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Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs are a must known skill for every home cook. With my foolproof method, you’ll learn to cook them until the whites are set and the yolks achieve the desired consistency.

A tray with hard boiled eggs.

Today we’re talking about the base of many dishes and an ingredient that is full of protein. The Egg. Here is my tutorial for perfectly boiled eggs each and every time.

Nutrition-packed, economical, and readily available, eggs really are incredible. And for perfectly cooked boiled eggs every time, you just need to follow a few basic tenets. This is a reliable method that I learned from my mom.

Most recipes say to add the eggs to a pot, cover with water then bring to a boil, then turn off heat and cook for certain minutes. I tried that method several times to see what I was missing out, and went back to this method.

A tray with hard boiled eggs.
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Ingredients

You don’t need much for hard boiled eggs other than water and eggs of course. Some people like to add salt but it’s not necessary. Bringing the eggs to room temperature prior to boiling prevents them from cracking in the pot.

Six brown eggs on a white oval plate.

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Grabbing an egg with a plastic spoon from the boiling water.
  1. Fill a pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Bring water to a soft rolling boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the water is boiling, use a spoon to gently lower the eggs into the pot one by one. Be cautious to avoid splashing hot water.
Boiling eggs in a white pot.
  1. Reduce the heat slightly to maintain a gentle boil. Set a timer based on your desired egg doneness:
    • Soft-boiled: 5-6 minutes (a little runny)
    • Medium-boiled: 10-11 minutes
    • Hard-boiled: 13-15 minutes.
Eggs inside a bowl with water and ice.
  1. When the eggs are done, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a bowl of ice water or run cold tap water over them to stop the cooking process.
  2. Once the eggs are cool, tap them gently on a hard surface to crack the shell, then peel it off. Season with salt and pepper if desired and use as needed.

Tips and Notes

  • Take the eggs out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature for about 10-15 minutes. This helps prevent cracking when they are placed in hot water.
  • There is no need to salt the water while cooking.

Serving Suggestions

Having a few huevos cocidos in the fridge saves time for when you want a cook meal or to use when needed.

They’re perfect on salads like this Ceasar Salad, or Pasta Salad. Make deviled eggs or breakfast burritos (chop boiled eggs and add them to a breakfast burrito made with flour tortillas with your favorite ingredients like cheese, salsa, and sauteed veggies. Or just plain!

Hard boiled eggs on a white oval plate.

Thank you for stopping by!

I hope you like this recipe! Do you have any questions I can help you with? Or if you made it, I would love it if you leave a comment or rating below.
Gracias!!!! xx, Ana

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Hard boiled eggs on a white oval plate.

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs are a must known skill for every home cook. With my foolproof method, you’ll learn to cook them perfectly each time.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 eggs
Calories: 78kcal
Author: Ana Frias

Ingredients 

  • 6 large eggs (or as many as you want) - at room temperature
  • Water. Enough to cover the eggs in the pot.

Instructions

  • Fill a pot with enough water to cover the eggs. Bring water to a soft rolling boil over medium-high heat.
  • Once the water is boiling, use a spoon to gently lower the eggs into the pot one by one. Be cautious to avoid splashing hot water.
  • Reduce the heat slightly to maintain a gentle boil. Set a timer based on your desired egg doneness:Soft-boiled:
    5-6 minutes (a little runny)
    Medium-boiled: 10-11 minutes
    Hard-boiled: 13-15 minutes1
  • When the eggs are done, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a bowl of ice water or run cold tap water over them to stop the cooking process.
  • Once the eggs are cool, tap them gently on a hard surface to crack the shell, then peel it off. Season with salt and pepper if desired.

Private Notes

Nutrition

Serving: 1egg | Calories: 78kcal | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g

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