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How to Boil Perfect Eggs


Updated May 20, 2016
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When it comes to making hard-boiled eggs, there are a few tips to avoid green yolks and hard-to-peel shells. With these step-by-step instructions, you can learn how to make perfect boiled eggs every time! It's so easy that once you learn how to make them, you'll never need to look at instructions again. Whether you're making deviled eggs or simply boiling eggs for breakfast, follow these instructions to achieve perfect boiled eggs that are easy to peel and have perfect yellow yolks!


The key to hard-boiled eggs that are easy to peel is using eggs that you purchased a week to 10 days ago. Adding salt to the boiling water is thought to make the eggs easier to peel and prevent cracking while boiling. The cooking time may vary depending on how hard or soft you prefer the yolks.


Perfect Boiled Eggs


What You Need:

12 eggs (several days old recommended)

1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)

Large saucepan, at least twice as tall as eggs


  1. Gently place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan in a single layer.
  2. Fill the pan with cold water to completely cover the eggs by about one inch of water.

Perfect Boiled Eggs

  1. Place the pot, uncovered, on a burner and turn it on high. Let the water come to a boil.

Perfect Boiled Eggs

  1. Once the water comes to a full boil, remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 9 to 12 minutes. The longer you let the eggs stand, the harder the yolks will be cooked.
  2. After the time is up, strain the hot water out of the pan and fill it back up with cold water. Add ice cubes to the water and wait until the eggs have cooled enough to handle.

Perfect Boiled Eggs

  1. Store the eggs in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


Plus, watch our video on How to Boil Perfect Eggs here:


So What's all the Hype About Eggs?

Eggs were super before super foods gained notoriety at healthy hotspots like Whole Foods and daytime talk shows, such as Doctor Oz. Instead of losing sleep over not getting enough acai berries or chia seeds in your diet, set your sights on a food that is just as super, so much cheaper, and much easier to pronounce! Eggs have your back -- in fact, they have your whole body when it comes to good nutrition. Here are just some of the reasons why we can't get enough of these little guys.

  • Did you know eggs have 6 grams of high-quality protein? A protein-packed breakfast helps sustain mental and physical energy throughout the day, just saying.
  • Eggs are rich in choline, which is great because choline promotes normal cell activity, liver function and the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. Think of it as a commuter train for vitamins and minerals.
  • Eggs contain zero carbs and no sugar. That means you can eat a well-rounded breakfast during the week without feeling round yourself.
  • Eggs have all 9 essential amino acids. Seems like a lot but remember – they ARE essential.
  • Unlike other breakfast items you might enjoy -- Poptarts, anyone? -- eggs don’t come with a laundry list of ingredients because they only contain one ingredient. It’s called “eggs.” And at 17 cents a serving, eggs are the least expensive source of high-quality protein. 
  • Don't overlook the fact that eggs are naturally gluten-free. Always have been, always will be. And that’s awesome because there isn’t exactly an abundance of gluten-free breakfast options.
  • Check out these great breakfast recipes that use eggs, and start packing more protein into your diet!
  • If deviled eggs are your weakness, you should check out this easy step-by-step guide to making them here.


  1. Egg Facts from The Incredible Edible Egg
  2. Egg 101 – Egg Nutrition Facts from the Egg Nutrition Center


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This is a really good tutorial. It is a good guide on how to get the perfect hard boiled egg for recipes like deviled eggs or egg salad. A tip that I would add is that you could add some baking soda to the water, as I have found it helps with making the shell peel off more easily. I will be sending this article to my friend, who is a beginner cook, to help her out!

The recipe/instructions I use say to bring to boil then take off the heat. Cover for 18 minutes. On average, I can peel the eggs easy enough by doing this. I wonder if it has more to do with the salt in the water. I think maybe I should shorten my time as well. Has anyone done this repeatedly and gotten good results?

You can add either two tablespoons of baking soda or a tablespoon of olive oil to make the eggs peel.

Fresh eggs can be boiled and peal easy by following this tip. put 6 cups of water in a two quart sauce pan. add two tablespoons of salt cover and bring to a full boil. Using tongs put 12 eggs in boiling water slowly to keep temperature high. Cover and boil 8 to 10 minutes, this will very with altitude. I have also used a teaspoon (the shape fits the egg) just under the shell and membrane to help. Enjoy



Years ago, I read that if one rolls over the eggs (I use a wooden spoon) while waiting for them to come to a boil, it keeps the yolk in the center of the total egg so that you don't have a very thin "wall" of white in the boiled egg.



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