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

Hard boiled eggs are such an easy, high protein snack idea! One egg has 6 grams of protein!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time17 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hard boiled eggs
Servings: 4 eggs


  • 4-6 eggs
  • Water
  • Ice


  • 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.


Serving: 1egg | Calories: 72kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 71mg