How to Hard Boil an Egg

I learned how to hard boil an egg in home ec in 7th grade. Since those early lessons I have modified my cooking technique and more so now that I live at altitude.

Before I choose my egg cooking technique I am clear about how I am going to use the eggs and then select different hacks based on what I am going to do with them.

You can find many different ways to hard boil an egg online. Feel free to experiment and try several to find one that works for you. The downside of this kind of experiment is that by the time you want to use your hard boiled egg it has to be perfect and there is no going back. But I love to experiment – so…

I have found this method to be the most reliable. I like my hard boiled eggs firm and the yellow firmer. I know some people like their yellows to be squishy but I find that off-putting and usually do not modify a recipe to allow my hard boiled eggs to be anything but firm.

Hard Boil Eggs
Recipe type: Cooking tip
Serves: 8-12
  • 2 quarts of water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 8-12 eggs
  1. Fill a saucepan halfway with cold water and set on burner.
  2. Add salt
  3. Gently place 8-12 eggs in the water and turn the burner on medium high until the water boils
  4. When the water boils, cover the pan and turn the burner off
  5. Let the eggs sit for 11 minutes (I like to let them sit for up to 20 minutes.
  6. Drain the eggs and run cold water over the hot eggs.
  7. Cool and place in fridge until use

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Mama’s Notes:


Make the eggs one day ahead of when you need to use them for better results.

Add a few extra eggs to the pot in case one breaks or to enjoy as a snack while you are cooking.

Hard boiled eggs are a great source of protein and easy to pack in a lunch.


One comment on “How to Hard Boil an Egg

  1. Thanks Mama for the great tips! I’m ashamed to say I still struggle with this and often get a grey ring around the white part. What could be causing this?

    your Fan,

    The Mayor of Merryville

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