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Hard boiled eggs have many uses, from appetizers, salads, snacks, or dyeing for Easter. This simple method shows how to boil eggs perfectly every time.

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There are a few things I learned in my home economics class in high school that I still remember: how to balance a checkbook, how to care for a baby made out of a five-pound flour sack, and how to make perfect hard-boiled eggs. Come to think about it, that’s probably three more things than I remember from a lot of classes that I had in high school and things that I use routinely. Well, not the five-pound flour sack baby, but you get the drift.

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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Hard boiled eggs are one of the things that I could do at least once a week. My family enjoys them in any number of recipes or just to have on hand for a quick snack or to add to salad.

Many times I use the method I’ve shared previously of preparing hard cooked eggs in the oven or Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs, but I still love cooking them the way that Mrs. Dickerson showed me in home economics – boiled. Over the years, I’ve slightly adjusted from her teachings as I’ve found how my family prefers them.

Age Your Eggs

I’ve found that hard boiled eggs are easier to peel if they have been aged for about 5-10 days in the refrigerator before boiling. It’s best to buy your eggs early and store them to make perfect hard-boiled eggs that you won’t have difficulty peeling. Additionally, if you find that once you’ve boiled your eggs and they are difficult to peel, you can simply place them into an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for 3-5 days and then attempt peeling them again.

Use Baking Soda for Hard Boiled Eggs

For those of you like me that use fresh farm eggs, I also recommend adding about ¼ – ½ teaspoon of baking soda to the water as you are cooking your eggs in addition to aging them. This will cause your eggs to have more of a smell when cooked but will make them easier to peel.

How Long to Boil Eggs

It can be confusing to know how long it takes to boil hard boiled eggs, but there is a simple method that works every time for me.

Single layer. Place eggs in a single layer in a heavy-bottomed pan, such as a Dutch oven. If you have too many eggs in your pan, they will not cook perfectly or peel as easily.

Start cold. Cover the eggs, plus about 2 inches, with fresh cold water plus ¼ teaspoon of baking soda.

Boil. Set the pan over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Boil for one minute. Make sure that you time this very carefully.

Remove from heat. Remove your pan from the heat and cover it with a tight-fitting lid. Allow to sit for 12 minutes exactly.

Plunge. Plunge the cooked eggs into a bowl of ice water to stop them from cooking any longer.

Peel. Peel the eggs and enjoy!

How Long Will Hard Boiled Eggs Last in the Refrigerator?

Hard boiled eggs will last for up to a week in the refrigerator – peeled and unpeeled. I like to go ahead and peel them for easier use and store them in a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. For travel, you can also store them in a zip-top container and remove as much air as possible from the bag as you seal it.

Recipes Using Hard Boiled Eggs:

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Here’s how I make perfect hard boiled eggs. I hope you love them!

5 from 8 votes

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

how to 15 mins

Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Hard boiled eggs have so many uses from appetizers, salads, snacks, or dyeing for Easter. This simple method makes perfect hard boiled eggs every time.


  • eggs
  • water
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


  • To boil eggs, place eggs in a single layer in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Do not add more eggs than a single layer or they will not produce the perfect hard boiled egg.
  • Cover the eggs with fresh water, plus about 1 to 2 inches of water. Add baking soda. Place saucepan onto stovetop at medium-low heat and bring to a boil for 1 minute. Cover and remove the saucepan from the heat and allow to sit for 12 minutes. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon and plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop all cooking.
  • To peel eggs, simply tap them on their sides onto a hard surface such as a counter top. Then, carefully peel the shell away. If the eggs seem hard to peel, I’ve found peeling them under a slight stream of running, cold water to be helpful. Eggs, once peeled, may stay in an airtight container for 5 days.

Nutritional Information

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 75kcal | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g

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  1. One trick for super easy peeling I learned from Nancy Failing while working at the golf course snack bar in the 1970s! We made hard boilded eggs for all the golfers every day. The tip: As soon as you remove the eggs from the hot boiling water, plunge them into an ice water bath for a couple minutes. I put a bunch of ice cubes and cold water in my Tupperware plastic pitcher while the eggs boil so it is very cold by the time the 12 minutes have passed. Let the eggs sit in the ice water until the ice melts. I think the extreme temp change causes the skin to pull away from insdie the shell, but that’s just a guess. If you crack the egg at the hollow end, it will peel easily.

  2. thanks for sharing.

    on a side note, about peeling the eggs: My mother taught me that if eggs are hard to peel, use a teaspoon. Simply get shell away in one section, including thin membrane, then slide the spoon in between the membrane and the egg and gently slide the spoon along. The shell just peels away.

    1. What a great trick! Thanks so much for sharing it. I can’t wait to give it a try!

  3. 5 stars
    Fool proof way to cook hardboiled eggs…… is to put as many eggs in large sauce pan. Fill with water, 1-2 inches over top. Add the 1/2 teaspoon baking soda (easier to peel). Bring to boil, turn off heat, but leave pan on the hot burner, for 20 minutes. Remove pan. Fill with cold water, let sit a couple minutes, and peel.
    Perfect every time, and soooo simple.

    1. That is the way I was taught years ago but I use kosher salt instead of baking soda. Salt is said to make the peeling effort easy.
      Robyn I shall try your version sounds quite similar.

    2. 5 stars
      Just like my Mother in law taught me and it’s never failed me either, she’s gone now but not forgotten and I’m so grateful for the wisdom she was able to share with me

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