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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.

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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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  1. 51
    Joyce says:

    Wow! you make this much more complicated than needed.

    1. Place eggs in sauce pan
    2. Cover with cold water
    3. Bring to a boil
    4. Turn off heat
    5. Cover pan and let sit 10 minutes
    6. Drain and cover with cold water until cool

    Works every time

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      Jenny says:

      You can buy and egg shaped device to put in water it will tell you exactly how done your eggs are while cooking, then pour out water add cold and peel perfect eggs.

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    Gloria Thompson says:

    The eggs put back in the carton weren’t peeled!

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    Just wanted to add to your already great explanation. My grandmother taught me that when you put the eggs n the water also add salt a good bit. This keeps the eggs from cracking during the boiling process. I don’t know why this works but it does. Just thought it would add to your website. Happy Easter!!

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    Helen says:

    This is just wonderful! I hate separating eggs (don’t we all?) and have stayed away from white cakes and such because of this. Eggs were on sale this week (I wonder why?) and we have no kids to dye with, so I think I’ll try this. I’ve also heard that an older egg is easier to separate than the one you just brought home. Older being a day or so.

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    Greta says:

    I put about half a teaspoon of cooking oil that keeps the eggs from cracking

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    Genevia says:

    For years we have made Deviled Eggs for the holiday dinners and always had the hardest time peeling those little rascals. One day I was told to steam my eggs and they will peel very easy. So I steamed my eggs last year, getting ready for Thanksgiving and after letting them cool completely, these steamed eggs peel so easy I could not believe it. We actually found a way to easily peel our eggs for deviled eggs, steam them, it works. Give it a try, it will change your life.

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    Jenny says:

    I found that if I add baking soda or vinegar to water before boiling I have no cracked eggs.

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    Louann says:

    If you crack the eggs while they are still hot and run cold water over them as you peel them,the shell comes off easily including the thin film between the shell and the egg.

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    I love the visual you have here! I always seem to second guess myself and boil eggs too long, so it’s great to see how just an extra minute or two can change things. Will have to experiment with this for my lunch next week!
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    i love hard boiled eggs too. My mother and grandmother cooked eggs for 20 to 25 min. Without placin a lid on pot. I can’t wait to cook eggs the correct way. I have over cooked my eggs for over a two decades. I might have eggs everyday next week

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