How to make perfect hard boiled eggs is an easy how-to recipe that will teach you how to make easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs. No more gray yolks!
Learn how to make perfect hard boiled eggs with this easy stovetop method. This easy how-to will teach you how to make hard boiled eggs that can be used in everything from Easter eggs to egg salad.
How to make perfect hard boiled eggs
Step 1: Place eggs in a single layer in a pot and cover with an inch of cold water.
Step 2: Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat.
Top tip >> 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.
Step 3: Once the water is at a rolling boil, remove from the heat and cover it with a lid.
Step 4: Let it sit, covered, for 15 minutes.
Step 5: After the 15 minutes are up, carefully drain the hot water.
Step 6: Rinse the eggs in cold water.
What is 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.
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.
- Chilling the eggs or placing them in an ice bath or bowl of ice water also makes them easier to peel.
Ideas for using hard boiled eggs
Hard boiled eggs can be used in so many ways! They can be used in salads, in egg salad, potato salad, or tuna salad, or to make deviled eggs.
Hard boiled eggs are delicious topped with salt and pepper or even bagel seasoning and eaten as a snack or as a light meal.
Hard boiled eggs should be stored in the refrigerator. They will keep for about a week when stored in the shell in the fridge.
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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.
- Make sure that you get the water to a rolling boil. Otherwise, the eggs won't be completely cooked. If you aren't sure what a rolling boil looks like, check out the photo above the recipe.
- Nutrition values are estimates.
Originally published 11/25/12. Updated 4/4/19 with additional information. Updated 3/18/22 with additional photos and tips.