I share how to make perfect hard boiled eggs every single time. This is a dummy proof method that never fails to produce!
I feel like this is something that is so easy yet took me entirely too long to nail down. For a long time, the eggs were coming out okay but were simply that…just okay.
The hard boiled eggs I was making were either overcooked, impossible to peel, had inconsistent yolk texture, or for whatever reason were never super satisfying.
After some tinkering, I now swear by the below method. It’s completely fool proof and has served our family well for almost a decade.
3 Tips for Making Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Every Time
- Use older eggs. Fresh eggs are extremely hard to peel as the membrane has not yet separated.
- Boil the eggs in a pot that is large enough to accommodate all of the eggs in a single layer. Overcrowding causes shells to crack.
- Leave the eggs in the ice water bath until they’re completely cold if you have the time. I usually leave them in there for a good hour or two while I fix and clean up dinner. The ice keeps the eggs at a safe temperature for a very long time.
What You’ll Need:
- Pot with a lid
- Water for boiling
- Large bowl
- Ladle or tongs to remove the eggs from the water
- Ice water
How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
- Place eggs on the bottom of the pot taking care not to crack any shells.
- Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the pot.
- Add cold water until about 2″ above the level of the eggs.
- If any eggs are touching or crowding, remove one to give more space.
- Bring the pot to a rapid boil.
- Immediately shut the stove off and cover the pot. Leave the pot on the hot burner.
- If you are boiling 7 or more eggs, set a timer for 11 minutes. For 6 or less eggs, set a timer for 9 minutes.
- Fill a basin with ice water.
- When the timer goes off, immediately remove the eggs and submerge them into the ice bath. Leave them there for at least 15 minutes before removing.
Storing Your Hard Boiled Eggs
Dry the eggs with a clean dish towel and store them in an air-tight container.
Once refrigerated, the eggs stay perfectly fine for 6-7 days as long as the shells are intact and not cracked.