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 32 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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  1. Thank you for the simple reminder on the best way for hard boiled eggs. As some of us get older, we need a quick reminder on timing. The younger “know-it-alls” should respect that some cook on stoves without the new fangled cooking devices

  2. Thanks for this; Good to make for camp.
    A side note, try making hard boiled eggs in your instant pot! So easy, perfect every time, and they peeled beautifully. No blow outs either!

  3. Under cooking… I did not see how long you let them sit after they start boiling & you take them off the heat. I only saw that you let them sit a couple minutes shorter if using medium eggs???

    1. The full recipe is a little further down. Hope that helps!

      Let stand covered for 15-17 minutes (for large eggs).

  4. when i finally found the simple recipe instructions after navigating around the superfluous text, pop ups and ad banners it was informative and to the point. simple recipes like this don’t really need a lot of explaining.

    thanks for sharing! they always come out great this way but i do find them easier to peel with salt water. might just be my altitude/tap water quality.4 stars

    1. Hi Tina, glad you enjoyed it. You can always use the Jump to Recipe button at the top to skip straight to the recipe :)

  5. I’m SHOCKED, that anyone would actually need a ‘recipe’, in order to make Hard Boiled Eggs! But I guess so, just by reading the comments. Sad, isn’t it? Wow, unbelievable!

    1. Everyone has to learn sometime. :) Plus it’s always fun to hear everyone’s tips and how different people create the same food.

      1. I agree with you – some people do not grow up watching and helping in the kitchen so even making boiled eggs could be hard for them- my daughter is 6 and can make many things under adult Supervision of course- But she has been in the kitchen with me since she was about four months old

    2. Some of us are new to cooking and were not raised to know these things. I’m SHOCKED that your closed mind would believe otherwise. Sad, isn’t it? Wow, unbelievable!

      Thank you, Holly, for these helpful tips!! I’m 24 and completely new to the cooking world. I was raised on scrambled eggs only and had never even eaten a hard-boiled egg until today. Delish!5 stars

    3. Not everyone grew up with someone teaching them to cook. At least they are trying to learn. What’s sad is that theirs people in this world who get on a post just to judge someone.

    4. As a 20 year old who has been shuffled through foster care system for 16 years, please count me amongst the “sad” ones who need help. Check your privilege before trashing people who want to learn how to cook.

      Thank you Holly for the help, I cried when they turned out perfectly!5 stars

      1. I’m so happy to hear that these worked perfectly for you Justine! You made my day :)

  6. Holly :)

    Thanks a bunch for this really easy way to hard boil eggs..I made mine today and voila they came out great ! using them as an addition for a healthy salad with lots of veggies.5 stars

  7. Amazing that this exact same recipe is posted by several experts – but one expert swears that 10-12 minutes is perfect (or maybe 6 if you like them soft) and another expert suggests 15-17 minutes.

  8. Everyone should check out the new 
    Egg Stripper I purchased on QVC 
    Peels 5 eggs under 10 seconds 
    It works great and I hated peeling the shells 

  9. Thank you, thank you! Well here it is the early morning of Thanksgiving and I just remembered I had to make Deviled Eggs for our Family and Friends Bounty of Delicious and Different food from the internet. I have to say the timing was perfection and I will forever more use this method. However, I can not say that to using the older egg part on ONLY MY behalf. I did a little experiment and bought 6 freshly bought eggs yesterday and I had a 6, 40 day old eggs in the fridge which I used seperate pots and started at the same time, I brought to a rapid boil and quickly covered and put on back burner to rest for 17 mins. then both went into ice water bathes using seperate bowls. I waited 10 mins to peels, perfect temp. However, at that point I wish I had more of the freshly bought eggs. The new eggs were so easy to peel and the old ones, not so much. But I can not compete with science, but only my opinion and this still gets a 10 in my book. The yolk, a beautiful yellow with none of the green i use to get and the egg was perfect to the touch. That doesn’t change the method….thank you again!5 stars