How to Perfectly Hard Boil Eggs

The Ultimate Guide for Making Hard Boiled Eggs from Scratch

Challenger, do you want to learn how to hard boil eggs perfectly? Are you tired of your eggs turning out either overcooked or undercooked? Well, look no further! We have created the ultimate guide to help you make the perfect hard boiled eggs every time!


Hard boiled eggs are one of the simplest and most versatile dishes that you can make. Whether it is for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, hard boiled eggs are a great addition to any meal. However, making the perfect hard boiled egg can be a bit tricky. The eggs can be undercooked, overcooked, or not cooked evenly. But with our step-by-step guide, we will teach you how to make perfect hard boiled eggs every time.

What are Hard Boiled Eggs?

The terminology of hard boiled eggs is known to many, however, let’s begin by clarifying the actual meaning. Hard boiled eggs are eggs that are cooked in boiling water until the yolk and the white are set. The evaporation of water from the eggs during boiling leaves behind concentrated flavors in the egg.

Why are Hard Boiled Eggs Popular?

The popularity of hard boiled eggs is largely attributed to their nutritional value and ease of cooking. Hard boiled eggs are a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. They are versatile and can be eaten as a snack, used in meals or used in salads.

What do You Need to Make Hard Boiled Eggs?

The equipment that you will need for making hard boiled eggs includes:

Equipment Quantity
Eggs As many as needed
Saucepan 1
Water Enough to cover the eggs
Slotted Spoon 1
Bowl of Cold Water 1
Timer 1

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Hard Boil Eggs

Preparing the Eggs

Before boiling eggs, it is important to check the freshness of the eggs. Fresh eggs are harder to peel after boiling than old eggs due to the difference in the pH level. Here’s how to check the freshness of the eggs:

How to Check Egg Freshness?

Fill a bowl with cold water and place the eggs in it. Fresh eggs will sink, while old ones will float.

Boiling the Eggs

Now that you have checked the freshness of the eggs, it is time to start boiling them. Here is the step-by-step guide:

Step 1: Add Water to the Saucepan

Fill a saucepan with cold water that should be enough to completely cover the eggs by at least an inch.

Step 2: Place the Eggs in the Saucepan

Carefully place the eggs in the saucepan with the help of a slotted spoon.

Step 3: Bring the Water to Boil

Turn the heat to high and bring the water to boil.

Step 4: Let It Simmer

Once the water has reached boiling point, turn off the heat, cover the saucepan, and let the eggs simmer for a few minutes.

Step 5: Remove Eggs from the Heat

After the eggs have simmered for a few minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat and let them rest for about 10 to 12 minutes before placing them in a bowl of cold water.

Peeling the Eggs

Now that your eggs are perfectly cooked, it is time to peel them. Here’s how you can do it:

Step 1: Tap the Egg

Once the eggs have cooled, gently tap them on a hard surface to create small cracks all over the surface.

Step 2: Roll the Egg

Roll the egg gently between your palm and the hard surface to further loosen the shell.

Step 3: Start Peeling

Begin peeling the egg from the wide side of the egg. They should be very easy to peel now that you have created cracks all over the egg.


1. Can I cook eggs that are not at room temperature?

Yes, you can cook eggs straight from the fridge.

2. How do I prevent eggs from cracking during boiling?

To prevent eggs from cracking during boiling, prick the wider end of the egg with a pin before boiling.

3. Can I use a different type of pan for boiling eggs?

Yes, you can use a different type of pan, such as a pressure cooker or an Instant Pot.

4. How long can boiled eggs be stored in the refrigerator?

Hard boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

5. Can I reuse the water for boiling eggs?

No, it’s not recommended to reuse the water for boiling eggs as it can contain bacteria and germs.

6. Can hard boiled eggs be reheated?

Yes, you can reheat hard boiled eggs in the microwave or in a pan of hot water.

7. How do I know if the eggs are done?

The best way is to use a timer. Ten minutes generally results in a fully cooked, hard boiled egg. After the time has elapsed, remove the eggs from heat and let them cool for a few minutes.

8. What if some eggs are cracking while boiling?

If some eggs are cracking while boiling, add a teaspoon of salt in the water. It helps coagulate the egg whites and will minimize the amount of egg white that will leach out from the egg.

9. Can I freeze hard boiled eggs?

No, freezing hard boiled eggs is not recommended as it causes the egg whites to become rubbery.

10. Can I add other ingredients to the water while boiling eggs?

Yes, you can add a teaspoon of vinegar to the water or a teaspoon of baking soda to the water to help with the peeling process after the eggs have been boiled.

11. How many minutes do I need to simmer the eggs for?

You need to simmer the eggs for 10 to 12 minutes for the perfect hard boiled eggs.

12. Can I boil eggs in a microwave?

Yes, you can boil eggs in a microwave if you prefer, but it will not give you the same flavor and texture as boiling on the stove.

13. Can I peel eggs while they are still warm?

Yes, you can peel eggs while they are still warm, but it is easier to peel them when they are cool to the touch.


Challenger, you now know how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs every time! Our step-by-step guide will help you make boiled eggs that are perfectly cooked and easy to peel. Remember to always start with fresh eggs, and to let them rest in cold water after boiling. Don’t forget to record the steps and time for boiling and peeling, as every stovetop and egg differs. Whether you’re making breakfast or lunch, hard boiled eggs are a great addition to your meal. Happy cooking!


This article is not intended as professional cooking or nutritional advice, and we recommend consulting proper instructions and guides before attempting any new recipe. Likewise, every individual has different nutritional needs or food restrictions, so if you have any concerns or doubts, please consult with a professional dietitian or nutritionist beforehand.