How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

  • Author: Madeline
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American


Learn to make the perfect hard boiled eggs whether you like a soft, medium or hard yolk!



  • 8 large eggs


  1. Remove your eggs from the fridge about 10 minutes prior to boiling them if possible to allow them to warm up a bit – this will limit the shells from cracking when you place the cold eggs in the boiling hot water
  2. Add cold water to a saucepan – fill it 3/4 of the way full. You want to choose a saucepan that is large enough to allow the eggs to lay in a single layer once added to the pot
  3. Place the pot over high heat and bring the water to a boil
  4. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, slowly lower the eggs down in to the pot to cook
  5. Leave the heat on high and do not cover the pot. If your eggs bounce around a lot, you can reduce the heat to medium-high
  6. Immediately set a timer based on how you want your eggs cooked – refer to the image above for boiling times. I like to boil mine for 7 minutes and 30 seconds most days
  7. While the eggs boil prepare a large ice bath
  8. Once the timer goes off, immediately transfer the eggs to the ice bath and allow them to cool in the ice bath for 10 minutes
  9. Remove the eggs from the ice bath, peel and enjoy!

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