No matter if they’re used for egg salad, Denver eggs, or simply consumed as snacks on their own, knowing how to boil an egg properly is essential for creating delicious dishes such as egg salad. This method produces perfectly cooked eggs with golden yellow yolks and peel-resistant shells – the ideal ingredient in creating tasty treats like egg salad.
Combine eggs in a saucepan and cover them with enough water to create an inch-thick layer. This will prevent cracking while simultaneously providing even cooking of your eggs.
Read our full guide how to make hard boil eggs!
1. Place the Eggs in a Single Layer
No one likes biting into an egg with chalky yolk or finding that the center has developed an odd greenish tint. While perfecting hard boiled eggs might seem impossible, with just a few steps and techniques you can achieve the ideal texture in no time!
Start by gathering a pot of cold water that can accommodate all of your eggs in an even layer. Salinity should be added, along with one teaspoon of vinegar to prevent cracking while cooking.
Once the eggs have been evenly spread out in an even layer, carefully and slowly add them to the water in your pot. Touching eggs could result in uneven cooking; dropping too quickly might heat them too quickly, causing their shells to crack prematurely.
Once eggs have reached a boil, remove from heat and allow them to remain in hot water for 10-12 minutes before taking out and refrigerating them for soft boiled or crisp and dry yolk eggs, respectively.
Once your eggs have finished cooking, transfer them immediately to a bowl of cold water to shock. This process helps stop their further cooking while making them easier to peel later on.
2. Bring Water to a Boil
Before boiling eggs, it’s essential that they reach a rolling boil as this will prevent those unsightly greenish-gray rings that form around hard-boiled egg yolks and ensures an even heat distribution throughout, making peeling simpler.
When cooking eggs, be careful not to crowd them in a pan – too close together can cause cracking! Additionally, setting a timer is vital as hard boiling does not offer tactile cues for doneness – therefore keeping an eye on them and taking action before they overcook is critical.
After your timer goes off, transfer the eggs to a bowl of cold water to stop their cooking process and make them easier to peel. This step is essential – otherwise they would continue cooking and be difficult to peel!
I’ve found this method works best with large eggs straight from the fridge, though you may need to experiment a little with timing in order to achieve your ideal hard boiled egg for your equipment, eggs and altitude. Additionally, you could add one teaspoon of baking soda into the water to help make peeling simpler; but in my experience this doesn’t make much of a difference.
3. Cover the Eggs
Addition of eggs to boiling water can result in cracked shells. To reduce this risk, cover the pot while you boil your eggs; doing this will not only make peeling them easier but will also protect their whites from becoming overcooked.
Have you seen recipes for hard boiled eggs which recommend adding salt or vinegar to the water before boiling the eggs? However, I have discovered that such steps don’t make much difference; all that really matters is allowing your eggs to boil for 12 minutes and then cooling them off in a bowl of ice water afterwards.
People often struggle with preparing hard boiled eggs because they either overdo them, or end up with ugly grey-ish rings around the yolk. To overcome this problem, use this method and you will always end up with delicious and easy to peel eggs every time!
Place eggs in a single layer in a large saucepan with cold water that covers them by one inch, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. After the water reaches boiling point, remove it from the heat source and allow them to sit covered for approximately 15 minutes (large eggs). Their residual heat will ensure they cook evenly without overdoing them.
4. Let the Eggs Boil for 12 Minutes
Eggs should be boiled for 12 minutes to achieve the perfect hard texture, however if you prefer something runnier cook them for less time. Be mindful of equipment, eggs and altitude in making this decision as each timing situation varies greatly.
Once the eggs have finished boiling, remove them from the heat and allow them to sit covered for 8 to 12 minutes to help cool them before overcooking occurs and provide you with time to use them before they spoil.
If your eggs keep overcooking, try switching out for older ones – they are typically easier to peel and won’t overheat!
Once your eggs have cooled down, give them another dip in an ice water bowl to stop any further cooking and make peeling them easier. Stored unpeeled for five days in your fridge unpeeled they make for great additions to salads, sandwiches and other dishes as well as being an easy breakfast/snack option! When taking to work or school keep them in an airtight covered container to stay cool!
5. Drain the Eggs
Make the perfect hard boiled egg every time with easy peeling, rich yellow yolk, and no green-gray rings due to overboiling or using water with high concentration of iron content.
To prevent this from happening, start with cold water in a saucepan large enough to hold all your eggs without touching each other, add enough water to cover by about an inch, bring to a boil and continue until your desired doneness has been reached. At that point transfer them using a slotted spoon into an ice water-filled bowl and allow to set for 14 minutes before refrigerating them again.
Some chefs recommend puncturing each egg before boiling in order to help retain its shape when cooling, however this method has proven too risky as it can cause cracks to form within its interior which makes peeling it harder.
6. Run the Eggs under Cold Water
With this method, you’re guaranteed perfectly hard-boiled eggs every time. Your yolks will have bright yellow hues with firm yet tender whites; no greenish tint will show. Experiment with timing until you reach your ideal result: for jammy eggs wait six to seven minutes while firmer yolks require at least ten.
As soon as your egg is done, run it under cold water to stop its cooking process and make them easier to peel. This will also remove any remaining heat and avoid overcooking which could result in nasty green tinges around its yolk.
Your best bet for speedier eggs is to bring the water to a boil before adding your eggs; however, this could result in them breaking. A better strategy would be to add them once the boiling point has been reached by using a spoon rather than dropping them directly in. This will prevent shock shock as soon as they hit hot water and shock shock may also prevent eggs from cracking when put directly in there! For extra flavor boost, consider adding vinegar or salt before boiling your water!
7. Peel the Eggs
Hard boiled eggs can add an exquisite twist to any meal or snack – from salad toppings and soup bases, to quick breakfast or lunch options and snacks. But getting them to peel easily may prove tricky when they’re very fresh; size, age, temperature of the water you use as well as your effort all play a factor in how easily their shell can be peeled off.
One effective strategy is rolling a cooked egg on a hard surface to crack and loosen its shell, creating gaps for peeling. This approach works best on large eggs straight from the fridge.
Use a steamer basket before adding eggs to boiling water for easy peeling! This will prevent them from adhering to the bottom of your pan and making peeling much simpler.
After finishing cooking eggs, many experts suggest submerging them in an ice bath to quickly cool them down, making them easier to peel. Although this tip hasn’t been scientifically validated yet, it may work for everyone.