Cooking Hard Boiled Eggs

Boiling eggs
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Learning how to boil an egg perfectly is so simple, and it opens up a bevy of tasty recipes as well. You can make everything from deviled eggs to egg salad to Southern potato salads, cobb salads and more once you learn how to cook hard-boiled eggs properly.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 15 minutes

What You Need:

  • A saucepan

Here's How

  1. Bring the eggs to room temperature by placing them in a bowl of warm water for five minutes.
  2. Drain the eggs and transfer to a saucepan. Pour enough cold tap water over the eggs, so that the water covers the eggs by an inch to an inch-and-a-half.
  3. Partially cover the eggs with a lid.
  4. Bring to a full, rolling boil over medium-high heat. Allow the eggs to boil for exactly 30 seconds (time it).
  5. Immediately remove the pan from the stove and cover completely with a lid. Let eggs stand, covered, for 12-15 minutes. For large eggs, I usually go with 12-13 minutes. For extra large eggs, I go with 15 minutes.
  6. Remove cover, place a few ice cubes in the pan with the eggs, and run cold water over eggs.
  7. Tap each egg gently against the pan to crack. Peel hard-boiled eggs under cold, running water.


  • Start with eggs that are about a week old. Older eggs seem to crack less and peel more easily than fresher eggs.
  • Use a timer to boil eggs for exactly 30 seconds and let stand covered for exactly 15 minutes. This is one recipe where timing must be exact.