Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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Hard Boiled Eggs are the base for an amazing snack, appetizer or breakfast! 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.

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!

Hard Boiled Eggs sliced in half lengthwise, with a few uncooked eggs on the side

Endless Possibilities For Hard Boiled Eggs

One of the things I love about hard boiled eggs is how versatile they are! From delicious deviled eggs to egg salad sandwiches, or chopping boiled eggs up and topping a salad with them! The possibilities for using hard boiled eggs are deliciously endless!

I like to keep a few boiled eggs in the fridge for a healthy snack on a busy day and as insurance for unexpected guests. I can whip up a yummy snack in next to no time if I have a few hard boiled eggs on hand (and they’re great in a BLT or on avocado toast)!

I used to find the process of boiling eggs to be nerve wracking. I know that you don’t have to boil eggs for long, but I always questioned the process. I have to admit, I have had completely overcooked eggs (and gotten that lovely grey ring) more times than I could count, out of the fear of undercooking something as precious as Easter Eggs!

A close up shot of hard boiled eggs cut lengthwise. The egg yolk is perfect!

Lessons Learned

Luckily, I have learned a few things over the years about the eggs so here are my favorite tips to perfect hard boiled eggs, (taking all of the guesswork and crazy kitchen hacks out of the equation).

  • EGGS:
    • 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.
  • WATER:
    • 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.

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 is a great option and the peels just slide right off!

Hard boiled eggs cut in half and seasoned with salt and pepper.

How Fresh Are Your Eggs?

Fresh eggs will cook better and look brighter. You can tell how fresh your eggs are by how they sink/float:

  • Sink: A fresh egg will lay on its side on the bottom of a bowlful of water..
  • Float Upright: If they are a little older, they’ll still sink, but stay on one end. They’re fine to eat.
  • Float: Don’t eat eggs if they float on the surface of the water, this means they’ve expired!

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How to Hard Boil Eggs

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


  • 6 large eggs
  • water

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  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and cover with water at least 1/2″ above the eggs.
  2. Bring water to a rolling boil over high heat. Cover and remove from heat.
  3. Let stand covered for 15-17 minutes (for large eggs).
  4. Remove from hot water and place in a bowl of ice water or run under cold water for 5 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 62, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 163mg, Sodium: 62mg, Potassium: 60mg, Protein: 5g, Vitamin A: 240%, Calcium: 25%, Iron: 0.8%

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

Keyword Hard Boiled Eggs, how to make hard boiled eggs

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Hard Boiled Eggs cut open on a grey board


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Hard Boiled Eggs are the base for an amazing snack, appetizer or breakfast! So easy to make and convenient to keep on hand for last minute guests or that mid afternoon hunger attack! #spendwithpennies #hardboiledeggs #easysnack #eggs #easyeggrecipe #simplebreakfast

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