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    Make perfect hard boiled eggs with a creamy yolk, and beautiful egg white by using these tips so they come out perfect every time. Only 6-7 minutes to boil eggs.

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    A bad hard-boiled egg can ruin your breakfast. Have you had a complimentary hotel breakfast where you grab an 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 eggs every time.

    The perfect 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.

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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 boil eggs for only 7 minutes.

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    How to Boil Eggs – Quick & Easy

    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.

    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 Hard Boiled Eggs

    What you need

    Ingredients
    6 large eggs
    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, reduce heat to medium-high and set the timer for the desired time. Boil for 6 – 7 minutes over medium-high heat for perfect hard boiled eggs.

    boiled eggs on a blue plate with yellow towel

    How Long To Boil Eggs

    Here are the times for boiling 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
    boiling eggs in a pot over medium high heat

    Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a large bowl with ice 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.

    perfect hard boiled egg

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

    How to Peel The Eggs

    After boiling the eggs and cooling them in ice-cold water, gently crack the shell and roll the egg on the counter. The shell 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 it easier to peel.

    How Long Do Boiled Eggs Last

    Boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. I prefer to peel their shells before refrigerating. They are harder to peel after they have been refrigerated.

    Tips & Notes for Perfect Eggs Every Time

    • 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.
    • Boil the eggs over medium-high heat.
    • Set a timer and don’t cook the eggs for more than the recommended time.
    • If you are planning to make Easter eggs and want to make sure they will be easy to peel, it’s best to buy eggs at least a week in advance. Older eggs are easier to peel.
    • To make the eggs easier to peel, use some of these suggestions:
      • 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 adding 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.

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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 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, reduce the heat to medium-high and 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.

    TIPS & 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, with their shells removed, 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
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    September 30, 2019

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    Comments

    Jo S

    5 stars
    Turned out perfectly for egg salad, thank you so much for this process!

    Kristin Martinez

    5 stars
    To die for! Boiled mine for 8 minutes. Produced velvety soft, fluffy yolks. So pleased!

    Wendy

    5 stars
    I love love this technique for boiling eggs. They come out perfect every time!! Thank you for sharing!! I do have one question though. I was only able to buy Jumbo eggs at the supermarket. All the large were sold. Should I add extra cooking time because of the size? I usually cook the large eggs for 8minutes.
    Thank you 😊

      Hi Wendy, so glad to hear that you love this recipe! Yes, if you use Jumbo eggs, I would recommend cooking them 30 sec. to 1 minute longer.

    Fiona

    5 stars
    Great recipe for Easter!

    Kristen Foster

    This is the 2nd time I prepared my hard boiled eggs this way and voilà! Perfect, both times! I am thrilled! The real winner for me was the tip toward the end about ROLLING them on the counter to before peeling. Genius! They peeled like a dream. I’ve been sharing your recipe and will continue to do so. This is the first year I will have deviled eggs I’m happy with for Easter. Thank you!

    Doug Avery

    5 stars
    Simple and beautiful. Just what’s needed for an old man like me that can barely boil water without reading directions!

    Carla

    If cooking 12 eggs, do I increase the cooking time?

      No, you don’t have to increase the cooking time, it will still take 6-7 minutes to cook each egg, regardless of how many are in the pot.

    Rebecca

    5 stars
    My go to recipe for perfect boiled eggs for over a year now. Thanks so much!

    Erin

    Hi! If you only want to make 2-3 eggs, is it still 6-7 minutes, regardless of the number of eggs? Thanks!

    Amy

    5 stars
    Perfect everytime. I live at high altitude so after the rolling boil, I simmer very low for 10 min.

    Marcus

    5 stars
    Great info. Thanks

    Angela

    5 stars
    Is it just me, or does the 7 min egg look creamier than the 6 min egg? I LOVE this article because it shows each egg at the precise cooking time. I’ve always made the 8/9 min egg for deviled eggs… I’m excited to try the various cooking times to find my new favorite. Plus, I just bought a EZ EGG PEELER, since I’m always pulling chunks of egg whites off, regardless of the tips I’ve used. Thanks again!!

    Callie

    5 stars
    Finally, a recipe that answered all my egg questions in a short concise format; great results…Thanks!

    TeeBee

    5 stars
    I tend to hard boil eggs if they are not used up by the ‘use by’ date. How long can you store these in the fridge if you cook them on the ‘use by’ date?

    PARIS S. KASSAPIAN

    EXCELLENT!!!

    Courtney Longhurst

    5 stars
    I tried 6 minutes and they were good, but I wished I’d left them in a little longer. Great recipe!

    Michael Hagedorn

    I work in hotel management and here’s an “Interesting” fact most people don’t know. The hard boiled eggs are ordered pre boiled and come in refrigerated in large boxes with paper between the layers … this is how every major hotel chain does it

    Justin Veliquette

    5 stars
    Incredible, this produced the most pristine hard boiled eggs I’ve ever seen/tasted (7 minute route)

    courtney Guzman

    5 stars
    My son LOVES hardboiled eggs, I dont at all. So naturally I suck at making them.
    Thank you for the recipes, photos, minutes for different consistency, etc. He says they’re perfect!

    Liz L.

    5 stars
    I don’t boil eggs often but when I do I only reference this specific article because the eggs come out exact every single time, no fail. I should’ve given this 5 stars a very long time ago.

    Keri

    5 stars
    Absolutely amazing! I pulled an egg out. At 5 minutes, and it was absolutely the perfect. Semi soft boiled egg…thank you!

    S

    5 stars
    Eggs came out perfectly for deviled eggs. It only took 13 minutes for the water to come to a boil so I simmered them for 8 minutes.

    Michael Scherer

    5 stars
    I have tried them all and never been able to peel a dozen eggs. Just tried this a WOW!!! 1 dozen eggs cooked and better yet, they all peeled without tearing the whites. Thank You… I used to do the oven method and do miss the little brown dots… 🙂

    Alicia

    5 stars
    The best hard boiled eggs instructions ever. Some people may think I’m exaggerating but my mother and I never learned how to cook like my grandmother, even something as simple as boiling eggs. Now I know why my eggs were always too hard or shells cracked – because they were cooked 15 minutes at a high boil!!! lol Thanks, Neli!

    Syncrossus

    5 stars
    The introductory part is way too long-winded, but those are some damn good eggs.

    Kathy

    5 stars
    OMG… Now i can cook the perfect egg!

    Kathy

    Perfect hard boil egg, just as it is titled! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Michael J Brownlee

    5 stars
    I’ve ruined so many eggs but following this recipe they came out perfect.

    Diane Ranshaw

    5 stars
    WOW,This is the very best recipe for boiling the perfect eggs! I am thankful for the details on all types of boiled eggs. I used the 9 minute hard boiled egg recipe, and they were absolutely perfect! Thank you

    Brett Thackeray

    5 stars
    Neli, well done! Easy to read and step by step simple instructions. I like the attention to detail as that provides consistency which is critical. One thing I’ve found that is worth paying attention to is the age of the eggs. As you told Scott in the comments: “fresh eggs sometimes don’t peel that easily”. This is very true – in fact, I believe the egg age is the most important factor in peeling (the cold water bath second, but necessary as well). As eggs age they loose moisture through their shell. Older eggs will float in water because they have developed an air sack inside the shell. For easy peeling you need enough air to allow the egg, when cooled after boiling, to shrink away from the shell thus making peeling much more successful. Most store-bought eggs are already old enough, but a simple float test prior to boiling helps. I like my eggs to be boyant neutral or starting to float one end. Beware of top floaters or eggs that stand on end, they may be quite old! Good luck, and thank you Neli!

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