how to make hard boiled eggs

Hard Boiled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make, but they’re also easy to mess up! This method makes perfect hard-boiled eggs (without the green ring) every time.

Servings: Up to a dozen eggs
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes



  1. Place the eggs in a saucepan in a single layer, and fill the pan with enough cold water so that it covers the eggs by about an inch.
  2. Bring to a rolling boil over high heat, then remove the pan from the heat, cover, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Carefully pour out the hot water; place the pan in the sink and run cold water over the eggs until the pan is lukewarm, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain and refill with cold water; let stand until the eggs are room temperature, about 10 minutes. Gently crack the eggs all over and peel under running water.
  4. Make Ahead: Eggs can be cooked and peeled 3 days ahead. If you keep the eggs in their shell, they can last for up to a week. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  5. Tip: When peeling an egg, start at the wider end -- there's usually a small air pocket in there, which makes the egg shell easier to remove.