Hard Boil Eggs

Hard Boil Eggs

Eggs are often referred to as the perfect food. They are cheap, widely available, versatile, and satisfying, making them an excellent addition to any diet. They’re also an excellent source of vitamins, antioxidants, essential amino acids, and other nutrients, especially when you eat the whole egg.

Hard-boiled eggs, in particular, are quick, easy to cook, and an affordable source of protein. They’re also incredibly versatile, as you can eat them on their own, add them to salads, or use them as a sandwich filling. Plus, you can make a batch of hard-boiled eggs for a convenient grab-and-go snack from your refrigerator.

To make the perfect hard-boiled egg, start by placing six extra-large eggs in a single layer on the bottom of a small or medium-sized saucepan. Add enough cold water to the pan to cover the eggs by about one inch. Then, place the saucepan on medium-high heat and slowly bring it to a boil.

Once the water is boiling, put the lid on the pan and remove it from the heat. Place the saucepan on a cold burner and set the timer for 15 minutes for extra-large eggs or 12 minutes for large eggs.

After the time is up, place the saucepan in the sink and run cold water over the eggs until they are completely cool. This cooling process allows the egg to contract in the shell, making it easier to peel. Additionally, cooling the eggs quickly helps to minimize the chemical reaction between sulfur from the egg white and iron from the egg yolk, which can create a greenish-gray ring around the egg yolk.


Course Eggs and Luncheon Dishes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author N. J. Sorensen, RDN


  • 6 each eggs


  • Place the eggs in one layer on the bottom of a medium size sauce pan. Add cold water to the pan to cover 1-inch over the eggs. Using medium high heat, bring to the boil. Put the lid on the pan when water is boiling. Move to a cold burner. Set timer for 15-minutes. When time is over, place pan in sink and run cold water until eggs are cool. Refrigerate until ready to use.


  • For soft-boiled eggs: let the eggs sit in the hot water for 4-6 minutes, depending on how runny you like your yolk.
  • For medium-boiled eggs: let the eggs sit in the hot water for 8-10 minutes.
  • For hard-boiled eggs: let the eggs sit in the hot water for 12-15 minutes.

To peel the eggs, gently roll them on the counter to crack the shell. Then, start peeling at the larger end, where the air pocket is, and remove the shell under running cold water to make the peeling easier. After peeling, your hard-boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.

In summary, hard-boiled eggs are an easy and affordable source of protein that you can add to your diet in a variety of ways. By following these simple steps, you can create the perfect hard-boiled egg every time.

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