Hard Boiled Eggs are an amazing base for so many recipes, and knowing how to cook them perfectly every time is an important kitchen skill. Come learn the best way to make hard boiled eggs, as well as how to easily peel them and other tips and tricks.
Want a recipe to use these eggs in? Try Avocado Deviled Eggs and Deviled Egg Bruschetta.
Learning how to hard boil eggs is an excellent kitchen skill to have—and it’s pretty simple once you know the basics.
To me, the best way to make hard boiled eggs is in a saucepan that has a lid on the stovetop, and I’ve broken down all my tips and tricks about it here for you. I’m also including information on how to easily peel hard boiled eggs because sometimes, those suckers are challenging!
As a note before we begin—this tutorial is for hard boiled eggs specifically. If you’re looking to make soft boiled, jammy eggs or medium boiled eggs, you need to find a different tutorial to help you out. (My friend Madeline talks about how to soft boil eggs in her tutorial.)
More recipes calling for hard boiled eggs: Salmon Niçoise Salad | No Mayo Potato Salad | Egg Salad | Cajun Cobb Salad | Avocado and Panko-Crusted Chicken Cobb Salad
What you need to make this recipe
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- A large saucepan, depending on the number of eggs you’re hard boiling
- Spider strainer
- A large bowl
In addition to these tools, you need a few ingredients:
- Your favorite eggs—they should still be in the shell and be uncooked
- Ice cubes—to create an ice bath to stop the cooking of the eggs when they come out of the pot
This hard boiled eggs recipe can be scaled, too, to fit your needs. Sometimes, I’ll make three eggs or make nine. It just depends on the day and what I’m using them for.
Keep in mind that if you want to make more eggs, you need to have a bigger vessel to give them room to cook.
How to Hard Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time
Place the eggs in a large saucepan and cover them with water. We want there to be about 1” of water on top of them before we place them on the stovetop. You can very easily change the number of eggs to suit your needs here, but be aware that you will need a larger pot if you have more eggs to cook.
Bring the water to a rolling boil over high heat. When the water is boiling furiously, turn off the heat, and cover the saucepan. Set a timer for 12 minutes, and let them sit.
When the timer goes off, carefully remove the eggs from the saucepan and place them in a large bowl with ice water. Let them cool for 10-15 minutes, or until they are no longer hot to touch.
How do you peel hard boiled eggs?
Gently tap the bottom of the egg on the countertop, and peel the shell away from the egg. (For me, this seems to work better than cracking the shells willy-nilly and peeling from wherever the cracks form.)
Keep in mind that this process might take some time, so give yourself plenty of it and don’t rush.
Once you’ve peeled the shells away from the eggs, rinse them and pat them dry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Quick tips and tricks for the best eggs
- Start with cold water and cold eggs. They’ll warm up together and begin cooking. Your timer won’t start until the water is at a rolling boil, and you’ve turned OFF the heat and covered the pot.
- Don’t skip the ice bath. Not only will the ice bath stop the cooking process, but it will aid in the peeling.
- Scale or downsize this recipe for your needs. Just keep in mind that more eggs will need a larger pan to cook in while fewer can be cooked in a smaller pot.