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How to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are very easy to cook! With this guide, make perfect ones every time!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword Hard-boiled eggs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Ice Bath 5 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 eggs
Calories 63kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 6 large eggs cold from the fridge
  • Coldwater
  • Ice


  • Place eggs in a large saucepan in one layer.
  • Cover them with cold tap water by 1 inch.
  • Cover with a lid and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Now pay attention and when the water has reached a boiling point, set the timer based on how you want the eggs cooked. Usually, boil for 6 - 7 minutes over medium-high heat for perfect hard-boiled eggs.
  • For runny eggs - 3 minutes.
  • For soft-boiled eggs - 4 minutes.
  • For slightly soft-boiled eggs - 5 minutes.
  • For firm soft-boiled eggs - 6 minutes.
  • For creamy hard-boiled eggs - 7 minutes.
  • For firm yet still creamy hard-boiled eggs - 8 minutes.
  • For very firm, hard-boiled eggs - 9 minutes.
  • Once done, using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a large bowl with ice-cold water (or place them in a bowl under cold running water) and let them cool for a couple of minutes.
  • Peel and serve the eggs sprinkled some paprika or chives on top.



  • If you want ones that are easy to peel, buy eggs that are more than a week old. Older ones are easier to peel due to their higher pH.
  • To determine whether an egg is raw or hard-cooked, swirl it. If it swirled slowly, then, it is raw. Otherwise, it is already hard-cooked.
  • With this dish, you can make a ton of recipes for salads, spreads, and pasta dishes.


Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 62mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 238IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg