Hard-Boiled Eggs (2024)

  • Perfect

    • Anonymous

    • ATL

    • 11/21/2021

  • I've now used this method multiple times and my eggs have been absolutely perfect every time. I generally have older brown eggs in the fridge and this is definitely the way to hard boil them. Thank you!

    • oregongirl23

    • Ohio

    • 4/14/2018

  • Perfectly cooked and the eggs are so easy to peel. Why didn't I find this method sooner?!

    • dcattano

    • New York City

    • 1/14/2015

  • I happen to be someone who usually prepares 4 eggs at a time in a 1-qt saucepan. But I find no need to boil them over med-hi heat for 10 minutes. Simply turn off the heat after the water comes to a boil and let them stand covered for 9 minutes. Drain and cool under cold water. They are perfect, so I can't see any reason to actually boil them. My whites are tender, no green ring, etc. Fresh eggs will be harder to peel, so I try and use older eggs.

  • I was amused the first time I saw this recipe - come on, don't we all know how to do a hard boiled egg? Even my father could cook one, or rather he could tell you how to cook one! However, this actually works and consistently enables a clean separation between the shell and the egg white.

    • Anonymous

    • San Francisco Bay Area

    • 1/14/2013

  • I like the turn of the heat method, though it is a bit more "high maintenance." My shells come off with out the egg white when I add salt and vinegar to the water (not too much though). I was always told the blue or green appearance of the yolk meant they were over cooked.

    • Anonymous

    • Dallas, Texas

    • 8/14/2009

  • Where's the wine pairing?

    • jrdrisc

    • Boston, MA

    • 3/6/2009

  • I'm with youcarolmce from ElkGrove....I cannever get my shellsto come off withouteggwhite attached..It makes for somepretty ugly stuffedeggs....not tomention thefrustration....Itoo have tried theolder eggs... Iwill try this onetonight...

  • I tried this, and the eggs came out perfectly. No green around the yolk at all. Just perfectly cooked white and yellow.

    • Anonymous

    • Portland, Oregon

    • 1/22/2007

  • Strange--in my family the perfectly cooked hard boiled egg has a fully cooked yolk--crumbly and with the coveted blue exterior! We saw the same preference in China when we visited. Different strokes for different folks!

    • stumbler

    • 1/20/2007

  • I was happy to see this method of cooking hard boiled eggs. I have tried the "turn off the heat method" and the eggs are not cooked to our liking.

    • dee19086

    • PA

    • 12/9/2006

  • To carolmce from CA: when eggs are done, immediately immerse them in ice cold water; this usually helps the shells come off easily.

    • cmcdawg

    • Kirkland, WA

    • 12/6/2006

  • I'd like to have a foolproof way to boil eggs so that the shells come off easily. Nothing frosts my cupcakes more than to have half the white come off with the shells!Yes I have tried using older eggs.

    • carolmce

    • Elk Grove CA

    • 12/5/2006

  • x

    • ewaltrs

    • san francisco, ca

    • 12/5/2006

  • This is the way I've always made hard boiled eggs. Is there another way?? Funny to see this on epicurious.com!

    • karen

    • Los Gatos, CA

    • 12/3/2006

Hard-Boiled Eggs (2024)


Hard-Boiled Eggs? ›

Hard boiled eggs should be cooked for about 10-12 minutes. This timing avoids a powdery, dry yolk that comes from overcooking while keeping it solid enough for applications like devilled eggs or egg salad.

How many hard-boiled eggs is enough? ›

Healthy people who don't have heart disease or high cholesterol can eat one whole egg a day. However, if you do have heart disease or you've been told that your cholesterol level is high, you should limit your egg intake to no more than three or four per week.

How to tell if an egg is hard boiled enough? ›

If you're wondering how to tell an egg is hard boiled, set it on the counter and give a quick spin. Once it's moving, tap your finger on it to stop the spinning. Eggs that are cooked will spin easily and rapidly and stop quickly.

What to do if hard-boiled eggs aren't done enough? ›

The best way to salvage an under-boiled egg is to get it back into hot water. You can either reboil them directly on the stove, or put them in a bowl that can handle boiling water and pour hot water over the eggs. Note: Do not cook boiled or partially boiled eggs in the microwave; this will cause them to explode.

