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How To Perfectly Cook Hard Boiled Eggs

Updated on December 12, 2010

People cook hard boiled eggs in several ways. And as everyone has its own way of doing it, not everyone has been able to achieve very pleasing results.

Some people boil their eggs twice to make sure they’re hard enough on the inside. Others prefer to buy an electric egg boiler or cooker just to make sure their eggs are cooked exactly how they want them. This way, they are rest assured that they are always getting a perfectly hard boiled egg every time they want it.

As a matter of fact, there’s just a very simple yet easy way of achieving a perfectly hard boiled egg, hassle free. You don’t even need to add salt, baking soda, or vinegar, etc to your cooking just to achieve perfect results.

Perfect thin slices of a perfectly-cooked hard boiled egg.
Perfect thin slices of a perfectly-cooked hard boiled egg.

More so, you don’t even need to consume electricity just to get a perfectly cooked egg, unless otherwise necessary. If you know the right techniques of doing it, your hard boiled eggs will always come out perfectly cooked and evenly peeled every time.

Cooking Eggs: Hard Boiled

Here are a few simple yet practical tips on how to perfectly cook hard boiled eggs:

Add only enough water to cover the eggs while boiling.
Add only enough water to cover the eggs while boiling.
  • Wash the eggs in cold running water. (I usually do this before cooking especially if the eggs are a bit soiled.)
  • Put the eggs in a saucepan filled with water that is just enough to cover the eggs. Putting too much water will result in breaking the eggs as they cook as they will tend to jump more while boiling.
  • Bring the water to a full boil. A perfectly hard boiled egg needs only 10 minutes to boil.
  • Once the eggs are done, turn off the heat and let eggs to stay on the saucepan for a few minutes before finally taking them out to prevent over cooking.
  • Move the boiled eggs to a bowl of cold water. (Sometimes, I just hold the eggs with a metal strainer to discard the hot water and fill the same saucepan with new cold water). No need to use ice.
  • As soon as the eggs are comfortable enough for your bare hands to handle, you may now proceed to the next stage – the egg peeling.


Perfect Egg Cookers:

Tips & Warnings:

  • Boiling eggs in just 10 minutes time are more likely to work well with almost any kind of egg.
  • You don’t necessarily need to give ice bath to your eggs. Just make sure that you’ll immediately move the eggs to cold water before peeling its shells.
  • If you follow the 10-minute cooking time for a perfectly hard boiled egg, its egg whites will naturally come out firm and are more easier for de-shelling.
  • Most week-old eggs are pretty much easier to peel than those of fresh eggs. So if you buy fresh eggs from the market and have them lying down for a couple of days or two on the egg rack in your refrigerator, then you are more likely to peel them faster and more easier.


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    • StephenSMcmillan profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow, great information. I love it.

    • Rosie2010 profile image

      Rosie Rose 

      10 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hiya Loren, thanks for this very useful hub. I could never remember how long to boil an egg and I always boil the water first before adding the eggs which then cause some eggs to break. Now I know how to boil an egg.. at my age! Better late than never, I say. Thanks again. Thumbs up and very useful.

      Have a nice day,


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      10 years ago

      very useful for me i am lover of eggs lol...

    • susanlang profile image


      11 years ago

      Hi Loren, because I followed your egg eggs come out perfect every time! Thanks for the helpful tips. Rated it up.

    • noorin profile image


      11 years ago from Canada

      Yahoo Loren. I followed ur tips and I managed to cook the tastiest eggs. Now, don't get me wrong, im a good cook but boiling eggs has never been on my side ==) Thanks Loren.

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      11 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Loren's Gem, Great hub, I love a hard boiled egg once in a while. I will make one, and some toast and its a great little breakfast or snack.

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      11 years ago

      Hm... I'm hungry, now... and it's only 3 AM...

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      11 years ago from USA

      Thanks for your congratulation I really appreciated it :) great Hub!

    • Loren's Gem profile imageAUTHOR

      Loren's Gem 

      11 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Thanks Onlinehub! :-)

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      11 years ago from Fresno, CA, USA

      These are very good tips on how to Perfectly Cook Hard Boiled Eggs. Thanks for sharing, 5* plus recommendation!


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