The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

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Sometimes making the perfect hard boiled egg isn’t as easy as one would think. I can’t even tell you how many times it hasn’t worked out for me. Embarrassing, I know!
Every time I made them I had to call my mom. For some reason I couldn’t remember how! Maybe it’s because I’m sleep deprived…we’ll go with that. One time I wrote the instructions down and put them somewhere safe, so safe, the next time I needed them I couldn’t find them anywhere.
Looking online proved useless because there are about 7,200 different ways to make them apparently. I have never had a successful hard boiled egg when I cooked them for 10 minutes…that’s not long enough. I always use large eggs…so that could be the reason. Anyway…
I am posting the directions today, even if it’s for my benefit more then anything but I hope you can benefit too.
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs. Never worry about raw hard boiled eggs.

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg


  • Fresh eggs
  • Water


  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan and cover with cold water
  2. Cover saucepan with a lid
  3. Place pan on stove top, and turn on high
  4. Bring the water to a boil
  5. Turn off heat, keep the pan on the heat
  6. Let sit for 20 minutes
  7. Drain water
  8. Fill saucepan with cold water to cool the eggs
  9. Eat right away, or refrigerate
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Easy right?
So why can’t I remember!
How cute is this?
I’ve got to try it!


  1. March 26, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us at the Merry Monday party! We always look forward to your creativity.

  2. March 25, 2017 / 4:14 am

    I’m the same, this is how I do mine, also taught to me by my mum! Actually this is making my mouth water, I really fancy a boiled egg salad right about now!

  3. March 24, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    This is the recipe that I use and it is great! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. March 24, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    This is so cool. I’ll need to try this for next time. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  5. March 23, 2017 / 10:52 am

    My mother swore by 15 minutes. But I found a few things will effect the timing, such as your elevation and the number of eggs you boil at once. If I only boil a half dozen I need to let them sit in the water longer (it probably doesn’t hold the heat as much as a dozen). And I have found I need to add a few minutes to my timing since I don’t live at sea level like she did. You just need to tweak it for your environment and then remember it (that’s the hard part for me too).

    Thanks for sharing with us on #TastyTuesdays.

  6. March 22, 2017 / 10:46 pm

    That is the best way to cook hard-boiled eggs. It took me years to figure it out.

  7. March 20, 2017 / 9:16 am

    This is one of my fav’s. Love my eggs cooked this way!

  8. Laurie Nykaza
    March 17, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    I also love to cook them this way and only use pasteurized eggs for my family so we dont worry about getting salmonella. My son has a heart transplant important for diabetics and the elderly and young children.

  9. Anonymous
    February 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

    Thanks for sharing so close to Easter! I let mine boil for a minute and then sit for 17 minutes. Absolutely perfect every time! Placing in ice water afterwards allows the shell to come off with little effort for egg dishes:)

  10. February 7, 2012 / 7:33 am

    Great info,Thanks for sharing.Most of the time I make mistake when boil eggs…
    Midweek Fiesta

  11. February 6, 2012 / 6:39 am

    I’ve had issues getting perfect hard boiled eggs will try this method. And I’ll try to get that heart shape eggs for valentines day breakfast…Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. January 18, 2012 / 6:22 pm

    I usually dump them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Results can be unpredictable, but it’s quick. I will try this method next time I cook a large batch. Undercooked eggs en masse are no fun.

  13. January 17, 2012 / 10:03 am

    I’ll try this the next time I make deviled eggs. That’s about the only time I boil eggs.

  14. January 16, 2012 / 9:09 pm

    I’ve never tried them this way,they look great,thanks again for joining us 🙂

  15. January 3, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    @SarahinSC That makes me feel better! I’m glad I’m not the only one.!. 🙂

  16. January 3, 2012 / 7:20 pm

    This is exactly how I make my hard-boiled eggs too! I’ve had to ask my mom like 1.3 billion times before I actually remembered it too!

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