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How To Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

When cooking hard-boiled eggs it can be hard to tell when they are done. I have a recipe for the perfect hard-boiled eggs every time.

It’s all about how long you cook them and I have a few tricks up my sleeve that makes the world of difference when hard boiling eggs.

Hard boiled egg in the middle with a hard boiled egg cut in half in front

How to hard boil eggs? The key to boiling perfect hard-boiled eggs every time is to start off with the eggs in cold water, bring them to a boil, and then let them boil for 7-8 minutes.

Once the timer goes off put the eggs into an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

Steps to making perfect hard-boiled eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are great on fresh green salads, for deviled eggs, egg salad, and so many more things.

If you have tried making them before only to peel them and then cut them into a raw egg, you are in the right place.

Using this method of cooking your eggs to hard boil them will save you from having to dispose of dozens of eggs in the future. Don’t let the eggs win!

Before you start you want to make sure the egg has not gone bad.

1. Eggs meet the water

Place your eggs into a pot that is big enough so that the eggs are not overcrowded. Then you want to fill the pot with cold water just above the eggs.

Place the lid on top and bring to a boil on high heat.

This is one of the tricks I have up my sleeve, the key is using cold water. And add the eggs when the water is cold, don’t wait until the water is already boiling to add them in.

2. Timing is everything

Timing is key to a perfect hard-boiled egg. The other trick I have is setting a timer. It is so easy to forget that you have them on the stove or worry about not knowing if they are done yet.

Leave the stressing to the timer, when it goes off your eggs are good to go.

While they are boiling, fill a bowl with ice water about halfway. When the eggs have reached their 7-8 minutes of boiling then remove them from the stove.

Speaking of timing, poaching eggs is all about timing. Learn how to reheat poached eggs.

3. Ice bath

Using a slotted spoon carefully take them out one at a time and place them into the ice bath. This will stop the cooking process so that you don’t end up with over-cooked hard-boiled eggs.

4. Drain and store

Drain the eggs from the water and they are ready to go. They should be cooled off and ready to be peeled or stored in the fridge until you are ready to use them.

Quick Tip

Dye your eggs or write the letter “H” on the shell so that you know that those eggs are hardboiled and not raw eggs.

How long do hard-boiled eggs last?

Hardboiled eggs that are peeled or unpeeled will last you in the refrigerator for about one week according to the FDA.

It is best to label them with the date that they were cooked so that you can be sure to use them up within 7 days.

You will notice a foul smell of rotten eggs if they have gone bad. You can also tell by looking at the shell and if they chalking that’s a sign that they have spoiled.

Peeled hard-boiled eggs will become slimy with a foul smell to them. It tends to be more obvious when they are peeled.

Hard boiled egg in the middle with a hard boiled egg cut in half in front

How to cook a hard boiled egg

In this recipe, I am going to go over the steps to make the perfect har boiled eggs every time.
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Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 8 minutes
Ice bath 10 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 94 kcal


  • Pot with a lid
  • bowl


  • 6 Eggs
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 cups ice


  • Place eggs into a pot. Make sure that the eggs are not overcrowded.
  • Add COLD water until you have filled the pot just above the eggs (about 4 cups). Cover with a lid.
  • Place the pot on the stove on high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Once the water is boiling set your timer for 7-8 minutes and then take the pot off the heat.
  • In a bowl add 4 cups of cold water and 2 cups of ice, creating an ice bath.
  • Using a slotted spoon take out one egg at a time and place it into the ice bath. Once all of the eggs are in the ice bath, allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes
  • Remove the eggs from the ice bath and store them the fridge for up to 7 days.


Serving: 3gCalories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 246mgSodium: 123mgPotassium: 91mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 356IUCalcium: 55mgIron: 1mg
Keyword How to boil eggs, How to make hard boiled eggs, steps to make hard boiled eggs
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