How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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Do you know what sucks? Hard boiled eggs that are not perfectly cooked. Have you ever cooked boiled eggs and then attempted to peel them only to find out that they are a big ugly mess. Shells stuck, bits of eggs breaking off…it just doesn’t make for a picture perfect cover of Bon Appetit Magazine.

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Once you’ve boiled your eggs perfectly, the sky is the limit to enjoying them. Egg salad, potato salad, deviled eggs or just straight.

The truth is it just takes 20 minutes to get perfectly hard-cooked boiled eggs. Here’s how to do it. Start with a few eggs. I know that this will sound gross but, the older the egg the better. Make sure that they sitting around in your refrigerator at least a few days after bringing them home from the store.

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Put eggs in one single layer and add enough cool water just to cover the eggs.

Place on medium high heat. As soon as it starts to boil (about 5 minutes), remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes.

Drain hot water and pour cool water on the eggs. Tap and crack on bottom of the egg (very important). Then, peel and eat. Adjust the cooking time down by a few minutes for soft boiled eggs.

And once you’ve cooked the perfect hard boiled eggs, try this egg slicer to get perfect slices every time. They work perfectly.

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How to Make Perfect Boiled Eggs

how to cook perfectly boiled eggs

The hack you'll to make boiled eggs over and over again.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • eggs
  • water


  1. Put eggs in pan
  2. Add enough water to just cover eggs
  3. Place on medium high heat (about 5-10 minutes)
  4. Once the eggs start to boil (rolling boil) remove from heat and let sit for 15 minutes
  5. Drain hot water and replace with cool water
  6. Tap, crack and peel.

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Original published: 3/21/18 Re-published 4/10/20

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