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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.

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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

    Equipment

    • Saucepan
    • Timer
    • Slotted spoon
    • Bowl

    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 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. 

    NUTRITION

    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, 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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    Comments

    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.

    Lacy

    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!

    Lacy

    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!

    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.

    Joe

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

    Michelle

    Worked like a dream. Thank you.

    Emmy

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

    Alli

    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.

    YOLANDA KOPIDLANSKY

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

    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.

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Awesome! So glad you love the recipe!

    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

    Thelma Gullatt-Young

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

    Stephanie

    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!

    Alice Handayani

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

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      Yes, you can peel them and store them in the fridge for several days.

    habitat

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

    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.

    tessa walsh

    thank you for helping me with my egg

    Julia

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

    Mariya

    5 stars
    Neli, this sounds amazing and looks fantastic

    The Eggman

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

    Alina

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

    Jessie

    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.

    Ann M flagg

    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 🙂

    Jessica

    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!

    Patrick McMinn

    5 stars
    Spot on.

    Kristen Popielarz

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

    Bradbury R Stearns

    5 stars
    Perfection! Great guide

    P.J.

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

      Neli | Delicious Meets Healthy

      You can hear it and lift up the lid to check. 🙂

    Grace

    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!

    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!

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