How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs: Your Friendly Guide to Making the Perfect Boiled Eggs (Plus 10 Amazing Recipes)
When it comes to preparing and using eggs for our meals, the most common cooking methods that we often resort to, apart to adding them to our baked dishes, are frying and boiling and that’s about it. while most people think that it’s as simple as heating them up in a frying pan for scrambles and sunny-side up, or bringing a pot of water to boil and dropping the eggs – in reality, there is so much more to boiling eggs than you can imagine.
They say that the test of knowing how good of a cook you are relies on how perfectly you cook eggs. So not making a perfectly boiled egg says a lot about your cooking skills. It takes a lot of practice to make the perfect hard boiled eggs for your meals. Just think of it this way, if you boil the eggs for too long or too short a time, the yolks will either be too solid, too crumbly, too soft or too runny.
So, today we will focus on making hard boiled eggs and achieving the right consistency. We will also leave your imagination enticed with tips and recipes that you may find helpful when it comes to adding variety to the dishes that you serve your family.
What is the Consistency of a Perfectly Boiled Egg?
The classic hard-boiled egg can be easily mashed. But take note that the yolk not chalky, too dry that it crumbles easily to the touch. It should create a creamy paste when mashed. A properly boiled egg’s white part is bouncy but not rubbery.
Now, in order to get the right consistency, you are advised to manage your time. Remember that you need to follow the right boiling or cooking times, otherwise, you will get a different cook than what you have intended.
If you want to know the proper cook times based on the normal saucepan cooking method, the chart below can help you as well:
Cook of the Egg
The white is set but the yolk is runny
The yolk is not runny but it is still in a thick liquid form
Yolk is almost set
The yolk still has liquidy portions
The yolk has solidified but is still soft and mushy
9 - 10 minutes
The yolk is solid but mashable
Ways to Make Hard Boiled Eggs
There are 3 common and reliable ways to make proper hard-boiled eggs. And once you have tried and mastered these methods, you can bring out your other cooking gadgets such as your slicer and pellet grill and start planning your meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks.
1. Using Your Trusty Oven
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.
Take several muffin cups, enough for the number of eggs that you will be boiling.
Place one egg on each muffin cup and bake for 30 minutes.
Carefully remove each egg and place in a bowl filled with ice cold water. This will help the eggs to stop cooking and for them to cool down.
Once cool, you can now start peeling the eggs. Use them for your egg and cheese sandwiches or other recipes that you can think of.
2. Using the Microwave Oven
Place 2 to 5 eggs in a large microwable bowl.
Fill the bowl with room temperature water. Make sure that the eggs are completely submerged in water to keep them from exploding.
Add about 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt.
Place in your microwave and microwave for 7 to 10 minutes depending on the wattage of the microwave and the number of eggs in the bowl. For 1000W cook the eggs for 4 to 7 minutes. For an 800 W microwave, 6 to 10 minutes.
Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave and scoop out the eggs. Place in an ice water bath to cool the eggs before peeling.
3. Stove Top or Sauce Pan Method
For Room Temperature Eggs (Room Temperature Water)
In a clean sauce pan, place the eggs gently in the bottom.
Fill the pot or sauce pan with water. Make sure that the eggs are completely covered.
Add about 1 teaspoon of salt in the water and place the sauce pan on the stove.
Bring the water to a boil, over medium heat and cook the eggs for about 9 to 12 minutes.
Submerge the boiled eggs in cold water for 7 to 8 minutes before peeling.
For Cold Eggs (From the Refrigerator)
In a clean sauce pan or pot, gently place the eggs inside.
Fill the pot with water and add about 1 teaspoon of salt.
Cover the pot and bring the water to a boil over high heat.
As soon as the water reaches a vigorous boil, turn the heat off but do not remove the lid.
Leave the eggs under the hot water for 10 to 15 minutes depending on the cook that you want. Start timing as soon as you have turned the heat off.
For Cooking Eggs in Boiling or Simmering Water
Fill your sauce pan with water, about ¾ of the way.
Place on your stove and bring the water to a boil.
Once the water is boiling place the eggs gently inside using a slotted spoon.
Start your timer from this point. Boil for 10 minutes for a moist but solid yolk. Cook longer for a crumbly yolk.
Drain the water and immediately submerge in cold water before peeling.
Bonus Tips: How to Properly Peel and Slice a Hard Boiled Egg and More
Now that you know how to properly boil eggs, you shouldn’t stop there. Here are ways on how to properly peel, slice, more cooking tricks and how keep the eggs safe to eat.
