How To: The Perfect Hard-boiled Egg

Yes, there is in fact a wrong way to hard-boil eggs. And the wrong way results in rubbery whites and yolks with that signature grey/brown coloring on the outside. Follow these simple steps to a perfectly cooked egg every time!

1. Place eggs in saucepan in a single layer.

2. Fill pan with cold water, covering eggs by 1 inch.

3. Place over medium-high heat. Cover; bring to a boil. When you see the water just starting to get tiny bubbles from the heat, add a spoonful of salt and place lid back on.

4. As soon as the eggs come to a rolling boil, turn off heat; let stand, covered (don’t even think about peeking in there or you’ll lose all of the heat), 12 minutes.

5. Transfer eggs to bowl of ice water.

Let stand for about 5 minutes, then remove.  If you’re having trouble getting the shells off nicely, know that the freshness of your eggs impacts that.  The fresher the egg, the harder it is for the shell to come off. 

Slice or dice and use however you please!





  1. Ahaha!!! I have always wondered how to get perfect hard boiled eggs! I hate it when the yoke has that yucky gray/green look to it. Blech. And I love hard boiled eggs so I'm def going to try this. I'm also super excited to try this and make your egg salad sandwich out of it. Mmm … I'm getting hungry!

  2. This is the best way to hard-boil eggs. The greyish-green color of the yolk is actually the proteins in the yolk burning. Not bad for you, but not nice to look at!

  3. yea!! i have always wondered how to make perfect hard boiled eggs. i was actually just thinking about this, then i started reading this week’s posts, and lo and behold you answered my question! do more people know about this technique that aren’t letting onto it? thanks for the help.

  4. I do my eggs the same way! I love it. The yolks come out perfect. A few things I’ve figured out as well – don’t boil eggs the day you buy them. If they’re too fresh (I know that sounds weird, they’re really hard to peel, and the eggs come out looking horrible. Let them sit a few days in the fridge and they’ll peel without looking like they have really bad acne scars) Also if you add some salt to the water it will help you peel those eggs if they are just a little too fresh. I’ve loved the recipes so far! Keep it up! I’m doing the bleu cheese potatoes next week!

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