Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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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:ย 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!

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Perfect Boiled Eggs

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Hard Boiled Eggs

5 from 14 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 Kristyn Merkley


  • 6 eggs
  • water
  • salt pinch


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. Shell your eggs and ENJOY!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and Iโ€™m the mom of SIX stinkinโ€™ cute kids and the wife to my smokinโ€™ hot hubby, Lo. My momโ€™s maiden name is Luna, and Iโ€™m one of the many crafty โ€œLilโ€™ Lunasโ€ in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Does this method work with fresh eggs? I’ve never used this method but every other one I’ve tried only works with “old” eggs.

  2. Too many variables. Your “cold” and my “cold” water are surely different. Plus the rate at which my stove Boils the Water. How bout the Temp of the Eggs??

  3. Just a little tidbit of info here. The easy peeling of an egg depends on how old the egg really is. A freshly laid egg has less of an air sac, so nowhere for moisture to settle after you boil it and try to peel. The older the egg the larger the air sac becomes. So with that being said, if you buy freshly laid eggs from your local farmer you can bet that it is only one to two days old. Make sure you plan ahead at least by a week before you boil them. Now, store bought eggs are usually a week old or more already and usually there is no problem with peeling.

  4. This is the way I have always done it and it works every time for me. I put the eggs in a saucepan and just barely cover them with tap water. I put them on the stove-cover them-turn the burner on high. When I hear them begin to boil, I turn the stove off and never touch the pot of eggs. I leave them right there for 15 minutes. I take them off the stove and drain the water off. I then put the cover back on and shake the pot or slide them back and forth in the pot. You can either let them cool for a while or you can peel them right then, (which is what I usually do). Usually the peeling slides right off some of them during the last process, otherwise they are all cracked all over and ready to peel.

  5. Finally, someone who posts the ONLY way that works! This was how my mom hard-boiled eggs when I was growing up, so I didn’t know any other way. When I read all the wacky ways to do hard-boil an egg, it’s truly shocking because they never work.

    The only part that I don’t understand is the addition of salt and oil. I’ve never used anything other than boil them in plain water for 10 minutes. My advice is to drop the additions. I’ve never had issues with plain water.

  6. I use this method, but after boiling, I fill with cold water, pull each egg out and crack it at the bottom. Then, I put them back in the water for 10 minutes or so. I rarely have any trouble peeling them when I do it this way.

  7. My trick for easy peeling: After doing the above, take egg out of cold water, crack the shell all the way around by tapping it on the counter. Then roll the egg between your hands, under a tiny stream of cool water. The shell will practically roll right off the egg!

  8. Just saw this on tv….to remove the shell. ..put it in a glass with about an inch of water. Put your hand over the end so that all the water stays in the glass. Shake like CRAZY! The shell will slip off! It’s AMAZING! !!

  9. Thank you so much for posting this on boiling eggs. I feel so stupid every year asking my Mom again about how to boil eggs for Easter. They never come out the same. I’m saving this post forever:) And the best part, I can do it all by myself now:) Thank you.

  10. Hello – how are you!!

    The Salt in the water is the Magic Trick to keep the eggs from bursting while boiling!
    That I learned from somewhere — cannot remember exactly where
    all I can think of is when I went back to school in my Late 30’s and had to take Chemistry…
    Wish we could use the oil but we are coloring them tonight.

    Happy Easter — 2015

    Carie & Ethan
    From: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

  11. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing this! My eggs turned out perfect, after trying it this way. I always love trying new ways to find the best one & this has been the best!

  12. 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!

  13. 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