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Learn all the tips and tricks for how to boil eggs to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs. It’s quick, simple, and NO FAIL!

Whether you’re adding them to a salad, Egg Salad Sandwiches, or making Deviled Eggs, knowing how long to boil eggs is a MUST.

How to Boil Eggs tutorial - hard boiled eggs cut in half on plate.

The Secret You’ve been waiting for!

After countless attempts to figure out how long to boil eggs perfectly (hot starts, cold starts, cook time, and ice bath time), we’ve learned the best method for boiling eggs.

Why is it the best?

  • NO FAIL! This method works every time, no fail.
  • It’s simple. Just a few added steps is all that’s needed for perfect, no gray around the yolk eggs.
  • Works for Fresh eggs or Older Eggs. We tested this too, and it still works! The main trick is to always use a HOT START.

We have found many methods to make Easy Peel Boiled Eggs, but of those ways, we have our go-to that is the most simple, quick, AND always results in a perfectly boiled egg that peels easily.

Eggs in a basket and ice ready for an ice bath.

How Long to Boil Eggs

If the water is boiling, ladle the eggs into the water, then boil for 15 minutes (ice bath for 5 minutes).

We have tried many other ways of doing this (with hot starts), including:

  • Simmer for 15 minutes – Ice bath for 5 minutes (our top choice)
  • Simmer for 15 minutes – Ice bath for 10 minutes
  • Simmer for 13 minutes – Ice bath for 15 minutes
  • Boil for 8 minutes – turn off the burner and let sit for 10-25 minutes – Ice bath for 15 minutes

All worked, but some took more time than others and some didn’t peel as easily, which is why we stick with the first method.

It always works, and the result is PERFECT!

Eggs boiling in water for making perfect hard boiled eggs.


  • 6 large eggs
  • water
  • ice bath – cold water with ice in a bowl

The Perfect Method

  1. WATER. Bring water to a rolling boil in a medium pot or saucepan (the KEY for perfect eggs).
  2. EGGS. Once the water is boiling, gently place eggs using a strainer ladle or slotted spoon, into the water in a single layer. Turn the heat down so it is at a simmer, and simmer the eggs for 15 minutes.
  3. ICE BATH. Add the eggs to a large bowl of ice water (ice bath) and set a timer for 5 minutes.
  4. PEEL. Remove from water. To shell, tap the eggs on the counter to crack. Easily peel the eggs and see that they are perfectly cooked – with a nice no-gray golden-yellow yolk!

For even more methods of eggs that peel easily, check out these Methods for Easy Peel Boiled Eggs.

Egg ice bath for hard boiled eggs to cool in.

More Cooking options

  • Microwave. Fill a bowl big enough to submerge an egg with water. Microwave for 3 minutes. Using a needle, safety pin, or thumbtack, prick the bottom of the egg to prevent it from exploding.
    • Put the egg in the bowl of hot water, cover it with a plate, and microwave for 4 minutes at 50%. Leave in the water for an additional 2-3 minutes before peeling.
  • Oven. Preheat to 350°F. Put 1 egg in each cup of a muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes, and then place in an ice bath for about 10 minutes. Simple!
  • Instant pot. Check out this post: Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs!
Ladling an egg into an ice bath.

What can you make with them?

Hard-boiled eggs make a great snack. Simply peel and season with a little salt and pepper. There are also a variety of egg recipes you can make with them.

They make great additions to almost any salad!

The possibilities are endless but remember they are great as an after-school snack or for your Easter celebrations!

Hard boiled eggs cut open on cutting board.

Recipe Tips + Storing

  • Label your eggs. Place boiled eggs back in the carton and label the carton “Hard Boiled,” or mark each egg “HB” with a permanent marker.
    • To check unmarked eggs, give it a spin. If it is hard-boiled, it will spin like a top. If it is not boiled, the yolk will keep it from spinning smoothly and it will wobble a bit.
  • A soft-boiled egg has a completely cooked egg white but with runny yolks. To cook a soft-boiled egg, complete the recipe as directed except only boil the egg for 6 ½ minutes before placing it in the ice bath.
  • Overcooking the eggs will cause a green ring to form around the yolk and it will take on a more sulfur smell, but they are still safe to eat.
  • STORE eggs in the fridge. If peeled, place them in a dated Ziploc bag or in an airtight container for up to one week.
Close up image of hard boiled eggs.

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How to Boil Eggs

By: Lil’ Luna
Learn all the tips and tricks for how to boil eggs to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs. It's quick, simple, and NO FAIL!
Servings: 3
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 11 minutes


  • 6 eggs
  • water
  • ice bath
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  • To start, bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Once the water is boiling, gently lower the eggs using a strainer ladle, into the water. Turn the heat down so it is a simmer, and simmer eggs for 15 minutes.
  • Once done, add the eggs to an ice bath for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from water, tap on counter to shell. The shell will come off perfectly and the eggs will be cooked perfectly as well!



STORE eggs in the refrigerator. If peeled, place them in a dated Ziploc bag or in an airtight container for up to one week.


Calories: 125kcal, Protein: 11g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 327mg, Sodium: 124mg, Potassium: 121mg, Vitamin A: 475IU, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. Elizabeth says:

    I have to admit that I was skeptical of this at first I’ve never had all my eggs be easy to peel and not come out looking like craters on the moon. This method didn’t disappoint! Absolutely perfect results 👌 😍 thank you so much for sharing your recipe with me.

  2. Kelly says:

    5 stars
    Perfect every time!

  3. Rachael Tucker says:

    5 stars
    Works perfect everytime! The hot start is a must!

  4. Trish says:

    5 stars
    All 6 eggs shelled so easily! Where has this recipe been all my life?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yay!! I’m so glad to hear that it was a success for you!

  5. Natasha says:

    5 stars
    It’s a no fail recipe indeed! It turned out perfect, just how we love our boiled eggs. Lovely recipe!

  6. Kara says:

    5 stars
    I usually use my Instant Pot to boil eggs, but it was being used, so I tried this method. Worked great!

  7. Sharina says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for the tips Kristyn! I love the outcome of my boiled eggs and used them to make egg sandwiches. Must try!