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How To Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time

Stovetop Hard-Boiled & Soft-Boiled Eggs | How to Boil Eggs
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The secret of How to Boil Eggs is all in the timing. You want the boiled eggs to have a yellow yolk that is fully cooked. If the yolk turns greens, that means it’s slightly over-cooked.

These stove-top directions on how to boil eggs are great. However, I prefer using my Instant Pot for boiling eggs. Check out my post on Hard-Boiled Eggs Instant Pot Recipe.

Tricks and Tips for How to Boil Eggs

Do put your eggs in the pan, before heating up the water.

Chill until eggs are no longer warm! If eggs stay hot, they will continue to cook.

The best way to shock eggs is with a reusable ice brick. I place mine in a plastic bag (for cleanliness). Dump the boiling water out, place your ice brick in the pan, and run water directly over the ice brick.

You may have to dump the water a couple of times. Do this until the water no longer warms up from the heat of the eggs. You can also continue to run water over the ice brick. Do this until the eggs are no longer hot to the touch.

Tips for Peeling Boiled Eggs

Peeling eggs can be a real pain in the YOU KNOW WHAT sometimes! That’s why I prefer to cook my eggs in the Instant Pot.

Use older eggs – Believe it or not, older eggs peel more easily. Store-bought eggs are reportedly about 45 days old. I suggest using an egg that’s at least 1 week old.

Gently crack the eggs before chilling them. Getting a little water between the shell and the egg helps to loosen it. It’s not a fool-proof way, but it does help sometimes.

I’ve heard of other suggestions that are supposed to help too. Such as, adding baking soda to the water when boiling. I tried it, it didn’t work for me.

I’ve also heard that cracking the eggshell and rolling it works well. This method seems to work well on store-bought eggs, but not farm fresh eggs, especially those super thick duck eggs!

You know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever been cut by a duck egg!

How to Boil Eggs Instructions

Whether you store your eggs at room temperature or in the fridge these instructions should help you get them boiled up perfectly every time!

Before cooking up eggs, it’s a good idea to know how long eggs last, and know exactly how old that eggs is, which you can easily check with the egg float test!

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Stovetop Hard-Boiled & Soft-Boiled Eggs

Yield: 12
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Cooling Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes

Want the perfect boiled eggs every time? In this recipe, I'm sharing instruction for hard boiled eggs, and soft boiled eggs. Learning How to Boil Eggs is simple! Just follow these super easy steps from Homestead Wishing.


  • 12 large eggs
  • 6 cups water


Hard-Boiled Eggs Directions

  1. Place water and eggs in a medium saucepan.
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Turn off heat.
  4. Cover pan, and let sit for 11 minutes.
  5. Remove water from pan carefully.
  6. Chill with ice or an ice brick, until eggs are completely cooled.

! Soft-Boiled Eggs Directions

  1. Place water and eggs in a medium saucepan
  2. Bring water to a boil.
  3. Turn off heat.
  4. Cover pan, and let sit for 7 minutes,
  5. Remove water from pan carefully.
  6. Chill with ice or an ice brick, until eggs are completely cooled.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 143Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 372mgSodium 151mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 13g

For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.

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Recipes Using Hard-Boiled Eggs

I rarely ever have leftovers when I make hard-boiled eggs, but sometimes it happens. I cook up about 100 eggs during the week! Yowzer!

Sometimes I look for interesting ways to use up eggs. Here are some recipes using boiled eggs.

Recipes Using Soft-Boiled Eggs | How to Boil Eggs

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8 thoughts on “How To Boil Eggs Perfectly Every Time”

  1. I couldn’t remember my grandmother’s instructions until I saw yours! This is how she did it and they were perfect every time! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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