Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

perfect hard boiled eggs

This year I found my favorite hard boiled egg solution so far – and it’s simple! Put the eggs in a pan of cold water, bring to a rolling boil, remove from the burner, and let sit, covered for 15 minutes. Then (and this is important, if you want them to be easy to peel), transfer them to a bowl of cold water. I add ice to the bowl to keep the water cold – and take some of the water out as it warms up, adding more ice (hence the photo). Of course, I usually roll a few of the hot eggs in crayon shavings first, which makes them harder to peel, but very pretty! Want a mini science project for the kids? Have them watch closely as you transfer the eggs into the ice water – you can see the heat rising from the eggs in the water!

These eggs taste great, and are never green. My kids adore them – so much so that, the first time I made them this way, Emma actually cried because I wouldn’t let her have more than two for lunch!

If I ever need to make a LOT of hard boiled eggs, I’m definitely going to try baking my eggs as seen at Greetings from the Asylum (found this post via Our Nifty Notebook).


  1. says

    This is mostly how I make them, too. Except that I only let them sit for 10 minutes. Longer for me and they get that gross grey color around the edge of the yolk which I hate.

  2. Sharon says

    for everyone regarding the difficulty peeling, i heard that it’s a sign of fresh eggs when they’re hard to peel. doesn’t help but at least you know they’re good… good luck

    • says

      That’s very strange that they weren’t thoroughly cooked. You started with the eggs in cold water, brought it to a full rolling boil, and then had them sit in that water, covered for 15 minutes before transferring them to the ice water?

  3. Adrienne says

    I have always used this technique, but I also add white vinegar to my boiling water. Maybe about half a cup for a dozen eggs. Perfect peel each time!

  4. says

    This works for fresh eggs too but you need to add 2 more steps to have them come clean. While eggs are cooling in the first ice bath for 15 min,re-heat your water to boiling. After 15 min, add the eggs back to boiling water for 10 seconds (if you have more than 3, do a few at a time) and go into a second ice water bath.
    This makes the eggs constrict from the shell in the 1st ice bath and the re-heat makes the shell expand making freash eggs far more likely to peel easily. Thanks Julia Childs!

    • says

      I’ve never tried baking eggs, although I’ve seen it done on Pinterest. After your description I think I’ll stick with this method – hope it works for you as well!

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