Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs (Technique)

Total Time
Prep 2 mins
Cook 0 mins

No fail! Never undercook or overcook your eggs again. I came across this method in my search to avoid the ugly green cast that yolks take on when overcooked. Add on a couple minutes to soak time if you use Jumbo eggs.


  1. Put eggs in large pot.
  2. Cover with water so that there is at least an inch of water above the eggs.
  3. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Turn on heat (med high) and heat, uncovered, to a boil.
  5. If you have more than a single layer of eggs, you may want to stir them occasionally (gently!) while they heat.
  6. Once the water comes to a boil, watch your clock and let it boil for 2 minutes.
  7. Remove pot from the heat and cover with lid.
  8. Let sit, covered, for 11 minutes.
  9. Drain and cool eggs for 2 minutes in ice water.


Most Helpful

I always used this method after seeing it on Emeril. He said "remember LUCKY 13". 2 minutes of boiling, then 11 minutes sitting in covered pot. Then immediate to ice cold water, which shrinks the egg away from its outer peel, making it easier to peel them flawlessly.

LawyerMom July 06, 2009

Seems everyone has their own way to do hard-boiled eggs! I was making an egg salad and I forgot how long I was supposed to cook my eggs, so I searched Zaar and came up with your method (I had X-tra large eggs and you mentioned a time for jumbo eggs). I never added a pinch of salt before and never boiled for just 2 mins and let sit covered & timed. I let my X-tra lg. eggs sit for 13 mins and well, they came out perfect. I even had my 2yr old and 4yr old peel them without any problems, so I know this is a good method. I've added this to my cookbook and it will be the only way I make hard boiled eggs from now on. Thanks DangerBun!

Pinot Grigio February 06, 2008

I had no idea that the green color was from over boiling! This is a great tip. Thanks a million!

LifeAfter40 September 21, 2005

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