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How to Make the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg Well Done and Not Overcooked

Updated on August 2, 2017
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Angela, a lover of food, wants to keep her family healthy, but prefers simple recipes with little work.


The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

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Cooking Hard Boiled Eggs: Step by Step

Eggs often get a bad rap due to a study years ago about cholesterol, although that is only have the story. It is true that eggs are a source for cholesterol, but it is the good kind that helps us maintain healthy lifestyles. Sometimes the way you cook an it may be worse than the egg itself. That is why it is good to know how to cook a hard boiled egg, because there is no added fat and salt is optional. I may not be able to make jello, and am just getting the hang of toast, but I never overcook an egg, the peel comes off with ease, and the yoke is always done too perfection without the yucky green stuff! Here is my step-by-step guide in how to make the perfect hard boiled egg..



  1. Place a single layer of eggs at the bottom of a large pot.
  2. Fill with water one inch above the top of the eggs. If you use cold water, raise the temperature slowly. This will prevent the eggs from cracking. If you are more patient, let the eggs come to room temperature before covering with water in order to elimate cracking due to a drastic temperature change. Some people choose to add vinegar to prevent the egg from becoming discolored. This will not change the taste of the egg.
  3. Bring to a rolling boil, and let boil for one minute with a gas stove, otherwise just turn an electric stove off once you notice them boiling, because there will be enough residual heat to let it boil for another minute.
  4. Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let eggs sit in the water for at least 12 minutes. It's nearly impossible to overcook the eggs using this method; therefore, you can leave them in there longer if your busy and can't get to them right away.
  5. Either drain water, or remove eggs using a slotted spoon. If you need them to cool quickly cover them with cold water until the eggs are able to be handled! Be careful not to use too cold of water that may cause the eggs to crack.

How Long to Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

The biggest trick to cooking it just right, is knowing how long to cook a hard boiled egg. You want to be careful of overcooking, as well as undercooking.

Overcooking: As many of you know, when the egg is overcooked the outside of the yoke will turn a dark green color. Some people claim this leaves a sulfuric taste, although most people do not taste this difference. What overcooking does do is takes away the value of the protein found in the egg. That is why this method is so wonderful, because its nearly impossible to overcook using this method.

How to tell if your boiled egg is done: One easy tip is to take it out of the water, if it dries in 5 seconds or less, it is boiled to perfection! Another more fun approach is to spin it on the counter, if it spins like a top, then you know it is done. If it "wobbles like a weeble" then it is not done. Apparently uncooked eggs will weeble and wobble. Who knew! If you are unsure if it is weebling, then press your fingers lightly on the top while it is spinning, if it continues to spin when you release, then you know it is not yet done.

Amazing Talent of Carving Egg Shells!

10 Easy Ways to Eat a Hard Boiled Egg

  1. Make deviled eggs.
  2. Make egg salad sandwiches.
  3. Dip in salt and/or pepper and eat plain.
  4. Pour a little soy sauce over the egg.
  5. Mash them with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  6. Egg shells are good for the garden, something about the calcium in the shell.
  7. Feed them to your cat, it makes their coat silky
  8. Use as a topping for your salad
  9. Pickle them for later eating.
  10. Dip in hot sauce.

10 Good Things About Eating Eggs:

  1. Eating eggs raises your good cholesterol.
  2. Eggs are a good source of protein.
  3. They are good for the eyes, and prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
  4. Contains choline, which helps the cardiovascular system, nervous system, and brain.
  5. One of the few foods that contain natural Vitamin D; therefore, strengthens bones by increasing the ability to absorb calcium.
  6. A study showed that women who digested at least 6 eggs a week, were less likely to develop breast cancer.
  7. Promotes healthy hair and nails.
  8. Due to vitamin A, helps the health of your skin and growth.
  9. There are so many different ways to eat them.
  10. They are yummy.

© 2010 Angela Michelle Schultz


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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great tips Angela on how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs. I'll give them a try.

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      j.l. taylor 4 years ago

      tap the small end of boil egg remove small piece of shell then blow hard and the shell will fall off, egg is peeled,

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      LOL, I don't really. I do fine with that if they are my hard boiled eggs, but if someone else made them, sometimes I'll get half the egg with the shell.

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      Brainy Bunny 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      I know how to hardboil eggs; I'm just hopeless at peeling them. Any tips for that?

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks. I am not the world's best cook, but I've never messed up a boiled egg. Not yet, anyway. :)

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      Elliott Ploutz 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Wow, apparently everyone I've ever known has been making sub-par boiled eggs. I just followed your instructions and had amazing eggs! Good job!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 6 years ago from United States

      I can't cook much, but this is one of the few things I can successfully cook every time. :)

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      Nichol marie 6 years ago from The Country-Side

      Thanks I can never make hard-boiled eggs and I am going to try following your article thanks great writing and well written

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      I didn't know that, thanks for letting us know.

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      Brupie 7 years ago

      The wobbling trick has a slight problem. As eggs age, their small air pocket increases. If you boil an older egg, the imbalance will not be corrected by the expansion during cooking - it will wobble cooked or not.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      Property-Invest: Actually, I am a woman and supposed to be good at these stuff. Hard boiled eggs is one of the few things I CAN cook well. I can't even make jello! I don't think it's a thing just men can mess up.... none of us are immune. :)

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      askjanbrass: Thanks for the great tip, I'm going to have to update this hub with all the awesome tips everyone has given me. :) I'm going to have to test these theories as well! Actually I always bring it to a rolling boil, but I didn't think about making that clear to everyone else.

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      Property-Invest 7 years ago from London

      Hey angela Michelle. Thanks for the great practical hub. As a guy it's amazing that we can sometime mess up hard boiled eggs, but this will help!

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      askjanbrass 7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      The trick is to bring the water to a rolling boil. This has always led to nicely hard-boiled eggs for me. My favorite use is to make egg salad--light on the mayo and I use some mustard also. Delicious!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      Thanks, Me too!

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      mhuze 7 years ago from USA

      I love a boiled egg. Nice Hub!

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      All these great advice. Thanks, I'll have to update my hub! Never knew there was so much to know about hard boiling an egg!

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      Jamiehousehusband 7 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      If you put a drop of vinegar in the water it stops the egg discolouring with a ring and if the eggs are at room temperature before going into water, they'll not crack.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States

      Hmmm... I'll have to try that this easter!

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      SamAntone 7 years ago

      Another way to see if an egg is boiled, is to do one more thing after spinning it. After a while, put your fingers on it firm enough to stop it spinning, but a short enough time to not stop the inner parts from spinning. If the egg is raw, it will turn a little bit, after you've stopped it.

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      Angela Michelle Schultz 7 years ago from United States


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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      I lived on boiled eggs when I was younger--it probably saved me from starving! Nice Hub.