How to Make Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs


You'll use this easy recipe all the time.

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Make perfect hard-boiled eggs every time with our simple recipe that cooks up to a dozen eggs at once. It's a one-ingredient wonder: All you need are eggs, a pan large enough to hold them, and water to cover. Before you get started, make sure the eggs are at room temperature—this will prevent the whites from becoming rubbery. And don't go out and buy fresh eggs to hard-cook them; its easier to remove shells from older eggs.

When you're done, follow our tips for easily peeling hard-boiled eggs, then enjoy them as a protein-packed snack, for your favorite deviled eggs recipe, or in egg salad.

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  • 12 large eggs, room temperature


ingredients for perfect hard boiled eggs recipe

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  1. Cover eggs with cool water:

    Place eggs in a large saucepan. Cover them with cool water by 1 inch.

    eggs in pan covered with water for perfect hard boiled eggs recipe

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    Wait 30 minutes for the eggs to come to room temperature after you take them out of the refrigerator. This will help ensure that the whites stay tender, and will make your boiled eggs easier to peel.

  2. Bring eggs to boil:

    Slowly bring water to a boil over medium heat; when the water has reached a boil, cover and remove from heat. Let sit 12 minutes.

    eggs cooking for perfect hard boiled eggs recipe

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  3. Run under cool water:

    Transfer eggs to a colander; place under cool running water to stop the cooking.

    eggs under running water for perfect hard-boiled eggs recipe

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  4. Peel eggs:

    Tap the top and bottom of the egg on a board or countertop and then gently roll the egg with the palm of your hand to begin to crack the shell.

    peeled eggs for perfect hard boiled eggs recipe

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  5. Cut eggs and serve:

    Halve the eggs or slice them and serve.

perfect hard boiled eggs

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