How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs Every Time

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Eggs are easy to cook and peel if you know the right method that helps you have no fail easy peel hard boiled eggs.

For many years I had trouble peeling eggs especially to make some recipes like deviled eggs. I made many trials and errors until one day, with the help of a lovely chef, I was finally able to cook perfect eggs without any hassle.

I will share with you the best easy recipe to make perfect hard boiled eggs without a greenish ring around the yolk in three simple steps.

How to make hard-boiled eggs
Photo by Joseph Gonzalez

How to boil eggs

All we need is a saucepan(with lid), some water, a few ice cubes and eggs.

Follow the recipe:

  1. Place the eggs in the saucepan and cover them with water. Bring the water to a full boil on high heat.
  2. Once the water comes to a boil, turn the heat off, put the lid and let them sit in the hot water for about 10-12 minutes.
  3. transfer eggs to an ice bath and let them cool for at least 15 minutes.

Tip: If the eggs remain in ice water for longer time, they will not have a problem.

Now your eggs are ready to peel easily 🙂

What is the difference between 10 to 12 minutes?

It’s your choice, if you want a creamy yolk then 9-10 minutes will be enough, or if you prefer to have a chalky texture then let the eggs rest for about 12-13 minutes in the hot water.

How long to boil for soft boiled eggs?

You should not boil eggs for soft boiled eggs, you should keep them in boiled hot water. First, bring the water to a boil, and place the eggs for about 4 to 6 minutes (depending on how soft you like the yolks) in boiled hot water.

Greenish ring around the yolk

Over-cooked! The main reason you see a dark green color around the yolk is you overcooked them. That’s why you have to put the eggs in water and ice (ice bath) to stop the cooking process.

Still having trouble peeling?

Try to follow the recipe carefully, but if you still have problems you can use these tricks!

  • Add 1/4 cup white vinegar to the water before boiling
  • Add 2-3 lemon slices to the water before boiling
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda to the water while boiling
  • Fresh eggs are harder to peel, use older eggs

Store hard boiled eggs

The best way to store eggs is to keep them in a covered container in the refrigerator. if you keep them in the refrigerator, they should be eaten within 3 days peeled and 5 days unpeeled.


At first, I didn’t think cooking eggs would be so difficult. But with a little effort and using the experience of other chefs, I was able to boil great eggs.

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on social networks with the hashtag #yummology.

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