Friday, November 11, 2011

The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

Step 1: Set your eggs out at least 1/2 hour early to bring them down to room temperature or just not ice cold from the fridge. Lay them sideways like shown above so that the yolk isn't resting in the bottom of the egg. You'll see why later in the post.

Step 2: Place your eggs in a pot of water and place the pot on the stove.

Step 3: Turn your stove on to Med-Hi and wait for the water to boil. That next notch works too but just NOT HI!

 Step 4: Once the water boils, set the timer for 15 minutes and wait.

Step 5: When the timer goes off, turn the stove off, carefully take the eggs out and set them on a dishtowel or something to cool. Once they cool down a bit, put them back in the carton, mark it "Hard Boiled" and refrigerate.

Hint: If you want to test the egg, try to spin it on the countertop. It will spin really fast if it's done. To see the difference, spin a raw egg and see what happens.

This is one of my hard boiled eggs and the proper way to crack and peel (in my opinion). Give it a gentle whack or two just around the center and then peel. The more shell you crack, the more you will have to peel off.

See? Lovely.

This is why you set the eggs on their side before cooking. Notice how the yolk has plenty of white around it?
The reason that the egg is not quite oval is because I tend to use older eggs to make them hard boiled. That is also the reason for the graying around the yolk.

These are perfect for Deviled Eggs! I'll add the recipe later...

Let me know how this works for you.


  1. I'm going to try the eggs on their side for half an hour thing. Not that I am making deviled eggs but it's just a cool thing.

  2. This is such a good trick. I ALWAYS have problems getting the shell to come off smoothly.