How to Hard Boiled Eggs

If you want to learn how to make the eggs on the stove top, here’s my go-to method on How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs perfectly. It’s a fail-proof recipe that yields perfect hard boiled eggs every time in 15 minutes or less.

Hard boiled eggs are such versatile ingredients! You can put them on salads, meal preps (hello, Egg Roll in a Bowl and Easy Roasted Veggies Meal-Prep Bowls), make egg muffins, turn them into deviled eggs and even make an easy egg salad or avocado egg salad. You can even put them in a salad like my Kale Salad with Crispy Sweet Potato. You can also just enjoy them on their own! They’re super budget friendly as well as being packed with protein and healthy goodness. They work for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! While I can make them in an Instant Pot, I know not everyone has one so here’s how to make them on the stovetop.

A plate with 12 halves of hard boiled eggs.

Hard boiled eggs are so easy to make but it can be easy to over cook them as well — but not to worry, you can learn from my mistakes and get the perfect eggs every single time. The perfect hard boiled egg to me is what’s pictured above.

The yolk is evenly cooked, creamy, and there’s no green or grey ring around it. There’s nothing worse than opening up an egg and having the yolk be dry and the whites rubbery. Down below you’ll find all my tips and you’ll never have a bad egg again!

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Ingredients

  • Eggs — I use large eggs that are free range eggs and have extra omega-3. Free range eggs are said to contain more vitamin D as well as less cholesterol. You are more than welcome to use whatever eggs you have, including farm fresh eggs.

Eggs in a carton.

Instructions

Cover the Eggs with Water

  • Fill a saucepan with water before carefully place the eggs inside of it, making sure your eggs are covered. It’s important that you don’t stack your eggs. If you have too many eggs to boil in a single layer, you should cook them in two batches.

Eggs inside of a pot of water to be boiled.

Boil the Eggs

  • Bring the water to a boil, making sure to keep an eye on it as once it’s reached a boil, you only boil the eggs for just 1 minute.
  • Then, turn off the heat and cover the saucepan with a lid before letting it sit for 9-12 minutes. Time will depend on the size of your eggs and how done you prefer your egg yolks to be.

Hard boiled eggs in an ice bath.

Ice the Eggs

  • After 9-12 minutes, transfer the eggs into an ice water bath and let the eggs to sit for 5 minutes to stop the cooking process and to cool down. Do not skip this step. It also makes it easier to peel as you’re not holding a piping hot egg!

Peel and Enjoy

  • Peel the eggs and discard the eggs shells before serving the eggs immediately or transfer them to a glass container and place in the fridge. It’ll be good in the fridge for up to 1 week.

A hand holding a half peeled hard boiled egg.

How to Easily Peel Hard Boiled Eggs

To easily peel your eggs after the ice bath, peel them under some running water in your sink or inside of the ice water. Peeling the eggs in water will help the shells to slip off more easily. If you need to crack them a little more, pull them from the water and tap them gently on the kitchen counter or other hard surface.

Another tip for easier to peel eggs is to buy your eggs earlier. Older eggs are easier to peel than fresh eggs as the pH of the white albumen aren’t bonded as tightly to the membrane as it ages. This is why older eggs are easier to peel!

Is There a Difference Between White and Brown Eggs?

There is no difference between white and brown eggs. It also doesn’t matter if you use small, medium, or large eggs. It’s up to you what size you’d like your eggs to be. Smaller eggs will need less time in the hot water compared to large eggs though.

How to Meal Prep Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs last for up to a week in the fridge, making them the prefect meal prep ingredient. You can pack it as part of a lunch, crack one open for breakfast, or just snack on one whenever you’re feeling hungry. You can store them in an airtight container peeled or unpeeled after they’ve come out of the ice bath. I recommend storing them whole and not sliced or halved so they stay fresh longer.

I do not recommend freezing hard boiled eggs as the egg whites will turn tough as well as watery when frozen.

A plate of cooked eggs cut in half.

Ideas of How to Season Hard Boiled Eggs

While you can eat the hard boiled eggs as they are, here are some ways to season them to change things up:

  • salt and pepper
  • garlic salt
  • paprika
  • Everything But The Bagel Seasoning
  • lemon pepper
  • sriracha sauce
  • hot sauce
  • flavoured salt (like truffle salt)

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a plate with hard boiled eggs cut in half

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

If you want to learn how to make the eggs on the stove top, here's my go-to method on How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs perfectly. It's a fail-proof recipe that yields perfect hard boiled eggs every time in 15 minutes or less.
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Ingredients

  • Eggs

Instructions

  • Fill a saucepan with water. Then, carefully place the eggs inside of it. Bring the water to a boil. Boil the eggs for just 1 minute. Then, turn off the heat, cover the saucepan with a lid, and let sit for 9-12 minutes. Time will depend on the size of your eggs and how you prefer your yolks to be.
  • Carefully drain out the hot water. Transfer the eggs into an ice water bath and let the eggs to sit for 5 minutes to stop the cooking process and to cool down.
  • Then, peel the eggs and discard the eggs shells. Serve the eggs immediately or transfer them to a glass container and place in the fridge. It’ll be good in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Serving: 1/9, Calories: 70kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 185mg, Sodium: 70mg, Potassium: 70mg

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How to Hard Boiled Eggs