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How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Learn how to make hard boiled eggs with just a few simple tools in under 15 minutes! In this foolproof tutorial, you'll get step-by-step instructions, tips & tricks for making and peeling perfect hard boiled eggs, whether they're slightly jammy or completely firm. Enjoy these eggs as a protein-packed snack or add them to your fav recipes!

Course Breakfast, How to
Cuisine American
Keyword hard boiled eggs, how to hard boil eggs, how to make hard boiled eggs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • Large eggs (older eggs the better, no more than 6-8 eggs at a time in a pot)


  1. Very gently place eggs in a large pot to avoid cracking them.
  2. Cover eggs completely with cold water.
  3. Place the pot on the stove over high heat and bring the water to a boil.
  4. Once the water boils, immediately turn off the heat, cover the pot, remove it from the burner and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for 5-10 minutes. (5 minutes for a slightly underdone yolk, 10 for a firm yolk.)

  5. While the eggs are cooking, add cold water and lots of ice to a large bowl.
  6. Once eggs are done cooking, remove eggs with a small sieve or slotted spoon and transfer to the bowl with ice water. Allow eggs to sit in the water for 2 minutes, no longer.
  7. Remove the eggs from the water using a small sieve or slotted spoon and tap it on your counter, rotating the egg so that you’re cracking the entire shell. Gently roll the egg with your hand on the counter to make sure the shell is completely loose. Use your fingers to peel open a small hole on one end of the egg. Sometimes this is easier when done under running water. You can continue to use your fingers to remove the shell, or slide a spoon under between the shell and the egg, and turn the egg so that the shell comes off in one piece. Rinse any remaining shell bits off.
  8. Enjoy plain, with toast, in a salad, or mashed into egg salad. Or really, however you’d like.

Recipe Notes

To store: store your hard boiled eggs peeled or in their shells in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They make the perfect grab-and-go snack!