How to Peel A Hard Boiled Egg
There are several methods or egg-peeling hacks that you can choose from to not only save time but to keep you from ending up with a perfectly messed up egg.
One Hand Rolling Method
- After soaking the eggs for a few minutes in cold water, take one egg and make sure that it is cool or warm enough to the touch.
- Place the egg on a flat surface and roll the egg around while cuffing it in the palm of your hand. Repeat this motion to create cracks on the shell. Creating these cracks will loosen the actual egg from the shell.
- Gently peel off the cracked shells and make sure that there are no bits of shells left.
Shaking the Egg in a Glass of Water
- Place one hard-boiled egg (make sure that it has cooled) in a tall glass.
- Fill it with a little water and cover the glass with your hand or if you are using a glass container with a lid, make sure to put the lid on.
- Shake the glass forcefully for about 20 seconds. This will loosen the shell and detach itself from the egg almost in one piece. Amazing isn’t it?
The Rotating Spoon Technique
- Take a hard-boiled egg that has been cooled and create cracks all over the shell.
- Now, get a spoon and insert it under one crack and rotate the egg. This will easily peel the shell off from the actual egg.
Peeling the Egg Under Cold Water
- Make cracks all around the egg shell.
- Place the egg in a container and fill it with cold water.
- Peel the egg while submerged under water.
Peeling the Egg Under Running Water
- Roll the hard-boiled egg on a smooth surface and create small cracks on the shell.
- Turn the faucet on and remove the shell under running water. This helps loosen the shell, making it really easy to peel.
Crack and Blow
- Take one hard-boiled egg and make cracks on top and on the bottom of the shell.
- Blow through one end of the egg, as hard as you can. The egg will pop out of its shell.
How to Slice a Hard Boiled Egg?
Okay, so you might think that what’s so hard about slicing a hard-boiled egg that it needs its own section for readers? Well, you might be surprised at just how many people find it hard to make perfect slices out of hard-cooked eggs. Of course, you do not need a special set of knives or even a slicer to pull this task off with precision; but what you do need steady hands and a sharp knife. Here are some tips that you can try out:
Tip 1. Wet the Knife!
Thanks to Noreen from Picture The Recipe, and you now have the means to easily slice a hardboiled egg like hot knife through butter. You can try this trick by dipping the knife in water right before you start cutting. This should make slicing the egg easily. Wet the knife after each slice to ensure that bits of the yolk won’t stick.
Tip 2. The Cooking Oil Trick
This works the same way as wetting the knife. But instead of using water, you can use a little cooking oil or spray rubbed on the tip of the knife. This makes sure that the tip or the sharp edge of the knife will slide through the egg with ease.
Tip 3. The Dental Floss Trick
Now this is a fun way to slice an egg. According to Nosh On It, you can use a clean, unflavored dental floss to slice through a hard-boiled egg. You can take a piece of dental floss and pull it tightly between your two fingers and then all you have to do is to press the floss down on the egg to make a clean cut. You can reuse the floss by wiping it clean in between slices.
Pro Tips from Other Bloggers
When it comes to making magic in the kitchen, whether is to make perfect hard-boiled eggs or making the proper risotto, I am not ashamed to admit that I often rely on the views of experts through videos, tutorials and blogs. This way, I do not only get first-hand information from those who’ve experienced making these recipes, but I also get fabulously helpful tips to keep me from stressing out and making kitchen mistakes.
I have scoured the World Wide Web and found a few amazingly helpful and time-saving tips for those who would like to make perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs.
1. Serious Eats is a great website that helps home cooks by providing them with great cooking tips and amazingly easy and delicious recipes. Not only that, you can also refer to the website for hacks, recommendations, product reviews, kitchen tools and even finding great places to eat.
Now, J. Kenji offers a great tip to pull of perfectly cooked hard-boiled eggs, and that is to check the age of the eggs. He mentioned that for making hard-boiled eggs, it is best to buy eggs that are closest to their expiration dates. Recently laid or freshly laid eggs have the highest tendency to stick to the shell even when boiled for a long time.
2. The Pioneer Woman is a blog owned by a famous home cook named Ree Drummond. She shares wonderful recipes which are perfect for cowboys, cowgirls and city folks alike. She also has her own cooking show with the same title.
