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How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs


Perfect hard boiled eggs can be tricky, but they don’t have to be! Answering the question, how long does it take to boil an egg plus tips for perfect eggs every time! how long does it take to boil an egg

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

The question EVERYONE always has is how long does it take to boil an egg? So excited to teach you how to make perfect hard boiled eggs today! My husband is the king of making the perfect hard boiled eggs. I made him write down all of his secrets to share with you today, so take it away Cullen! xoxo

Hey, Cullen here also known as Mr. Picky Palate. I love adding hard boiled eggs to my diet to increase the protein intake. I use boiled eggs in between meals or after a workout. Excited to share my tips with you that can save you tons of time.

How To Hard Boil Eggs

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To get started, set fresh eggs into a medium sized sauce pan. Some say that letting the egg acclimate to room temperature will stop them from cracking. I personally have found no correlation to stopping the crackiness by leaving the eggs out of the fridge. Every once in a while I get a cracked egg, but for the most part they stick together (I discuss more of this further down).

Add Cold Water To Eggs

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I like to pour cold water in the pan and completely cover the eggs. Approximately one inch plus of water above the eggs is sufficient for boiling. Additionally, the construction man in me chooses cold water as I prefer not to use hot water coming from the copper pipes in my food, as copper over time disinigrates more with hot water running through it.

Perfect Hard Boiled EggsPlace the eggs with water over high heat and bring to a boil.

Bring Eggs To a Boil

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How Long Does It Take To Boil An Egg?

For our gas stove, bringing the eggs to a boil takes about 15 minutes in our larger saucepan.

How Long To Hard Boil Eggs?

When boiling starts, set a timer to 11 min. It’s important to be flexible in this step. Everyone has a different stove, size of pan, types of eggs, and so forth. What I suggest is you start at the guidelines I discuss and adjust from there as batches come out. The time for boiling could be anywhere from 10 to 12 minutes.

I’ve found that white eggs tend to crack more than brown eggs. If you have a problem with cracking eggs, once you bring to a boil, take the heat to medium  and add a minute or so to your boiling time. Another way to try, is that once the eggs boil take off the heat, cover and let sit for approximately 12 minutes.

One goal of mine when boiling eggs is to eliminate the green egg yolk. I’m sure we’ve all seen the green egg yolk. Even though this is harmless to us, this recipe aims to avoid or minimize this.

Add Ice To Eggs To Stop Cooking

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Once you’ve boiled the eggs between 10 to 12 minutes (I use 11 minutes), bring the eggs to your sink and lightly set ice and water on top of the eggs. We want to stop the cooking process and get them ready to devour.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Approximately 10 minutes under ice works for me. Pull an egg out of the water and you can get a feel for it’s readiness. If the egg is warm, keep it in the ice longer.

Time To Peel Eggs

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I get most annoyed at an egg that doesn’t peel well (see below as why an egg doesn’t peel well). I believe there is an art to cracking an egg. What I like to do is crack it all around the egg by tapping it on a hard surface.

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  I then squish the egg shell all around and you feel the shell start to separate from the egg….now this is perfection.

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Pure magic as the shell glides off the egg.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Sometimes the shell may not come off this easily. It is known in the egg world that the more fresh the egg, the more difficult it is to peel. When that’s the case, I run water on the egg as I remove the shell. Also, occasionally there is a thin filmy skin between the shell and egg that I remove. I’m particular about removing this so I spend the extra seconds to remove it by running my fingers around the egg while under running water. Don’t ask me why–I just want it gone.

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I’ll cut this baby in half so you can see inside.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs


Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Excuse my un-manicured nails.

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I prefer to mark the carton and keep the eggs in the fridge. They can last in the shell for up to 1 week.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How To Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, eggs, hard boiled eggs, snack
Servings: 12
Author: Jenny
  • 1 dozen Eggs
  1. Set 12 eggs or as many as you desire (in a single layer) into a large saucepan. Fill pot with water to completely cover the eggs at least 1 inch above eggs and turn heat to high. Bring water to a boil, takes approximately 15 minutes. As soon as eggs start to boil, let boil for 10-12 minutes (I do 11 minutes).  Set timer to help.
  2. Immediately remove from heat and set pot in a clean/cleared out sink. Fill with cold water and ice cubes to stop cooking. Turn water off and Let eggs sit in ice for 10 minutes. Eggs should feel cool to the touch.
  3. Carefully crack the egg shell all the way around the egg. Squeeze the shell until the shell has detached from the egg and peel. See photos for visuals.
  4. Keep hard boiled eggs in their shell in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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    carrian says:

    love your tutorial. I totally figured it would be the same steam method I use, but I cannot wait to use yours!

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    Tieghan says:

    Thank you! I have such a hard time with hard boiling eggs. They are always either underdone or overdone or the shells never want to come off. Your method looks perfect and I cannot wait to try it!

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    Great tutorial!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Jessie says:

    thanks for this! i just messed up my hard boiled eggs for the first time! no idea what happened but i will use your method going forward. good tips!

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    It seems so easy but I have had problems boiling eggs before! Thanks for the tips!

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    Thank you! I rarely get a perfectly peeled egg- this is full of great tips!

