How long do you boil eggs? Boil the water and let the eggs sit for about 15 minutes to let them cook fully through (see below).
After some trial and error, we’ve come up with a perfect hard boiled eggs method that works every time. Hard boiled eggs not only taste great, but they’re also a versatile source of protein that can be used in salads and sandwiches, for a quick snack, or deviled as a fancy appetizer. How long do you boil eggs? Keep reading for how long to boil an egg for hard boiled eggs.
Related: If you have an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker, here’s our method for Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs!
How long do you boil eggs?
How long to boil an egg for hard boiled eggs? It’s not a simple answer, because the eggs don’t actually boil! As soon as the water comes to a boil, turn off the heat! The eggs sit for about 15 minutes to let them cook fully through. While the eggs sit in the hot water, start preparing the rest of your ingredients for whatever dish you’re making. You’d be surprised at how much prep work you can finish in 15 minutes!
After the eggs have finished cooking in the hot water, drain the pot and immediately add the eggs to a bowl of ice water. This will prevent the eggs from cooking further (which often results in a dry, crumbly yolk). After the hard-boiled eggs have sat in the ice water, peel them immediately. You can also store unpeeled eggs in the fridge for a few days, but they’re easiest to peel when you do it right away.
Looking for more hard-boiled egg recipes?
Now that you know the correct hard boiled egg time, the culinary world is at your fingertips. After mastering how to hard boil eggs, use them in one of these recipes:
- Smoky Deviled Eggs
- Hard-Boiled Egg and Smoked Cheddar Strangewich
- Roasted Two-Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
- Radish and Egg Salad Sandwich
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How long do you boil eggs? This tip for how long to boil an egg for hard boiled eggs works every time, and results in easy to peel eggs.
- 12 large eggs (older eggs peel better than fresh)
- Place 12 eggs in the bottom of a large pot and and cover with water 1 inch above the eggs.
- Bring the water to a boil, gently stirring the eggs several times.
- As soon as the water boils, remove the pot from the heat, cover, and let the eggs sit for 15 minutes (13 minutes for small eggs or 17 minutes extra large eggs). Prepare a bowl of ice water.
- After 15 minutes, place the eggs in the ice water and allow them to cool completely (about 15 minutes). Peel immediately, or store in the fridge for 4 to 5 days.
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