How to Boil the Perfect Egg

Sides · February 16, 2013

How to Boil the Perfect Egg!! Just in time for Easter!! { } Great tip!!

I’ve spent my whole married life trying to figure out how to boil the perfect egg. I’ve googled it and have tried countless tutorials. Most turn out okay but almost always it’s not a consistent thing. Sometimes the eggs will not be cooked all the way or they have that nasty gray ring around it. ๐Ÿ˜› Gross!

Well, a month or so ago I asked my dad how he does it (he’s quite the handy man in the kitchen). He told me what he did, and that is what I’ve done the last 4 or 5 times I’ve cooked eggs, and so far, they’ve ALWAYS turned out PERFECT!! I couldn’t be more happy, and today I want to share with you my dad’s egg cooking tips too!! With Easter just around the corner I know my little family will be boiling lots of eggs and you may be too so this tutorial may just help. ๐Ÿ™‚


1. ย Place your eggs in a pot of cold water and cover completely. Add a pinch of salt and a tsp. of vegetable oil (this will help when peelin your eggs).


2. Bring water to a boil, and boil for ten minutes.

3. Remove pot from heat, dump out hot water and fill with cold water. Let set for a few minutes.

4. Shell your eggs. ๐Ÿ™‚

NOTE: Leave oil out if using eggs to DYE – the oil prevents the color from staying on as well. ๐Ÿ˜‰

How to Boil the Perfect Egg!! Just in time for Easter!! { } Great tip!!

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanks for the tip! My eggs are usually a hit or miss. Thanks!

eva scott

Thanks for the tip! Pinning so I remember next time I boil eggs!


I like the sound of an easy-to-peel egg! Do you reduce heat when it’s started to boil? Leave it uncovered?

    Lil' Luna

    Nope… didn’t cover, didn’t reduce heat… I just let it boil for ten minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Rachel @

I will have to try this method… it’s the peeling that gets me!

Christina @ I Gotta Create!

Great tip! I’m pinning this ๐Ÿ™‚

<3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!


Well, for the one egg that didn’t blow up, it worked perfectly!


I’ve started baking mine instead of boiling them. Works great!

jessica taussig

Is there a difference if you are at high altitude? I like in Colorado so it is always hard to find a solid recipe for hard boiled eggs.


because I was looking for this since a long time,..:)

Sue {munchkin munchies}

Lately mine have been so difficult to peel for some reason, that I waste a good portion of the egg! I piinned this; thanks!


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.


Wondering if they cook evenly to use for deviled eggs? Mine always seem to cook lopsided.


Does this work well if you are dyeing the eggs? Concerned about the oil on the eggs for dyeing.


    I was wondering the same thing. I’m boiling 3 dozen eggs for our church kids to color.


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??


Tried this and they turned out not fully cooked ๐Ÿ™

    Lil' Luna

    Sorry, Mel. They always work perfectly when I do them. Did you follow the direction exactly?

Sarah [email protected] Teacher's Wife

I just wanted to say THANKS for sharing this. I pinned it a few weeks ago b/c the last time I hard-boiled an egg, it was a pain. This worked great for us! ๐Ÿ™‚


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.


Unfortunately this didn’t work for me. Very difficult to peel. Made 20 really ugly deviled eggs ๐Ÿ™

    Lil' Luna

    So sorry you had problems, Ashley. The only time that has happened to me is when I realized my eggs were pretty old and not very fresh. :/

Jen E

I have never before made perfect hard boiled eggs. Thank you!!!


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.


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.

Jill P

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.


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!


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! !!

Margaret Kulp

Thanks for the helpful tip will have to try this mine always come off with the shell


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.


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


would anybody have a tip to peel fresh yard eggs?

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