How do I know when my hard-boiled eggs are done? ›

As soon as the water begins to boil, turn off the heat and cover the pot. Leave the eggs in the hot water for anywhere from 10-12 minutes, depending on how you like your eggs. The 10-minute eggs will have vibrant, creamy yolks, while the 12-minute yolks will be paler and opaque, with a chalkier texture.

Is it OK to eat 3 hard boiled eggs a day? ›

A good way to consume eggs is boiled or poached without salt. Eggs enriched with omega-3 and sourced from free-range farms tend to be the healthiest eggs. Eating one to three eggs per day can have several health benefits, but this varies from person to person.

Is 2 hard boiled eggs a day too much? ›

Although few studies have been conducted on how many eggs are healthy to have on a daily basis, eating 1-2 eggs a day appears to be safe for healthy adults. If you have heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes, however, you should watch your overall cholesterol and saturated fat intake.

Should hard-boiled eggs float when done? ›

Bottom Line

After trying several methods to determine if an egg is cooked or not, there were a few that came out on top. Contrary to what you might have heard, hard-boiled eggs do not float—but they do act differently when you spin them or shine a flashlight through them.

Can I overcook hard-boiled eggs? ›

The trick to great hard boiled eggs is not over-cooking them, which can leave a grey ring around the yolk and make their texture a bit rubbery. Download our free Egg Timer app to ensure your eggs turn out perfectly every time!

Is 20 minutes too long to boil eggs? ›

For one to four eggs, bring the water to a rolling boil, cover the pot, and turn the heat down to its lowest setting for 12-14 minutes. For five to eight eggs, cook for 15 to 18 minutes. For nine to one dozen eggs, cook for 20 minutes. After cooking, transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water.

How many minutes to boil eggs? ›

6 minutes: liquid yolk – a little less oozy. 7 minutes: almost set – deliciously sticky. 8 minutes: softly set – this is what you want to make Scotch eggs. 10 minutes: the classic hard-boiled egg – mashable but not dry and chalky.

Is it okay to eat slightly undercooked hard boiled eggs? ›

Everyone is advised against eating raw or undercooked egg yolks, whites or products containing them. Eggs and dishes containing eggs (such as quiche and casseroles) should be cooked to 160 °F (71.1°C). Some unbroken fresh shell eggs may contain certain bacteria that can cause food borne illness.

What happens if you put eggs in boiling water? ›

Starting with boiling water offers more control over timing but this may cook the whites into a rubbery state. And it has another disadvantage: The egg is more likely to crack because the air in the egg has less time to escape as the egg heats up.

What are the stages of hard-boiled eggs? ›

10 minutes: The early stages of a hard boiled egg, with just a smidge of softness in the middle. 12 minutes: A hard boiled egg with a lighter yolk. 14 minutes: Your traditional hard boiled egg with the lightest yolk and a firm white, but not overcooked.

How long to hard boil eggs without covering? ›

Bring water to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to moderately high and cook eggs at a gentle boil, uncovered, 10 minutes. Pour off hot water. If using eggs right away, shake pan gently so eggs bump into one another (to crack shells). Run cold water into pot to stop cooking.

Is 3 hard boiled eggs too much for breakfast? ›

An average healthy adult can consume 1-3 eggs per day. This increases HDL levels and lowers LDL levels, thus securing heart health. Eggs help the brain to function well and boosts immunity.

Is it OK to eat 5 hard boiled eggs? ›

While recent studies still don't offer a consistent answer, the average healthy person likely suffers no harm from eating up to seven eggs per week. In fact, eggs are a nutritious food. They are relatively low in calories and saturated fat, and rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Can I eat 10 hard boiled eggs a day? ›

Consuming 10 eggs per day is not recommended. Eggs are very high in protein, which is a nutrient that can impair kidney function and increased the risk for kidney stones if overly consumed. Eating 10 or more eggs per day is also not recommended because a healthy diet should be varied and diverse.

Is 2 hard boiled eggs enough protein? ›

Is 2 eggs a day enough protein? Two eggs give you 12 grams of hunger-satisfying protein. Although 2 eggs does not complete your daily protein needs, it's a great start. Eating two eggs in the morning ensures you are on the right track to hit your protein consumption goal by the end of the day.

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