How to Hard Boil an Egg

Easter is almost here and that usually means most of us will be painting eggs with the little ones or making deviled eggs for everyone to enjoy. Both of these projects require hard boiled eggs and although this may seem like an easy task for some of us it does require a skill that may not come so easily to others.

I know my first attempt at hard boiling an egg led to a pretty messy situation and a lot of wasted eggs. There are so many different ways to do this and I think that leads to more confusion. So I thought I would share some of the tips and tricks I learned for How to Hard Boil an Egg that worked for me.

Once you get the hang of it, it’s really a simple process but it can be intimidating at first. This is especially true if you are planning on making a dish that requires the eggs to be peeled to perfection. If you plan on letting the kids help peel, you may want to make extra just in case they don’t catch on right away. If things go south you don’t want to have to run to the store for eggs with literal yolk on your face so be sure to buy and boil some extra eggs to take the pressure off.


Place eggs in a large saucepan. Add enough water to cover the eggs about 1 inch above the top of the eggs.  Slowly bring water to a boil over medium heat; when the water has reached a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let the eggs sit, covered for about 12 minutes.


 Place under cool running water to stop the cooking. You can do this by transferring your eggs to a colander or letting the hot water drain out and replacing it with cool water.

After eggs have cooled you can begin the peeling. This is the fun part that the kids can help with and depending on how many eggs there are to peel, you will be happy to have some helpers. If the shell is not peeling off easily try rolling the egg to start the process. Be careful not to break the egg completely, you still need to be careful with hard boiled eggs, they are still eggs after all.


Eggs can be placed in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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