I’ve loved hard boiled eggs for as long as I can remember. My mom used to pack them in my lunch. Making perfect boiled eggs though is a science. While it doesn’t take a lot of skill, there are some steps to hard-boiling eggs that will give you perfect boiled eggs, every time.
The perfect boiled egg has no green ring around the yolk, It’s yolk is creamy and mellow, never dry. If you want a soft boiled egg, just boil for less time.
There are three ways people generally hard cook eggs: boiling, baking, and in a pressure cooker. This post is my tips on boiling a perfect hard boiled egg.
We can all agree the ideal over easy egg is a fresh one. But for a perfect boiled eggs every time, use eggs that have been in your frig for a week or two. It’s much easier to peel older eggs.
How to make perfect boiled eggs
First put eggs in a large saucepan that has a lid, covering them with an inch of cool water.
Cover pan with a lid and bring water to a rolling boil over high heat.
Boil for 6 – 7 minutes over medium-high heat for hard boiled eggs.
Remove from heat and use a slotted spoon to carefully transfer them to a large bowl with ice cold water to let them cool for a couple of minutes before peeling. Otherwise you risk burning your fingers. You can also rinse them under cool running water.
How long to boil an egg
Now, I know everyone has a preference as to what is a perfect boiled egg. The best way to boil eggs is still really up to the cook, but I find these times work well for determining how hard you want your eggs. These times will vary depending on the size of your eggs.
For soft-boiled eggs: 4 minutes
For slightly soft-boiled eggs: 5 minutes
For custardy yet firm soft-boiled eggs: 6 minutes
For creamy hard-boiled eggs: 7 minutes
For firm yet still creamy hard-boiled eggs: 8 minutes
For very firm hard boiled eggs: 9 minutes
Hard Boiled Egg Recipe Ideas
Perfect hard eggs are the starting point for so many recipes! An amazing snack, appetizer, breakfast or more. Here are some ideas!
Deviled eggs: this party and appetizer staple is one of my favorite uses for boiled eggs.
Eggs in soup: Let’s go beyond egg drop soup (which I love) and kick your ramen up a notch.
Hard boiled eggs are a great addition to a creamy vinaigrette dressing.
Who doesn’t love a sliced eggs on salad?
Creamy eggs on my sandwich? Absolutely!
Egg salad is an obvious choice!
Dyed Easter Eggs