Last updated on August 4th, 2019
Making hard-boiled eggs is easy. Follow these steps on how to hard-boil eggs and get ready for firm whites and creamy yolks every time. Here’s how to boil an egg right.
Steps to hard-boiling eggs
1) Place eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer. Add cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch.
You should put eggs first, then water because if you put the eggs in second, they might crack as they fall to the bottom of the pan.
2) Put pan over high heat and bring water to a rolling boil.
Remove pan from heat and cover.You want the water to come just to a boil, but not stay there. Eggs exposed to high heat for a long time go through a chemical reaction.
Bringing the eggs just to a boil, you can’t overcook them. You’ll never have to deal with dry, chalky, overcooked eggs with weirdly greenish yolks again.
3) Let the eggs stand in the hot water for 13-17 minutes.
How long you let the eggs stay in the water depends on how big the eggs are and how hard you want them cooked.
To cook small eggs to medium, let them stand for 13 minutes.To cook extra-large eggs to medium, let them stand for 17 minutes.
4) Drain eggs and put in a bowl filled with ice water.
The ice water cools the eggs down and prevents the green yolk problem. If you’re planning to peel the eggs, like if you’re chopping them for egg salad, crack them slightly before putting them in the ice water, and let them sit for an hour for maximum ease of peeling.
Full of tasty tricks for enjoying hard-boiled eggs sliced into soups, layered into sandwiches, blended into salad dressing, paired up with potatoes, and perfectly pickled!
Store any remaining hard-boiled eggs in the refrigerator in a covered container — the lid prevents odors from getting out into the fridge.