Hard Boiled Eggs

Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • Eggs
Directions

Soft:

Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, then add your eggs and cook 4 to 5 minutes. Drain, cool in ice water and peel.

Medium:

Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, then add your eggs and cook 7 to 8 minutes. Drain, cool in ice water and peel.

Hard:

Place your eggs in a pot and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then cover, remove from the heat and set aside 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, cool in ice water and peel.

How to Make Deviled Eggs:

Transfer hard-boiled eggs to a bowl of ice water with a slotted spoon and let cool.

Drain the ice water. One at a time, crack the bottom, wider end of each egg against the bowl, then hold the egg under cold running water and peel.

Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Scoop the yolks into a bowl and make your filling.

Fill the egg-white halves with the yolk mixture using a spoon, piping bag or resealable plastic bag with a corner snipped

Photograph by Levi Brown

Let eggs stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking to eliminate the chill from the refrigerator.

Cook 1 dozen eggs or less at one time for more even cooking.


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This is always good with smoked sausage, however smoked sausage is hard to keep lit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have tried this hard boiled method numerous times. The eggs come out barely past soft boiled. Is there something additional I need to do for high altitudes? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I want that Alton Brown WHY stuff works or fails. I am having issues with shells sticking. Does mu gas stove not heat the cold water fast enough? Are my eggs to fresh? Eggs are cold out of fridge. Will let them sit out and try again. Will let some others age for a few days. Sticking shells is driving me......... to research. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hey guys. What the recipe doesn't tell us is that all stoves do not retain heat the same way. My stove needs a bit more time because it cools down quicker then other stoves. Good recipe just needs to be tweeked to our different kitchen equipment. item not reviewed by moderator and published
as a man trying to surprise my wife this was not helpful at all. luckily only tried one, had to boil others longer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Food Network, please correct the recipe. I wasted a dozen eggs using the directions for hard boiled eggs. Both the white and yolk were RUNNY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Turned out almost raw. Very runny. FAR from hard boiled. item not reviewed by moderator and published
They turned out just right for HARD boiled eggs. No green yokes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After years and years of overcooking my eggs this was very helpful. No more green on the insides of my hard boiled eggs. Shared with my Mom who had the same issue. She got it right too. Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this recipe. Don't really like it. Sometimes I get perfect eggs and other times undercooked/overcooked. I use the Egg Boil Pro app. Has worked pretty well. Similar recipe but I think the timer in the app makes the difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I practiced on hard boiled eggs cooking, it turned out just right. Thanks for instruction. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I never knew how long to properly cook a boiled egg or that there are a few choices as to how soft/hard, thanks to this recipe my eggs came out perfect! No cracks,ruptures and the shells peeled off as easy as it claimed too... Thank You FN I can't wait to start getting the Magazine I ordered from you guys, Great price! $36.00 for 3 years Yeah! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the directions and the eggs did not come out hard boiled. The yolks were still runny. Thank God I like soft boiled eggs. I ended up using another recipe for the hard boiled. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The description given for hard. medium, and soft eggs was clear and easy to follow. No more guessing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
After following the directions and letting them sit for 9 minutes the eggs weren't done and the shells stuck to the egg and ripped them. The worst experience with deviled eggs from any recipe. Don't use this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So. I tried this method since the one I used was more time consuming, and was hoping to find a lower-maintenance recipe. I used two dozen eggs, both purchased from the same place with the same dates. One dozen I prepared the way I usually do, the other with this method. I should have stuck with the method I was using. The eggs themselves were perfectly edible - tasty, yellow, no yucky green color - but I need a stiff drink after peeling them! I've never been so frustrated with boiled eggs, nor have I ever seen eggs come out so...ugly, because the whites stuck so much to the shells. Turns out *this* is the higher maintenance method and I won't be using it again. The other batch done simultaneously using Julia Child's approach took longer but peeled smoothly, quickly and looked presentable. I strongly suggest you use that one. : Now where's that double Bloody Mary... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Already knew how to hard boil eggs, but thought I'd try it this way. You need to boil longer. This did not cook the eggs enough to make hard boiled eggs. I ruined 2 doz. eggs by thinking this might be better. Pls. boil longer than 1 min before simmering for 10 mins to make hard boiled eggs for deviled eggs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the instructions for a hard boil as listed and I am not pleased. I let them sit in the hot water for 10min. I should have tested one first but read all the great reviews that I didn't feel I needed to. Half of the eggs never separated from the shell and the yolks were medium boiled at best. What a waste for deviled eggs. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect hard boiled eggs. And please don't rate down a recipe because you "haven't tried it". The point of rating is that you do it based upon your experience with the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm rating this as 5 stars because it is an excellent guide to boiling eggs...exactly what it says it is. I'm also hoping to offset the one star reviews of the people who obviously can't read and were looking for "deviled egg" recipes. This is for "hard boiled eggs". It says it right in the title. item not reviewed by moderator and published
For those of you looking for the deviled egg recipes, just scroll down to the bottom of the page that the hard boiled eggs link was on. There are recipe links at the bottom. For the person who doesn't understand why older eggs produce a better result, the inner membrane dries out a bit as the egg sits and this makes separating it from the egg while peeling easier. Hope this is helpful. Personally, I'm looking forward to trying these egg cooking techniques as my eggs are somewhat hit and miss. BTW, only giving three stars since I haven't tried this yet. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Unless the site changed the title of this piece, I don't understand all the complaints from those who said they were looking for deviled egg recipes (not how to hard boil eggs). Anyway! A tip: for reasons I don't understand, old eggs are better to hard boil than fresh eggs. The shells don't stick as much. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this recipe is very helpful. Gotta boil 'em before you devil 'em, right? Thanks Food Network! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe is titled "Hard Boiled Eggs". If you want deviled eggs, search for "deviled eggs". I haven't tried this yet but my eggs never turn out - shell sticks - so I am glad to find this and see what I have been doing wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You should rate the recipe, not what you think it should be. This is very helpful, thank you Food Network!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I know how to boil eggs, was looking for some creative fillings. Unable to get them. Very disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I dont get the recipe - I was not looking for a how to boil but a how for deviled eggs!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Personally, I find it very helpful that Food Network has provided a recipe that informs people who don't otherwise know, how to correctly boil eggs. How many times have you eaten someone's boiled eggs that taste like rubber? Hopefully, those who don't know will take the time to read this recipe and find out. As for the filling, that part is easy enough without a recipe, isn't it? item not reviewed by moderator and published
You have to dunk them in ice cold water after boiling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You have to dunk them in ice cold water after boiling. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks for your feedback! We took this recipe back to our test kitchen and ran several test batches to try and sort out where the trouble was coming from. We realized that the word "simmer" when hard boiling the eggs could lead to undercooked eggs and have amended the recipe to indicate the water should come to a boil before being removed from the heat. Additionally, we added a few helpful tips to the end of the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love technology and run an IT company, but all you need is a 10 minute timer (any watch, phone, or decent range/oven) and to make sure you bring the water to a boil after adding the eggs before timing it.  Works every time and I boil eggs several times a week for my kids. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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