How long to boil eggs: Boil the water and let the eggs continue to sit in the hot water for about 15 minutes. Full instructions and tips are below in the recipe card!
How Long to Boil Eggs
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Looking for how long to boil eggs? After some trial and error, Alex and I come up with a perfect hard boiled eggs method that works every time. It’s not a magic secret and it’s not rocket science: it’s just our trusty, everyday method for making a pot of hard boiled eggs. And we use them all the 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. Keep reading for how long to boil eggs and our master recipe.
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Video: How long to boil eggs
But first, a video! Here’s a video of me in our kitchen showing you how to boil eggs, including the easiest way to peel eggs.
How long to boil eggs?
How long to boil 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 sit 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 tips on how to peel eggs? Here’s how to make hard boiled eggs easy to peel.
Looking for more hard-boiled egg recipes?
Now that you know how long to boil eggs, the culinary world is at your fingertips! Use them in one of these recipes:
- Easy Salad Nicoise
- Smoky Deviled Eggs
- Grilled Cheese with Mayo & Boiled Egg
- Vegetarian Cobb Salad
- Healthy Potato Salad with Hard Boiled Egg
- Rigatoni with Grated Egg
- Classic Egg Salad Sandwich
- What to Do with Hard Boiled Eggs
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This hard boiled egg recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free.Print
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.
- Category: Snack
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
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About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.