How to Cook Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are perfect little packets of sensible food. They are a perfect boost to healthy eating in the New Year. They are a time saver. They are easy to prepare and keep organized in the fridge. They can even keep you more organized with your meals. I’m going to show you how to cook perfect hard boiled eggs.

How to cook perfect hard boiled eggs

Fill a large pot about 3/4 full with cold water.

Gently place 6-12 eggs into the pan while the water is still cold. This step is very important, and minimizes the eggs from cracking during cooking.

prepare hard boiled eggs in cold water

Place the pot, uncovered, on the stove on high heat.

As soon as the pot starts a rolling boil, turn off the heat completely and cover the pot with a lid for 20 minutes.

cover hard boiled eggs

When the timer sounds after 20 minutes, carefully drain the hot water from the pot and transfer the eggs into a colander.

Rinse the eggs under cold water to stop the cooking process.

chill cooked hard boiled eggs

Chill the eggs for at least an hour or overnight in the fridge.

I also dot each hard boiled egg with a Sharpie, making it clear that these eggs are cooked. You can tell a hard boiled egg by spinning it on the counter. Hard boiled eggs spin. Uncooked eggs do not. Marking them seems easier to me; skip this step if you are boiling them to dye Easter Eggs.

mark hard boiled eggs

I also mark an egg carton so my family knows which is hard boiled.

mark hard boiled egg cartons

Once cooled, you can gently crack the shell all around by rolling it on the counter, then peel. The shells should come off cleanly.

Rinse peeled eggs and use in your favorite recipe.

My favorite way to use hard boiled eggs:


Are you inspired to cook some perfect hard boiled eggs?


This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Sabrina Q.

    Love hard boiled eggs! I always have an issue making them, though. I am going to try your way to see if it works. Thanks for sharing your tips.

  2. Dylan

    That’s sounds so easy. Thanks! But should the water be salted?

    1. Darla

      I have never once salted water for eggs. And I rarely do for pasta anymore. But I’d be happy to hear if you see a need for it. Always learning.

  3. Nancy K

    I had learned from my mom to mark them with a “b” in pencil, but I now write the date on them. I learned only in the last few years that boiling eggs takes off a natural protective coating off the egg and they only last about a week. So plan accordingly when you decide how many to boil. (I looked this up after I learned it the hard way – yuck!)

    1. Darla

      Yes, you are right that hard boiling them takes a few days off their lifespan. Thanks for sharing.

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