Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

by | Mar 19, 2013 | All, Breakfast & Brunch, Tips

 Do you hate it when you can’t peel your hard boiled eggs? Your search is over! Here’s the way to get Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs. Every. Single. Time.

The easiest way to get perfect hard boiled eggs every single time! It works great for Easter eggs or for anytime you want to make egg salad.

Dying Easter Eggs is always a highlight in our house. The kids love dunking the eggs in the colored water and seeing them come out a vibrant color. Easter is a just around the corner which means it’s time to buy your eggs now. Hard boiled eggs are the easiest to peel when they are older. Do not buy your eggs the day you boil them. You will lose most of the white when you try to peel them, and there is nothing more frustrating than that!

Making Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs is easy when you follow these simple steps:

  1. Place eggs in a deep saucepan in one layer. Cover with cold water (enough water so the eggs are fully immersed and water level is an inch above eggs) and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat down and simmer for one minute; cover with a lid and remove from heat.
  3. Set timer for 12 minutes and let eggs sit in covered pan of hot water.
  4. When timer goes off, immerse eggs in a cold ice water bath. (I drain and fill the pan I used and add a big bowl of ice cubes to the pan along with cold water.)
  5. Let eggs sit in cold water for 5 minutes and voila – Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs!

Tip: Use food coloring gel to get the vibrant color when you color Easter Eggs. It’s so much easier than the kits that you can buy and your results are always consistent!

The easiest way to get perfect hard boiled eggs every single time! It works great for Easter eggs or for anytime you want to make egg salad.

Yield: 12

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs

Youll always get perfect hard boiled eggs when you use this fool proof method!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


To Hard Boil Eggs

  • 1 dozen large eggs (preferably purchased 10 days ago for easiest peeling)

To Color Eggs

  • Desired colors of food coloring gel
  • Vinegar
  • Canola Oil


To Hard Boil Eggs

  1. Place eggs in a single layer in a large pan.
  2. Cover with enough cold water so water level in 1 inch above eggs and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover pot with a lit, turn down heat and simmer for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and set timer for 12 minutes.
  5. Immerse eggs in a cold water bath to stop cooking.
  6. Let eggs sit in cold water for 5 minutes.
  7. Make sure eggs are thoroughly dry before coloring.

To Color Eggs

  1. Mix 1/2 teaspoon food coloring gel and 2 T. Vinegar in 1 1/2 cups warm water.
  2. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Let eggs sit in the mixture until desired color is reached.
  4. Place on drying rack to let color set.
  5. Once eggs are dry, wipe with a little canola oil to make eggs shiny and bright.
  6. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 71mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

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There are so many fun things you can do with Easter Eggs. Here are some great tips I found around the web:

Dinosaur Eggs – Our Best Bites

Tie Dye Easter Eggs – Hello Bee

Vibrant Eggs, Dyed Naturally – theKitchn

26 New Ways to Decorate Those Easter Eggs – hands on: as we grow

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    I always think Easter dyed eggs are so gorgeous 🙂 I haven’t dyed them in a few years, but am excited to this weekend. I love making egg salad with all the eggs later in the week!

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      Thanks, Sally. I love egg salad too! Perfect with the extra Easter Eggs-deviled eggs are too! Have fun dying them this weekend!

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    Funny that you posted a recipe for hard-boiled eggs because I just posted an egg salad recipe today that showed people how to hard-boil eggs as well. It must be the fact that Easter is right around the corner.
    I seriously never hard-boiled an egg till about a year ago. My hubby always did it for me until I decided it was about time I learned, and it’s honestly the easiest thing!
    Hope it’s warming up over there in MN 🙂

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    Reading a few articles about boiling and dying Easter eggs gave me a lot of thoughts.
    For color try tea. A lot of herbal teas make a very pretty color. Think about what you have easy access to and be creative. I am going to dye them a light color, let them dry and put round reinforcement labels and put them into a darker color, let them dry and remove the labels.
    I see that I have been boiling the incorrectly forever. I didn’t know you are supposed to cool them down before dying them. I am going to follow Lisa’s directions at the top of this page. I just recently bought some cooling racks, I’m glad I did. I used to put the hot eggs into the dye 🙁 I used to dry them on paper towels 🙁
    Now I am going to use the cooling racks and try some new creative ideas. I have a ton of different stampers, I am going to try some thoughts I have with those and see if they work. Just use deep strong colored dyes over light colored eggs??? 🙂 Thanks Lisa, you have my brain going around and around! Have a Blessed Easter everyone!

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    Alrighty! Perfect for my YUM file! Thank you…I will try this technique, and I’m thinking a little less time for sitting in the hot water if you want them semi-soft boiled! 🙂

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    I love hard boiled eggs, so this post is perfect for me! And just in time for Easter.

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    Perfect colored eggs, never ever seen this type of eggs. Liked the idea.


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