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    Gaby says:

    Thomas would love this step by step! Perfect for those boys who are trying to eat more protein!

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    perfection in an egg crate, Jenny!! haha

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    I do a variation of this, and works like a charm! Perfect for having on hand for quick breakfasts!

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    jeanette says:

    I have my own chickens and sometimes I boil eggs a day after collecting. I had trouble peeling my fresh eggs until I discovered a secret. Make a little hole by Pushing a tack into the fat end of your egg and proceed as normal. Your fresh eggs will peel like a breeze. No more wasting half your fresh egg when peeling!

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    Thank you for posting this! I have a carton of eggs that are about to go bad and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. I’m going to make hard boiled eggs tonight. I always have trouble when trying to make them so I’m going to try your tips! 🙂

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    Love that your husband did this! 🙂

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    Thanks so much for this post!
    I’ve had a hard time every now and then getting eggs to peel!
    I heard once that the green coating on the yolk hapens because of trapped sulphur (?) and if you slightly crack the egg as soon as you take it off the stove – if you are not going to peel it asap – the green coating does not happen.

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      Melissa Santos says:

      The green tint happens because the egg gets over cooked. Every perfectly cooked egg has no green tint. It only takes 7 minutes to boil an egg. But most people will boil it twice as long or more. Then you’ll have green tinted around the yolk when you cut your boiled egg in half. Apparently this guys 12 minute method isn’t over cooking. The ice bath is a nice tip.

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    Sues says:

    I have a similar method, but I take my pot off the heat and cover it once it comes to a boil. But my eggs never peel as good as yours, so I might try keeping it on!

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    momofnine says:

    Thanks for the terrific tutorial! Love the photos. Love the brown egg suggestion.

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    lexie says:

    oh my goodness thank you so much for the tutorial. It helped so much, normally when it comes down to my cooking questions i just call my mom but when it came down to the TIME to leave the eggs for them to be done she said “i just forget about them and come back to them and they are done, you just know.” umm no mom not everybody just i tried this yesterday for dinner and they came out so pretty and perfect, thank you once again i can NOW say i KNOW how to make hard boiled eggs.

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    Very Interesting I didn’t know that thanks …

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    TearyFantasy says:

    Perfect eggs in one shot. Well done!

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    I love it – we have the same labeled carton in our refrigerator!

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    Melissa says:

    Add baking soda to your water and the eggs will be EASY to peel!


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    Laurie says:

    I can attest to this method. It is EXACTLY the same way I have been making perfect hard boiled eggs for years! The ice bath is critical. Glad to see it in print!

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    Diane says:

    Exactly the way I do it. Wait did you say remove from fire & lid it? I do & set timer for 10-11 minutes. Ice is rare at my house so I usually dump off hot water & run cold water over till eggs are cooled.

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    Phil says:

    Darn Good Knives… Cutco is awesome.

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    Bo Goss says:

    Thanks a lot best hard boiled eggs I’ve ever made and best technique for pealling eggs have ever tried

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    marge says:

    My husband’s hard boiled eggs always came out perfect. He did the same as you.

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    This recipe is wonderful! We have a new induction stove top and my old recipe did not cook the eggs enough. This one was perfect. After boiling, I simmered the (white) eggs at 7&1/2 for 14 minutes. Then I let them cool in ice water for about 20 minutes. I am enjoying one right now in a spinach salad and it’s delicious.

    Thanks for a great recipe!

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    sara says:

    I have tried several techniques for hard boiled eggs. This is the BEST! The shell did remove easily and the yolk was a beautiful yellow. Thanks!

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    Amy says:

    Tried this method for our Easter Eggs. Peeled great, and cooked perfectly. Thanks!

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    Melissa says:

    Never made hard boiled eggs before, but have the urge to make egg salad. Going to boil my eggs using your method. 🙂

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    Thanks for sharing this method. I’m glad to know that fresh eggs are the reason behind a “sticky” shell. That drives me insane. I hope you don’t mind my mentioning that storing peeled eggs in the container the raw eggs came in is not the best idea; Salmonella – a food-borne pathogen – lives on the shell of the egg. Placing peeled eggs back into the container increases your risk for Salmonella. Thanks again for the method. Off to pin it!

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    Lee says:

    I love your stuff. It is simply amazing and makes it easy when I need something new and exciting for dinner. As for getting shells off easy. I like to put a tablespoon of baking soda in the water. Shells come right off.

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    Aidan says:

    That is a very good tip especially to those new to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very accurate information… Thank you for sharing this one.
    A must read post!

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    Ashok says:

    nice & perfect.thanks.

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    Charisse Fruchter says:

    Followed your instructions to the letter and they were perfect. Many thanks!
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    Jennifer says:


    I just thought I’d share This. My husband did this trick and now it works every time. If you drop the eggs into boiling salted water they peel perfectly usually in just 2 or 3 pieces. We boil them for 16 minutes and I always stir the water 1st and use a large wooden spoon to set them down into the water. You should try it’s!

    Happy egg boiling!


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    Hi there would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re using?
    I’m going to start my own blog in the near future but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal.
    The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique.
    P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

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    Lois says:

    For the first time in years…my hard boiled eggs came out perfectly by following your post!!! thank you

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