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:

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How to Hard Boil Eggs

4 from 4 votes
Hard boiled eggs are such an easy, high protein snack idea! One egg has 6 grams of protein!
Five halves of hard boiled eggs with labels of how long the egg has been cooked for, from 4 minutes - 12 minutes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 eggs

Ingredients

  • 4-6 eggs
  • Water
  • Ice

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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 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: 1egg Calories: 72kcal Protein: 6g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Cholesterol: 186mg Sodium: 71mg
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hard boiled eggs

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    15 comments
    1. Katharine
      April 11, 2022 AT 3:20 pm

      Forget boiling eggs…rather STEAM (double boiler or steam insert) your eggs (same amount of time, but with no water touching the eggs)FOOLPROOF method when it comes to removing the shells — fresh or old

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 12, 2022 AT 8:15 am

        Thanks for the tip, Katharine! I’ll have to try it!

    2. Sarah
      October 21, 2021 AT 9:52 am

      5 stars
      Thank you for these tips!
      Eggs are a complex source of protein, balancing all the essential amino acids.
      I personally love them so much (boiled for about 3-4 minutes)!

      Sarah
      http://www.dietofcommonsense.com

    3. Ethelyn Dietrich
      August 8, 2021 AT 3:17 am

      5 stars
      I’ve been cooking for 5 years and never come across a recipe for poached eggs with all these great tips incorporated into one sash. The process has always frustrated me, with wispiest, overcooked yolks, bare yolk tops, completely separated white and yolk, or when tried in a ramekin, inability to clean the ramekin and still not a good result! But this morning, a perfect hard boiled eggs with Hollandaise, wow, wow, wow. Thank you!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 9, 2021 AT 11:22 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad this recipe was helpful, Ethelyn!

    4. 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!!

    5. 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.

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