Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

How to boil the perfect egg – this simple tutorial shows you how to get the perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel and have no gray rings!

Whether you’re making them to add to a salad, or for egg salad sandwiches or deviled eggs, (or even a snack) knowing how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs is a MUST! They always come out amazing!

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs on plate

Perfect Boiled Eggs

I spent the first few years of marriage trying to figure out how to boil the perfect egg. I had googled it and had tried countless tutorials.

Most turned out okay but almost always it was not a consistent thing. Sometimes the eggs would be cooked all the way or they had that nasty gray ring around it. Not good.

It’s been several years now, but my dad was able to show me how to make perfect boiled eggs. Knowing that some of you may have the same issue, I wanted to share my dad’s egg cooking tips with you since there are so many recipes that boiled eggs are needed, including:

How to boil perfect eggs - in water in pot

How to Boil EggS?

These eggs are easier to make than you think. Just follow these simple steps to know how long to boil eggs and the next steps to get them to be perfect.

WATER. Place your eggs in a pot of cool water and cover completely by 1 inch or so. Add a pinch of salt and cover with a lid.

BOIL. Bring water to a boil on high heat. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat to medium-high heat and boil for 6-7 minutes.

ICE BATH. When done, remove eggs from pot and put in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes.

PEEL. Shell your eggs immediately and ENJOY!

MICROWAVE INSTRUCTIONS: Find a bowl big enough to submerge an egg fill with water. Microwave for 3 minutes. Using a safety pin or thumbtack, prick the bottom of the egg or else it will explode.

Put the egg in the bowl of hot water, cover with a plate and microwave for 4 minutes at 50%. Leave in the water for an additional 2-3 minutes when do microwaving before peeling.

OVEN INSTRUCTIONS: Yes – you can make hard-boiled eggs in the oven. Just preheat to 350. Put 1 egg in each cup of a muffin tin. Bake for 30 minutes, and then place in an ice both for about 10 minutes! Simple!

INSTANT POT INSTRUCTIONS: We have a whole post on how to make instant pot hard boiled eggs. Check it out!

Egg ice bath for hard boiled eggs

Recipes using Boiled Eggs

Now that you have some hard-boiled eggs, what can you make with them? We know they taste great on their own with a little bit of salt and pepper, but take them a step further by making some of these delicious recipes.

You really can’t go wrong with them, and they make great additions to almost any salad!

Chicken Caesar Salad

10 minutes

5 from 17 votes

Homemade Potato Salad

55 minutes

5 from 16 votes

Egg Salad

5 from 12 votes

Deviled Eggs

30 minutes

5 from 22 votes

Layered Pasta Salad

13 minutes

5 from 6 votes

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

40 minutes

4.5 from 10 votes

Peeling hard boiled eggs

How long do hard boiled eggs last?

Hard-boiled eggs, peeled or unpeeled, can last in the fridge for up to one week. Keep them stored in the fridge and if they are peeled, place in a Ziploc bag or in an air-tight container with the date on them.

I’m so glad I finally asked my dad how he did it because it has worked so well for us!! And what’s funny is when I asked my mom how she did it, it was totally different.

I know everyone boils their eggs differently, but I recommend giving this way a try because it has yet to fail us. And the best part of all is that the egg shell usually slips right off which makes peeling so quick and easy too – making for the perfect hard-boiled eggs! 🙂

Perfect Boiled Eggs

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Hard Boiled Eggs

4.66 from 23 votes
How to boil the perfect egg - this simple tutorial shows you how to get the perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel and have no gray rings!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 3
Calories 125 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 6 eggs
  • water
  • salt pinch


  • Place your eggs in a pot of cool water and cover completely by 1 inch or so. Add a pinch of salt and cover with a lid.
  • Bring water to a boil on high heat. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat to medium-high heat and boil for 6-7 minutes.
  • When done, remove eggs from pot and put in a bowl of ice water for a few minutes.
  • Shell your eggs and ENJOY!


