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Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

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Hard boiled egg

Hard boiled egg.

Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

If you've struggled with how to boil eggs, or you weren't sure how long to boil an egg, look no further. With this simple technique, you'll make perfect hard-boiled eggs every time.

For this hard boiled egg recipe you'll need a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan with a tight-fitting lid.

TIP: Fresher eggs are harder to peel. So if you want to make the peeling experience easier, try using eggs that have been in your fridge for a week or so. Or you can hold them in your fridge for a week after boiling them. But this cooking technique itself will not make the hard boiled eggs easier to peel.

Another note: Because different stovetops will produce more heat (and thus boil water faster) than others, your timing may vary. Also, not all pots are the same size or hold the same amount of water. Thus, your timing could end up being more than 15 minutes and it could be less. Either way, once you find the exact time that works for you, just use that.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 4 large eggs


  1. Place eggs in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cover them with cold water. Make sure the tops of the eggs are covered by at least an inch of water. How much water will depend on the size of the pot, but in general, a bigger pot is better. Crowding the eggs risks cracking them.

  2. Bring the water to a full boil, uncovered. You'll see the water simmering, but as soon as you see a few big bubbles, remove the pot from the heat and cover it. Let the pot stand untouched for 15 minutes.

  3. Remove the boiled eggs from the water and transfer them to a bowl of cold water for 15 minutes to stop the cooking process. Then either peel and serve or refrigerate.
Makes 4 hard boiled eggs.
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Cook time too long, Member felurian

I followed the exact cooking times listed, and my eggs were overdone. The yolks were hard and chewy. Good method, but cook for only 12-13 minutes so you don't ruin your yolks.

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