How to Make Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs


This method for easy hard-boiled eggs makes the most perfect eggs ever — and they're easy to peel. The whites are firm but not rubbery, and the yolks are cooked and still creamy.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 hard-boiled eggs


  • 6 eggs


  1. Place eggs in a saucepan and pour in cold water to cover; place over high heat. When the water just starts to simmer, turn off heat, cover the pan with a lid, and let stand for 17 minutes. Don't peek.

  2. Pour out the hot water and pour cold water over eggs. Drain and refill with cold water; let stand until eggs are cool, about 20 minutes.

  3. Peel eggs under running water.

    close up view of a hard boiled egg sliced in half with a knife in the background
    Chef John

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

72 Calories
5g Fat
0g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 72
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 186mg 62%
Sodium 70mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 6g
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 67mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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