve tried several times from other blogs and other cooking sites, and none of them seem to work as good as this. Thanks for posting.

    Christa Hawkins

    5 stars
    I’ve always hated making hard boiled eggs, because the shells were impossible to peel, and they were always too dry, no matter what ‘perfect’ recipe I tried. I am thrilled to say that yours actually worked. I did have trouble with a couple, but I think that’s because I tried cracking the shell all over before peeling, instead of just in one spot, which worked much easier. Plus, they were perfectly cooked, yet creamy.


    5 stars
    Thank You 😊


    Video doesn’t show covering the pot as in written instructions. This will cause simpletons such as me to screw things up 🙂

    Aditi @ dnhowto

    5 stars
    Its interesting to know how to boil eggs, but what if we will boil the eggs in salt water?

      You can boil the eggs in salt water. there is some evidence that suggests that hard boiling an egg in salt water prevents it from cracking.


    Do you put lid back by on when boiling?


    Soooooo what do you use the ice for? It’s mentioned in the ‘ingrediants’ but never again.

      After you boil the eggs, you place them in an ice cold water for a few minutes – it’s mentioned in step 8. This stops the cooking and makes peeling the eggs easier.


    5 stars
    Eggs are PERFECT. Every. Time.
    Reminds me a lot of my dads hardboiled eggs. Thank you for the best directions!

    Anthony Allen

    5 stars
    That so so amazing!! Thanks for your infor. It’s really necessary for my family!!

    Khalisha Reija

    5 stars
    i love the healthy cook book!! thankyou!


    5 stars
    Thank you for your tips and very detailed visuals. This may change the way I cook boiled eggs, haha. Thank you NELI!

    Sophie Anderson

    5 stars
    This works for me every time I make hard boiled eggs. I keep it bookmarked so I can reference it quickly. Thanks!


    5 stars
    That was so easy and quick. The egg was perfectly cooked, but, more importantly, the shell came right off.


    5 stars
    O my gosh! It worked
    I was trying it for so long and your recipe worked.


    5 stars
    These were great!! Perfect recipe!


    Does the time of cooking change if you do 12 eggs

      As long as you have a large enough pot to fit all 12 eggs, and start counting after the water starts boiling, the cooking time should not change.


    5 stars
    I am now a fan of hard boiled eggs thanks to this recipe. They turned out perfectly! Thanks for sharing!


    5 stars
    Easily the best and most accurate way to hard boil eggs. Have used this way several times now with consistently perfect results!

    Katie Cashin

    Thank you! It has been years since I tried to hard boiled eggs. Your tips made them fantastic.


    Boil for 7 minutes covered or uncovered?


    5 stars
    Like the pictures of the yolks!!


    5 stars
    Cooked eggs for 7 minutes. Put in cold water…easy peel! Best fluffy egg/olive salad ever!


    The pictures really help us when to take them out

    Robert Z

    5 stars
    I just used these instructions right now and the eggs turned out perfectly!!! Thank you!

    Melanie Ann Bieniek

    5 stars
    This was perfect something so simple as the bowl of ice water and I never thought of it. But boom! Thanks!


    5 stars
    I’ve tried A LOT of different recipes, and this one was simple, quick, and efficient! They looked great and tasted better with easy shell removal. Definitely going to use this in the future!


    How can you tell if the water comes to a rolling boil if the lid is on?

    Bradbury R Stearns

    5 stars
    Perfection! Great guide

    Kristen Popielarz

    5 stars
    They are perfect! First time I made them in my
    Life (my husband’s request). So good- according to him.

    Patrick McMinn

    5 stars
    Spot on.


    5 stars
    I always doubt myself and look up the best way to hard boil an egg. NEVER AGAIN! You have unlocked the secret, no more green rings, and after 9 minutes it was absolutely perfect from your thorough how to. Thank you!

