Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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    Perfect hard boiled eggs, one of the most basic of cooking skills, remains a challenge for many home chefs. The yolk comes out a grayish-green, they aren’t fully cooked, the shells are hard to peel; a whole host of problems.

    Perfect hard boiled eggs, sliced with yellow yolk

    Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs with creamy yellow yolks and easy to peel shells. Tricks and tips on how to hard boil eggs!

    Since spring and Easter seem to be the time that hard boiled eggs make their seasonal come back for everything from egg salad , deviled eggs, or just eating them plain, I want to share a few quick tips and tricks on how to make hard boiled eggs.

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    I am going to say that these are tips and tricks I have personally found work, as have many others, but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for failure. You will come across that stubborn egg that just doesn’t want to play nice and there are many variables preventing you from perfect hard boiled eggs.

    ONE. Old eggs (but not expired old) actually make the best hard boiled eggs. The taste will be the same, but the shell will peel with ease.

    This is probably the most critical piece of whether or not your egg will peel well and might take some planning ahead. You can also grab the eggs in the front of the case, as most grocers will have the oldest stock up front.

    TWO. Adding 2 teaspoons of baking soda to cold water before boiling water will assist in peeling. Some folks swear by adding vinegar for the same purpose, but I’ve always had luck with baking soda, so I stick with what I know. If you have any tips like this, we’d love to hear them!


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    THREE. Place the eggs in a single layer in the pot, being careful not to crowd the pot. The water needs to circulate around the entire egg. You may need to do them in batches.

    Also make sure you are using the correct size pot, too. For 6 or less eggs, a heavy bottom saucepan will work. For more, use a large Dutch oven or pot.

    FOUR. Cover eggs with cold water and then bring up to a boil. This way the eggs will come up to temperature with the water instead of being shocked when dropped into boiling water causing the shell to shatter and raw egg to leak into the boiling water.

    FIVE. There are many wives tales for centered yolks.  Some tricks that I have heard are to sit the egg carton on its side the night before boiling and stirring the eggs while the water comes to a boil, alternating the direction every minute.

    I have also never had success with any of these working. I like to live on the edge and take my chances.

    SIX. Remove from heat as soon as the water comes to a boil, cover and let sit for 10-12 minutes. Many people are worried they will undercook eggs and therefore over boil.

    Overcooking will result in the yucky colored gray hued yolk. The color comes from iron in the yolk reacting with hydrogen sulfide in the white.

    Please note that the 10-12 minutes is for a large egg. Extra large or jumbo eggs may need to boil for 1-2 minutes before removing from heat and conversely, smaller eggs may need closer to 8-10 minutes. 

    How to Get Yellow Yolks

    SEVEN. Immediately immerse in an ice bath to stop the cooking process and also loosen the shells.

    EIGHT. Shells will be the easiest to remove while they are still warm.  Peeling under cold running water will also assist in separating the shell from the egg and prevent you from burning yourself.

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    I am not the egg whisperer. I hope these tips will help with your questions on how to hard boil egg. There are so many factors that go into getting fabulous hard boiled eggs, so don’t beat yourself up if they don’t turn out perfect.

    If you have any additional ideas or tips, I’d love to hear them in the comments section!

    If you own an Instant Pot, it is also super easy to make Hard Boiled Eggs, come check out our video and technique HERE!

    Now that you’ve made perfect hard boiled, what do you plan to do with them? Here are a few recipes that use hard boiled eggs:


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    Questions you might have about how to hard boil eggs:

    Are hard boiled eggs healthy? This is always a loaded question and depends mostly on your definition of healthy. Please consult a physician for the best diet for you.

    What I will say is that a hard boiled egg is the most natural and organic of egg you can get with zero added sugar or fat. Consult the nutritional value on your egg carton for the best calorie, fat and cholesterol information.

    Are hard boiled eggs keto friendly? Yes! As far as I understand keto (I am in no means an expert), perfect hard boiled eggs are keto friendly.

    Are hard boiled eggs gluten free? Yes, hard boiled eggs are naturally gluten free.

    Can hard boiled eggs be frozen? Yes and no. Whites do not freeze well and become gross and rubbery. The yolks, however, will freeze decently, but not great.

    How long can hard boiled eggs be kept at room temperture? This is a great questions and eggs are commonly left at room temperature for long periods of time. Think of egg hunts, egg salad sandwiches on the potluck table or even deviled eggs, which I prefer to be more toward room temp than chilled.

    According to the CDC, hard boiled eggs are good at room temperture for up to 2 hours.

    How long to boil hard boiled eggs? This really depends on the size of your eggs. Generally speaking…10-12 minutes is for a large egg. Extra large or jumbo eggs may need to boil for 1-2 minutes before removing from heat and conversely, smaller eggs may need closer to 8-10 minutes.

    Can you reheat hard boiled eggs? You can, but they will get rubbery, just like an overcooked egg. I don’t recommend microwaving, they can explode and the texture will be off. If you really want to reheat a hard boiled egg, bring water to a boil in a saucepan and egg the egg in for 1-2 minutes.

    Why are my hard boiled eggs grey inside? They were cooked a little too long, but they aren’t bad, just a little unsightly.

    Do hard boiled eggs need to be refrigerated? Yes! After cooking, if you aren’t eating them immediately, hard boiled eggs should be kept refrigerated.

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    Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
    Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
    Prep Time
    3 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    23 mins

    Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs with creamy yellow yolks and easy to peel shells. How to hard boil eggs the easy way! 

    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: hard boiled eggs
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 62 kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola
    • 12 eggs
    1. Place eggs in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Do not over crowd the pot, make sure there is enough room for water to circulate around each egg. If there isn't, work in batches of 6.

    2. Add baking soda or vinegar.
    3. Fill pot with cold water to about 1/2 inch above egg tops.
    4. Bring to a boil.
    5. When water reaches a full boil, remove from heat and cover.
    6. For large eggs, cover for 10-12 minutes.
    7. Immediately remove eggs using a metal slotted spoon and submerse in an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

    8. Run under cold water and gently break and remove the shells.
    9. If you've tried this technique, come back and let us know how it was!

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    Nutrition Facts
    Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 62 Calories from Fat 36
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 4g 6%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Cholesterol 163mg 54%
    Sodium 62mg 3%
    Potassium 60mg 2%
    Protein 5g 10%
    Vitamin A 4.8%
    Calcium 2.5%
    Iron 4.3%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    ** Please note, these are just tips and tricks. I am not claiming that these will work ALL THE TIME or that this is THE ONLY way. They are simply suggestions. I’d love to hear your own and if these tips worked for you!


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