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    Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Recipe

    Published January 13, 2021. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    Learn how easy it is to make the absolute perfect hard boiled eggs using my fool-proof procedures that render impeccable results every single time.

    We seriously put hard boiled eggs on just about everything.  Sometimes we put it in salads and sometimes on toast.  If you’re looking for ideas on how to use them then definitely check out my Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad or Avocado Toast.

    plate of hard boiled eggs cut in half

    Hard Boiled Eggs

    Hard boiled eggs are cooked eggs in rolling boiling water until both the egg yolks and whites are firm.  They are the most common boiled eggs out there, second to soft-boiled eggs.  They are used in a myriad of ways including being served by themselves, in salads, on sandwiches, or even appetizers.

    How to Make Them Peel Easy

    Having made thousands upon thousands of hard boiled eggs, the trick to making them peel easy rests in the temperature of the water.  Often times people say you can only use white eggs so that they peel easy, that is not the case.  You MUST start with rolling boiling water and then putting the eggs in, not bringing the water to a boil with the eggs already in it.

    I know this may seem elementary in dumb, but I can promise you this is the key, no matter what color or kind of egg you decide to use.

    How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

    Follow along with these simple instructions for how to prepare perfect hard boiled eggs:

    Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.

    pot of boiling water

    If desired, add some vinegar to the water to help with the smell.

    adding vinegar to a pot of boiling water


    Add in the eggs gently with a spoon so the eggs do not crack and boil for 6 minutes.

    adding an egg on a spoon to a pot of boiling water

    Place a lid on the pot, turn the heat completely off and let the egg stand in the water for 6 more minutes.

    adding a pan or lid a to the top of a pot

    Remove the eggs from the water and place directly into an ice water bath in a container and let sit for 2-4 minutes or until completely cooled.

    removed boiled eggs from a pot of boiling water into an ice bath

    Peel, Slice, and serve

    slicing a hard boiled egg in half

    Make-Ahead and Storage

    Make-Ahead: These eggs can be made up to 3 days ahead of time.

    How to Store: Keep them in the shell, in water in a container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

    Chef Billy Parisi

    chef notes + tips

    • To get rid of the smell while boiling, add some distilled vinegar to the pot of boiling water.
    • If you need help peeling the eggs, run them under lukewarm water while peeling.
    a peeled hard boiled egg sliced in half on a plate

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    Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs Recipe

    5 from 6 votes
    Learn how easy it is to make perfect hard-boiled eggs using my fool-proof procedures that render impeccable results every single time.
    Servings: 6
    Prep Time: 1 minute
    Cook Time: 12 minutes
    cooling time: 4 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar
    • 6 large eggs

    Instructions

    • Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat.
    • Pour in the vinegar to help with the smell.
    • Gently add the eggs into the boiling water using a large spoon and cook for 6 minutes.
    • Next, place a lid onto the pot, turn the heat completely off and let them sit for 6 more minutes.
    • Immediately place the eggs after they are done cooking to a container filled with cold water and ice.
    • Cool the eggs for 2-4 minutes to stop the cooking process.
    • Peel the eggs under running lukewarm water, slice and serve.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • Make-Ahead: These can be made up to 3 days ahead of time.
     
    • How to Store: Keep them in the shell, in water in a container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
     
    • To get rid of the smell while boiling, add some distilled vinegar to the pot of boiling water.
     
    • If you need help peeling the eggs, run them under lukewarm water while peeling.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 33gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 982mgSodium: 375mgPotassium: 364mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1426IUCalcium: 148mgIron: 5mg
    Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Side Dish
    Cuisine: American, english, French