Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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Hard Boiled Eggs make a great snack, appetizer or breakfast and they’re so easy to make!

Boiling eggs isn’t really a science, but sometimes it can feel like it is! Let me share my favorite tips with you for perfect hard boiled eggs, taking all of the guesswork out of the equation!

Overhead shot of sliced Hard Boiled Eggs

The Perfect Snack

Boiled Eggs. I eat them with salt and pepper for snacks, slice them to go on top of Avocado Toast or even use them to make Easy Pickled Eggs.  Make deviled eggs or egg salad sandwiches, or top a salad; the possibilities endless!

Boiling eggs to perfection is pretty easy! They’re great to make ahead and have in the fridge to grab and enjoy!

This method means no more overcooked eggs (and no grey ring)!

Closeup of sliced hard boiled egg showing yolk

Tips for Perfect Eggs

Here are my favorite tips to make perfect hard boiled eggs, (taking all of the guesswork and kitchen hacks out of the equation).


    • This recipe is made using large eggs.  If your eggs are medium or extra large, your cooking time will vary by a minute or two.
    • Older eggs will peel better than fresh eggs.


    • There is no need to add anything to your boiling water to peel your eggs easily. After the ice water soak, your eggs will peel nicely.


    • Don’t overpack your saucepan. You want the eggs to have about a half an inch of extra water covering them to ensure even cooking.
    • After you bring the water to a rapid boil, take the pan off of the heat and allow it to sit. This is an important part of making the perfect hard boiled egg.
    • If you prefer a medium boiled egg, simply reduce the time the eggs sit in hot water by 1 to 2 minutes.

How to Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

Now that you know how to make perfect hard boiled eggs, you also want to make sure they’re easy to peel.

My favorite tip is to use older eggs! There is a scientific reason for this, and it has to do with the pH level of fresh egg whites, compared to the way the pH level changes as the egg ages. In an eggshell, basically, the pH of egg whites reacts differently to the membrane of the egg, which plays a big role in peeling.

If your eggs are fresh, making Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs or Air Fryer Boiled Eggs is a great option and the peels just slide right off!

Two sliced hard boiled eggs

Eggs will keep in the fridge for about a week.

Recipes Using Hard Boiled Eggs

Did you try making these Hard Boiled Eggs? Be sure to leave a rating and comment below!

Overhead shot of sliced Hard Boiled Eggs
4.97 from 27 votes
Review Recipe

How to Hard Boil Eggs

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 6 eggs
Author Holly Nilsson
Perfect hard boiled eggs are the base for an amazing snack, appetizer or breakfast!


  • 6 large eggs
  • water

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  • Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water at least ½″ above the eggs.
  • Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Cover and remove from heat.
  • Let stand covered for 15-17 minutes (for large eggs).
  • Remove from hot water and place in a bowl of ice water or run under cold water for 5 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 62, Protein: 5g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 163mg, Sodium: 62mg, Potassium: 60mg, Vitamin A: 240IU, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 0.8mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Hard Boiled Eggs, how to hard boil eggs, how to make hard boiled eggs
Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American


Egg Lovers Rejoice:

Hard Boiled Eggs sliced in half lengthwise.
Hard Boiled Eggs sliced in half lengthwise.
Hard boiled eggs cut lengthwise with a perfect yolk
Hard Boiled Eggs sliced in half lengthwise.

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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