How to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

Learn how to make the perfect hard-boiled eggs every time. These eggs are perfect for eating plain or turning into keto deviled eggs.

Hard-boiled eggs are a great snack.
Hard-boiled eggs are a great snack.

How to Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs

When it comes time to peel your hard-boiled eggs, there are a couple ways to peel them perfectly every time.

The key to peeling hard-boiled eggs is to put them into an ice-water bath to stop the eggs from overcooking.

Crack the eggs and place into ice water.
Crack the eggs and place into ice water.

Once they’ve cooled a bit, crack the eggs, either against the bowl or the counter and put them back in the water. The cool water will get in between the shell and the egg white and naturally begin to separate the two. Peel back the shell and use some running water if need be. Place your peeled eggs on a paper towel to allow them to dry off a bit and then use and serve as desired.

Tips and Tricks when Making Hard-Boiled Eggs

Making hard-boiled eggs is an easy snack. All you need is two pots of water- one pot of hot water to cook the eggs and then an ice water bath to cool them down.

Making the hard-boiled eggs is the first step to making deviled eggs.
Making the hard-boiled eggs is the first step to making deviled eggs.

How can I easily peel hard-boiled eggs?

Crack the eggs and add them back into the ice water bath for easy peeling.
Crack the eggs and add them back into the ice water bath for easy peeling.

Did you know that older eggs are actually easier to peel? If you have the choice between fresher or older eggs, choose the older eggs.

After hard-boiling the eggs, shock the eggs in a a bath of ice water to stop the cooking of the eggs. After a couple minutes of allowing the eggs to cool, crack the eggs gently on a counter or the bowl and then put them back into the ice water. Allowing the water to get in between the eggs and the shell.

Use a spoon or just your fingers to begin peeling the shell away from the egg white.

How long should I boil the eggs?

Boils the eggs for about a minute.
Boils the eggs for about a minute.

Boil the eggs for about a minute. Then turn the burner off and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for about 10 minutes. Then transfer the eggs to ann ice bath and allow the eggs to sit for about 10 minutes.

What should I do with hard boiled eggs?

There are so many options for your hard-boiled eggs. You can make egg salad, keto deviled eggs or even slice the eggs and add them to salads.

How long will hard-boiled eggs last?

Hard-boiled eggs will last in your fridge for up to 7 days, peeled or unpeeled. It’s best to store the eggs in an airtight container.

How many minutes should I cook my eggs for a soft-boiled egg?

If you want that perfectly soft yolk for a soft-boiled eggs, just take the eggs out of the hot water early. Allow them to sit in the hot water bath for only 4 to 5 minutes instead of the full 10 minutes.

If you want a soft yolk that isn’t quite hard boiled nor liquid like a soft-boiled egg yolk, split the difference and leave the eggs in the hot water bath for 7 minutes or so.

My eggs cracked when they were boiling! What should I do?

Even if the shell of your uncooked egg looks perfectly solid, there is a small possibility of the egg being cracked by the boiling water. If you’re worried about this happening, or if you look down into your pot and see your eggs beginning to crack, add in a tablespoon of white vinegar. The vinegar will keep the egg whites together, even if the shell begins to break.

How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs

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Recipe by Sarah Course: Appetizers, sideCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

12

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Calories

50

kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs

  • enough water to cover (about 6 cups)

  • 1 tbsn white vinegar (optional)

Directions

  • Add the eggs to a large stock pot and cover the eggs with water.
  • Heat the pot over medium-high heat and allow the water to come to a boil. Allow to boil for one to two minutes and then turn off the burner and allow the eggs to sit in the hot water for 10 minutes.
  • If you notice that your eggs begin to crack or whites from the eggs begin to come out of the shells, add the white vinegar to the water. Vinegar will help the egg whites stick together.
  • After the 10 minutes, take the eggs and shock them in a bath of ice water to keep your eggs from getting overcooked. After shocking your eggs for a couple of minutes (5 to 10 minutes should be enough) you are ready to peel your eggs.
  • Peel the hard-boiled eggs by cracking them against the bowl or counter and then placing them back into the cool water. The water will get in between the shell and egg white, making it easier to peel.
  • Peel the eggs and eat or store in an airtight container for up to one week.

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