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How to cook Hard Boiled Eggs

Here's a quick step by step method showing you how to cook hard-boiled eggs. This foolproof method results in perfectly set whites and yolks that are just right, resulting in an amazing hard-boiled egg!
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 eggs
Author Richa


  • 6 Eggs
  • Water for boiling


  • Place eggs in cold water in a saucepan
  • Bring the water to a roaring boil. Once it starts boiling, turn off the flame and cover the saucepan. Set a timer for 10 minutes or your desired time based on the level of doneness you like. For perfect hard-boiled eggs, 10 minutes is optimum.
  • Get an ice bath ready in a large bowl. Once the timer goes off, immediately transfer eggs to the ice bath to stop the cooking process and cool them.
  • Once cool, crack the shell and peel the eggs to enjoy. Unpeeled hard-boiled eggs can also be refrigerated for later.


  • Choose eggs that are at least a week to 10 days old to achieve perfect results each time. Older eggs are better to hard boil than newer ones. They are also a lot easier to peel.
  • Refrigerating your eggs for at least a week or two also makes a huge difference in how the hard-boiled eggs turn out. 
  • If your eggs are difficult to peel, crack them all-around and soak them in water for 5 minutes helps. Water seeps into the shell, and it peels easily
  • Adding a teaspoon of vinegar or salt to the water when boiling prevents the egg white from running out in case the shell breaks open while cooking. Salt also makes it easier to peel the egg once cooked. 
  • It’s important to place the eggs in ice cold water to stop the cooking process. Don’t miss this step or your eggs can overcook