Instructions for the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 13 mins

Last weekend I undercooked my hard-boiled eggs and decided instead of putting them back on the stove I should save time and microwave them for a minute. Well, the eggs exploded (I salvaged the pieces). Now you know why my nickname is Runs with Scissors. Ironically, I came across instructions for hard-boiled eggs in The Amish Cook at Home just as I was getting ready to make more. The Amish Cook says cooking a hard-boiled egg isn't as simple as throwing it into a pot of water because the timing is important (you don't want an overcooked or undercooked egg). Thanks to the Amish, my shells came off easily, the eggs cooked perfectly, and I didn't microwave anything.


  1. Put the eggs in a pan of cold water.
  2. Bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes (i.e., once it boils only cook 2 minutes).
  3. Turn the heat off. Cover the pan and let stand for 11 minutes.
  4. Transfer the eggs to cold water and let them soak until cooled. (I rinsed my eggs a couple times in cold water and made sure I waited until they were completely cooled before removing shells. Later I thought I should have put some ice cubes in the water to speed it up.).
  5. Peel off the shells and enjoy.
Most Helpful

I needed hard boiled eggs for red beet eggs so went with this method. I followed the instructions other then I made 18 eggs. They cooked up nice and were easy to peel. I did add salt to the water too.

bmcnichol May 25, 2012

This recipe makes the perfect boiled egg! Thanks!

meyerfamily May 17, 2010

I will never have geen yolks again, thanks to you, AmyZoe Very clear easy instructions to produce perfectly hard boiled eggs with NO GREEN YUK around the yolk. thank you!

CHRISSYG May 02, 2010