The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg!

Just in time for Easter, you’ll have beautiful (and yummy) Easter Eggs.  If you still need some Easter ideas, check out this post with some great Easter books and ideas!

OK, Folks! After years of perfecting the hard-boiling of eggs, I am officially going to share THE way to do it, avoiding cracked eggs, sticky shells, and green yolks!

Hard Boiled Egg

1. Start with fresh eggs, but actually, the slightly older ones will have a softer shell

2. Put the eggs in a saucepan FIRST! (trust me!) Then, fill the pan with water, to just cover the eggs. Add a dash of white vinegar to help soften the shell for peeling.

3. Place the pan on the stove, and turn the burner on Med-High, gradually heating the water to boiling.

4. Reduce the heat to Low, and simmer slightly for about 10 minutes. Any longer will result in green yolks.

5. Meanwhile fill a large bowl with ice water. When the eggs are done cooking, remove them from the pan with tongs and place them gently in the ice water bowl. Leave them there for only about 2 minutes, then place them on towels. (This is the MOST important step)

6. To crack the eggs, gently tap them on the counter in several areas all around the egg. Continue by rolling the egg on the counter to crack every part of the shell. It should then be easy to find the pocket of air at the top of the egg, and pull the shell off.

If you follow these directions exactly, you will be on the road to boiled-egg bliss! Now, there are always exceptions, but this is by far the most successful method I’ve found!

Let me know in the comments: What is your favorite way to eat eggs?

About Sarah Pinnix

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Comments

  1. I am going to try this. I have never made a presentable hard-boiled egg.

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  2. Muthering Heights says:

    Woah, I didn't know you COULD avoid green yolks!!!

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  3. Kelly @ The Miller Mix says:

    Very timely. I messed up this exact method today and wound up with soft yolks. Had to reboil – which didn't work out well. I'll bookmark this post for next time!

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  4. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    Good stuff to know! I am actually not a fan of hard-boiled eggs, but hubby loves them!

    I am bummed – I will have to miss your show on Thursday and it's one I need – LOL! My Dad is here visiting and we'll be busy. I'll have to watch the playback. You have my permission to let everybody know that it's all secretly about me! 🙂

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  5. Bailey's Leaf says:

    You know, hard boiled eggs are hit and miss with the greenage at my house. When I cook, I'll check and they'll be beautiful and yellow. The next day, they have the green ring. Perhaps my plunging them into ice water will prevent that. They are probably still cooking on the inside!

    My favorite way to eat eggs? A bird in the nest. (Little hole cut out of bread that has been buttered, drop egg in the middle, cook until still just a little runny and dip your little extra round in the egg.) Yum!

    Hey! Come on by the Crock-Pot Fest, if you'd like! We'd love to have you!

    http://baileysleaf.blogspot.com/2009/09/baileys-leaf-lovin-on-crock-pot-fest.html

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  6. Real Life Sarah says:

    Yes, Bailey's Leaf! Overcooking created the green yolk, and they will still cook unless you stop the process, sort of like you can do with veggies to keep them crisp.

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  7. Carolina John says:

    I've been really into poached eggs lately. like boiling them without the shell. and the kids eat scrambled eggs every single day.

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  8. Julie@Momspective says:

    I'm bookmarking this, I am terrible at hard-boiling eggs. I always have to call my mom!

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  9. Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama says:

    I have never had the yolks turn green- you people are scaring me LOL

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  10. Work at Home Mom says:

    There's an award for you over at my site! I really enjoy your blog!

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  11. I am trying this. I am so sick of the shell sticking to the egg. It is a hit or miss here and I can' never remember what I did the time it didn't stick.
    Smiles!

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  12. The Suburban Farmer says:

    Okay – Well, I've never had a green yolk, but the shell ALWAYS sticks! And it rips off half of the egg and I'm embarrassed to ask for help because who can't hard-boil an egg at 45 years old!

    (Thanks for this)

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  13. Painter Mommy says:

    Thanks! I have not tried the ice water idea. I usually run them under cold water. But this idea makes a lot of sense. Thanks!

