How to Make Hard-Boiled Eggs Fast and Easy

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bowl of hard-boiled eggs

How To Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

In my extended family, we are the house to make and bring deviled eggs for our family gatherings.  Hard-boiled eggs don’t always turn out right. 

Here is how we make them, when we don’t get our Instant Pot out to make them.

filling pot with eggs in it with cold water

What Ingredients Are Needed?

  • eggs
  • pot with lid
  • cold water
  • bowl with ice water

Does It Matter What Temperature The Water Is?

Start boiling your eggs with cold water. The temperature will be even and will heat quickly.

boiling water with eggs in large pot

What Is the Trick With Eggs?

You do not want to use fresh eggs for boiling. Eggs that are 2 weeks old from the store, peel better than eggs you just purchased (keep an eye on the expiration date). And if you are using fresh eggs, the oldest eggs you have purchased will be best. Plan ahead, put a note on the oldest eggs with a date you purchased them, so you can check as you get ready to make eggs.

Why Are My Yolks Green?

Yolks turn greenish in color if they are boiled too long. The egg white can also turn colors if you boil them too long and they can have a rubbery texture as well.

ice water and cold water

How Long Do I Boil the Eggs?

I have a little timer.  It helps tell me when the eggs are done.  It turns colors to know when they are soft and when they are hard boiled.

This is a great way to make deviled eggs, potato salad and egg salad for sandwiches to name a few!

What’s the catch?  Nothing! It’s how we hard-boil eggs for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

peeling shells
bowl of hard-boiled eggs
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Easy Steps To Make Hard Boiled Eggs

When time is critical, you need to make hard boiled eggs without guessing if they are done or now. Check out how we get perfect eggs each time.
Course: Holiday, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • Eggs
  • Water
  • Ice water this is used after eggs boil


  • Place the eggs in the pot and cover them with cold water.
  • Put the egg timer in the water with the eggs.
  • Turn the stove on medium heat and bring them to a boil.
  • Let the eggs boil for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat and keep the cover on the pot.
  • Allow the eggs to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Check the egg timer to see if it has completely turned colors.  If it has, they are done.  If not, give it 5 minutes and check again.
  • Once the timer has changed colors, the eggs are done.
  • Drain the water from the pot and replace it with ice water.
  • Allow the eggs to sit for 5 minutes before beginning to peel them.
  • Once cool, peel and enjoy.
Do you know the secret to making perfect hard-boiled eggs? Check out how we get perfect eggs each time to make them with this little helper.

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  1. I love hard boiled eggs but I always forget to make them because like you said it is a pain to boil a pan of eggs.

        1. Yes Linda. You have to have the cover on to make sure that the microwaves are blocked, allowing them to steam. I hope that helps.

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