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How to Make a Hard Boiled Egg

Last year I bought a charming plastic egg in the Netherlands. It’s intricately painted in their traditional blue Delph pattern and when placed in a pot of water along with some eggs, this Dutch egg will play a different song to tell you if the eggs are soft, medium or hard boiled. The problem is I don’t speak Dutch (even though I’m completely Dutch myself) nor do I know that music, so those little songs coming from the egg are really no help to me. Luckily getting a perfectly cooked hard boiled egg is as simple as boiling water and setting a timer. Just follow these steps below to a perfectly set yolk.

How to hard boil an egg:
Step 1: Place your eggs in an even layer in a saucepan. Do not overcrowd the pan. Fill the pan up with enough cold water so that the eggs are covered by 1-2 inches. Add a pinch of salt to the water. This will help the proteins in the egg to firm up and separate from the shell, making peeling them later on easier.

Step 2: Cover the pan and place over high heat. Bring the water to a rolling boil.

Step 3: Turn off the heat and keep the lid on. Set the timer for 12 minutes.

Step 4: Once the timer has gone off, immediately drain off the hot water and place the pan along with the eggs, under cold, running water.

Step 5: When the eggs are cool peel them under cold running water. Start peeling at the base of the egg as there is a small gap there and will be easier to start the peeling process.

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You can use this same method for soft and medium boiled eggs.
Follow the steps in the same way, simply adjust your timer in Step 4.

2 minutes: A very soft yolk AND soft egg white.
3 minutes: The white is just barely set and the yolk is thickening but still soft.
4 minutes: The white is set and the yolk is just starting to set but still soft in the middle.


Now let’s think about this. What if you needed to make a dozen hard boiled eggs? Perhaps you’re making a giant portion of egg salad. Well, that would require either an extremely large pan or repeating this process a couple of times.

Unless you could hard boil an egg in an OVEN?
You can and there are some who say that this method produces a creamier yolk and even easier to peel.

How to hard boil an egg in an oven:
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F.

Step 2: Place your eggs in the oven (you can stick the eggs in a muffin tin to keep them from sliding all over the place or just set them on the rack) and then bake for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Immediately place the hot eggs in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Peel just as you did before.


Now that you’ve mastered the hard boiled egg, learn how to cut vegetables like a pro or make an herb-y compound butter to spread on toast alongside your soft-boiled egg. What’s your favorite recipe incorporating hard boiled eggs?


Mary Kohnke

Gorgeous photos! I never knew eggs could be so beautiful.


I can’t wait to try hard boiling an egg in the oven. If it works, I plan of letting a good friend know whose signature dish at potlucks is two dozen deviled eggs. Thank you for also giving the recipe for soft boiled eggs. I haven’t eaten those since I was a little kid, only because I didn’t know how to make them.


Are the baked eggs really creamier? I can’t wait to try this!

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