Joanne, a fellow blogger and YouTuber who has her own blog named Fifteen Spatulas shares that doing a “hot start” when boiling eggs is a great way to ensure that the eggs will not only come out perfectly cooked but also very easy to peel. A hot start means you will place the uncooked eggs in a pot of an already simmering water to cook it.
3. The Incredible Egg is a blog site that offers all the low down on all thinks egg. A sister site to the American Egg Board and Egg Nutrition Center, it gives its readers information on how to cook eggs, best egg recipes, its nutritional value, plus other helpful eggy tips!
One helpful tip is about keeping the yolks from having those greenish ring in the center, which is often caused by the reaction between the sulfur in the whites and the iron in the egg yolks cooked under really high temperature. You can do this by making sure that the water is hot or just simmering and NOT vigorously boiling. Cool the eggs immediately to further minimize the greenish rings.
4. Stone Soup is site that offers 5-Ingredient recipes to readers who are looking for great dishes that they can cook without spending too much money on ingredients and spending too much time in the kitchen.
Jules from Stone Soup said that she has tried different cooking tricks to achieve perfectly cooked and easy to peel hard-boiled eggs. One that she highly recommends is adding a little bicarb of soda in the cooking water to increase the PH level. This will help make the eggs super easy to peel.
5. The Beach Body Blog is an all-around health and nutrition blog that offers recipes, fitness tips, weight loss and wellness programs to those who live or are attempting to live healthier lifestyles.
Rebecca, a contributor for the blog gave us this tip for making perfectly boiled eggs: start with the eggs placed in a pan filled with water that is about an inch above the eggs. Bring the water to a really fierce boil and turn the heat off immediately. Allow the eggs to further cook in the water for 12 minutes and peel under running water.
6. Buzzfeed can be viewed for several reasons: you can refer to this site for great DIY projects, all sorts of tips and hacks, quizzes, videos and world news. Surprisingly, this site also gave us a great idea with regard to making hard-boiled eggs really easy to peel.
Matthew, a Buzzfeed contributor tried to add 1 tablespoon of vinegar in the water and boiled the eggs for 10 to 12 minutes, submerged them in an ice bath and found out that whatever the age of the eggs is, they are rather a breeze to peel!
7. Food Hacks Daily by Wonder How To is a very useful blog site because it shares really doable tips and hacks when dealing with food. And Karen, the sites contributor focused on how to find out if the eggs are worth cooking and eating even before you decide to make hard-boiled eggs.
She mentioned that to check if you have the right age of eggs to cook, do a floating test. Place an egg in a bowl of room temperature water and observe if it will sink, float or just settle in the middle. If the egg sinks on its side, then it is too fresh to be hard-boiled. If the egg floats, throw it away because it is a bad egg. Now, if the egg sinks at a tilted angle, then this is the PERFECT egg for hard-boiling!
8. Greatist tells us that they have the perfect boiling times for the right kind of cook that we should look for firm but creamy yolks and the time for solid and really hard-cooked eggs.
Maria, the sites contributor shares that if we are looking for firm egg whites and creamy yolks, we should cook the eggs for 10 minutes. As for eggs that have really solid yolks, it is recommended that we cook them for a maximum of 15 minutes. Anything longer than that will give us sulfuric tasting and really chalky yolks, as well as rubbery whites.
9. Business Insider surprisingly offer a really practical and simple solution for eggs that are hard to peel or those stuck to their shells. This site is not just for those who are looking at stocks or those who are trying to catch up on the latest business news. In fact, it also offers helpful tips on life, cooking, and even fashion.
Megan, a Business Insider writer tells us that if we are in hurry to eat hard-boiled eggs and we are struggling to peel then, the best ways to enjoy them is to either cut them in half, with shells on and scoop them out with a spoon. Quite an obvious solution, but hey, it works!
10. Life Hacker is another blog that provides its readers with a smorgasbord of tips, choices and helpful hacks that deals with food, product reviews, features of different topics, simplified How-To’s, and yes, even ways to properly cook a hard-boiled egg.
Melanie, a contributor for the site tells us that there are two ways to make hard-boiled eggs easier to peel. While the first method suggests something that a lot of people do not recommend, which is pricking a small hole on each egg using a pin, before boiling, the second one proves to be really helpful. This is especially true if you are facing the task of boiling eggs to perfection for the very first time. This method instructs you to use a candy thermometer and a timer to be able to cook the eggs at the temperature and time.
