How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

How to make hard boiled eggs including cooking time variations, tips for perfect eggs every time and ways to use hard boiled eggs.

I have a staple recipe for you today! It’s such a simple recipe, but something that I get asked all the time.

How to make hard boiled eggs.

Hard boiled eggs being peeled on a plate.

Boiling eggs was something my mom taught me how to do early on, but there was a period of time where I definitely had to Google to be reminded of the cooking time. Now it’s second nature to whip up a batch of hard boiled eggs and I do it often as part of my weekly meal prep!

In this post I’m sharing the methods I use to make hard boiled eggs, cooking time variations, tips for perfect eggs every time and ways to use hard boiled eggs.

Why Hard Boiled Eggs?

If you didn’t grow up eating these, you might be wondering why make hard boiled eggs? There are so many reasons!

  • Quick meal or snack – Need a quick breakfast or snack on-the-go? Hard boiled eggs work perfectly!
  • Protein – One egg is packed with 6 grams of protein. I like to try to have protein with every meal and snack and adding a hard boiled egg is the perfect way to do that!
  • Meal prep stars – I love meal prepping a batch of hard boiled eggs for the week. I’ll eat them plain or enjoy them in a variety of ways throughout the week.
Pot on a stove.

What You Need

  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Ice bath

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

There are actually a bunch of different ways to make hard boiled eggs, but I like using the method my mom taught me which involves boiling the eggs with the water, removing the heat and letting the eggs sit in the hot water to “cook.” This method is pretty fool-proof and makes for easy hard boiled eggs every time. Here’s how to do it:

Boil water and eggs – Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with water by at least 1 inch. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Let the water rapidly boil for 30 seconds, cover and remove from heat.

Let eggs sit – Let eggs sit in the hot water for 4-12 minutes, depending on how boiled you want the eggs.

Eggs being boiled in a pot of water.

Cool – After eggs have sat for the allotted time, carefully drain the water or use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the hot water. Transfer the eggs into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and cool the eggs.

Hard boiled eggs in an ice bath.

Peel – Peel the eggs by tapping all over to crack and then carefully remove the shell.

How Long Should I “Cook” the Eggs?

This depends on your personal preference or what you’ll be using them for!

6 minutes – Jammy eggs (the whites will be fully cooked but the yolk with have a jammy consistency).

8 minutes – Mostly jammy but some more cooked areas of yolk.

10 minutes – Mostly cooked but some jammy areas of yolk.

12 minutes – Fully hard boiled eggs with a firm yolk.

Five halves of hard boiled eggs with labels of how long the egg has been cooked for, from 4 minutes - 12 minutes.

I personally like to let the eggs sit in the hot water for 6-8 minutes if I’m eating hard boiled eggs for breakfast or on a salad. I like to boil the eggs for 10-12 minutes if I’m using the egg for tuna or egg salad.

Hard Boiled Egg Tips

Don’t use fresh eggs – Sounds counterintuitive, but super fresh eggs will be harder to peel. For easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs use eggs that are about a week old.

Don’t skip the ice bath – Don’t skip the ice bath! This is super important to stop the cooking process and helps with peeling the eggs. Don’t attempt to peel the eggs until they are completely cool.

How to Store Hard Boiled Eggs

You can store peeled or unpeeled hard boiled eggs in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. I feel like they stay fresher and become easier to peel as they sit in the fridge do I typically store them in the shell until I’m ready to use them for a recipe or eat as a snack.

Halves of hard boiled eggs with different yolk textures.

