Learn how to make a perfect poached egg every time! With this easy method, they peel easily and have a bright yellow-red color.
Here’s the good news: the perfect hard boiled egg is easy to make. …And the bad news: so are the imperfect ones. I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly cooked my fair share of the latter. When you try to peel the shell, half of the whites come with it, or when you cut it, the yolk is slightly green instead of bright yellow. A bit disappointing, if you ask me.
Look, cooking the perfect hard boiled egg is easy, but that doesn’t mean the process you use isn’t important. After years of trial and error, I’m happy to say that this method for how to make hard-boiled eggs works every time! The yolks are always yellow in the sunlight, and the shells slide right off. Whether you’re preparing for Easter, preparing for Passover, or just looking for a protein-packed snack, this easy-boiled egg recipe is guaranteed to please.
How to Make Hard-boiled Eggs
Follow these simple steps to make the perfect poached egg every time:
First, boil the eggs. Place them in a pot and cover them with cold water by 1 inch. Boil the water over high heat.
Then, let them sit in the hot water. As soon as the water starts to boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Leave the eggs in the hot water for anywhere from 10-12 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. 10-minute eggs will have colorful and creamy yolks, while 12-minute yolks will be paler and opaque, with a more chalky texture.
Finally, transfer them to an ice bath. When the time is up, drain the eggs and transfer them to a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Leave them in the ice bath for at least 14 minutes before you peel the eggs.
If you don’t plan to eat the eggs right away, feel free to leave them in the shells and store them in the refrigerator. But even if this is the case, don’t cut out the ice bath! This is important to stop the cooking process and make the eggs easier to peel later.
See below for the complete recipe!
Tips for the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
- Buy the eggs in advance. If I cook sunny side up eggs, fresh eggs will produce the best results every time. But if I’m hard to boil them, the opposite is true! Hard-boiled farm-fresh eggs are harder to peel than older eggs. If you want to make perfect hard boiled eggs, it’s worth buying them ahead of time and cooking them after a few days in the fridge.
- Keep the eggs upside down. This tip comes from Jack’s mom, who does the best deviled eggs for family gatherings. So that the yolks end up right in the center of the hard-boiled eggs, she recommends keeping the raw eggs upside down before you cook them.
- Don’t skip the ice bath! Overcooked hard boiled eggs have an unattractive green ring around the yolks. We want the yolks to come out sunny-yellow, so transfer the eggs to an ice bath to stop the cooking process as soon as they come out of the pot. This step is also important for making hard boiled eggs easy to peel. The ice bath helps separate the egg membrane from the shell, so you’ll be able to peel the shell without tearing chunks of egg white.
- Peel them well. The ice bath should set you up for success here, but that doesn’t mean the shell will come off in one piece. Gently rap the egg on the counter to break the whole shell into small pieces. Carefully peel it along with the cracks, leaving the egg whites as intact as possible.
Storage and Delivery of Offers
Shelled or unshelled hard boiled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy them as a protein-packed snack with salt and pepper or All Bagel Seasoningsslice them into salads, add them to grain bowls, or top them off avocado toast. I also like to make hard boiled eggs to be deviled eggs, pickled eggso healthy egg salad!
How do you like to eat poached eggs? Let me know in the comments!
How to Make Hard-boiled Eggs
The easy way for how to boil eggs works every time! They are easy to peel, and they have a perfect yellow-red color. Enjoy them as a snack, add them to salads, and more!
Put the eggs in a medium pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil, then cover the pot and turn off the heat. Let the eggs cook, covered, for 9 to 12 minutes, depending on how done you like them (see photo).
Move the eggs to bowl of ice water and refrigerate for 14 minutes. This makes the eggs easier to peel. Peel and enjoy!
*Eggs may vary based on size, type, and freshness. Farm fresh eggs are harder to peel than older eggs.