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  14. It is very interesting for me to read that blog. Thank author for it. I like such themes and everything connected to this matter. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.

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  15. LizzieB
    Twitter: LizzieBtv
    says:

    OMG!!! I needed this yesterday!! But since I managed to crack at least half the eggs – we’ll be boiling some more. Now, I know what “not” to do. Thanks:)
    .-= LizzieB´s last blog ..What I Wear to Preschool Drop-Off (It’s not Pretty) =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Oh, yay! Let me know how it goes!

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  16. Coma Girl says:

    I need to print this because every time I have to boil one, I wind up googling it. Sad.
    .-= Coma Girl´s last blog ..Mommy Management Monday – Shopping List =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Oh, girl! I’ll take the page views on my blog! Haha! It’s like second nature to me now.

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  17. After 23 years of marriage, I STILL pull the old fav cookbook down EVERY time I hard boil eggs…Thanks for the tips!
    .-= Cheri´s last blog ..It’s Monday….all week long! =-.

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  18. I had no idea, people needed instructions to boil an egg, and never heard of green yolks.

    my tip: peel them with a spoon so the shell doesn’t brake into a million little pieces.

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  19. Oooh, perfect ideas for perfect eggs! 😀 Thank you so much!

    Love having egg salad sandwiches or angeled eggs!
    .-= Sherry´s last blog ..WFMW – It is elementary my dear Watkins.. (Giveaway) =-.

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  20. I boil mine for 15 minutes and don’t end up with a green yolk. However, they sure are hard to peel! I’ll have to try the vinegar and rolling technique!
    .-= Johnlyn´s last blog ..Grocery Shopping 3/31/10 =-.

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  21. donna@dog car seats says:

    thanks for this, we’re going to be hosting an easter egg hunt at our house. My son is going to love making these eggs

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  22. Thanks Sarah — I missed this one last year. We had a bunch of eggs that cracked during boiling. I’m hoping the vinegar/10 minute simmering/ice water will be the magic combo — giving it a try today with my fingers crossed! 😉

    Thanks again!

    ~Michelle
    .-= Childlife´s last blog ..Another Zinger From The Peanut Gallery… =-.

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
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    Hi Michelle! Long time no see! How are you doing? It’s so great to hear from you!

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  23. Woah, I didn’t know you COULD avoid green yolks!!!

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  24. Okay – Well, I’ve never had a green yolk, but the shell ALWAYS sticks! And it rips off half of the egg and I’m embarrassed to ask for help because who can’t hard-boil an egg at 45 years old!

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  25. Good stuff to know! I am actually not a fan of hard-boiled eggs, but hubby loves them!

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  26. Something to add to my morning breakfast.

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  27. It never mattered to me if the yolks were green, because when we eat them, it’s always in egg salad or deviled eggs – you can’t tell the yolk was green once you mix it up. However, sticky shells are VERY frustrating when you want to make nice deviled eggs – I’m gonna try this technique for Easter eggs this year!

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    Sarah
    Twitter: reallifesarah
    Reply:

    Oooh, I love egg salad! Do you put green olives in yours? One of my grandmother’s signature lunches was Egg and Olive sandwiches.

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    Jen Reply:

    No, I’m not a big fan of olives. 🙂 I like to add tarragon to mine!

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  28. My kids are crazy for hard boiled eggs. I don’t usually have a problem with green yolks but I always end up with shells that just won’t peel. I’ll have to give your tips a shot. Thanks!

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  29. Tony Olsson says:

    I’ve always loved hard boiled eggs, especially when I’m on a low carb diet. Just because it contains a lot of protein, as well as fill me up. It took me a while though to learn how to boil them the perfect way 🙂

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  31. Slice O Matic says:

    It’s great to have posts on how to do the simple things like hard boiled eggs. That’s exactly how i crack hardboiled eggs is by rolling them on a surface. I just recently learned that from a girl i dated. I used to spend so much time peeling hard boiled eggs.

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