How to Hard Boil an Egg

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Easter is just around the corner and that means pretty soon your kids will be begging to dye Easter Eggs!

But wait… how do you hard boil those darn eggs again??

I can’t tell you how many times the simple basics can drift out of our brain, and then we’re left calling our Mom for all the answers.

How To Hard Boil an Egg

Have no fear – hard boiling an egg is super simple! I even have a trick to help you remember for the future, so you’ll be prepared for dying all the Easter Eggs you can handle.


If you can remember that there are 12 eggs in a dozen; then you can remember that it takes 12 minutes to hard boil an egg!

That’s not to say that it only takes one minute per egg, because the rule of 12 minutes works for no matter how many eggs you’re cooking.

Start off by placing an even layer of eggs in the bottom of your pot.

How to Hard Boil an Egg

Then fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the eggs by 2 inches.

Start off by placing an even layer of eggs in the bottom of a pot

Once you have the right amount of water add a tablespoon of white vinegar (to keep the eggs from cracking) and a 1/2 teaspoon of salt (to help make them easier to peel).

Start off by placing an even layer of eggs in the bottom of a pot

Place the pot on your stove top and turn it to high heat. Bring the water to a rolling boil, then turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for 12 minutes.

How to Hard Boil an Egg

After 12 minutes use a slotted spoon to take one egg out. Run it under cold water till it cools enough to touch it, then gently crack it open to test it’s doneness. If it’s cooked to perfection, then drain the hot water from the pot and run cold water over the rest of the eggs.

If for some reason it’s not done yet, let the eggs sit on the stovetop for a little longer (keep them covered).

How to Hard Boil an Egg

Store the chilled eggs in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to dye them.

Or… crack one open and enjoy it with a little salt and pepper.

How to Hard Boil an Egg

Easy-peasy right?

Don’t forget…. 12 eggs in a dozen – 12 minutes!

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How to Hard Boil an Egg

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1
Calories: 3 kcal
Author: Shawn


  • Eggs
  • Water
  • 1 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  • Start by placing the desired amount of eggs in a pot, in an even layer. Fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the eggs by 2 inches.
  • Add the vinegar and salt. Place the pot on a stovetop over high heat. Bring water to a rolling boil.
  • Turn OFF heat, and use a lid to tightly cover the pot. Let the pot sit on the stovetop, covered, for 12 minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon to test one egg for doneness. Run the egg under cold water till it's cool enough to handle. Gently crack the shell and peel it off. If it's cooked perfectly (the egg whites will be firm and the yolk will be a pale yellow, and firm), then drain the hot water from the pan and run all the eggs under cold water till they have cooled down. If the eggs need longer, keep them covered for another minute or two.
  • Keep hard boiled eggs in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.


Calories: 3kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Sodium: 1163mg | Sugar: 1g
Keywords: eggs, hard boiled
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About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
14 Responses
  1. I am like so many others re forgetting the basics of making the perfect boiled eggs. I end up with zombie looking eggs when I peel them and end up having cut them up for egg salad instead of the deviled eggs I so love. Thanks for the tip….I wrote it down for my go to reminder recipe collection.

  2. ADorn

    Not to be rude but as a former Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, using the term “hard boiled egg” is so wrong. Your directions are spot on but the name leads one to think that the eggs are actually boiled which they aren’t because it always leads to that awful green ring around the yellow.

    Thanks for letting me vent and go back to my roots, the Home Ec. classroom.

  3. I, too, always forget the basics.. including how to boil eggs EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR! Lol, I always have the weirdest looking eggs when we’re finished.. nothing like these perfect little huevos. Plus, I live for Egg salad, so I can’t wait to boil these babies up and go to town with a fork!

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Hi, I’m Shawn and I’m a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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