Martha Stewart's Hard Boiled Eggs 101

Total Time
1 min
16 mins

I've been cooking hard boiled eggs like this for years. It really works. A TV chef recently suggested draining the water and shaking the boiled eggs in the pot in order to crack the shells, then submerge them in cold water to cool........makes for easier peeling.

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  • 12 eggs
  • 1 quart water (more if necessary to cover the eggs completely)


  1. Place eggs in pot and cover with water.
  2. Boil.
  3. Cover.
  4. Turn off heat and allow to sit for 16 minutes.
  5. Drain and fill pot with ice water to stop cooking.
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5 5

I won't make hard boiled eggs any other way. They come out perfect every time. You don't have to stand by the stove an watch so the eggs don;t boil over. Fantastic! I keep mine in the water for only 10 minutes.

5 5

same as my recipe. BUT you have to SEE Kittencal's Technique for Perfect Easy-Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs
I LIKE HERS IT IS BETTER THAN MY, There are some great chefs here on Zaar, and she's one of the best!

5 5

Since I switched to this method, I have had ZERO problems, all my eggs come out perfect.