Hard Boiled Eggs

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    Learn how to easily make hard boiled eggs with these simple tips and tricks! Whether you use the stove, oven or instant pot, you’ll have PERFECT boiled eggs every time!

    Making boiled eggs is super simple and quick! They’re always cooked to perfection and are so easy to peel. Whenever we have leftovers, I love to make an egg salad sandwich, deviled eggs or even a Cobb salad. Yum!

    hard boiled egg recipe

    Hard boiled eggs may seem a bit intimidating to make at first, but they are SO easy once you perfect the cooking time and method. I love to steam mine on the stove, but you can also make them in the oven or instant pot as well. They turn out great each way!

    And with Easter coming up, don’t forget to color them too! This is one of my family’s favorite traditions on Easter Sunday and has become a yearly staple activity. The kids love it and have so much fun!

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    How to hard boil eggs

    Making steamed hard boiled eggs is my favorite way to cook them. Simply add eggs in large sauce pan and cover with inch of cold water. Then turn to high heat, cover with lid and bring to boil. Once boiling, cook for an additional 6 minutes. Transfer them with spoon to a bowl full of ice cold water. Let sit for 5 minutes, then peel under cold water.

    Instant pot method

    Add rack to bottom of instant pot. Then pour about 1 cup of water in the bottom of the pot and place eggs on top of rack. Set instant pot on manual to high pressure. Cook for 5 minutes, then let release naturally for 5 more minutes. Perform a quick release, then transfer with a spoon to a bowl full of ice cold water. Let sit for 10 minutes, then peel under cold water.

    Make in the oven

    Cooking hard boiled eggs in the oven is super simple. Preheat your oven to 325ºF and then place 12 eggs inside of a muffin pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Then place in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes. You may get little brown spots on them, but a tip to prevent this is to put a cotton pad underneath the egg. Peel under cold water.

    hard boiled eggs in oven

    Best way to peel

    My favorite way to peel boiled eggs is to tap them on the counter until the shell cracks, then peel under cold water. The shell is super easy to peel this way and usually comes right off. Alternatively, you can also place the eggs in a Tupperware container, add some water, and then cover with the lid. Then shake the container for about 15-30 seconds. When you open the container, the shells should slide right off.

    How long are they good for?

    If storing in the fridge for later use, I recommend keeping the shell on the eggs. This helps to extend their shelf life and keeps them fresher longer. Unpeeled eggs will keep for about 1 week in the fridge. I like to store either in an airtight container or zip top bag. I’ll often write the date that I boiled them on my container or bag so that I can easily know when to use them by.

    How long to hard boil eggs

    You can easily adjust the cooking time depending on how you prefer them. I like my boiled eggs firm yet slightly soft, however feel free to modify if you like soft boiled eggs or even very firm eggs.

    • For soft boiled eggs: cook 4 minutes
    • For slightly soft eggs: cook 6 minutes
    • For firm yet slightly soft: cook 8 minutes
    • For very firm: cook 10 minutes

    Not sure how long to cook them? Check out the time chart below. This gives you a good visual on what the inside of the egg will look like after a specific amount of cooking time.

    perfect hard boiled eggs

    perfect hard boiled eggs

    Hard Boiled Egg Recipe

    Course: Appetizer, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: hard boiled eggs
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 81
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    Learn how to easily make hard boiled eggs with these simple tips and tricks! Whether you use the stove, oven or instant pot, you'll have PERFECT hard boiled eggs every time! 

    Ingredients

    • 8 large eggs
    • cold water
    • ice

    Instructions

    • Place eggs in a large sauce pan. Cover the eggs with an inch of cold water. Turn the heat to high and then cover with a lid and bring to a boil.  
    • When the water reaches a boil, cook for an additional 6 minutes (or desired time). 
    • Use a spoon to transfer to a bowl full of ice cold water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
    • Tap the eggs on the counter until the shell cracks and then run under cold water to peel.

    Notes

    • For soft boiled eggs: cook 4 minutes
    • For slightly soft eggs: cook 6 minutes
    • For firm yet slightly soft: cook 8 minutes
    • For very firm: cook 10 minutes

    Nutrition

    Calories: 81kcal | Protein: 7g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 210mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 78mg | Vitamin A: 305IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg
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