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How 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 Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Boil Eggs
Servings: 12
Calories: 63kcal


  • 12 eggs
  • 4 cups water approximately


  • 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.



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