How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs on the Stove
Are you tired of overcooked, dry hard boiled eggs? If so, you’re in luck! Today, I’m sharing my foolproof method for making perfect hard boiled eggs on the stove. So, if you’ve ever wondered how to hard boil eggs, read on! With this method, you’ll get perfectly cooked eggs every time. So say goodbye to rubbery eggs and hello to deliciousness!
Making hard boiled eggs is easy, right? You just boil some water, drop in the eggs and wait a few minutes. But somehow, they always seem to come out wrong. The shells are cracked, the whites are rubbery… it’s enough to make you want to give up and eat cereal for breakfast instead.
If you’re determined to master the art of making perfect hard boiled eggs, read on. With this foolproof method, you’ll never have to worry about rubbery whites or broken shells again. So let’s get started!
You also might be interested in this How to Make Boiled Eggs in the Oven post too!
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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
Making a perfect boiled egg isn’t as easy as it sounds. If you’ve ever tried to make them yourself, you know that getting the eggs just right can be a challenge. But don’t despair! With this simple method, you’ll be making perfect hard boiled eggs every time.
- It’s incredibly easy for anyone to make perfect hard boiled eggs using this method.
- Plus, they’re a great source of protein and healthy fats, making them the perfect breakfast or snack option.
- And finally, they’re delicious! Whether you eat them plain or add them to a salad or sandwich, they’re sure to please.
- Large pot with lid
- Large bowl
You only need three simple ingredients to help you make this deliciously easy recipe that’s perfect for a high protein snack and great for easy meal prep. You may even have these ingredients on hand already so you may not even need to make a trip to the grocery store.
- dozen eggs
HOW TO HARD BOIL EGGS
These hard boiled eggs come together in just a few simple steps. Follow the steps and cooking times below and you will perfect eggs every time.
STEP 1: ADD THE EGGS TO A SAUCEPAN
Set eggs in the bottom of a large saucepan or pot. Do not crowd.
STEP 2: COVER THE EGGS WITH WATER
Cover eggs with cold water, at least 1 inch above the eggs.
STEP 3: BRING THE WATER TO A ROLLING BOIL
Bring the water to a hard boil over high heat.
STEP 4: COVER THE POT WITH A LID
Cover with a lid and remove from the heat.
STEP 5: ALLOW THE EGGS TO COOK
Set a timer for the desired length of time. 6 to 14 minutes. See notes below for the cooking times for doneness.
STEP 6: PREPARE A LARGE BOWL OF ICE WATER
While the eggs are cooking, prepare an ice bath in a large bowl filled with ice and cold water.
STEP 7: PLACE THE EGGS IN THE ICE BATH
When the eggs have cooked for the desired time, remove them from the hot water and place them in an ice bath for 5-10 minutes to stop the cooking process.
STEP 8: PEEL AND SERVE OR STORE THE EGGS
Peel the egg shell and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
WAYS TO ENJOY
There are endless possibilities when it comes to what you can do with this egg recipe. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Add them to a salad for a filling and satisfying meal. I like to use them on a cobb salad.
- Use them as the protein in your lunchtime sandwich instead of meat.
- Whip up a quick and easy egg salad for a quick snack.
- Make deviled eggs for a party or potluck.
- Great for dying Easter Eggs
- Who else loves a good Cobb Salad with eggs?
Here are a few tips to help you make perfect hard boiled eggs every time.
- Do not overcrowd the pan. This will prevent the eggs from cooking evenly.
- Be sure to use cold water. This will help to prevent the eggs from cracking.
- Do not overcook the eggs or they will become rubbery. See the chart below for the cooking times for the desired level of doneness.
- Allow the eggs to cool completely in an ice bath before peeling. This will make them much easier to peel.
- You can use fresh eggs or older eggs with this recipe, they should both peel well.
- I use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs with ease.
- If you use the very hard time, you may have a slightly green yolk.
- Having trouble peeling the eggs? Run the egg under cold water during the peeling process.
- Be sure to use cold eggs for this recipe, and not room temperature eggs.
- The cooking times below will work for medium, large and extra-large eggs.
- Use a pot large enough for the eggs to sit in a single layer on the bottom of the pan.
- Make sure that your water comes to a full boil before you turn off the heat.
HOW TO STORE
Hard boiled eggs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Be sure to store them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag.
COOKING TIMES FOR HARD BOILED EGGS
Here is a list of cooking times to make sure that your egg yolks turn out perfect every time on the stove top. This cook times give you the best results, so be sure to follow them closely.
Super Soft Boiled Eggs – 4 minutes
Soft Boiled – 6 minutes
Medium Soft Boiled – 8 minutes
Medium Boiled -10 minutes
Hard Boiled – 12 minutes
Very Hard Boiled – 14 minutes
Do you have questions about how to hard-boil eggs? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.
The best way to hard boil eggs is using this method. It’s simple and easy to follow and yields perfect eggs every time.
The cooking time for hard-boiled eggs varies depending on how you like your eggs cooked. See the chart above for the cooking times for doneness.
Yes, if you cook the eggs too long they will become rubbery. See the chart below for the cooking times for doneness.
Yes, cooling the eggs in ice water will make them much easier to peel.
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How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs on the Stove
- Large Stockpot
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Slotted Spoon
- 1 dozen eggs large
- 1 Tablespoon salt optional
- Place eggs in the bottom of a large pot.
- Cover eggs with cold water. You want 1 inch of water above the eggs to ensure proper cooking.
- Add salt if using.
- Over medium-high heat bring the water to a boil. When the water begins to boil, remove the pot from the heat source and cover the pot with a lid.
- Set a timer for the desired cooking time, 4 – 14 minutes. See time chart in the notes.
- Remove the eggs from the hot water and with a slotted spoon place each egg in a a large bowl filled with ice and water. Leave unattended for 5-10 minutes to stop the cooking process.
Boiled Eggs Cooking Times
- Super soft boiled – 4 minutes
- Soft boiled — 6 minutes
- Medium soft boiled – 8 minutes
- Medium boiled – 10 minutes
- Hard boiled – 12 minutes
- Very Hard boiled – 14 minutes