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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Take away the guesswork and learn my foolproof methods for making hard boiled eggs perfect every time: in the oven and on the stovetop.

You might be thinking hard boiled eggs are the easiest thing on Earth to make. You are wrong! I’d love to know in the comments if you are like me and have screwed up making hard boiled eggs.

I literally cringed for years every time I made hard boiled eggs because I was always worried they weren’t cooked all the way or because I was scared of them being too runny still, I overcooked them!

Over the years of trying and trying, I finally have reached the point where making hard boiled eggs has become fool proof for me! And hopefully now it will be for you as well.

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2 Foolproof Methods for Making Hard Boiled Eggs

I go back and forth making hard boiled eggs in the oven or on my stove top. Both are easy and foolproof. If I have my oven on and I plan on making hard boiled eggs, I make them in the oven.

Another one of my favorite ways to enjoy eggs in the oven is this easy egg benedict recipe.

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place one egg in each cup of a muffin tin, then carefully pour water into each cup until it is full to the brim.
  • Cook for 30 mins.
  • Immediately remove them from the tins, to stop the cooking process.
  • Place eggs into an ice bath for five minutes.
  • Some brown spots may appear on the shell, the eggs will be fine.
  • Prepare as desired.
hard boiled eggs in oven

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs on the Stove Top

  • On the Stove Top, place the eggs in a pot and cover them with cold water.
  • Add in 1 tablespoon or more of salt (depending on the number of eggs)
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Boil for 8-10 mins, remove now for creamy yolk or;
  • Turn off the heat and let them sit in the hot water an additional 3-5 mins for a paler and opaque color often used for deviled eggs.
  • Move eggs to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.
  • Let sit 5-6 mins if serving immediately.
  • Let sit 10 mins if using later on.
hard boiled eggs

If the stove top or oven don’t work for your needs, you can also try instant pot hard boiled eggs or air fryer hard boiled eggs.

Some Tips to Keep in Mind When Making Hard Boiled Eggs:

  • Adding salt to the water prior to boiling helps remove the shell without it breaking into a lot of pieces.
  • Using an ice bath can help prevent the greenish color around the yolk that over cooked hard-boiled eggs sometimes present.
  • Recently, I learned that fresh eggs are harder to peel over older eggs. Who knew?
  • The key to making sure the eggs do not crack in the process is starting with the cold water. You want your egg and water to come up in temperature at the same time.
  • Storage: Peeled or unpeeled eggs will keep in a fridge for up to 5 days. If unpeeled, keep in an airtight container.

Ways to Eat Hard Boiled Eggs

With two hungry kids (and a hungry husband), I love making hard boiled eggs because they really are versatile. When all else fails, they can become a quick protein filled snack. Hard boiled eggs are definitely apart of my weekly meal prep. Some of my other favorite ways to serve hard boiled eggs include:

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How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

Yield: 1 dozen
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Take away the guesswork and learn my foolproof methods for making hard boiled eggs perfect every time: in the oven and on the stovetop.

Ingredients

  • Eggs
  • Salt
  • Ice
  • Water

Instructions

    In the oven:
    Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

    Place one egg in each cup of a muffin tin, then carefully pour water into each cup until it is full to the brim.

    Cook for 30 mins.

    Immediately remove them from the tins, to stop the cooking process.

    Place eggs into an ice bath for five minutes.

    Some brown spots may appear on the shell, the eggs will be fine.

    Peel, Dye or prepare as desired.

    On the Stove Top:
    Place the eggs in a pot and cover them with cold water.

    Add in 1 tablespoon or more of salt (depending on the number of eggs)

    Bring to a boil.

    Boil for 8-10 mins, remove now for creamy yolk or;

    Turn off the heat and let them sit in the hot water an additional 3-5 mins for a paler and opaque color often used for deviled eggs.

    Move eggs to an ice bath to stop the cooking process.

    Let sit 5-6 mins if serving immediately.

    Let sit 10 mins if using later on.

Notes

Adding salt to the water prior to boiling helps remove the shell without it breaking into a lot of pieces.
Using an ice bath can help prevent the greenish color around the yolk that over cooked hard-boiled eggs
sometimes present.
Storage:
Peeled or unpeeled eggs will keep in a fridge for up to 5 days. If unpeeled, keep in an airtight container.

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