Make perfect hard boiled eggs every single time with this foolproof method.
But how do you make hard boiled eggs that are perfectly cooked in the center without being over-cooked? Follow along below. Oh, if you want to try something different, stay tuned for learning how to steam eggs. It’s a technique that you’re going to love. Why? You get perfectly cooked hard “boiled” eggs that are easier than ever to peel.
How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs the Classic Way
Put the eggs into a saucepan in a single layer.
Cover by 1 inch of water.
Put saucepan, uncovered, over high heat.
Bring to a boil.
Once the water is boiling, remove the pan from the heat. Cover it and let it sit for 12 minutes.
Drain off the water.
Fill the saucepan with cold tap water.
Add ice cubes and let sit until cooled all the way through, about 10 minutes.
Refrigerate the unpeeled eggs or peel and refrigerate.Print
- 6 large eggs
- ice cubes
- Put eggs in a single layer in a medium saucepan.
- Add enough cold tap water so that the water is above the eggs by 1 inch.
- Set it over high heat and bring to a boil uncovered.
- When it boils, remove from heat and cover.
- Let sit for 12 minutes.
- Drain water. Fill saucepan with cold water. Add 4 handfuls of ice.
- Let sit until eggs are cooled through.
- Refrigerate unpeeled or peel and refrigerate.
This post originally appeared in May 2018 and was revised and republished in April 2021.