How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs (No-Fail Stovetop Method)

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How I make perfect hard boiled eggs on the stovetop

We’ve been cooking hard boiled eggs this way for years. I like to keep a batch of hard boiled eggs in the fridge to snack on throughout the week. I also use them to make classic egg salad, deviled eggs, and my favorite potato salad.

You won’t believe how easy it is to boil hard boiled eggs. Follow my tips and you’ll be whipping up the perfect boiled egg in no time!

By the way, since we published this recipe for hard boiled eggs on the stovetop, we’ve added one full tutorial on how to boil eggs in a pressure cooker (like an instant pot). The eggs are presented perfectly and are easy to peel. If you have a pressure cooker, I recommend you take a look.

Four easy steps to perfect hard-boiled eggs

Step 1: Lay the eggs on the bottom of a pan in a single layer. You don’t want to stack them on top of each other. Keeping them in a single layer reduces the risk of the shells breaking during cooking.

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Step 2: Pour water and cover about two inches. Some hard boiled egg recipes call for you to boil water and then tell to add the eggs. I don’t like doing this because adding a cold egg to very hot water might crack the egg.

Cover the eggs with about two inches of warm or cold water.

Step 3: Bring the water to a boil. When the water starts to boil, cover the pot with a lid and let it boil for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, remove the pan from the heat, then set a timer for 10-12 minutes (I’m talking cook time below).

After cooking for 30 seconds, I remove the pan from the heat and then set a timer for 10-12 minutes (depending on the size of my eggs).

Step 4 – Transfer the boiled eggs to an ice bath to stop the cooking. I use a slotted spoon to scoop each egg out of the hot water and then carefully place them in a large bowl filled with cold water and ice. When the eggs are cool enough to touch, you can peel them.


How long to cook hard boiled eggs

The cooking time for hard-boiled eggs will vary depending on the size of the eggs, the elevation, and the desired degree of doneness of the yolk. Having cooked many (and many) hard boiled eggs in our own kitchen, here is a list of the cook times we have found to be the most accurate:

  • Medium eggs = 9 to 10 minutes
  • Large eggs = 11 to 12 minutes
  • Extra large eggs = 13 to 14 minutes

If you live at a higher elevation, you may need to cook the eggs a little longer than mentioned above (I would start with an extra three or four minutes of cooking time).

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When making a large batch of eggs, I like to “sacrifice” an egg after 10 minutes and check if it’s done. If it’s a bit overcooked, I leave the eggs in the water a little longer.

My tips for easy peeling of hard boiled eggs

If you’ve ever made hard-boiled eggs, you’ve probably encountered stubborn eggs that just don’t peel well. There are many tricks to easily peel eggs. We tried a few but found the following tricks worked best for us:

  • Try not to use the freshest eggs. The freshest eggs don’t peel easily, so buy devil eggs a week in advance if you get the chance.
  • Cool the eggs completely before peeling them. We’ve found this to be very helpful, but if you’re still having trouble, open the cooled egg and place it back in the ice bath. The water will seep under the shell where you broke it, making it easier to peel after about 5 minutes.

Updated recipe originally posted December 2011. Since it was posted in 2011 we have changed the recipe for clarity. – Adam and Joanne

How to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs (Stobe Safe Method)

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    Place the eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover 1 to 2 inches with cold water. Heat over high heat until the water boils, cover the pot with a lid, boil for 30 seconds, then remove from the heat completely and let stand 12 minutes.

    Prepare a bowl of ice water just before boiling the eggs.

    Using a slotted spoon, drop the boiled eggs into the ice water and let sit for 5 minutes. Break open the egg shells and peel them gently. If the shells don’t come off the eggs easily, place them back in the ice water and try again in 5 minutes.

    **Cooking time can vary from 10 to 14 minutes depending on the size of the eggs, their height and how well done you want them to be. If you’re cooking a lot of eggs, it might be a good idea to “sacrifice” an egg and check if it’s cooked.

Advice from Adam and Joanne

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Nutritional value per serving: Part 1 egg / calories 71 / protein 6g / carbohydrates 0g / fiber 0g / total sugar 0g / total fat 5g / Saturated Fatty Acids 2 g / cholesterol 185mg / sodium 62mg

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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