Learn how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs on the stove top every single time. Perfect vibrant yellow yolks that are so easy to peel! These come out perfect every single time.
It might seem like a simple thing, but there are definitely a few tricks for making the best hard-boiled eggs! They should have perfectly cook whites and beautifully creamy yolks and I’m showing you exactly how to do it.
The Best Boiled Eggs
- You don’t need any fancy equipment – just a pot, a bowl, and some eggs to boil!
- This is my easy stovetop method, but I also have a post about cooking eggs in an Instant Pot. You can also make air fryer-boiled eggs! Check that one out if you want to use your IP!
- I’m sharing all my best tips, including how long to boil them depending on how you like the yolk.
- Enjoy them as a snack or use them in recipes – I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to use them!
If you’ve ever wondered what the best method is, this is the post for you. You will be boiling like a pro!
When you cook them on the stove top, you can boil as many as want as long as you can fit them all in the pot and cover them with water. So, cook a few or a dozen – it’s up to you!
How to Hard Boil Eggs
Place the eggs in the pot and cover them water. They should be covered by one inch so they are completely submerged.
Turn on the heat and bring the water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and cover it with a lid. Leave them to cook for 4 to 10 minutes, depending on how you like your yolk (more about that in the pro tips section!).
While they cook, prepare an ice batch. Place ice cubes and water in a large bowl. Submerging the hot eggs will slow the cooking process, so they don’t overcook.
Remove the eggs from the water using tongs. Carefully place them in the ice bath to cool. Leave them for at least 10 minutes.
Once they are cooled, peel them and run them under cold water to remove all of the shells. Pat dry and enjoy!
I give a range for the cooking time because everyone likes their yolks cooked to a certain doneness!
Four minutes will give you a very soft, runny yolk – every minute you add will yield a yolk that is a little firmer. A classic soft-boiled egg takes 6 1/2 minutes. For a firm hard-boiled yolk, cook them for the whole ten minutes.
Below I have an image that shows the difference between the eggs at different cooking times!
Use Them in These Recipes!
- You can’t go wrong with a batch of Deviled Eggs – you’ll love my traditional recipe.
- Use your Instant Pot to make the Best Potato Salad!
- Make Some Avocado Egg Tuna Sandwiches for a quick and easy lunch.
- Use them to make Ham Salad – this is a great way to use up all those leftover decorated eggs and ham at Easter!
- Grab the kids and Dye Easter Eggs without the kit!
Technically, you can, but they don’t hold up well after you thaw them. The problem is with the whites – the texture changes when frozen, and they end up rubbery and not so great. You can freeze just the egg yolks, though! They will keep for a few months in a freezer container.
Keep them in the shell and they will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator. If you remove the shells, they will dry out and are best enjoyed within a few days.
Yes, you can definitely overcook them! When they are overcooked, the yolks will have a green ring, and they will be chalky. They are still edible, but they are so much better when you don’t overcook them. For a perfectly hard-boiled egg, you don’t need to cook it beyond ten minutes.
No, they shouldn’t float. Uncooked eggs shouldn’t float either – if they do, it means they have gone bad, and you should discard them.
Are you ready to make some hard-boiled eggs? I love to make a big batch to have on hand for easy snacks – my family loves them! You will too once you try all my tips – they will be perfect every time!
Other Ways to Cook Eggs
- If you love fried eggs, you have to try my Fried Egg Sandwich. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
- For your next weekend breakfast, you need to make Classic Scrambled Eggs or Oven Scrambled Eggs. They’re both amazing!
- Egg in a Hole is one of my favorite easy breakfast recipes – it’s always a hit with the family!
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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs
- 12 eggs
- Gently place your eggs in a pot and cover them with cold water by 1 inch making sure they are not crowded.
- Bring water to a rapid boil over medium-high heat, then cover and remove the pan from the heat and set aside for 4 to 10 minutes. Do not lift the lid!
- Fill a large bowl or your sink with cold water and ice to create an ice bath.
- When the eggs reach your desired cooking time, gently remove the eggs from the pan using a tongs and place in the ice water to cool. Let them rest in cold water for at least 10 minutes.
- Remove from water and peel. To peel gently tap the eggs against a hard surface and peel off the shell. Rinse egg under cold water to make sure all egg shells are removed. Gently pat dry.