How To Cook a Hard-Boiled Egg

Eggs are probably one of the most versatile foods you can find. Plus, full of protein and at only 70 calories each, eggs are incredibly healthy for you too! Use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Enjoy them on their own, mixed into dishes, or as part of a baking recipe. If you're a fan of egg salad sandwiches, layered salads or deviled eggs, here's how you can cook the perfect hard-boiled egg.

Step 1

Find a large pot. To cook a hard-boiled egg, you'll need a pot large enough and deep enough. You should be able to fit all of your eggs into the pot, with at least two inches above the top of the eggs. Your pot does not need to have a lid.

Step 2

Cover with cold water. To boil your eggs, begin by individually (and carefully!) placing them in the bottom of your pot. Eggs should not be stacked - they should lay in one single layer, with "wiggle room" between each egg. Add cold tap water to cover the eggs at least an inch above the top of the eggs.

Step 3

Bring to a boil. Once your eggs are covered in water, place your pot on the stove and turn your burner to high heat. Bring the water to a rolling boil.

Step 4

Reduce the heat. As soon as you notice these large boiling bubbles in your water, quickly reduce your heat to a medium boil. Allow the eggs to boil uncovered like this for 10 minutes. It is not necessary to stir the eggs.

Step 5

Remove from the heat. After 10 minutes on a medium boil, you have successfully cooked a hard-boiled egg. But it will continue to cook and even overcook if you leave it in the hot water at this stage. So you must immediately remove the eggs from the stove and from the boiling water. Drain the water you boiled your eggs in and run cold tap water over the eggs. Drain and repeat several times until you notice the external temperature of the eggs starting to drop. (Others prefer to transfer freshly-boiled eggs to a large bowl of iced water. Either method is fine.)

It is important to cool your eggs immediately after boiling them. This will prevent that slimy green tinge that many hard-boiled eggs seem to get on the yolk. Cooling your boiled egg right away will stop the cooking process and leave you with the perfect hard-boiled egg.

Step 6

Peel the egg. Once you have allowed the hard-boiled egg to cool for a little while, you can peel it. Some eggs will peel easier than others. (The rule of thumb is that the fresher the egg, the harder it is to peel, so older eggs are best for boiling.) To peel a hard-boiled egg, gently knock all sides of the egg on your countertop to crack the egg in many places. Roll the egg under your hand to loosen the cracked shell, and then remove and discard the shell. Rinse off your hard-boiled egg, and enjoy your tasty protein snack with a sprinkle of salt!


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