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 hard boiled eggs every time!

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

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    Perfect hard boiled eggs

    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 my boiled eggs on the stove, but you can also make them in the oven or instant pot as well. They turn out great each way!

    Once you’ve cooked your eggs, enjoy them as a snack or make some deviled eggs or an egg salad sandwich. They also taste great on a big Cobb salad.

    And with Easter coming up, don’t forget to color your hard boiled eggs! 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 boiled eggs with spoon to a bowl full of ice cold water. Let sit for 5 minutes, then peel under cold water.

    Instant pot hard boiled eggs

    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 boiled eggs with a spoon to a bowl full of ice cold water. Let sit for 10 minutes, then peel under cold water.

    Hard boiled eggs in 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 boiled eggs in a bowl of ice water for 10 minutes. You may get little brown spots on the eggs, but a tip to prevent this is to put a cotton pad underneath the egg. Peel eggs under cold water.

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    How to peel hard boiled eggs?

    My favorite way to peel hard boiled eggs is to tap the eggs on the counter until the shell cracks, then peel the egg 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 of the boiled eggs.

    How long are hard boiled eggs good for?

    If storing hard boiled eggs 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 my eggs either in an airtight container or zip top bag. I’ll often write the date that I boiled the eggs 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 your eggs. 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 your eggs? Check out the hard boiled eggs time chart below. This gives you a good visual on what the inside of the boiled eggs will look like after a specific amount of cooking time.

    perfect hard boiled eggs

    What do you eat with hard boiled eggs?

    Below are a few ways we like to use our hard boiled eggs. They make a yummy snack and are great to add to main dish recipes like an egg salad sandwich or Cobb salad.

    perfect hard boiled eggs

    Hard Boiled Egg Recipe

    Course: Appetizer, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    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 hard boiled 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: 6.1% | Calcium: 3.2% | Iron: 5.5%
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