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Here's how to make perfectly hard-boiled eggs:

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  • Eggs - Choose fresh, cold eggs for best results.
  • Water - Enough to cover the eggs by at least 1 inch.


  1. Place eggs in a saucepan: Gently place your eggs in a single layer in a medium saucepan or pot.

  2. Cover with cold water: Fill the pot with cold water to ensure the eggs are completely submerged. Ideally, the water should cover the eggs by at least 1 inch.

  3. Bring to a boil: Place the pot over high heat and bring the water to a full rolling boil.

  4. Cooking method (choose one):

    • For a classic hard-boiled egg (12-minute cook time): Once the water reaches a full rolling boil, turn off the heat, cover the pot with a lid, and let the eggs sit in the hot water for 12 minutes.

    • For a softer yolk (7-minute cook time): After the water boils, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 7 minutes. Immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

  5. Cool the eggs: After the cooking time is complete, regardless of the method, immediately transfer the eggs to a bowl filled with ice water. Let the eggs cool completely in the ice bath for at least 15 minutes. This helps stop the cooking process and makes peeling easier.

  6. Peeling: Once cool, peel the eggs. There are various methods for peeling eggs, but here are a couple of tips:

    • Crack all over: Gently tap the egg all over on a hard surface to crack the shell without breaking the inner membrane. This allows the water to seep in and loosen the shell.
    • Peel under running water: With the shell cracked, peel the egg underwater. The water stream can help loosen the membrane and make peeling easier.
  7. Store: Store your peeled hard-boiled eggs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.


  • Fresh eggs are best: Fresh eggs are generally easier to peel than older eggs.
  • Older eggs for easier peeling (optional): If you're having trouble peeling, you can use older eggs as their shells tend to peel a bit easier. However, very old eggs might have a slightly off flavor.
  • Adjust cooking time for desired doneness: Experiment with cooking times to achieve your preferred yolk consistency. Shorter cooking times result in softer yolks, while longer times create firmer yolks.

Enjoy your homemade hard-boiled eggs! They are a versatile ingredient for salads, sandwiches, deviled eggs, and many other dishes.

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