Pro Tips On How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Slices of Hard Boiled Egg on Plate

Quick Overview: How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs Perfectly Every Time

  1. Start with fresh eggs.
  2. Place the eggs in the stock pot.
  3. Add up sufficient cold water to the saucepan to cover the eggs by about an inch.
  4. Bring the water to a bubble.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 8-12 minutes.
  6. Remove the eggs from the heat and let them stay in the warm water for a couple of minutes.
  7. Then, transfer the hard boiled eggs into a bowl of iced or chilled water and let them cool down for a few minutes.
  8. Peel the eggs by cracking the shell and peeling it off.

In this blog, we'll explore everything you need to know about hard boiled eggs - from how to make them superbly every time to tips for peeling them easily, to creative recipe ideas that showcase their flavor and versatility. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned cook in the kitchen, you'll find plenty of useful information and inspiration in this guide to hard boiled eggs. So let's get cracking!

1. Detailed Guide About Making Hard Boiled Eggs

A photo of a sliced egg on black plate

Hard boiled eggs are a nutritious and flexible component that can be used in a variety of recipes like egg salad, deviled eggs, or even as a quick snack. Here's how to create ideal hard boiled eggs that are effortless to peel every time:

  1. Start with fresh eggs: It's easier to peel fresh eggs if they are at least a week old. 
  2. Place the eggs in the stock pot: Use a saucepan that's large enough to fit all the eggs in a single layer.
  3. Add cold water to the saucepan: Fill the pot with cold water to cover the eggs by a few inches.
  4. Bring the water to a bubble: Put the pot on the highest heat of your stovetop and bring the water to a boil. Then, bring the heat down and keep the eggs in the hot water for a couple of minutes. 
  5. Take out the eggs from the heat: When the eggs are done being cooked, Take out the pot from the heat and let the egg sit in it for a couple of minutes.
  6. Transfer the eggs in a bowl of cold water: Use a slotted or wide spoon to transfer the eggs to a bowl of chilled water. This will help out stop the cooking procedure and make the eggs easier to peel.
  7. Peel the eggs: Once the eggs have cooled down, peel them by cracking the shell on a hard surface and peeling it off. You can also peel them under running water to make it easier.

By following these steps, you can make perfectly hard boiled eggs. You can utilize them in a variation of dishes or enjoy them on their own as a healthy snack! 

2. Pro Tips On How To Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Slice of Eggs on Cakes

There’s nothing like an expert tip that can help perfect your favorite recipe! Here are the best tips to master the art of cooking hard boiled eggs. 


Start with cold water, as this will help prevent the eggs from cracking. You can also add up a tbsp of salt to the water to help prevent the egg from cracking and make it easier to peel. Some people also add a splash of vinegar to the water, which helps the egg white coagulate more quickly, resulting in a firmer egg.

    Cooking Time

    The cooking set up will depend on the measurements of the eggs, the altitude, and how perfect you want the eggs to be. For medium-sized eggs, you can simmer for 8-10 minutes for a slightly soft center, or 12-14 minutes for a fully cooked yolk. If you're unsure, you can do a test run with one or two eggs to see lengthy it takes to achieve your desired doneness.


      Once you have removed the eggs from the hot water, it's important to cool them down quickly to stop the cooking process. This will also help the eggs separate from the shell more easily. You can transfer them to a bowl of ice water or run them under cold running water for a few minutes.


        To peel the eggs, tap the shell all over to create small cracks, then gently press the egg on a cutting board to loosen up the shell. Peel the shell off, starting from the wider end of the egg where the air pocket is detected. If you're having trouble peeling the egg, try peeling it under running water or use a spoon to gently pry the shell away from the egg.

          3. Storing And Serving Ideas

          Perfectly cooked eggs opened in half on a wooden table 
          Storing and serving hard boiled eggs is quite easy. Here are some tips to guide you keep your hard boiled eggs fresh and tasty:

          Storing Hard Boiled Eggs

          • After boiling the eggs, let them cool down completely before storing them.
          • Keep the eggs in an enclosed container in the refrigerator, preferably in the main compartment where the temperature is most stable.
          • Peel them before storing them. This will help prevent moisture buildup and bacterial growth.
          • Hard-boiled eggs can be set aside in the refrigerator for up to a week.

