How to make perfect hard boiled eggs is an easy how-to recipe. This will teach you how to make easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs. No more gray yolks!
Originally published 11/25/12. Last updated 4/4/19.
I love deviled eggs!
I never made them, though, because every time I boiled my eggs they were a giant pain to peel.
Most of the egg white would come off with the shell, and it felt like a big waste.
Somehow, my mom and I ended up on the subject of boiled eggs the other day.
I started to complain about what a pain they are to peel, and she asked me how I was cooking them.
I told her that I was letting the water come to a boil, dropping the eggs in (cracking several as I went), and then boiling them for about 20 minutes or so.
Turns out, I have been making hard boiled eggs the wrong way!
That's why I was ending up with half of the egg white stuck to the shell and an ugly gray ring around the yolk.
How to make perfect boiled eggs
First, place your eggs in a pot and cover with an inch of cold water.
Next, bring the water to a rolling boil.
You'll want to make sure that it's a rolling boil and not just coming to a boil. Otherwise, the eggs won't be cooked through.
So, what's a rolling boil?
A rolling boil means that the water is boiling rapidly. There should be lots of bubbles rising to the surface of the pot.
Once the water is at a rolling boil, remove from the heat and cover it.
Let it sit, covered, for 15 minutes.
After the 15 minutes are up, carefully drain the hot water.
Then, rinse the eggs in cold water.
Tips for easy-to-peel eggs
- Some people have suggested adding vinegar or a little baking soda (½ teaspoon) to the water to make the eggs easier to peel.
- I've also heard that chilling the eggs first makes them easier to peel.
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How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
- 1 dozen large eggs
- Place your eggs in a pot.
- Fill pot with enough cold water to cover the eggs and come 1-inch above the eggs.
- Bring the water to a rolling boil.
- Once the water reaches a rolling boil, remove pot from heat and cover.
- Let the pot sit (covered) for 15 minutes.
- Drain the hot water.
- Rinse eggs in cold water.