How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

hard boiled eggs with egg carton

I know they’re tons of you out there that already know how to hard boil an egg, but I’ve run into countless friends/readers that really have no clue, so this post is for all of you out there who have never hard boiled an egg, or have, but haven’t had them turn out palatable.

Let’s be honest, there are so many methods out there for hard boiling eggs, but today I’m sharing with you the method I always use that gets me perfect hard boiled eggs every time. Easy and simple is my motto!

Hard boiled eggs are a weekly staple in my house, as they make for a great make-ahead, grab-and-go item. I usually make up 4-6 at a time depending on what our week looks like. What can you do with a hardboiled egg besides make egg salad you ask?  Well, here are some ideas to get you started!

  • They make the perfect healthy on-the-go protein snack!  Just peel them, cut them in half, add a bit of coarse sea salt and eat them alone, or pair them with a diced avocado. Delish!
  • They’re an easy grab-and-go breakfast or lunch. Slice one up and top it on a batch of quinoa sautéed in coconut oil for a protein packed lunch, or savory breakfast. Feel free to toss in a bit of arugula for some added greens.
  • Hard boiled eggs are super portable and can be easily packed into a lunchbox.
  • Slice them up and toss them in a salad to make a complete meal.
  • I love them sliced and topped on some avocado and arugula toast with a pinch of coarse sea salt!  I’ll show you all the recipe for this toast later this week. It’s so simple, and you’ll honestly you’ll feel like your eating a sandwich from a gourmet cafe.

avocado toast with arugula and hard boiled egg

  • Lastly, you can make an egg salad sandwich! I have the best egg salad recipe that uses Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

egg salad sandwich

how to make perfect hard boiled eggs:

  • 2-6 eggs – the amount of eggs you make depends on your rate of consumption, or the recipe you’re making
  • medium to large pot with a lid
  • ice – you will want a good amount of ice for the ice bath
  • mesh strainer or slotted spoon

Gently place the amount of eggs you want in a single layer in a medium-sized saucepan.

Note: You want to make sure that you have a pan large enough to hold the eggs in a single layer, covered by an inch or two of water. 

Cover eggs with 1-2 inches of cold water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Tip: The more eggs that are crowding the pan, the more water you should have covering the eggs.

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When the water comes to a boil, remove pan from the heat, cover, and let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. I always set my timer here.

While the eggs are sitting, get out a medium bowl and fill it with cold water and plenty of ice.

When the eggs are finished cooking, remove them with a slotted spoon or mesh strainer, place them in the ice bath and let them sit there for 5 minutes to cool and to stop their cooking.

cooling the hard boiled eggs

Storage: Store hard boiled eggs in a covered container in the refrigerator. Hard boiled eggs can release odors in the fridge, so I always keep them covered. Hard boiled eggs will keep fresh for 5 days.

It’s always best to peel the eggs right before eating them. The easiest and quickest way to peel them is under a bit of cold running water.

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Raise your hand if you want the recipe for this avocado, arugula and egg toast?

avocado toast with arugula and hard boiled egg

With love Jackie

How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

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Recipe by Jackie

    This is the method I always use that gets me perfect hard boiled eggs every time.

    Ingredients

    • 2-6 eggs - the amount of eggs you make depends on your rate of consumption, or the recipe you're making

    • medium to large pot with a lid

    • ice - you will want a good amount of ice for the ice bath

       

    • mesh strainer or slotted spoon

    Directions

    • Gently place the amount of eggs you want in a single layer in a medium-sized saucepan. Note: You want to make sure that you have a pan large enough to hold the eggs in a single layer, covered by an inch or two of water.

    • Cover eggs with 1-2 inches of cold water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Tip: The more eggs that are crowding the pan, the more water you should have covering the eggs.

    • When the water comes to a boil, remove pan from the heat, cover, and let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. I always set my timer here.

    • While the eggs are sitting, get out a medium bowl and fill it with cold water and plenty of ice.

    • When the eggs are finished cooking, remove them with a slotted spoon or mesh strainer, place them in the ice bath and let them sit there for 5 minutes to cool and to stop their cooking.

    • Storage: Store hard boiled eggs in a covered container in the refrigerator. Hard boiled eggs can release odors in the fridge, so I always keep them covered. Hard boiled eggs will keep fresh for 5 days.

    • It's always best to peel the eggs right before eating them. The easiest and quickest way to peel them is under a bit of cold running water.

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