          Serving Hard Boiled Eggs

          • To serve hard-boiled eggs, first peel off the eggs and wash them under cold water to remove any bits of shell.
          • You can serve the eggs whole or sliced in half.
          • You can also hash up the egg and use them in egg salad or as a topping for avocado toast.
          • Hard-boiled eggs can be eaten cold or reheated briefly in the microwave or a pot of hot water.

          Some more pro tips for serving hard-boiled eggs include

          • Avoid overcooking the eggs, as this can result in a rubbery texture and greenish yolks.
          • For a more attractive appearance, slice the eggs with a sharp chef’s knife.
          • If you're serving eggs at a party or buffet, consider placing them in an egg tray or deviled egg platter for a more polished presentation.

          By following these tips, you can store and serve hard boiled eggs with confidence and ease.

          4. Quick Recipes With Hard Boiled Eggs

          A bowl of egg salad with a Dalstrong Delta Wolf Series knife on the side and slices of bread on a wooden cutting board.

          Hard boiled eggs are a great ingredient for when you want a fast and effortless meal. Here are some recipe plans that you can cook with hard boiled eggs:

          Egg Salad

          Chop up 2-3 hard boiled eggs and mix them with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper. Serve on bread, crackers, or lettuce leaves.

          Nicoise Salad

          Arrange a bed of greens on a plate, then top with sliced hard boiled eggs, canned tuna, cooked green beans, cherry tomatoes, and sliced olives. Drizzle with vinaigrette dressing.

          Avocado Toast with Egg

          Mash a ripe avocado with pepper, salt, and a pulp of lemon juice. Spread the mixture on toasted bread, then top with sliced hard boiled eggs.

          Cobb Salad

          Arrange a bed of greens on a plate, then top with sliced hard boiled eggs, cooked bacon, sliced avocado, cherry tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese, and chicken breast. Drizzle with ranch dressing.

          Deviled Eggs

          Slice 6 hard boiled eggs in half and remove the yolks. Mash the yolks with mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper, then spoon the mixture into the egg white halves.

          Egg and Potato Salad

          Dice boiled potatoes and mix with chopped hard boiled eggs, celery, red onion, and a dressing made from mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper.

          Egg and Bacon Sandwich

          Toast bread and spread with mayonnaise. Layer sliced hard boiled eggs and cooked bacon in top, then top with tomato slices and lettuce.

          Egg and Sausage Breakfast Bowl

          Cook the breakfast sausage and scrambled eggs. Serve over quinoa or rice, topped with sliced hard boiled eggs and hot sauce.

          Tuna Salad

          Mix canned tuna with mayonnaise, diced celery, chopped pickles, and sliced hard boiled eggs. Serve on bread or crackers.

          Spinach and Egg Breakfast Wrap

          Scramble eggs and serve in a whole wheat wrap with spinach, sliced tomatoes, and crumbled feta cheese. Check out 35 recipes to make with hard-boiled eggs, here.

          5. Dalstrong Tools You Will Need

          1. 3 Quart Stock Pot Hammered Finish Silver Avalon Series Dalstrong

          3 Quart Stock Pot Hammered Finish Silver | Avalon Series | Dalstrong

          If you're looking for a convenient and easy method to make hard boiled eggs, look no further! Make the most of this stock pot by cooking your eggs how you like them. Made with a 5-Ply Copper Forged Foundation, this pot offers exceptional conductivity, heating five times greater than iron and 20 times finer than stainless steel.  


          • Excellent heat conductivity and retention for precise cooking control.
          • Can be used on various stovetops, including smooth-top electric ranges, induction cooktops, and gas stoves.
          • Durable construction that will last a lifetime.


          • The size may not be worthy for big cooking needs.
          • This pot has a higher price tag to it but is an incredible investment for any home cook. 

