How to Cook the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

There are a lot of different ways to cook a hard-boiled egg. Some people like them to boil for a long time until the yolk is firm. Others prefer them with a softer yolk. In this post, we will discuss the best way to cook a hard-boiled egg so that it is perfect every time.

The temp and size of your eggs significantly affect how you can peel them – if they are easy to peel after you boil them. Consider utilizing big eggs a week or two old for the greatest results.

How to Make the Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg

If you live at a high elevation, it’s essential to leave the eggs in hot water for an extra 5 minutes or decrease the heat and maintain a low simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.

For this technique to work, induction ranges must be kept at a lower temperature and take longer to cook than gas ranges. Induction stoves cannot produce enough heat because they reach boiling too quickly and retain far less of it.

We recommend steaming your eggs to ensure more consistent results if you have an induction range.


  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Vinegar (optional)


  1. Place your eggs inside a saucepan or pot. Pour cold water inside and ensure it covers the eggs by 2 inches. 
  2. Add vinegar to the water, if desired. This helps prevent egg whites from running out if the shell cracks during cooking.
  3. Boil the water over medium heat, lower the heat, and allow the eggs simmer for twelve minutes. 
  4. Take the eggs out of the pan and place them inside a bow full of ice water. 
  5. Let them sit in the ice bath for a few minutes
  6. Peel and enjoy!

The perfect hard-boiled egg should have a firm, but not rubbery, white and a yolk cooked through. But it should still be soft in the center. 

Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to making eggs that are just right every time.

Another Way to Hard Boil Eggs

  1. Place eggs in a saucepan or pot. 
  2. Pour cold water in a pan or pot to cover the eggs. 
  3. Place the pan on the stove over high heat and ensure the water boils. 
  4. After the water boils, shut the heat and let it sit for 12 minutes. 
  5. After 12 minutes have passed, use a slotted spoon to transfer the eggs to a bowl of ice water. 
  6. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before peeling and eating. 
  7. Enjoy! 

How to Avoid the Green Ring in Your Egg

Sometimes, a green ring can form around the yolk when you hard boil eggs. This results from a chemical reaction from the iron in the yolk and the egg’s sulfur. The longer you cook your eggs, the more likely this reaction will occur. 

To avoid the green ring, cook your eggs for a shorter time. You can also add vinegar or lemon juice to the water before cooking, which will help prevent the formation of the green ring. 

If you end up with a green ring around your yolk, it’s not harmful and doesn’t affect the taste of your egg.

Boiling Egg

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