The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

This is not my original idea – but having boiled a batch of hard boiled eggs yesterday, I continue to be impressed every single time that I get perfectly hard boiled eggs. No green edge to the yolk (did you know that means it’s overcooked?) and yolks cooked all the way through. Ready?

  1. Put your eggs in a pot tall enough to cover them fully with cool water (and so it won’t splash out when it starts to boil).
  2. Cover and cook on high until you just start to get a gentle rolling boil. (Tip: Listen for the eggs to start “bouncing” and then watch the pot! You don’t want them to high-heat boil for long.)
  3. Remove the pot from the heat but leave covered.
  4. Set your timer for 13 minutes.
  5. Drain off the water, and rinse the eggs in cold water.
  6. Peel immediately or throw them in the fridge for later.

Seriously…perfect eggs…every…time!

As luck would have it, I just got this post on how to cook soft boiled eggs, which sounds equally easy and precise. Look forward to giving it a try!

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  1. Jerica says:

    I would only add one tip–if you get eggs from a farmer or from your own flock, you will find that they do not peel well when very fresh. If you keep them at room temperature, you can stick them in the refrigerator overnight the day before you boil them, or use week-old eggs. Yummy!
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  2. Diane says:

    Rachael Ray’s tip is that if you’re going to peel the eggs right away, crack the shells by rattling the pan after they’re cooked.

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Oh yeah, great addition, Diane! I forgot about that – I do that when making deviled eggs but usually am only cracking one at a time. Thanks for sharing the tip!

  3. Gretchen says:

    Great tips – so funny that old eggs are better than fresh! I would love you to link up with me:

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Thanks, Gretchen! I’m subscribing and linking up. Look forward to catching up on your prior posts too!

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