How to: The Perfect Hard Boiled Egg

As everyone prepares for Easter dinner tomorrow I want to share a fool-proof recipe for hard boiled eggs. Whether you are coloring eggs with your kids, using them as a festive snack, or making egg salad, the goal is to start with the perfectly cooked hard boiled egg. For some reason making hard boiled eggs seems intimidating; perhaps it stems from fear of the unpleasant smell caused by an overcooked egg…yuck. Fear not, making a hard boiled egg is actually very easy if you follow a few simple steps.


For longer than I care to admit I had to consult the expert, my Yaya, every single time I made a hard boiled egg. I, too, feared the smell and the overcooked green yolk. Often I would stand in front of the stove trying to remember how long the eggs were supposed to boil….1 minute? 5 minutes? A few minutes of insecurity and second guessing had me reaching for my phone to double check. After years of practice, and following my consultant’s advice, I have finally perfected the process. Ready?


  • Eggs; as many as you would like
  • Water
  • Ice cubes

Place eggs in the bottom of a saucepan.


Use as many eggs as you would like, choosing the saucepan accordingly. Cover the eggs by 2 inches with cold water. Place pan on stove and turn on medium-high heat.


Bring the water to a rolling boil; boil for 2 minutes. Turns out its difficult to take photos of boiling water…darn steam! Turn the heat off and cover the pan with a lid. Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for exactly 15 minutes.


Drain the hot water from the pan, refill with cold water, and top with several handfuls of ice. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes until the eggs are completely cooled.


Drain the water and give yourself a pat on the back…you just made the perfect hard boiled egg!


At this point the eggs are ready for coloring, peeling, and, most importantly, eating!


I wish you a very happy Easter with friends and family and hope you enjoy!

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