How to Eat Hard Boiled Eggs

Oh my goodness, there are so many great ways to use hard boiled eggs. Here are a few ideas:

  • Avocado Toast – I love spreading avocado on my toast, adding a sprinkling of seasoning of choice and then topping with a hard boiled egg and a splash of hot sauce. Such a filling and delicious breakfast!
  • With sea salt and pepper – Keep it simple and just enjoy with salt and pepper… can’t go wrong! Flaked sea salt is so good on hard boiled eggs.
  • Curried Avocado Egg Salad – I love this spicy take on traditional egg salad.
  • Blackened Chicken Cobb Salad – One of my all-time favorite salads!
  • Avocado Deviled Eggs – My take on traditional deviled eggs that are so good! Perfect for a simple kiddo (or adult!) lunch.
  • Hummus Deviled Eggs – Made with just two ingredients!
  • Hard Boiled Egg and Avocado Bowl – Aka the easiest meal around.

If you make hard boiled eggs be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting us know how they turned out for you. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and our readers!

Five halves of hard boiled eggs with labels of how long the egg has been cooked for, from 4 minutes - 12 minutes.

How to Hard Boil Eggs

Brittany Mullins
How to make hard boiled eggs including cooking time variations, tips for perfect eggs every time and ways to use hard boiled eggs.
3.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Course How To
Cuisine American
Servings 4 -6 eggs
Calories 72 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4-6 eggs
  • Water
  • Ice

Instructions
 

  • Boil eggs: Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with water by at least 1 inch. Bring water to a boil over high heat. Let the water rapidly boil for 30 seconds, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 4-12 minutes. 4 minutes for jammy eggs or 12 minutes for fully hard boiled eggs and 8 or 10 minutes for somewhere in between. I like 6-8 minutes for hard boiled eggs that I’m going to eat for breakfast or but some where around 10-12 for hard boiled eggs I’m using for egg salad or tuna salad.
  • Transfer to an ice bath: Once eggs have sat for the allotted time, drain water or use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs from the hot water. Transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water or place the eggs in a colander and run cold water over them. Either of these methods will stop the cooking process and cool the eggs.
  • Peel: Peel eggs by tapping all over to crack. Remove shell, starting at the larger side of the egg (with the air pocket). Serve/use immediately or peel + chill and enjoy once cold.

Nutrition

Serving: 1eggCalories: 72kcalProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 71mg
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    10 comments
    1. Herpezine
      March 19, 2021 AT 6:02 am

      When it comes to boiling eggs, the biggest problem is that people can easily over-cook them, leading to a dark green color around the yolk, and a somewhat sulphuric taste. By doing above you can avoid this scenario. Thank you so much for sharing the tips!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 19, 2021 AT 11:46 am

        You’re so welcome!!

    2. Erin
      March 15, 2021 AT 9:11 pm

      HI Brittany, In step one it says to remove the pan from the heat after boiling and let sit for allotted time. In step two it again says to remove from heat. I’m going with the “remove from heat” in step one since the narrative confirms that one. Eggs are cooking as I type! I’m going for the avocado egg salad.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 15, 2021 AT 10:57 pm

        Sorry, Erin. I could see how that could be confusing. I just updated the post! You did the right thing. 🙂 Let me know how the avocado egg salad turns out for you!!

        1. Erin
          March 16, 2021 AT 4:01 pm

          Avocado Egg Salad? Unbelievably delicious! I saved some for my husband who worked late. Unfortunately he worked too late and I ate it all. It was calling me from the refrigerator and I succumbed.

          1. Brittany Mullins
            March 16, 2021 AT 11:51 pm

            So glad you loved the avocado egg salad recipe, Erin!! Thanks for coming back to leave a review, I so appreciate it.

    3. Rebecca
      March 15, 2021 AT 10:37 am

      Am I misreading? The directions in the script are different from those in the recipe

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 15, 2021 AT 1:00 pm

        Oh my goodness, I’m so sorry for the oversight. I have updated the blog post to the correct method!

      2. CounselorChick
        March 15, 2021 AT 11:17 am

        I had the same confusion. The script says to add the eggs AFTER the water has boiled. The recipe has them in the cool water before boiling. That’s gotta make a big difference in outcome.

        1. Brittany Mullins
          March 15, 2021 AT 3:03 pm

          So sorry about the confusion! I updated the blog post to the correct method!!

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