How to Boil the Perfect Egg Every Time

How to Boil the Perfect Egg Every Time
How to hard-boil eggs.
  • PLACE eggs in saucepan large enough to hold them in single layer.  

  • ADD cold water to cover eggs by 1 inch.  
  • HEAT over high heat just to boiling.  
  • REMOVE from burner. COVER pan.  
  • LET EGGS STAND in hot water about 15 minutes for large eggs (12 minutes for medium eggs; 18 minutes for extra large). 
  • DRAIN immediately and serve warm. OR, cool completely under cold running water or in bowl of ice water, then REFRIGERATE.
 How To Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs Easily: 
peeling hard cooked egg easily
  • Leave the hard-cooked eggs in the pan they were cooked in and add cold water.
  • Crack the eggs under water (this seems to help loosen the membrane under the shell).
  • Start peeling at the larger end, (the flat side) where the air pocket is, and remove the shell under running water to make the shelling easier. You must get a hold of the membrane under the shell when you remove the shell.
  • Very fresh eggs are harder to peel. The fresher the eggs, the more the shell membranes cling tenaciously to the shells.

Slice one of your eggs in half.  Take a thin slice of egg off the bottom of the egg so that it will lay nicely.  Use a small slice of carrot or cheddar cheese for the beak and 2 black sesame seeds for the eyes or 2 black peppercorns too.

Got a tip or trick you’d like to share?  Email them to me along with your comments and questions.  Believe me, I get some good ones and I love it!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. LDH

    Good morning, Gnee!

    Out of all the ways to hard boil eggs, I came upon this way many years ago and used it since. No ugly greenish yolk from cooking too fast or at too high a temp.

    Now, I have never gotten such gorgeous dyed colored eggs. You have to tell us how to do that 🙂

  2. Debbie

    First, those little chick faces on the eggs are adorable.

    Second, that’s different from the way I boil them so I’ll try it. I tend to just boil them to death, if you know what I mean. I also had to be *taught* how to peel them because I would just whack them on the counter and make a royal mess of it.

  3. Debbie

    And your spring look is fabulous! Love it.

  4. Julie

    I love the chick faces, so cute!! Interesting how there’s many different schools on how to boil an egg!!! I will put my thinking cap on for a Tuesday Tip. Hugs!


    Hi Gnee- That would be wonderful if you want to post and link back. I tried to email you and my server kept bounces my email back so that is why I am posting in the comments! I got your email just fine. Thanks so much! Yes, the possibilities are endless and the glow is really pretty (just hard to photograph)! We are in Boise every Labor Day for a youth tennis tournament held at Boise State and surrounding parks (the really big park)! [email protected]

  6. Kristin

    I love the chick faces in the eggs. I think that they are adorable.

  7. Rita

    How cute is this!!!! :)))

  8. Sue

    Gnee this is so cool eggscellent if you will. lol. The colored eggs are so pretty, thanks for the tips.
    Wishing you and your family a most blessed Easter,

  9. Misty

    These cute ckicky faces stole my heart. Great idea!

  10. Jenn Erickson

    Thank you for the tips and tricks and for the wonderful, charming idea for the sweet little chick faces on the eggs. Brilliant!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  11. Chameleon Girls

    We are going to make the chick out of deviled eggs.

  12. Debbie~

    Adorable idea for Easter eggs, I’ve never seen so many ideas for eggs as I have this season!!! Thanks for sharing your cute idea with us! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

  13. nancycreative

    The chick faces on those eggs are so cute–what a great idea!


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