Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs, Every time!
Let's be honest, folks... Did anyone really teach you how to boil eggs? How long it takes them to become hard-boiled? Which pot to use? How to help them peel easier? I know no one taught me. It was just assumed that you put them in water, let them boil and they'll be ready after awhile. That's pretty much how all cooking gets passed down in my family... No recipe, no timer, no measurements! LOL!
Well... After years of experimenting with times, pots, and different ways to boil an egg, I have finally found the science behind it all! Super excited to share it with you! Once you're done reading, be sure to watch the video below for my simple, step-by-step process to perfect, easy-to-peel boiled eggs!
Y'all... Hard-boiled eggs are ALWAYS in my refrigerator! I actually cook about 10-12 of them every Sunday to have on hand throughout the week. I like to have them for a healthy snack dipped in salt or as part of a healthy breakfast along with some sliced avocado and tomatoes, and maybe even a few strips of bacon. For lunch, I'll often slice some to top a big salad with! And let's not forget about tata salad, deviled eggs, egg salad, tuna salad, and the list goes on!
With Christmas right around the corner, I hope this is perfect timing for you to master the hard-boiled egg! Tata salad and deviled eggs bout to really be bustin' this year! ;)
How To Cook Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs
It's so simple, I'm almost embarrassed! Just hoping that I'm not the only one who likes to get these type of things justttttt right!
So... Let's get to it.
You're gonna start by bringing a pot of water to a boil with enough water to cover the eggs by about an inch. It does not matter what kind of pot you use.
Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to low and gently place the eggs in the water (I use a pasta spoon). By reducing the heat to low, you’ll prevent the eggs from bouncing around and cracking. Once all of your eggs are in the boiling water, turn the heat back up to high.
Set a timer and cook the eggs according to how hard you’d like them. These are my general guidelines.
12 minutes: A hard boiled egg with a deep yellow yolk and a decently firm white.
14 minutes: Your traditional hard boiled egg with a light yellow yolk and a firm white, but not overcooked.
When your timer goes off, immediately transfer your eggs to a bowl filled with ice and water to stop them from cooking and maintain your perfect texture.
Eggs cooked between 12-14 minutes are perfect for all hard boiled egg recipes! Personally, I love to eat 12 minute eggs, and I prefer to make tata salad, deviled eggs, egg salad, etc. with a 14 minute egg!
HARD BOILED EGGS RECIPE
PREP TIME: 5 mins
COOK TIME: 14 mins
TOTAL TIME: 19 mins
SERVINGS: 6-12 eggs
Step 1 - Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil. Ensure there's enough water in the pot to cover the eggs by about an inch.
Step 2 - While you're waiting for the water to boil, remove the eggs from the fridge (set them on the counter) and prepare ice water bath in a large bowl.
Step 3 - Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and use skimmer to gently and slowly add the eggs to the water. Then, turn the heat back up to a boil.
Step 4 - Set a timer and cook the eggs for 6-7 minutes for soft boiled eggs and 12-14 minutes for hard boiled eggs. See the cook time notes above.
Step 5 - Once the eggs have cooked to your preferred time, use the skimmer to remove the eggs and immediately submerge them in the ice water bath to stop them from cooking.