How to Hard Boil Eggs

This fail-proof method works every time.

There's certainly more than one way to crack — err cook — an egg.  With this easy guide, your Easter basket will be overflowing with perfectly prepared hard-boiled eggs.  

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1 Fill the Pot

Place eggs in a single layer in a pot, making sure they have a bit of wiggle room. Fill the pot with cold water to 1 inch over the eggs.


Super fresh eggs are difficult to peel, so eggs that are seven to 10 days old work best.

2 Bring to a Simmer

Place the pot over high heat and bring to a gentle simmer. The water should have just a few small bubbles.

3 Set Your Timer

Reduce the heat and maintain water at a gentle simmer. Set the timer and cook the eggs for 10 minutes.

Do not let your water boil and be sure to only cook for 10 minutes. Doing so will produce a bright yellow yolk. Cooking longer or at a higher temp can produce a crumbly yolk and a non-appetizing grayish-greenish ring around the yolk.

4 Let Eggs Cool

Run the eggs under cold water until they are cool to the touch. Or you can fill the pot with cold water and allow the eggs to cool for about 10 minutes.

While eggs are cooling, shake them around in the pan to crack and loosen their shells.

5 Peel the Eggs

It’s easiest to peel hard-boiled eggs when they are still slightly warm. If they aren’t already cracked from shaking them around the pan as the cooled, gently tap each egg on a flat surface to crack. Starting at the wider end of the egg, gently ease off the shell with your thumb and fingers.

To help remove stubborn shells, hold your egg under cold running water while peeling.

6 Serve & Enjoy

Once peeled, the classic Easter prep for hard-boiled eggs is to make them into deviled eggs, but feel free to be creative. You can make egg salad, pickle them or add them to a stir-fry — the options are endless. 

Want more? We've got a great hard-boiled egg hack! Watch the video here.

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