Hard boiled eggs are so easy to make and so delicious in everything from egg salad to deviled eggs. Learn the best way to make hard boiled eggs perfectly every time.
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The Best Way to Make Hard Boiled Eggs
Making hard boiled eggs can have a lot of frustrations. Things like them being overcooked, undercooked, or difficult to peel.
With this recipe, you’ll be able to make perfectly cooked eggs every single time.
You can also make perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
You’ll love this hard boiled egg recipe, for a few reasons:
- It’s the last hard boiled egg recipe you’ll ever need! (And it works for soft boiled eggs too.)
- Once you know how to make hard boiled eggs, you can make them perfectly every time.
- With the perfect texture, they are delicious on their own or you can use them in recipes.
Hard Boiled Egg Recipe ingredients
- eggs: You’ll need a dozen large eggs for this recipe. The more the merrier.
When there is more room in the pot, the more likely they are to crack. The eggs will bounce around in the water which increases the likelihood of cracking.
- water: For hard boiled eggs, you’ll need water. Tap water works just fine.
- ice: You’ll also need to prepare an ice bath for the eggs to cool down quickly after they boil.
Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe substitutions and additions
You can use any kind of chicken egg for hard boiled eggs. Brown eggs, white eggs and blue eggs will all work.
This recipe uses large eggs, but you can also do this method with medium eggs or extra large. Smaller eggs will cook faster, while jumbo eggs should be cooked longer.
This recipe will make hard boiled eggs and soft boiled eggs. The only difference is the time spent in the boiling water.
How to make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
Here’s how to make the best boiled eggs ever:
- First, bring a pot of water to a rolling boil.
- Reduce the heat to low. This helps you avoid the rumbling bubbles which can crack the eggs.
- Gently place the eggs in the water with a slotted spoon.
- Turn it back to high heat to bring water back to boiling.
- Boil for 10 minutes for hard boiled or 6-8 minutes for soft boiled.
- Immediately remove the eggs from the boiling water. Place them in an ice bath (bowl of ice water) until cool enough to handle.
- Peel the eggs and serve or place them in the refrigerator.
How long do you boil eggs for hard boiled eggs?
The cook time for hard boiled eggs is important. Over cooking them can lead to a grey green ring and a completely dry texture.
Hard boiled eggs should cook in boiling water for 10 minutes. Soft boiled eggs need 6 to 8 minutes, depending on how soft you like the eggs.
The eggs should be immediately removed from the hot water and placed in an ice bath. This will stop the cooking process and help the shell peel from the egg.
How to tell if Egg is Hard Boiled
To tell if an egg has been hard boiled, spin it! If it spins well, rapidly and stops easily, it has been hard-boiled. An egg that wobbles when spun is a raw egg.
How to peel Hard Boiled Eggs
Here’s how to peel a hard boiled egg:
- Gently tap the egg on the counter to crack the shell.
- Rotate it in your hand and continue tapping until it has cracked all over.
- Starting at the wider end, peel the shell off the egg.
- You can also hold the egg under water to help remove the shell.Hold the egg under running water or dip it in a bowl of cold water to help remove the shell.
How to serve a Hard Boiled Egg
Hard boiled eggs are delicious on their own, but you can use them in tons of recipes.
- Use them to make homemade egg salad.
- Cut them up and add them to old fashioned potato salad.
- Slice them up and serve them on a chopped salad.
- Add them to homemade ramen noodles.
How to store Hard Boiled Eggs
Whether they are peeled or not, you can store hard boiled eggs in the fridge for one week. Store them a food-safe, airtight container.
Do hard boiled eggs need to be refrigerated?
Yes, hard boiled eggs should be stored in the refrigerator. Do not store them at room temperature for more than two hours.
Keep them in a food-safe, airtight container to prevent odors from seeping into the eggs.
How long do hard boiled eggs last in the fridge?
Hard boiled eggs will keep for one week in the fridge. They can be stored with shells on or off.
Can you freeze hard boiled eggs?
Do not freeze hard boiled eggs. The egg white will become tough and will acquire a watery texture, and they won’t be edible.
How long can hard boiled eggs sit out?
Hard boiled eggs can sit out at room temperature for no more than two hours.
Easy Hard Boiled Eggs FAQs
Boiled eggs don’t always float. Boiled eggs will float in salted water. In unsalted water, boiled eggs can float and it is usually an indicator of an older egg.
Cooking the hard boiled eggs perfectly is the trick to the easy-peeling eggs. They should be boiled in water, then removed and immediately placed in an ice bath.
Hard boiled eggs are done when they have cooked in boiling water for 10 to 12 minutes. For soft boiled eggs, cook them for 6 to 8 minutes.
More Egg Recipes
- Classic Egg Salad
- Hash Brown Egg Cups
- Veggie, Turkey, Sausage and Basil Frittata
- Halloween Deviled Eggs
- Southern Deviled Eggs
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Hard Boiled Egg Recipe
- 12 large eggs
- Bring a pot of water to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low (to avoid the rumbling bubbles cracking the eggs)
- Gently place the eggs down in the water (I like using a slotted spoon).
- Turn the heat back up to boiling.
- Cook, boiling for 10 minutes for hard boiled or 6-8 minutes for soft boiled.
- Immediately remove the eggs from the boiling water and place them in an ice bath.
- Peel the eggs and serve or place in the refrigerator for later!
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