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 and are easy to peel!

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs on plate

The BEST HARD 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 there was not a consistent result. Sometimes the eggs would be cooked all the way or they had that nasty gray ring around the yolk. OR they were hard to peel. Not good.

It’s been several years now, and after many attempts (hot starts, cold starts, cook time and ice bath time), I learned how to make the BEST hard boiled eggs.

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

Best part is that it works for FRESH eggs or OLDER eggs.

The main trick is to always use a HOT START. 😉

Eggs for hard boiling

How to Boil EggS?

Hard boiling eggs is easier to do than you think. You will need:

  • 6 large eggs
  • water
  • Ice bath (cold water with ice in a bowl)

Just follow these simple steps to know how long to boil eggs and the next steps to get them to be perfect.

BOIL WATER. To start, bring water to a rolling boil in a medium pot or saucepan (the KEY for perfect eggs). Once the water is boiling, gently place eggs using a strainer ladle or slotted spoon, into the water in a single layer.

SIMMER. Turn heat down so it is a simmer, and simmer eggs for 15 minutes.

ICE BATH. Once done, add the eggs to a large bowl of ice water (ice bath) and set a timer for 5 minutes.

PEEL. Remove from water, tap to crack on counter to shell. Peel eggs and see how easy it is to do and that they are perfectly cooked – with a nice no-gray golden yellow yolk!

For Even More Methods of boiled eggs that peel easily, check out these Methods for Easy Peel Boiled Eggs.

Eggs boiling in water for perfect hard boiled eggs

How Long to Boil Eggs?

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

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

  • Simmer 15 minutes – Ice bath for 5 minutes (our top choice)
  • Simmer 15 minutes – Ice bath for 10 minutes
  • Simmer for 13 minutes – Ice bath for 15 minutes
  • Boil for 8 minutes – turn off 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 HARD BOILED EGGS!

Egg ice bath for hard boiled eggs

More Cooking Methods

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 bath 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!

Perfect 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!

The possibilities are endless, but remember they are great as an after school snack or for your upcoming Easter celebrations as well.

Peeling hard boiled eggs


How long do hard boiled eggs last? Hard-boiled eggs, peeled or unpeeled, can last in the refrigerator for up to one week.

How to store? Keep the batch 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 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

For more great tips, check out:

Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

4.75 from 27 votes
Learn how to make the perfect Hard Boiled Eggs. It's quick, simple, and NO FAIL – we've tested so many methods and this is the BEST!
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
  • ice bath


  • 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!


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