          2. Chef Knife 8" Call of Duty Edition EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR KNIFE Dalstrong

          Chef Knife 8" Call of Duty Edition | EXCLUSIVE COLLECTOR KNIFE | Dalstrong

          The blade on this chef’s knife is designed to be versatile, with a tactical multi-purpose handle loop that let you to secure it to your backpack or bug-out bag. It is resistant to erosion from chemicals, acids, or harsh conditions, making it perfect for busy kitchens. The sanitary build ensures it remains hygienic and easy to clean.


          • Made from high-carbon 9CR18MOV steel for durability and long-lasting sharpness.
          • Topographical terrain etched blade pattern for precise cutting.
          • Hand-sharpened to 12-14° per side for easy sharpening.
          • Ultra-thin, zero-friction blade for clean cuts.


          • The green G10 digital camo handle may not appeal to every home cook.
          • The ultra-sharp blade requires regular care. 

          3. Chef's Knife 10" Gladiator Series NSF Certified Dalstrong

          Chef's Knife 10" Gladiator Series | NSF Certified | Dalstrong

          This chef’s knife is made with strong, high carbon German ThyssenKrupp Steel that is hardened at 56+ Rockwell, making it wear-resistant and capable of maintaining a sharp edge. The edge is hand sharpened to a precise 16-18° per side, providing the perfect balance between sharpness and maximum resilience. 


          • Precision forged from high-quality German ThyssenKrupp Steel at 56+ Rockwell for wear resistance and sharpness retention.
          • Hand sharpened to a precise 16-18° per side for a perfect balance between sharpness and maximum resilience.
          • Beautiful hand-polished satin finish and tapered design for hardness and flexibility.


          • The premium ABS polymer handle may not appeal to those who prefer traditional materials like wood.
          • The price tag on this knife may not fit every cook’s budget. 

          4. Chef's Knife 7" Gladiator Series NSF Certified Dalstrong

          Chef's Knife 7" Gladiator Series | NSF Certified | Dalstrong

          The blade on this chef’s knife has a beautiful hand-polished satin finish and a tapered design that provides both hardness and flexibility. It has added chromium for stain resistance and is precisely tempered for added durability. The full tang construction ensures incredible robustness and quality. Additionally, the blade is easy to clean and maintain, making it perfect for busy kitchens.


          • Made of high-quality German ThyssenKrupp steel, making the blade strong, durable, and wear-resistant.
          • The hand-polished satin finish gives the blade a beautiful and elegant look.
          • The tall blade height provides knuckle clearance, which can be helpful for safe food preparation and chopping.


          • The blade may be a little heavy for some users, especially those who prefer lighter knives.
          • The high level of sharpness may require extra care and caution, which can be a smidge time-consuming. 

          5. Teak Cutting Board Medium Size Dalstrong

          Teak Cutting Board Medium Size | Dalstrong

          This Dalstrong medium Teak cutting board is a versatile and practical addition to any kitchen. Crafted from sustainably sourced tropical teak wood, this cutting board is both beautiful and durable. Its medium size, lasered measurement lines and juice groove make it perfect for everyday chopping and cutting tasks.


          • Made of sustainably sourced tropical teak wood, which is durable and moisture-resistant.
          • Measurement lines make precise cuts and sectioning simple.
          • Long juice groove helps keep messy prep on the board and off your counter.


          • May be a smidge more expensive than other cutting boards, but it is worth the investment as Teak wood can last for decades on end without taking any significant damage. 
          • May require regular maintenance with oil to keep the wood from drying out and cracking.

          6. Frequently Asked Questions 

          How long do you boil a hard egg?

          How long to boil a hard egg depends on the bigness and how perfect you like them. Generally, for a large egg, 9-12 minutes will result in a fully cooked yolk and firm white.

          How do you boil an egg perfectly?

          To boil an egg perfectly, start with room temperature eggs, bring water to a boil, add the eggs gently, and cook for the desired amount. Then, move to a bowl with cool water. 

          How do you boil eggs so that they peel easily?

          For easy-to-peel-boiled eggs, after cooking the eggs, transfer them to a bowl with ice or dunk them in chilled water. This will help the egg crack away from the shell, making it super easy to peel.


          Written by Ananya Tiwari
          Ananya loves the fine things in life. When she isn’t penning down poetry or song lyrics, she spends her time cooking and creating recipes while also enjoying new cuisines.

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