How to Hard-Boil Eggs
I get asked all the time for a fool-proof method for the perfect hard-boiled eggs — easy to peel with a perfect yellow yolk.
The trick isn’t so much the method. That’s easy. It’s REMEMBERING the method. Do I boil the eggs for one minute or two? Do I cover the eggs? If so, when?
I can never remember, so I keep these instructions handy for reference. I thought you might find them helpful, too.
We’ll be celebrating Easter soon. Which means I’ll be boiling a whole lotta eggs for our annual Front Yard People Eggstravaganza. Every year our neighbors hop over to the Turquoise Table to dye baskets full of eggs. It’s turned into one of our favorite neighborhood traditions.
Even if you aren’t planning an egg coloring eggstravaganza, you still need to know how to boil the perfect egg. Hard boiled eggs are a staple in our house. The high-protein, portable snack is a favorite with our teens. Plus, I’m a huge fan of egg salad and deviled eggs.
How to Hard-Boil the “Perfect” Eggs
Place eggs in a heavy pot with a tight fitted lid. Fill water to cover eggs by about an inch.
Uncovered, bring water and eggs to a rapid boil.
Boil eggs for 1 minute.
Remove pot from heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes.
Carefully drain. Add several handfuls of ice and cold water to cover eggs.
Refrigerate unpeeled, hard-boiled eggs for 4 – 5 days.
That’s it! An easy to follow, harder to remember, fool-proof method for hard-boiled eggs.
While you’re here, do you have a favorite deviled egg recipe? I’d love for you to share it in the comments.
Deanna Rickabaugh says
I use honey mustard and sweet pickle relish. Stir each into mashed up yolks till texture and taste pleases me. Then a little sea salt.
About the hard boiled eggs? What if I want to peel them right away to make deviled eggs? Do I do that right after the 12 minute sit time? Do I still use the ice cold water? Do I peel under running water? Thanks xo
If you want to peel the eggs quickly just make sure they are cooled completely after you’ve iced them! Yes, still use the ice water and I always peel my eggs under running water. Do you have a favorite deviled egg recipe you can share? xo, Kristin
Cathy Serell says
My Mom made a very different Deviled Egg – I call it a sweet & sour Deviled Egg
2 egg yokes mashed
1/8 tsp dry mustard (we use Colemans) yellow tin
1/2 tsp sugar
1-3 tsp apple vinegar – you decide what consistency you want
dash salt & white pepper
Oh Cathy, sweet & sour Deviled Eggs sound delicious. Thank you for sharing your mother’s recipe. I can’t wait to try. xo, Kristin