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Learn the best method for how to boil eggs to produce the perfect hard boiled egg every single time without any fuss. 

How to Boil Eggs

Step 1: Place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan. Be sure not to crowd the eggs in the pan. They should fit comfortably.

Step 2: Fill the pan with cold water, 1 inch above the eggs.

Step 3: Bring the water to a rapid boil on the stovetop over high heat.

Step 4: Once the water comes to a boil, cover the pan with a lid and remove the pan from the heat. Do not lift the lid. Set a timer for the type of boiled egg you want, from 4 minutes to 12 minutes.

Step 5: Fill a large bowl with ice and water.

Step 6: When the eggs reach the desired cooking time, use tongs to remove the eggs from the hot water and immerse gently into the prepared ice water to cool, about 10 minutes.

Step 7: Gently tap the eggs against a hard surface and peel away the shell. Rinse the egg under cold water to remove any bits of shell and pat dry.

How to Boil Eggs: Rinse Peeled eggs

How many minutes should I cook my egg? 

Soft Boiled (runny or very soft yolk) – 4 to 6 minutes

Hard Boiled (solid cooked yolk) – 8 to 12 minutes

Hard Boiled Eggs at 4 minutes, 6 minutes, 8 minutes, and 10 minutes

TROUBLESHOOTING

Why does my yolk have a green circle around it?

Unfortunately, a green yolk means you’ve overcooked your eggs.

One of my eggs cracked while boiling. Can I still eat it?

Every once in a while an egg cracks while boiling and may leak some of the interior white and even yolk. The egg is technically still edible as it has been cooked, albeit a slightly different method. Usually I simply discard these eggs.

How to Boil Eggs: peeled eggs smooth vs lumpy

Why doesn’t my egg peel smoothly?

Sometimes when you peel the egg you may notice that bits and pieces of the egg come off with the shell. This is completely normal and will not affect the taste of the egg, only the appearance. There are many reasons why eggs do not peel smoothly. Fresh eggs are difficult to peel, while older eggs peel easier. There are many tips, tricks, and old wives tales as to how to peel an egg smoothly. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the water, or a teaspoon of vinegar. Poke the bottom of the egg with a needle before cooking. Crack the eggs all over before putting them in the ice bath. These are just a few of the many tips and tricks out there.

Bird's eye view of how long to boil eggs.
Learn the best method for how to boil eggs to produce the perfect hard boiled egg every single time without any fuss. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Ingredients
  • 12 eggs
  • 4 cups water approximately
Instructions
  • Place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan. Be sure not to crowd the eggs in the pan. They should fit comfortably.
  • Fill the pan with cold water, 1 inch above the eggs.
  • Bring the water to a rapid boil on the stovetop over high heat.
  • Once the water comes to a boil, cover the pan with a lid and remove the pan from the heat. Do not lift the lid. Set a timer for the type of boiled egg you want, from 4 minutes to 12 minutes.
  • Fill a large bowl with ice and water.
  • When the eggs reach the desired cooking time, use tongs to remove the eggs from the hot water and immerse gently into the prepared ice water to cool, about 10 minutes.
Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Boil Eggs

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Hi Rachel,

I don’t usually make comments on blogs etc. Just want to encourage you & thank you for your blog, recipes & videos. They are so well done & easy to understand. You are also very good on the videos.

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Julie Butler

Ditto!! Love your recipes and videos! They are easy to follow, and recipes that my family loves!! Thank you!!

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I don’t boil eggs often but when I do I only reference this specific article because the eggs come out exact every single time, no fail. I should’ve given this 5 stars a very long time ago.

Kyle D.

I have a college degree in Poultry Science from Texas A&M and they never taught us anything about cooking eggs! Your recipe was the bomb!!

Dave

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Recipe is top notch and foolproof. I just take exception with the suggestion to throw out eggs that crack in the water. There is no reason to toss them unless you just like wasting food. The eggs are still cooked and perfectly edible. All you might need to do is drain out any water that got inside the shell (unless you like watery eggs).

Kim Tope

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My family has had quite a debate over the best way to hard boil an egg over many years..But I believe I have mastered this..Thank you and Thank you again!!Cant wait for the next family gathering to show off my new learned technique.. Super easy and always comes out great. Thanks again.

Essess

I let mine sit for 12 minutes after it came to a full boil but the yolks turned out like the picture of 6 minutes. In the future, I’ll need to leave them sit for 20 minutes.

kate

5 stars
it was awsome

I tried this recipe and it was very easy and quick.

5 stars
You are amazing! This worked perfectly using extra large eggs. Thank you! thank you! thank you!

Tammy Hunking

Wow, this worked. I’m impressed. Cooked for 8 minutes and perfection. Plus stove is off and less energy used.

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These timings is very good and now I can boil eggs according to my mood….thanks for sharing such a healthy info.

Helen Glackin

I am 82 years old and haven’t seen a recipe before on how to boil eggs. I will try this the very next time I boil eggs. In summer hard boiled eggs go so well with salads. Thankyou for the recipe.

C

5 stars
Never has fail yet

5 stars
Great foolproof method, and the advice on how long to keep in the pot based on my preference for how cooked the yokes was right on. Thank you!

Nancy

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First time I have made the most perfect boiled egg! Thank you so much for your tips – and – well – for the rest of your wonderful recipes! I made your lasagne (with the homemade sauce) and it was absolutely delicious!

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