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  1. 5 stars
    Funny how something as simple as a hard boiled egg can be such a Pain. I hate when half the egg white gets peeled off with the shell. Thanks for sharing yOur tips it works great!

  2. 5 stars
    i love having an egg for breakfast… esp when i am on the go. These turn out great EVERY TIME i use this method! Thanks so much for sharing


  4. Boiling eggs in mIcrowave. Well, teied it. 4 MINUETS for 2, wronG. Egg WASN’T even PartIally cooked. Salt does keep them from exploding, thats good. My mIcro was on 100% too. Maybe 8-10 miN’s. WIll try again

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  6. 5 stars
    I dont make hard boiled eggs often enough to always remember the timing of it all…so this is my ho to recipe. Thank you!

  7. 4 stars
    I don’t know why, but for me, the egg shell still stuck, and while the inside was perfectly cooked, the peeling was just like any other hack I’ve tried. I wouldn’t say not to try it, I am at a higher elevation (does that make a difference I wonder?) as well as use city water. I never had such trouble until I moved to a city. So maybe that’s it. Otherwise, perfectly cooked, just trouble peeling.

    1. I also used to have trouble peeling them no matter what method I used. Then I read an article that stated it was the freshness of the eggs that was the problem. Too fresh and the white membrane didn’t separate from the shell. Since then I’ve been aging my eggs for a couple weeks before I boil them. Never had a problem since! I just rotate my cartons and boil the oldest while using the freshest for scrambled eggs & baking. Give this method a try!

      1. If your eggs are really fresh, don’t boil them… steam them! Use a steamer basket and follow the usual directions. Even farm greasy eggs have the peel fall right off!

  8. I do the cooking wife is I’ll in bed, get help from google. When I do my boiled eggs in water in microwave, I add salt as usual, but also white vinegar, the shells are easier to come off, and at Easter, give the shell mottled colouring. Thanks for your tips. Keep safe.

  9. 1 star
    I tried this and my microwave exploded. Not only did the egg itself explode after having several holes poked into it, but the plate I used to cover the bowl and the microwave plate as well!!

  10. My grandma always added a pinch of baking soda so the egg is always easy to peel perfectly…just adding my 2 bits

  11. This is how I make hard boiled eggs. I think I learned it in Home Economics class over 50 years ago. Put raw eggs in a pan and cover with cold water. Bring to a rolling boil for 3-5 minutes. Put the lid on the pan (a lid that fits tightly) and turn off the heat. Let it sit until the water is able to be touched — warm but not hot. Drain and rinse the eggs with cold water or hold them in an ice bath. Cool and peel. Presto. Done. P.S. My mother-in-law says they have to be at least a week old to peel nicely.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing with us your method! It’s so true – older eggs peel better than the newer. 🙂

    1. Generally eggs are left in ice water from about 5-15 minutes. I’m not sure how they turn out if they are left in an ice bath longer than that but I would imagine they would still turn out and peel just fine. Hope this helps! 🙂

  12. 4 stars
    This is a simple one in the IP book. NOW, step it up to a soft boiled egg! Take 1 dz eggs, hold in fridge of one week. Put them in the basket and add a cup of water. Prepare an ice cube bath before you start the cook cycle. Set the IP to ONE (1), MINUTE. As soon as the minute is up, Instant release all pressure. Immedialy put the eggs into the ice bath and put in your freezer section for 10 minutes. The remove the eggs, dry and move to the fridge. Take 2 out and carfully peel the shells. Put in a small microwave proof bowl for 25 seconds. Then eat. The yolks should be liquid and warm and DELICIOUS. Enjoy.

  13. 5 stars
    This egg cooker is an excellent source of choline, protein and vitamin A, and a good source of folate and vitamin. How long to cook them, and what’s the secret? I grew up with hard fried eggs, and I guess I cannot get the hang of it. Thanks!

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