    5 stars
    I’m currently undergoing chemotherapy no pity I am doing well but anyway a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg, an avocado, some cheese and a small salad with lots of seeds makes the perfect yummy protein packed lunch I really need for those times and this recipe was foolproof thank you! I prefer a creamy but not runny yolk since I am taking mine on the run and your chart is spot on. I know it seems simple but really it takes some finesse, just like a perfect toy poached egg which I’ve finally mastered and love atop a farmer’s salad but I digress lol. Again thank you I have 10 just finished first the next 4 or 5 days 🙂


    5 stars
    When you say “fool proof”, you mean it! Tried your method last night with 2 eggs as a trial run. The results were exactly as your claim, even matched your photos perfectly. Thanks for teaching your method. The video is great too.

    5 stars
    Neli, it looks so yummy! I love the step-by-step instructions, making it an easy recipe to follow!

    The Eggman

    5 stars
    Thanks! For finally getting to the point. 8 minutes. That’s what I wanted to know. Good grief!


    5 stars
    Neli, this sounds amazing and looks fantastic


    5 stars
    N eli, it was delicious and easy to prepare! Thank you, it’s very delicious!

    tessa walsh

    thank you for helping me with my egg

    Lauren Wilson

    5 stars
    Amazing. Ty for the recipe, my kids love hard boiled eggs. This recipe is perfect, easy to follow, and has a great visual reference.


    5 stars
    Great recipe! Boiled Eggs are really attractive to me, above all, making it is easy. Thank you for sharing it

    Alice Handayani

    If I peel the eggs, can they stay for up to 3-4 days?


    5 stars
    I have not made hard boiled eggs in years. Love the chart! I did 6.5 minutes and they were perfectly creamy in the middle. My picky kid ate them – that’s a big win!

    Thelma Gullatt-Young

    5 stars
    Love it! I can never get my hard boiled eggs right. Thank you…..

    Lynda Nolan

    5 stars
    The best boiled eggs ever. I have done everything I can think of always had green ring. Wow not again. Thank you.Ly

    Ellen Cotton

    5 stars
    Absolutely PERFECT!!! I have tried every recipe and some have been disasters. This recipe was absolutely perfect and now I have 6 dozen amazingly wonderful boiled eggs.


    5 stars
    The helpful tips made this job very easy.
    Thanks for this recipe.


    5 stars
    Great and helpful guide! I’m guessing you have to have a very big pot for it to not boil over. I was using large one and couldn’t keep the lid on.


    5 stars
    Just tried this and finally got the perfect degree of doneness I like! Very straightforward and the chart helps a lot!


    Worked like a dream. Thank you.


    5 stars
    Perfect recipe for hard boiled eggs!! For years i’ve been over cooking, but these were delicious with a creamy yolk. Thanks!

    Kavita Mevada

    Boiled Egg Benefits improves the kidney and stomach functions which is also delicious and easy to cook. Egg diet for weight loss is very helpful.


    I finally found a recipe that works just as you described! And I’m so surprised at how quick I was able to have a perfect hard boiled egg. I did the 6 minute custard, yet firm soft boil and they turned out perfect!! They are delicious. I added them on top of some avocado toast and I’m a pretty happy woman right now. Thank you for helping me finally find the perfect way to get delicious hard (or soft) boiled eggs!


    5 stars
    I finally found a recipe that works just as you described! And I’m so surprised at how quick I was able to have a perfect hard boiled egg. I did the 6 minute custard, yet firm soft boil and they turned out perfect!! Shell came right off and no gray yoke. They are delicious. I added them on top of some avocado toast and I’m a pretty happy girl right now. Thank you for helping me finally find the perfect way to get delicious hard (or soft) boiled eggs!

    H Anwar

    5 stars
    Amazing guide!! Made boiled eggs for the first time today and they came out perfect! Love how you reviewed other methods that took far too long.


    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.

    Souls of Mischief

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


    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.


    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 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
    Is the process and timing the same for a larger batch

      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.

    Emmalee Latham

    5 stars
    My family lived this so did I!

    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.

    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.

    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!


    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?

      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.


    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!


    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
    Perfect every time. Thanks so much for this guide.



    Morgan Macconaugha

    Turns out perfect every time!

    Mat Snyder

    5 stars

    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?

      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.

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