Have you ever heard the old saying, ‘She’s a terrible cook. She can’t even boil an egg!’? Well, we think that’s a little unfair because boiling an egg can actually be tricky—it’s not like you can check if they’re done!

Like learning to change a tire and balancing a checkbook, knowing how to prepare perfect hardboiled eggs is one of those quintessential life hacks that are handy to keep in your repertoire. If you know where we’re coming from, this quick video is for you!

A bowl of perfect hardboiled eggs, sliced in half.

Perfect Hardboiled Eggs Recipe

You are 4 simple steps away from perfect hardboiled eggs that you can enjoy alone or with your favorite recipes!


Yield: 12 eggs
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  • Start with 2–3-day-old eggs. Place them into a large pot and add enough water to cover the eggs by at least 1″. Add salt—this will keep cracked eggs from leaking because the whites solidify faster in salted water.
  • Place eggs, uncovered, over high heat then bring to a rolling boil. Once boiling, set a kitchen timer for 2 minutes then remove from heat, cover and place on a cool part of the stove. Set timer for 10 minutes.
  • When the timer goes off, carefully drain hot water from the pot then cover the eggs with ice water. Allow eggs to sit in the cold water until they’re cool enough to handle.
  • Crack the shells and peel them away. Rinse peeled eggs under cold water to remove any remaining particles of shell.


Use this method for perfect hardboiled eggs to make guacamole deviled eggs or to toss into your favorite salad!
Calories: 6kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 9mg, Potassium: 6mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 23IU, Calcium: 2mg, Iron: 1mg
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Perfect hardboiled eggs recipe video