For a perfectly hard-boiled egg, set your thermometer timer to 209 degrees F to make sure that you can place the eggs in the pot before the temperature reaches 212 degrees F. which is the right boiling point for water. Set your timer to 1 minute (this is the amount of time that you let the eggs boil) and then reset the time for 10 minutes which is the length of time that you will allow the eggs to rest in the hot water before you let them cool for peeling.
11. This website is one of my top favorites, I must say. Jillie’s advice in cooking hard-boiled eggs is practical and very easy to follow. On this particular post, she teaches us how to cook hard-boiled eggs without boiling! Wow! I was impressed and thought I should share this great find with you. Jillie shares tips on how it is done through steaming. Discover another excellent way of cooking the perfect hard-boiled eggs without boiling but steaming, and learn why it is a great idea!
Correcting Common Problems
Before you decide if you will be using hard boiled eggs for your favorite dishes, what you need to make sure is to how to avoid and solve common egg related problems. Here are 5 of the most common problems in terms of cooking hard-boiled eggs and the ways that you can avoid them.
1. “I’ve followed the suggested cooking time, but the eggs still came out cracked and discolored.”
This is a result of using a pot that is two sizes small for the number of eggs that you planned to cook. To solve this, use a pot that is large enough to give the eggs room to move about. The eggs should be placed in the pot in a single layer and not one on top of the other. Cramming the eggs in a small pot will not only result to cracked shells, but also uneven cooking.
2. “The egg whites are stuck on the shells.”
Using eggs that are fresh from the farm contain low PH levels, which make the whites adhere to the shells more. To solve this problem, use eggs that have aged a bit, because the shells have lost most of their moister and the PH levels of the whites are high – making them easier to peel.
3. “The egg yolks give off this Sulphur-like smell.”
Well, this is the result of over cooked eggs! Follow the suggested cooking time and cooking process to avoid this. Use a timer if needed. Doing so will help you keep track of the minutes and not forget about the eggs that are sadly boiling to oblivion on your stove top.
4. “The yolk is too chalky and the white is too rubbery.”
Again, this is the result of boiling the eggs for too long. Take note that the eggs will not stop cooking even after you have removed them from the boiling water. To avoid overly cooked hard-boiled eggs, make sure that you shock them in cold water to stop the cooking process.
5. “I boiled fresh eggs and shocked them in an ice bath, the shells were stuck on the shells.”
If you have access to a week or even 10 day old eggs, then those are the best ages to use if you want well-cooked hard-boiled eggs. But if you only have the fresh ones, boil the eggs in water and turn the heat off. Wait for 10 minutes and remove from the pot of water. Allow the eggs to cool without placing them in an ice bath and then peel them. the shells should be easier to remove.
Best Hard Boiled Egg Recipes
Now that you know how to properly cook a really mean hard-boiled egg, you’re now ready to start creating scrumptious recipes using these perfectly cooked eggs! So fire up your rice cooker, bring out your steamer and even make use of your pizzelle maker, because these recipes will get your thinking caps all activated and energized to experiment and try new egg dishes in no time.
Deviled eggs are perhaps one of the most popular hors d’oeuvres served at parties and get-togethers. In fact, this is one of my favorites, hands down. This recipe makes use of the same filling base which you can use on its own. But why settle for something that is common when you can jazz up your deviled eggs using different toppings.
You might find this method simple, but using grilled and chopped asparagus, crispy crumbled bacon, a dash of paprika and chopped chives and other herbs of your choice will prove that your jazzed up deviled eggs are starters that your guests would not want to get the last bite of.
Taste of Home gives you a really easy, delicious and filling hard-boiled egg recipe that will not only make you want to wake up early in the morning, you will also get home early for a late afternoon snack. In fact, this is such a stress-free dish to make that you can make this at night and reheat it in the morning when you are ready to serve breakfast.
The recipe calls for perfectly hard cooked eggs, walnuts or pecans, celery, mayonnaise (you can use light), cheese and potato chips, mixed together and baked to perfection – and voila! You now have a dish to start your day right.
If you are looking for a great way to use your left-over hard-boiled eggs or you are simply looking for a refreshing, healthy and a filling meal, then Incredible Egg’s classic egg salad is the best recipe to make.
With a little mayonnaise, lemon juice, celery, salt, pepper and onions mixed in with chopped up eggs, you now have a salad that you can serve on its own or as a filling for your sandwiches.
