I’m excited to share with you all how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs! My tips and tricks below come from a combination of my years in the kitchen, plus my grandma’s tried and true trick that works every single time. 

This is the easiest method to hard-boil eggs and it yields perfect, easy to peel eggs every time. I’m including cook times below for soft-boiled eggs and hard-boiled eggs.

How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are one of the absolutely simplest things to make, yet they are surprisingly easy to mess up, right? Sometimes simple is harder, and that is true a lot of times in the kitchen. I’ve you’ve had issues with your eggs being overcooked, undercooked or getting all torn up when you peel them, I’m going to help you with all of that! Just follow my simple tips and process below and you’ll be able to make perfectly cooked eggs that peel easily every time.

My Cooking Process for Making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs

  1. My first trick is, I boil water first, and add eggs only once the water is boiling. Depending on how many eggs you want to boil, fill a pot with water. I don’t have an exact amount to tell you, just make sure that there is enough water to cover the eggs in the pot. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Once the water is boiling, add the eggs, one at a time to the pot of water. I do this gently, one at a time, with a slotted spoon.
  3. Immediately set your kitchen timer (see cook-times below).
  4. When your cook time is almost up, start preparing your eggs a little ice bath of their own. Make a large bowl of ice water and set it near your pot.
  5. When the timer goes off, start removing the eggs with a slotted spoon and place eggs in the ice water bath. This not only stops the cooking process, but lets the eggs cool so you can peel them without burning your hands. If you left them in the hot water, they will continue cooking and get over-cooked.
  6. Follow my tips below for easy peeling.

How to Perfectly Peel Boiled Eggs

Now your eggs are in cold water cooling off. This is the easiest way to peel eggs and you’ll have perfect, smooth eggs with no pieces ripped off. For best results, follow this steps to peel the eggs perfectly:

  1. Grab an egg out of the cool water, and here’s where my grandmother’s trick comes in: Hold the egg vertically and simply tap the egg firmly down on the counter 3 times, then flip and tap it 3 more times. So that’s 3 firm taps on the bottom, 3 firm taps on the top. 
  1. Next, use the inside/side of your thumb to start peeling away the egg shell. I always recommend sort of rubbing the shell away with the side of your thumb because this avoids jabbing into the egg with your fingernail or tip of your finger. The egg shell should slide of easily. You can then give it a little dip/rinse in the cold water bowl to rinse off any bits of shell that may cling.
  1. That’s it! Now you can store your eggs in the refrigerator for snacking, use in egg recipes, or eat them now!

The Right Cook Times for Hard-Boiled and Soft Boiled Eggs

Depending on how you like your eggs or what eggs recipe you are making these for, you may want to soft-boil or hard boil your eggs. The only difference between making these is the cooking time!

  • For the perfect hard-boiled egg with a slightly soft center, cook 11 minutes. Remember, this is putting the eggs in once the water has already reached a full rolling boil (then put in your eggs and start your timer).
  • For a soft-boiled egg, boil for 6 minutes and the rest of the method of cooking.

For egg salad, I like hard-boiled eggs. Sometimes for easy breakfasts or an additional to other recipes, you may want soft-boiled recipes.

bowl of hard-boiled eggs

More Tips for the Best Hard-Boiled Eggs

Finally, here are some extra tips to hard boil eggs to perfection:

  • Fresh Eggs actually are not best: ​In most cases, you would want fresh eggs, right? Well eggs that are too fresh aren’t necessarily the easiest to peel. Eggs that are at least a few days old are generally easier to peel. You read that right, older eggs are better in this case.
  • Use a large pot:​ In general I like to have a large enough pot that my eggs can be in a single layer in the pot, so they all cook evenly.
  • Don’t skip the ice bath: Stopping the cooking right away with an ice bath avoids that weird green ring that hard boiled eggs can get, and also more cold eggs won’t burn your hands while you’re trying to peel them!

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