This recipe is definitely a work of art. With each component of the salad carefully placed on a plate, you will find this really appealing and appetizing. And because the ingredients are more visible, you will immediately know what you are putting in your body!
It also offers a good mix of textures and flavors because it’s made up of pickled beets, smoky cubes of cooked tofu which you can actually marinate and steam in your steamer, crunchy green beans and juicy tomatoes, bound together by a light dressing of sour cream, lemon juice and dill.
Who can resist a really good and healthy pizza? I know, I couldn’t. Health suggests a simple yet great tasting recipe for a pizza that will utilize and highlight your favorite hard-boiled eggs. This is definitely a fool proof dish because even if you have overcooked the eggs, you can still save them since you will be broiling them in the oven or even a grill to give it a smokier and even a slightly firmer texture.
The recipe needs a few ingredients that you probably have lying around in your pantry and fridge. So bring out your English muffins, tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, herbs, and mozzarella cheese and make this dish stat!
We can’t get enough of eating and enjoying a big and delicious sandwich. And what better way to showcase the fabulous flavors of hard-boiled eggs than making this L.A. Times recommended recipe. The Pan Bagnat is a hunger busting Sammy that gives you all the carbs and fibers that you need to fill you up after a hard-core workout at the gym or a long stressful day at work, or you can make this just because you love sandwiches.
The recipe requires hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, tuna, red onions and flavorsome ingredients such as capers, tomatoes, arugula, garlic, lemon juice and even red wine vinegar stuffed in a toasted baguette!
This hard-boiled egg recipe from My Recipes is definitely worth sharing with family and friends. It doesn’t just feature your favorite way to cook eggs, but it’s flavors will leave anyone who tastes it astounded and begging for more. I mean who can say no to juicy, egg-stuffed meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce?
Okay, this is a really simple recipe that packs a great deal of flavor. This means that you have no reason not to make it. As a matter of fact, it is so easy that you can make a large batch of the egg salad and put this sandwich together even if you are in hurry!
This easy sammy needs chopped hard-boiled eggs, sour cream, mayonnaise (again, you can use light), mustard, crispy bacon slices, tomatoes and your favorite slices of toasted bread. If you have your own egg salad recipe, then you can easily use it and still be able to achieve a sandwich that is packed with comforting flavors.
You might ask: “Where in the world are the hard-boiled eggs in this recipe?” Well, to tell you honestly, this is one recipe where you cannot really see the hard-boiled eggs but you will definitely feel it’s creamy consistency. This dish may actually intimidate newbies in the kitchen, but in reality, it is simple to make, as long as you follow the recipe.
The yolks of the hard-boiled eggs are mashed and incorporated in the actual pastry shell, combined with butter, sugar, flour and potato starch. The filling is made up of milk, sugar, basil, egg yolks, butter and cornstarch. And because this is an apricot tart, you will be needing ripe apricots and apricot jam as well.
The queen of home cooking is at it again! Martha Stewart has found another amazing way to showcase the deep flavors of a humble hard-boiled egg by pairing it with everyone’s favorite steak! This recipe is a great way to impress your loved ones, especially if you want to really convince them that you are great in the kitchen.
So for date-night Saturday, be sure to have the following ingredients handy: large hard-boiled eggs, skirt steaks, romaine lettuce leaves, radicchio, tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. Surely, this dish is bound to impress even the most cynical and the pickiest of eaters.
12. Avocado Angel Eggs By Eat Cleaner
At last, we have come up with a really helpful guide on making proper hard-boiled eggs at home! It turns out that cooking or boiling eggs to your desired cook or consistency isn’t so hard after all. Although, we cannot deny that it took us several attempts and several researches to be able to find the best and really effective ways to boil eggs.
So whether you will be using a regular sauce pan or maybe a bit resourceful and use your rice cooker or pressure cooker to boil eggs, as long as we keep all these tips in mind, there’s no stopping us from trying out these tasty ways to use hard-boiled eggs and from experimenting in the kitchen. At the same time, we can be more creative and adventurous when it comes to preparing dishes where we can incorporate hard-boiled eggs. So I bid you adieu and wish you all the luck. May you have more delicious escapades at the dinner table with your loved ones and friends.
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- I Tested Out Popular Tricks To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Easier To Peel by BuzzFeed
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- Hard-Boiled Egg Casserole Recipe by TasteOfHome
- Classic Egg Salad Recipe by IncredibleEgg
- Composed Salad with Pickled Beets & Smoked Tofu by EatingWell